Historic Center of Vienna
Historic Center of Vienna
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The historic centre of Vienna is rich in beautiful architecture, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
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The area
Neighborhood: Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
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  • Anna A
    Kyiv, Ukraine24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vienna's Festive and Friendly Vibes
    Vienna holds a special place in my heart as it stands out as one of my beloved cities. The festive atmosphere and warm hospitality it exudes never fail to fascinate me. One cannot overlook the enchanting coffee culture, especially when indulging in the delightful Topffen Strudel and Maria Teresia Caffee with egg liquor at the renowned Julius Meinl am Graben. Attending a classical music concert is an absolute must-do, as the timeless melodies by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Strauss can truly uplift one's spirits. The city itself is adorned with remarkable landmarks, such as the majestic Rathaus, awe-inspiring cathedrals, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the grand Hofburg, the majestic Opera House, and the iconic Stephansdom, which proudly displays Austria's national symbol with its vibrant multicolored tiled roof. For those seeking hidden gems, I highly recommend a visit to the Jesuit Church, an exquisite baroque masterpiece from the 18th century. Its opulent interior and captivating history are sure to hugely impress you.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Famontherun
    901 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Old Town; Need more time in Vienna
    Lovely old historic area. There are tons of shops, cafes and tourists! It was crowded. We did enjoy strolling around and were easily able to catch a train back to our ship. We really enjoyed a lesiurely coffe and pastry at Oberlaa. We had a tour in the morning and the rest of the day, till about 5 to explore. I think Vienna overall would need several days to really take it all in. I would like to return.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Anon12022012
    Harpenden, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A couple of tips
    Enjoyable visit to Vienna but a couple of things to share. Taxis - we had to use taxis on 3 occasions and each time, we didn't get any change. So a 11.50Euro taxi to the main station cost us 15Euros. No idea why. Airport - we waited over 40 mins to get through passport control to D gates. There were hundreds of people queuing and no queue system, so everyone was just pushing in. Lots of people were getting agitated as their flights were due to depart. We had non EU passports.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • M H
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to remember
    Lovely architecture. Take plenty of pictures. As expected, shopping at stores and eating at restaurants are expensive but worth the experience. There are decent and more affordable restaurants away from the center; or better yet, have a good meal before you leave the hotel room for a nice walk towards the area. There are a few grab-and-go snack fast-food restaurants in the vicinity, as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big, large, old, busy, historic city
    We were dropped off by the crazy busy train/ bus stop area Schwedenplatz. Here we started a walking tour up hill through narrow historic streets. We saw a large building with the history of coffee depicted beautifully on the front, UNESCO included the coffee house culture in Vienna’s heritage. We cut through “walkways”, past the famous Figlmuller schnitzel place and many nice shops, cafes and souvenir joints. Our tour ended at gigantic St Stephen’s Cathedral where, while inside, there was choir practice going on, such beautiful voices in an acoustic palace. Then we were on our own for lunch, shopping and dessert before heading back to the boat.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Robert S
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh Vienna!
    Very good trip of five days and four nights staying at the Hilton Vienna Park. Visited a lot of the attractions that my wife and I researched before we travelled. Walked to the city centre numerous times to enjoy the atmosphere especially around the Cathedral and eating out at many restaurants. The highlights were the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra concert in the Music Hall, The Shoenbrunn Palace, The Belvedere Palace, The Spanish Riding School, The Cathedral and The Sisi Museum. The only disappointment was the Boat Trip which started at the canal and took ages before it reached The Danube. Could not see a thing, apart from the fishing lodges, as the banks were too high. A short journey down the river and then back on the canal. The trip involved two stops at lock gates which took over an hour combined to complete. The graffiti on the walls of the canal were an absolute eyesore.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Don M
    New Westminster, Canada70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walkable and worthwhile
    Very flat and walkable with great sights around every corner. You should follow a suggested walking tour to get the basics and then expand your range. The streets are not linear and there are dozens of crossways between streets so you need google maps unless you are really good with a printed map. The printed maps don’t show the detail you need with all the passages and plazas. We saw most of what we wanted on 3 days and wouldn’t recommend less if you really want to see what this city has to offer.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • KBD87
    Arkansas1,269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seems to be a must do when visiting Vienna
    We made a visit to the ahistorical center of Vienna with a Viking cruise. It is a very busy place with lots of upscale shopping as well as cafes, restaurants and lots of activity. St Stephen’s Cathedral is a focal point. Most all the other buildings are the same height and architecture so it was a little disorienting to us but we weren’t there long enough to get acclimated. There were horse and buggy rides, plenty of taxis as well as the subway to get in and out of the area. It seems to be one of the can’t miss places when visiting Vienna
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Georgie T
    Sunbury, United Kingdom411 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous City
    Our trip took in the last couple of days in November and the first couple in December. It felt like perfect timing. The city was decorated to the hilt with a Christmas market around very corner it seemed. There were beautiful historic buildings and churches to visit, coffee shops and fabulous cafes to warm up in, and an amazing atmosphere. It's not always well signposted but there's a great free tourist guide that can be picked up at the airport, stations and hotels. Although it's walkable, there's a great Metro service too.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another great trip to Vienna
    The Historic Centre of Vienna is mainly includes Innere Stadt and the areas immediately outside of Ringstrasse. Historically, this area has been the site of human civilisation dating back to early Celtic and Roman settlements. Modern day Austrian which we know today began to take shape and form during the Medieval period while the city saw its peak during the height of the Hapsburg Dynasty when Vienna become leading centres of power, influence and culture in all of Europe and the World. Today the Historic Centre of Vienna is filled with Baroque palaces and churches, streets lined with museums, theatre and opera houses, historic cafes and coffee houses along with a fine collection of city parks. There are monuments, fountains, small squares and charming pedestrian lanes filled with retail and souvenir shopping, historic and modern hotels along with an endless choice of old, chic, fine and new age bars and restaurants. We have spent quite a few holidays in Vienna, usually staying between 4-7 nights. It is truly one of the great capital cities of Europe and excellent holiday destination for anyone who loves history, art, architecture and food.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
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Máire S
Belfast, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We did a 2 and a half hour walking tour of historic Vienna and it was worth the early start on a Sunday morning. Our guide Herbert (sourced through Get your Guide) but is available direct also. Would recommend him as he was excellent and helpful on other places or museums to prioritise such as the Imperial Treasury and those which added little to your knowledge if you have visited Schonbrunn palace. This was the silver, imperial rooms and empress Sisi museum in the main Hoffburg Palace. Plenty of history everywhere you walk on this tour which covered Michaelsplatz via square opposite the Albertina museum, a former palace of a Hoffburg daughter and ended in Stephensplatz. Contact details for this excellent guide - herbert.stojaspal@viennatour.at.
Written March 6, 2020
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Cruiser778007
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
Beautiful old town of Vienna we explored on a paid 2 hour walking tour. Unfortunately the weather was pouring rain and with over 70 umbrella clad fellow tourists, it was very difficult to enjoy the experience. My ad ice is to book a tour grouo that has a maximum limit of tourists , say 25, and the experience would be much more personal and enjoyable as there is so much history to learn about this gorgeous city.
Written January 21, 2020
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Joy M
Melbourne 33 contributions
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Dec 2019
We were here to view the city but to also experience the Christmas markets. Neither disappointed us. The Christmas decorations throughout the city were lovely, the crowds that were all out enjoying themselves gave the city a fantastic vibe. The old buildings are lovely and an early morning walk allowed us to see them at their best without the crowds.
Written January 1, 2020
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The vicar
Saint Louis, MO47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Travel should be easier today, than when I was there 30 years ago. I was there during Maifest and radishes were everywhere. But thankfully so were pastries. I visited the Demel coffeehouse and bakery. I only wish I had purchased some pastries to go. I stayed in a hotel that was in a neighborhood in which I felt uneasy. I had not booked a hotel ahead of time, because my dad was ill and my trip uncertain. However, at the time Austria had booking offices along the autobahn. I stopped at one and was able to get a room. I didn't feel comfortable leaving my room at night and I got very hungry by morning. Today, I would book ahead and get travel insurance. I spent one day walking all around Vienna and returned to my room with a lot of black soot on me. When I got home my dad said they probably still used coal for heating. And that was the case then. I still think Vienna is worth a visit.
Written March 2, 2020
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Rasilx
Tirana, Albania114 contributions
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Jul 2021
I am an early walker and I was able to enjoy the historic center throughout the day. There is a different feeling to it early morning, with locals going to open the shops and cafes around. You seat somewhere for coffee, and once you are out it suddenly is buzzing with countless people walking in every direction. The buildings are beautiful and will have you walk with your head up looking at the intricate decorations. I walked 30km in a single day around it going from place to place. One of the more beautiful historic centers in Europe.
Written August 1, 2021
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Ellie
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia532 contributions
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Jan 2020
Vienna is one of the most beautiful, historically rich and overwhelmingly vibrant cities in the world, certainly in Europe. There are so many things to be seen in all aspects, history, art, architecture, but do take time to walk around instead of using the public transport (although it is very well organized, safe, clean and punctual) all the time. The city is so vibrant, colorful and fresh, it is shame not to feel its street vibes.
Written March 4, 2020
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t0mc0chran
Charlotte, NC21 contributions
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Sep 2019
Rich,cultural, beautiful area to walk, shop eat/drink & people watch. Vienna finally removed netting that prevents pigeons landing & defecating on statues. They were very unsightly.

