Activities for a Rainy Day in Vienna

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Vienna on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Vienna

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  • Susan D
    Plymouth, MN134 contributions
    There are probably few art museums in the world with a collection as fine and large as this one. In 2.5 hours, we saw one fourth of the painting galleries. Many Brueghels, some Rembrandts, Franz Hals, etc...we were mostly in the Dutch section. There are large sofas in every major room, which is really great if you need to rest more often. The architecture is magnificent. Coat check and lockers are provided.
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • TopperHaven
    Dallas, TX2 contributions
    Vienna was beautiful but it was drizzling much of the time, lots to see and lots to do, loved the city cruise too.
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Michelle P
    11 contributions
    I had no idea how large this complex truly was until I spent 2 days wandering in and out of one museum after another. The Albertina is housed in a Palace here as well as the Treasury and King's Chapel and many other shops. If you've the time, you can lose yourself in history and gorgeous architecture and not have to venture out anywhere else.
    Written September 14, 2022
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  • Charlotte S
    Liverpool, UK1 contribution
    One of the highlights on our recent trip to Vienna, the museum is gorgeous! The interior rivals some of the palaces for much cheaper admission.

    Exhibits are super interesting, particularly enjoyed the section on human evolution - highly recommend a trip here if you’re visiting the city.
    Written September 12, 2022
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  • K4FAL
    Valencia, Spain134 contributions
    Did a hop on hop off and stopped at the Belvedere and glad we did, the exhibition over a few floors was fabulous, well worth the visit.
    Written September 27, 2022
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  • Janet v
    Hermanus, South Africa983 contributions
    Opera is like theatre on steroids! The experience of watching an opera was amazing. This is thé occasion to dress up and pull out all the stops!
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia23,273 contributions
    St. Stephen's Cathedral is the main landmark of the city. Not only because the south tower of the cathedral has long been the highest in Europe, but thanks to history. History as you know, these are people. The cathedral is literally built on bones and filled with bones. Under the cathedral there is a mass grave, where 16 thousand people lie, two thousand of them died of the plague of 1713. There was also a large cemetery around the cathedral until this practice was discontinued in 1783 due to hygienic reasons. That`s why there is no grave of Mozart in Vienna. It was no longer possible to bury in the cathedral, but there was no burial outside the cathedral yet, so the body of the great composer turned out to be in a mass grave at St. Mark's cemetery. Fans of the funeral theme can descend into the crypt for money. In addition to the hierarchs of the Catholic Church, 7 dozen representatives of the Habsburg dynasty are buried here. At the same time, if the early Habsburgs like the founder of the cathedral Rudolf IV are completely buried, then the later Habsburgs have already turned into decay. According to the wild Spanish custom, only the internal organs were buried in vessels in the cathedral, the hearts were sent to the Augustinerkirche, but the bones are now in the Kapuzinerkirche. However, the most interesting thing in the cathedral is not in the crypt. Over the years, the Habsburgs have accumulated many monuments of art and relics here. The importance of the latter, of course, has greatly diminished in our atheistic age, but age is not going anywhere... At the entrance on the right, under a Gothic canopy, there is a miraculous Hungarian icon of the XVII century, the Pechersk Madonna. Catholics are convinced that she shed tears during the siege of Vienna by the Turks in 1697 and it helped a lot. In the chapel next to a wooden crucifix of the XV century with a beard of human hair. Catholics believe that the beard continues to grow. Those who do not believe in miracles can be "hooked" by the carved stone pulpit of the preacher. It was created in 1515 by the sculptor Anton Pilgram, who was finishing the construction of the temple. The most expressive thing about pulpit is the portraits of the Church Fathers carved in stone. It is impossible to pass by the chapels of St. The Barbarians and Catherine and the tombstone monument to Frederick III made of magnificent red marble XV century. Traditionally, European cathedrals offer the option of climbing the bell tower. St. Stephen has two of them - north and south. . They are of different heights and the ascent on them is also different. The entrance to the north tower is on the left side of the nave from the entrance, the south tower is respectively on the right. The southern one was built first and its height is 136 m . There was not enough money for the north tower and its height is half as low as 68 m. One has to go up by elevator, the other less. You probably thought the elevator leads to a higher one? Exactly the opposite! 343 steps to the south tower must be overcome on their own feet. I already did this 16 years ago and climbed the north tower comfortably for 6 euros. Despite the fact that the southern one is twice as high, you will have to take pictures there through glass, and on the northern one through a grid. It's scary, but it's more convenient. The main thing is that the smartphone doesn`t fall out of your hands. The views from the north tower to Vienna and Stephanplatz are spectacular! Don't ignore the cathedral. A replica of the Pummerin Bell (destroyed by fire in 1945) is installed on the tower. And of course the magnificent tile roof, which reminded me of the roofs of Burgundy in Dijon and Beaune. No wonder, because once these lands were part of the short-lived empire of Charles V over which the sun never set...
