When in Vienna, you’ll want to visit all those attractions or experience activities unique to this part of the world. Therefore, make sure you include the following sites and excursions in your plans to Austria’s capital.
1. Take a Tram around the City
A good way to get introduced to the Austria’s largest city is by taking a tram – an affordable way to become familiar and acclimated to your surroundings. A 30-minute tram ride can acquaint you to Vienna architecture and culture, including Gothic designs and Hapsburg history.
2. Visit St. Stephan’s Cathedral
Speaking of architecture, you’ll want to include the Stephansdom Cathedral as one of the places to see on your Vienna vacation. Restored from the damage it received in the Second World War, the cathedral highlights beautiful interior carvings and stonework. While at the church, you’ll also want to take a tour of the catacombs as well. Also referred to as the Stephansdom Cathedral, the church’s Gothic spire can be seen about anywhere you go in the capital.
3. Take a Stroll on the Karntner Strasse and Shop or Dine
A pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, Karntner Strasse is a popular place to shop or dine. Noted as being one of several streets open only to pedestrians, Karntner Strasse is the connecting point between the Stephansdom Cathedral and Staatsoper (or the State Opera House).
4. Take a Tour of the Staatsoper (State Opera House)
Whether or not you can reserve a time to see an opera (most performances are often sold out), you’ll still want to take a tour of the Staatsoper, or Vienna’s Opera House. The building was officially opened in 1869 when Mozart’s Don Giovanni was performed on May 25th of that year. Guided 30-minute tours are offered of the building.
5. Visit the Spanish Riding Schools and Watch an Equestrian Show
Home to the white Lipizzaner stallions, the Spanish Riding Schools has been the base for equestrian training for over four centuries. Part of Hofburg Vienna or the Imperial Palace, the school offers Equestrian performances that are truly spectacular.
6. Take a Tour of Vienna Hofburg and the Schönbrunn Palaces
Vienna Hofburg or the Hofburg Imperial Palace was the winter residence of the Hapsburg dynasty. It now serves as home to the Austrian President. The Schönbrunn, which was the Hapsburg summer residence, is also another palatial residence that is a must-see.
7. Catch a Performance of the Vienna Boys’ Choir Performances
Staying true to tradition, the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs each Sunday at the Hofburg Chapel. So, don’t forget to include the activity in your travel plans.