Many Euro cities have pigeon problems. They are dirty, unhealthy & spread diseases. I know as I bred elegant show pigeons.They should do what we did in Charlotte 25 years ago. Multiple pairs of peregrine falcons were released among the skyscrapers. No pigeons have been seen downtown for 24 years,
Written March 6, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,963 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was our first time in Vienna and we were very impressed. We have been lucky enough to travel extensively but seldom have we been to a place that has so much history and grandeur.

A tip would be to buy one of the 24 or 48 hour travel cards.

These are relatively inexpensive and I like you to just hop on and off the excellent tram, Metro and bus services.

It really does make a great way to explore this city which was much bigger than we expected.

Normally we walk everywhere but that would be a mistake here as you would miss so much.

Everywhere you turn that off the most stunning buildings, many of which are absolutely huge and are spread over an extremely wide area.

In truth, we didn’t find it the warmest city in terms of atmosphere as it is full of government, administrative and Royal buildings. It is absolutely beautiful, we are glad we have seen it but it may be a while before we return as there are other places to see and to return to.
Written June 9, 2022
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keenwalker44
Glasgow, UK33 contributions
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Oct 2019
My husband and I visited Vienna last year for a short break and had a wonderful time. There's so much to see and do and I would recommend a trip on one of the many tour buses to take it all in. The city was spotless and full of culture with its many galleries all close at hand. We will definitely visit again to see all the things we didn't have time to do on our short visit.
Written September 13, 2020
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Anna
Kongsvinger, Norway141 contributions
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Dec 2019
The historic city center is incredible, you will find yourself amazed by the enormity of the buildings around you and all the history they inhabit.

There are loads of museums, and it is very close to the grand shopping street of Vienna.

Definitely worth a visit. You do not need to use a map to find the specific buildings as they are closer together than they look on the map. I was amazed by the fact that everywhere I turned there was another incredible piece of architecture.
Written January 3, 2020
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