Sightseeing in Vienna

Are you in Vienna for the very first time? Don’t worry, we provide you with the best tips for your trip!

The Republic of Austria is divided into 9 federal states. One of them is the city of Vienna, which is also the capital of Austria. Almost 2 million inhabitants live in Vienna, making it the most populous city in Austria and the 6th largest city in the European Union.

Culturally, the capital of Austria was shaped in the 19th century by its supporting function as the capital of the empire of Austria. The historic city center of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna's architecture is characterized by cultural and historical sites as well as modern buildings.

Sight-Seeing in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

From your apartment at Sunrise Apartments Vienna take the subway line U4 to reach the summer residence of Emperor Franz Josep the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. Apart from visiting the unique palace garden of Schönbrunn, 40 out of 1444 rooms can still be visited today. These include guest rooms, working rooms as well as living rooms, which are kept in the original condition as they were during the Austrian imperial era. In the middle of the palace garden you will find the “Tiergarten Schönbrunn”, which the emperor Franz Joseph liked to explore by foot and enjoyed long walks up to the Gloriette.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

“Stephansplatz” - St. Stephen’s Square –the heart of Vienna’s city center – acts as a landmark of Vienna. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is also called “Steffl” by locals and can be visited free of charge without admission. There are in total of 343 stairs to walk to be able to enjoy the extraordinary view from the southern tower of the cathedral. For those who would rather take the elevator can enjoy another breathtaking view form the north tower of the cathedral.

Vienna State Opera

Without a doubt, the Vienna State Opera is one of many impressive buildings in Vienna. Watching a performance at the State Opera is an unforgettable experience and is accessible for those on a tight budget. Not many know that you can buy tickets for as low as € 3 an hour before the start of a performance. The best view of the Opera can be enjoyed from the terrace of the Albertina Museum.

The historical city center – the inner city

A very special flair enchants the city of Vienna. By walking through the city center of Vienna, you are guaranteed to pass a great number of sights. The “Ringstraße” is Vienna’s most famous street. It surrounds the city center of Vienna and is colloquially called “The Ring”. The best way to get to know Vienna’s sights is by literally walking the “Ringstraße”. You will pass the popular “Burggarten” which is very well visited during the summertime by locals and tourists alike. The Austrian Parliament, reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture is walking distant just across the road. Right next to the Parliament you will find Vienna’s Municipality which hosts events that attract locals and tourists alike all year long. The Municipality’s most renown event is the Christmas market known as the “Christkindl Markt”. Another interesting building which faces the Viennese Town Hall is the “Burgtheater” which enjoys a long tradition in Vienna’s cultural scene. Just before the University of Vienna you will pass two magnificent museums – Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Art History. Continuing the walk on the ring street, you arrive at the “Heldenplatz” and the “Hofburg” and if you decide to continue to walk through the “Hofburg” you will eventually arrive at the “Graben” where luxurious fashion products are sold.

Tip: Kahlenberg and Donauinsel

The Donau Insel – literally danube island - is an artificially created island on the Danube river with a total length of 21km. It was built in the 70s and 80s with the function of protection against possible floods. Until today, the “Donauinsel” remains a very popular excursion and recreation destination for many locals. It is a fantastic place to picnic, go for a run or cycle along the Danube river.
The best view over Vienna offers “Kahlenberg”. Thanks to the altitude of 480m above sea level and its location north of Vienna, “Kahlenberg” stands out with a panoramic view over Vienna. Many locals use “Kahlenberg” as recreation area and hike or bike up the mountain to reach either “Kahlenberg” or the “Cobenzl” which is situated nearby. Surrounded by an abundance of vineyards, there are many wine taverns that welcome visitors of all kinds. Drinking a „Spritzer“ is a must!

Cafés, Restaurants and Food-Markets

Brunnenmarkt and Naschmarkt

The “Brunnenmarkt” or “Orient around the Corner” how locals often refer to it is an experience of itself and reflects Vienna’s multicultural side. It is local food market, reasonably priced where you will find a great variety of fruits, vegetables, different cheeses, meat and even clothes. If you want to get a taste of the real Vienna, the “Brunnenmarkt” is the first address to go to.

Simiar to “Brunnenmarkt”, “Naschmarkt” mirrors Vienna’s multicultural population. At “Naschmarkt” you will find mostly spices of all kinds, fruits and vegetables. As in many bazars around the world, “Naschmarkt” attracts young and old alike with little grocery shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. Two very popular restaurant at “Naschmarkt” at “NENI’s” and “tewa”. Both offer home-made and organic oriental food in a super cozy atmosphere.

“Schesch Besch” – is the first address for middle eastern food, which is located near the “Schwarzenbergplatz” and the Vienne State Opera. “Schesch Besch” offers a variety of different Middle Eastern, Azerbaijani as well as Russian delicacies along home-made warm and cold beverages such as home brewed Arabic coffee with cardamom or Limo-Nana. The “Schesch Besch” is not only known for its delicious food but it also acts a shisha lounge bar.

Viennese Coffee Culture

Viennese coffee culture enjoys a long tradition. That is why a visit to one of the many traditional Viennese coffee houses is a must during your stay in the city. The most traditional and well-known coffee houses in Vienna are the “Café Sacher” next to the Vienna State Opera; the “Café Central” at “Graben” or the “Café Landtmann” across Vienna’s Municipality. The “Café Landtmann” is known for its exquisite and home-made pastries such as the Vienne’s Apple Strudel.