What to see & do in Vienna

If you wish to explore Vienna on your own (otherwise there are a number of guided tours), the best place to start the city center, with its museums, historical buildings and coffee houses. 

There is also a Vienna Card including public transport, as well as discounts museums, sights, and other venues for either 48 or 72 hours.
To find the best public transport options to travel in Vienna and the sourrounding area you can use the journey planners on the Wiener Linien Website or VOR Website (German only) or use the Qando App for Android or iPhone.

We also collected a few suggestions for places to visit:
You can find more information for sightseeing in Vienna on the website of the Vienna Tourist Board.
We also have some suggestions on what to see & do outside of Vienna.

Central Vienna

Stephansdom ©WienTourismus/MAXUM


Stephansdom [map]

The Gothic St. Stephan’s Cathedral with its multi-coloured tile roof and its grand tower is one of Vienna’s most recognisable symbols. The most important religious building in Austria’s capital and the seat of the Archbishop is located right in the center of the city.

(To go there: U1/U3 Stephansplatz)

© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper - StaatsoperRingstraße

The Ringstraße is a circular boulevard surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna (the historic city center). It was built in the 19th century, replacing the city’s medieval city wall. The boulevard is characterized by its many monumental and representative buildings, like the State Opera (built in the style of the Neo-Renaissance), the Parliament (Neoclassical style), City Hall (Gothic Revival), the Burgtheater (New Baroque), the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum (Neo-Renaissance), and the Post Office Savings Bank (Art Nouveau). (To go there: U2: Schottentor, U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz, or U3 Stubentor)

In 2015 the Ringstraße celebrates its 150th anniversary, and there are a number of exhibitions reflecting its history as well as a special tram going all the way around the Ringstraße.

Hofburg [map]  Blick vom Dach des Naturhistorischen Museums, Heldenplatz ©WienTourismus/Manfred Horvath

The Hofburg Palace, the imperial residence in the centre of Vienna, is a complex of buildings spanning the centuries from medieval times to the end if the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There you can visit the Imperial Apartments and the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Treasury, or the baroque State Hall of the Austrian National Library.

(To go there: U3 Herrengasse or Trams 1/2/D Burgring)

Secession ©WienTourismus/Claudio AlessandriSecession [map] 

The Secession with its dome of golden laurel leaves is Vienna’s most striking example of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. Built in 1897 as an exhibition space for the the "Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession", it still houses exhibitions of contemporary art.

(To go there: U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz)

Naschmarkt [map] Naschmarkt ©WienTourismus/Ingo Folie

Located near the Secession building Vienna’s largest market offers regional and international produce as well as a large variety of bars and restaurants and a weekly flea market on Saturdays.

(To go there: U1/U2/U4 Karlsplatz or U4 Kettenbrückengasse)



The Museumsquartier is a large ensemble of historical and contemporary buildings at the borders of Vienna’s Inner City, housing a number of art museums, restraurants, and shops.


Mon 14:00-19:00, Tue-Sun 10:00-19:00, Thu 10:00-21:00

Modern and contemporary art works

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien (Museumsquartier)

Kunsthalle Wien

Daily 10:00-19:00; Thu 10:00-21:00

Temporary exhibitions of contemporary international art

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien (Museumsquartier)

Leopold Museum

Daily 10:00-18:00; Thu 10:00-21:00, closed on Tue

Modern Austrian art including key paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien (Museumsquartier)

Located across the street from the Museumsquartier are Vienna’s premier historical museums:

Kunsthistorisches Museum 

Tue–Sun, 10:00–18:00; Thu, 10:00–21:00

Fine art, Egyptian, Near Eastern, Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities, sculpture and decorative arts, coins

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Natural History Museum of Vienna

Thu-Mon 9:00-18.30; Wed 9:00-21:00

Natural history

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

 Other Museums in the city center


Daily 10.00-18.00, Wed 10.00-21.00
Tours: Sat, Sun: 15:30; Thu, Fri: 11:30; Wed: 18:30

Features prints and drawings, graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings

Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien


Daily 10:00-18:00

includes two Baroque palaces, museum of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present, gardens

Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien

Haus der Musik

Daily 10:00-22:00

History of music

Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna

Jewish Museum Vienna

Sun - Fri 10:00 - 18:00

Museum of Jewish history, life and religion in AustriaDorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna


Tue 10:00–22:00, Wed–Sun 10:00–18:00

Applied arts and contemporary art

Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien


Near the Messe Congress Center

 Riesenrad ©WienTourismus/Claudio AlessandriPrater [map] Prater Hauptallee ©WienTourismus/Popp & Hackner

The Prater is a recreational area in Vienna, but actually refers to two very different places: the Wurstelprater, an amusement park where the Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel) is located, and an expansive public park called Grüner Prater (Green Prater).

(To go there: U1/U2 Praterstern, but you can walk from the conference venue.)

River Cruises [map]  Blick über Wien (Donauinsel, Reichsbrücke) © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

If you want to explore the city from the river, there is a departure point for Danube river cruises on the embankment near Reichsbrücke.

(To go there: U1 Vorgartenstraße, but from the conference venue it is quicker to walk.)

Other parts of Vienna


Schönbrunn [map] Schloss Schönbrunn © WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the imperial family, is a World Cultural Heritage site and Austria’s most visited sight. The rooms of baroque palace itself can be visited in guided tours, but you can also visit the vast palace gardens.  Schlosspark von Schönbrunn © WienTourismus/Peter RigaudThere you can climb the hill to the Gloriette, which offers an excellent view of the city, or visit the Palm House, a 19th century green house.

Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the Vienna Zoo, is also part of the complex, having been founded as imperial menagerie in 1752.

 (To go there: U4 Schönbrunn)


21er Haus 

Wed and Thu 11:00-21:00
Fri-Sun 11:00-18:00

Austrian art of the twentieth and twenty-first century

Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna


Daily 10:00-19:00

Features works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and other exhibits

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Wien

Sigmund Freud Museum

Daily 10:00-18:00

House, life and work of Sigmund Freud

Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien