Known as the “City of Music”, Austria’s capital boasts a cultural scene like no other. Home of legendary classical composers including Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, and the old stomping ground of Sigmund Freud, Vienna immerses you in it’s artistic legacy from the moment you arrive. By day, walk among stunning baroque architecture, gaze skyward at St Stephen’s gothic tower, or take a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad wheel. After dark, you’ll learn that classical isn't the only genre on Vienna’s playlist. With a mas-sive electronic music scene and scores of niche bars and clubs hosting the best local DJs, Vienna will have you dancing from dusk till dawn. From its imperial roots to its modern day influences, Vienna is a city where living well comes naturally.
Did someone say coffee? Coffee is done right in Vienna, with the city’s coffee and pastry ritual so sacred that it is recognised by UNESCO as an intangible part of the city’s heritage. Between your Vienna sightseeing adventures, be sure to get your caffeine fix at Café Bräunerhof. As well as traditional coffee, this café hosts free classical music concerts on weekends.
Have a ball. Vienna is one of the only remaining cities with a thriving ball scene. Arguably one of the best things to do in Vienna, be sure to check in advance to see if there are any festive balls occuring during your stay.
Watch your step. History is everywhere in Vienna, even under your feet. Note the small brass engraved cobblestones as you stroll the streets on your Vienna tours. There are more than 40,000 engraved cobblestones in the city, placed outside the former homes of holocaust victims in memorial.
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Best time to visit
The summer and winter months are Vienna’s busiest seasons with top Vienna attractions bringing tourists from far and wide. Summer in the city boasts gorgeous weather and many festivals, whereas the winter here holds Christmas markets, balls and lots of festive spirit. If you're looking to experience Vienna on the cheap with less crowds, autumn is the perfect time to visit. If you’re still considering what to do in Vienna on a budget, autumn is ideal. With a milder temperature, cheaper accommodation and the arrival of Vienna fashion week and international film festival, autumn is the ideal time of year for a visit.
Navigating this city requires a good pair of walking shoes. Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to find your way through Vienna.
Vienna’s numbered districts make for easy navigation, with most travellers and locals opting to get around and enjoy Vienna day tours on foot.
If you are tired of walking, most of Vienna’s important city sites are covered by the U-Bahn (under-ground) which offer good-value and frequent services every day. The underground also runs all night on the weekends.
Vienna is a relatively safe city, although you should always exercise caution when visiting somewhere new. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
Beware of pickpockets on your Vienna day trips and when boarding the U-Bahn at peak times.
In an emergency, call 112 for assistance.
A series of red-light clubs populate the Gürtel, so it’s best to avoid this area in the evenings.