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  • Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

    1. Vienna: Spanish Riding School Training

    Visit the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and observe the horses during their training. In the magnificent setting of the baroque Winter Riding Academy, the training offers an insight into the years of training of the Lipizzaners and their riders. The morning exercise of the horses is accompanied by classical Viennese music. The Training includes relaxation exercises, refining and perfecting movement and strengthening certain muscles. The famous school jumps levade, courbette and capriole, which are shown as part of the performances by the Spanish Riding School, are not practiced on a daily basis and can only sometimes be seen during the morning exercise. The white Lipizzaner stallions are put through their paces by their riders almost every day. The primary objective of the morning exercise is to maintain the horses’ athleticism and health, as well as to build up various muscle groups...

    Its fun to see the training. Unfortunately I didn’t know there were different types of tickets so we didn’t have great seats. But we enjoyed it all the same.

  • Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

    2. Vienna City Card: Discounts and Public Transport

    With the Vienna City Card, you can go anywhere in Austria's beautiful capital city. Just validate your pass at the nearest ticket machine and head out on your way! Upon validation, you'll have 24, 48 or 72 hours to explore the entire city with free and unlimited access to public transportation, including the metro, trams, regional trains, buses, and night buses (zone 100). The Vienna City Card also lets you visit some of the city's most important sights. Get discounts at plenty of Vienna's museums, exhibitions, theatres, concerts, shops, cafés, restaurants, and wine taverns. Vienna is waiting for you! You can learn about all the details and discounts from the digital city guide for Vienna. The app is available for download on the Google Play and Apple App Store. If you're traveling with your family, you're in luck as one child under the age of 15 travels free with each city card holde...

    Unfortunately not available for a week. Very handy for public transport and discount museums.

  • Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    3. Vienna: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus & Free WiFi

    Red Route

    1. Opera/Oper 

    2. House of Music/Haus der Musik 

    3. Museums Quartier/ Mariahilferstrasse 

    4. Museums / Hofburg

    5. Rathaus / City Hall 

    6. Votivkirche 

    7. Augarten 

    8. Prater 

    9. Pier 3 

    10. Blue Danube/Pier 8- DDSG River Cruise 

    11. Danube Tower/Donauturm 

    12. Old Danube/Alte Donau 

    13. UNO CITY / DC Tower 

    14. Danube Island/Donauinsel 

    15. Schwedenplatz/Danube Canal (River Cruise) 

    16. Stadtpark

    On this route, you will learn more about the history of the famous Ring Street and the Hofburg Palace getting to know the life of the Habsburgs in Vienna. You will also have the possibility to explore the Prater with its Giant Ferris Wheel as well as the Danube Island.

    Schönbrunn Blue Route

    1. Museums/Hofb...

    We enjoyed our Big Bus experience overall, but primarily due to the guided walking tour we added. Our guide Charles was absolutely amazing. His tour was so informative and fun and one of the highlights of our stay. The buses overall were not as helpful, as the routes covered a relatively small space, ran infrequently and at unpredictable times, meaning we missed several scheduled buses and had to walk to our destinations, and because the portion of the day they ran was fairly limited (arrived at the stop near our hotel at 11, stopped running by 17) it wasn’t as useful as we had hoped. Commentary was interesting when we were able to ride.

  • Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

    4. Vienna: Classical Concert in St. Anne's Church

    Enjoy a concert by a string quartet of musicians who perform in renowned Viennese orchestras. The programs include works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and other composers associated with the Viennese Classic. St. Anne's Church, the concert venue, is located in the heart of Vienna and is considered an architectural masterpiece with splendid acoustics and Baroque ambiance. • Schubert, Haydn, and Beethoven October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20 December 23, 26, 28, 30 January 4, 5, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29 February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5, 12, 19, 26 • Haydn and Schubert October 12, 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7, 14, 21 January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15, 22 • Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, 25 December 2, 9, 16, 22, 25, 27, 29 January 1, 2, 3, 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 •...

    We loved the concert. The quartet of musicians were absolutely enjoying themselves as professionals and it made the performance so enjoyable to watch and listen. Would enjoy it even longer than that 1 hour. The church itself is stunning and intimate, with great acoustics. We sat in the front row all alone, I think it was the best - Never been so close to violins before. Cons: people applauded between movements.

  • Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

    5. Performance Of The Lipizzans At Spanish Riding School

    Enjoy the Ballet of the White Stallions at the unique, baroque Winter Riding School at Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI. These performances are the result of years of training for the rider and their Lipizzans. The Spanish riding school is the only institution in the world which has practiced classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole for more than 450 years. From the young, boisterous stallions to the fully trained School Stallions, they enchant the audience with their performance of breathtaking excercises such as caprioles, Levade and many more. The physique and grace of Lipizzans are ideally suited to the High School of Classical Horsemanship. They are Europe's oldest horse breed. The exercise and preservation of the High School of Classical Horsemanship are some of the core tasks carried out by the Spanish Riding School which is inscribed on the UNES...

    This was my father-in-law’s bucket list thing to do in Vienna and was not disappointed! We all had a great time!

  • Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church

    6. Classic Ensemble Vienna in St. Peter's Church

    Experience St. Peter's Church, one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Vienna. The church was built from 1701 to 1733 according to plans by Lukas von Hildebrand. Let the Classic Ensemble Vienna enchant you here with an evening of Classical music. Hear wonderful interpretations of works by famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and many more. Hear "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," let the music lead you through "The Four Seasons" and follow musical stories by Mozart, Bach and Schubert. Enjoy these Classical works in the indescribably ambience of the underground vaults of St. Peter's Church in the heart of Vienna.

    Fantastic! Would see this again and again. Great to watch the musicians in such an intimate environment.

  • Ticket for Mozart & Strauss Concert in Kursalon Vienna

    7. Ticket for Mozart & Strauss Concert in Kursalon Vienna

    The "Salonorchester Alt Wien" offers a unique program of the most celebrated compositions by the "waltz-king" Johann Strauss, and that most brilliant exponent of Viennese Classicism, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Experience one of the best-known performances of classic Viennese music at this fabulous concert in the world capital of music. Virtuosic musicians, opera-singers, and enchanting Ballet soloists will present an evening full of Viennese charm, from the lusty sounds of the waltz and the polka to the dramatic arias and duets. Listen to the best operatic works and concertos, by two of the world's greatest composers, performed by artists at the highest pinnacle of excellence.

    Outstanding performance … Better than anything we expected, by far! … 8 piece orchestra, supported by 2 ballet dancers & 2 singers … a wonderful evening, one of the highlights of our holiday.

  • Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

    8. Vienna: Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

    Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens and gain quick access inside this Viennese gem on a guided tour that includes skip-the-line tickets. Follow a licensed guide through lavish interiors, learn about the Habsburgs Royal Family, and explore the ornate palace gardens. Meet your guide in front of the palace and start with an informative introduction to the history of the royal compound. Receive a modern audio device so that you can always hear the tour’s live narration along the way. Benefit from priority entrance tickets and gain quick access inside the palace. Marvel at the grand entrance and begin your guided walk through 22 staterooms of the famous Austrian palace. Admire the 40-meter long Great Gallery and the Hall of Ceremonies and see how the Habsburg Dynasty lived as you stroll through lavish halls and peek into private chambers. Listen to entertaining stories about the forme...

    It was ok.Definitely a guide is needed for Schonbrunn (in my opinion) but since the rooms got crowded too quickly I found the information provided a bit superficial(since we could spend a limited amount of time in a room).I would give a 4.5 if I was able.

  • Vienna: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

    9. Vienna: 1-Hour Boat Tour on the Danube Canal

    Embark on a boat trip along the Danube Canal through the historical and modern city of Vienna. Once known as the “Vienna Water,” the “Vienna Arm," and the “Little Danube," this route of today’s Danube Canal was the main arm of the Danube in the Middle Ages. On this tour, see important buildings including the Uniqa Tower, the Urania Observatory, hotels and commercial buildings by Jean Nouvel, and the Media Tower by Hans Hollein. Take a look at the Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner, the Ringturm, the Rossauer Barracks, and the waste incineration plant of Spttelau designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Below the lock, the boat turns around and heads back to the starting point. Let the new Vienna and its countless graffiti art pieces and trendy areas enchant you as they pass by.

    The boat tour was exactly on time and we could sit on the outside or inside the boat. We sat inside and had a great view of the river and surrounding buildings. The menu is reasonable. Overall it was a very relaxing experience.

  • Vienna: Concert in Kursalon with Dinner

    10. Vienna: Concert in Kursalon with Dinner

    Experience an incredible evening in classic style and enjoy the most beautiful compositions of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Enjoy the whole repertoire of classical music and admire the excellent opera singers and fascinating ballet soloists. Begin the evening with a 3-course meal in the in-house restaurant "Das Johann" and enjoy the Salonorchester of Old Vienna's music in the Kursalon. Hear beautiful operettas and impressive solo concerts by the 2 best composers in the world, performed with incredible artistry. 

    The concert was amazing. Most probably because it was the first concert after a long time. The venue is great, the atmosphere is great and the musicians, singers and dancers were amazing. The dark side of this attraction is dinner. There was wedding fest going on at the same restaurant with loud music playing, the tables and chairs were brought from the terrace and the seating has been arrange in the empty hall from furnishings that remain after the wedding fest. Just four-five table in the big room with loud music coming from the next door. No possibility to go sit outside where majority of people coming from the street ate. The staff really did not care about the people who bought this package. Just "ok, we have to somehow feed you". The service was bad, the food was also absolutely average. The cheapest possible option. If I go again, I would go to the concert but not to the dinner. You better go and eat what you want and sit where you want with the proper atmosphere.

Frequently asked questions about Vienna

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days?

    You could see the sights of Vienna in three or four days but, if you can, it's worth booking longer in order to fully experience its exhibitions, concerts, and highbrow cultural life!

  • How to get around?

    Vienna's public transport network is excellent. With buses, trams, trains, and relatively new metro lines, hiring a car will be more hassle than it's worth! Taxis are affordable and the city's bicycle friendly too, so consider renting two wheels for your stay if you've got the legs for it!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +43
  • Best time to visit
    Any time of the year!

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