    Written September 24, 2022
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  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, CA2,618 contributions
    This was a surprising stop and definitely worth visiting. Here are impressionistic works of art from painters I’d never heard of. Additionally, rooms of architectural furniture are interesting in their own right. Located on the outskirts of Central Vienna, it’s found in an area called the Museum District, so there are other minor places to visit besides this stop.
    Written August 1, 2022
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  • Garfieldluvr
    Denver, CO737 contributions
    Wow, what an amazing library! This place is a must see while in Vienna. Pictures do not do the place justice; you have to see it for yourself. When we went there it wasn’t too crowded, lots of great photo opportunities (even if you had to wait for “influencers” to take their 100 photos). One of the prettiest buildings I have ever seen.
    Written July 27, 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia23,273 contributions
    The Church of St. Peter in Vienna is not the same in size as the eponymous San Pietro in Rome. It does not take the size, but rather follows the old Volkswagen advertising slogan "Small is beautiful!" The main feature of this church is the spectacular contrast of the narrow facade and the interior space. The narrowness of the facade is emphasized by the tiny area around. It is not known whose idea it was, whether it was Gabriel Montani, the first designer of the Peterkirche, or Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, who led the construction since 1703. Passing through the narrow main entrance, you do not find yourself in a rectangular nave, as you expect, but in an oval one. A sense of spaciousness arises from properly organized lighting. The author of the dome is Matthias Steiner, the main altar is made by Antonio Galli da Bibiena and Martino Altomonte. The Baroque Church of St. Peter was built in 1701-1733 not from scratch. The previous church either burned down, or dilapidated and was demolished. Now the church is governed by the Opus Dei Order, about which Dan Brown wrote so much in his famous "Da Vinci Code".
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • Heike
    Frankfurt, Germany20 contributions
    worthwhile if you are interested in history, the audio guide is a bit long. Great introduction to Austrian history.
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    MQ is a little district in the center of Vienna, home to Leopold Museum, which host the world's largest collection of Egon Schiele artworks, MUMOK - Museum of Modern Art and some contemporary exhibition spaces - Kunsthalle Wien.
    There are some bars, terraces and art installations between the museums, just to keep visitors entertained and well hydrated.
    Written June 5, 2022
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  • billybob101
    Vancouver, Canada574 contributions
    We spent some time out of the rain and cold during our august visit. The exhibits are impressive, lots of cool stuff to look at and learn about. Unique ant exhibit which was really unexpected. Also really awesome to see those Komodo dragons. Great views from the top along with a cafe / restaurant. Was a bottleneck at the ticket counter. Anyone concerned with picking up an airborne respiratory virus should consider their options as people are packed in here like sardines - with seemingly very little ventilation- just an FYI - it didn’t adversely affect our trip other than it was really busy, stuffy and hot
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • raymondf80
    cork86 contributions
    What a building for a museum. The building on its own is worth a viewing. Once inside the fun really begins. The layout was perfect and the collection is vast and informative. One could spend hours there and never move much. I have visited many many military history museums throughout the world and this is one of the most impressive. The tours for school children wasn’t invasive or too distracting. At €7 this museum is so much value for money and a definite must see.
    Written June 9, 2022
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  • scout2017
    Heusy, Belgium49 contributions
    Extremely interesting but I strongly recommend an audio guide to fully appreciate what you are seeing plus the background.
    The collection is a nice counterbalance to the baroque and gold leaf.
    After the visit, you look at the world in a different way.
    Written June 27, 2022
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