Vienna, Austria

Craving a getaway to a cultural city of world-renowned cake, classic architecture and all-around perfect enchantment? Welcome to Vienna.

The Austrian capital is flecked with coffee houses, museums, history and imperial palaces. And the best part is that everything is in super close range. Most of Vienna’s major attractions are located around the Ringstrasse, a historic city center that is easily visited on foot.

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MOZART AND VIENNA OPERA

I arrived in the morning by train from Salzburg and after checking in to my hotel, I set out to explore Vienna. First stop was the State Opera, which was located right next to where I stayed.

Vienna, Austria

The Opera hosts ballets and operas and it dates back to the mid 19th century. Next time I visit, I’m getting tickets!

Vienna, Austria

The State Opera front entrance

Vienna, Austria

The State Opera seen from Albertina museum

Although Salzburg is the king of music, waltzes and operas have their home in Vienna. More famous composers, including Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, have lived here than in any other city.

Even Hitler, Freud and Stalin have called Vienna home.

Vienna, Austria

Burggarten and the statue of Mozart

DOWNTOWN VIENNA (GRABEN)

Right next to the State Opera is the pedestrian street, which is known as Graben. The car-free Graben is busy and has many beautiful buildings on either side such as Pestsäule statue, St. Stephens and St. Peters Church.

Vienna, Austria

Pestsäule statue

Vienna, Austria

Inside St. Peter’s Church

HOFBURG – THE IMPERIAL PALACE

And then there’s Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace. This is where all the emperors and kings ruled and lived from 1439 to 1918.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

THE MUSEUMSQUARTIER

From Hofburg it was an easy walk to the MuseumsQuartier, an art complex near the City hall. The sun was out and people followed. It seemed all of Vienna was in the streets and parks, soaking up the warm sunshine.

Vienna, Austria

Hofburg Palace

Vienna, Austria

The National Theatre (Burgtheater)

Vienna, Austria

The Museumsquartier

VIENNA PARLIAMENT

This beautiful parliament has fountains and a statue of Athena out front. Aside from libraries, there are also bars and gyms inside.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

VIENNA CITY HALL (RATHAUS)

When I reached Vienna City Hall, I practically ran into a festival. They often have festivals and stalls set up in front of the city hall (Rathaus). I was still struck by how pretty it was though. The Rathaus in Munich was gorgeous and so was the one in Budapest, but Vienna’s sure follows suit!

Vienna, Austria

Isn’t it grand?

Vienna, Austria

Around Christmas, there’s a Christmas market here.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

VOTIVE CHURCH

I couldn’t help by notice the church next to the city hall. The very unique Neo-Gothic architecture was eye-catching and I just had to peek inside.

Vienna, Austria

I went to a few churches in Vienna, but I liked Votive Church the most. It’s not the largest church in town, but it has a certain atmosphere.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL

And from one church to another. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a Gothic construction with a 137-meter-high spire and a beautiful decorated roof. With more than one million visitors per year, it’s one of Austria’s most popular sights.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

HUNDERTWASSER HOUSE

And now to a completely different side of Vienna. It’s easy to visit those usual tourist sights, but I like to find the quirky ones as well. And I did, at Kegelgasse 36-38.

Vienna, Austria

The Hundertwasser house is 1,4 km from the city center

This street is home to the famous Hundertwasser house with a colorfully decorated facade. Although it wasn’t exactly a hidden gem, I still liked that it was a different.

Vienna, Austria

VIENNA STADTPARK

Close to the Hundertwasser buildings is Vienna Stadtpark. This green oasis within the bustling city was super lovely. A quiet place with a little lake, birds and frogs.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

BELVEDERE PALACE

Vienna is home to several palaces. There’s Hofburg, there’s Schönbrunn Palace and then there’s the Belvedere Palace.

Vienna, Austria

Belvedere is a historic area with two main complexes: The upper and the lower Belvedere. The gardens surrounding the palace are really beautiful. Just look at all that green, the water basins and cascades of nymphs and goddesses.

Vienna, Austria

It’s located in the city, not far from St. Charles Church.

Vienna, Austria

CAKE, SUSHI AND A WIENER SCHNITZEL

All that sightseeing makes a travel blogger hungry (I’ll use any excuse ) And the food… Oh my goodness, it’s sooo good.

First day, I had amazing sushi at Wasabi Wien, then a great Wiener Schnitzel at Grand Hotel and for desserts and snacks: lots and lots of cake at Aida konditorei. Another Viennese specialty is the famous Sacher cake and Vienna coffee at Sacher Hotel. Double-yum!

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Wiener Schnitzel is the Viennese dish, and it’s best at Figlmueller, the king of schnitzel restaurants.

Grand Hotel, Vienna

VIENNA SILHOUETTES

Vienna is magnificent. It’s easy on the eye, and the architecture and symmetrical lines make it a photographer’s dream. I was truly sad to leave when the time came. But I was off to a new exciting destination: Slovakia, my 50th country.

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I’ll leave you with a few sunset silhouettes of Vienna and this advice: If you have yet to visit Vienna, make it a priority to go. It’s such a beautiful capital. Might even be the prettiest in Europe.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Many thanks to Vienna Tourism for hosting me on this trip to Vienna. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you been to Vienna? What’s your favorite sight?

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Craving a getaway to a cultural city of world-renowned cake, classic architecture and all-around perfect enchantment? Welcome to Vienna. The Austrian capital is flecked with coffee houses, museums, history and imperial palaces. And the best part is that everything is in super close range. Most of Vienna’s major attractions are located around the Ringstrasse, a historic city center that is easily visited on foot. Here are the top things to do in Vienna, Austria.
Craving a getaway to a cultural city of world-renowned cake, classic architecture and all-around perfect enchantment? Welcome to Vienna. The Austrian capital is flecked with coffee houses, museums, history and imperial palaces. And the best part is that everything is in super close range. Most of Vienna’s major attractions are located around the Ringstrasse, a historic city center that is easily visited on foot. Here are the top things to do in Vienna, Austria.

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Miriam

Travel blogger at Adventurous Miriam
I’m Miriam Risager, and this site has been my scrap-book, playground and home since 2013. I launched this blog as a way to share my journey, as well as share the hows, whys and wheres for other travelers.