Vienna Bucket List

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The Austrian capital is imposing yet impressive, striking yet soft and most importantly FULL of great things to see, do, experience and of course, eat. To save you the trouble of knowing how to pick what to do (and what not to do), here’s a complete bucket list for the 20 top things to do in Vienna!


1. Go on a kaffehaus hop

Here – let us save you the time. This is a complete guide to the Vienna coffee houses – an institution that was created right her in Vienna. Yup, not invented by Starbucks.

2. Eat yourself into an Apple strudel-induced coma

Who doesn’t love a strudel? The Austrians invented it and the capital seems like the only viable option for where to enjoy it in all of its’ authentic, gooey, tasty deliciousness.

3. See a show at the Vienna State Opera House

Whether ballet or opera, be sure to stop by at one of Europe’s most impressive theatres. If you don’t have a ticket, try the last minute ticket office at the side entrance and grab a “standing only” ticket for a few euros.

4. Wander through Museumsquartier

If you’re looking for somewhere to just wander through to the sound of your headphones, then go straight to the museumsquartier neighbourhood. You will find yourself surrounded by impressive buildings, parks, and an array of choices for what to do next.

5. Browse the Collections at the Belvedere

Even if you come just to see Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”, you’d be doing yourself a favour. If you enjoy walking through history in the form of art, the Belvedere is a great museum to experience.


6. Try a pastry from Demel

If you visit in winter, go straight for the rich, chocolatey hot chocolate (that also comes with a generous serving of whipped cream to sweeten and soften. But if you’ve visiting at any other time, go straight for the pastry cabinet. You will be sure to find something to hypnotise you inside.

7. Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

If you’re up for a palace of grand proportions, then Schönbrunn is exactly where you should head next. The gardens are absolutely stunning in summer!

8. Eye off St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Right in the centre of town is this imposing and impressive Cathedral.

9. Ride the Riesenrad

Because who doesn’t love ferris wheels? Especially when they come with a view over the city!

10. Hundertwasserhaus

The colourful and quirky apartment block you’ve probably heard of with a tongue-twisting name should not go unseen!


11. Try a Wiener Schnitzel

If you’re not a vegetarian then you really can’t go past the opportunity to eat a schnitzel in its native land.

12. Visit the Leopold Museum

If you’ve got more room in your itinerary for museums then the Leopold should be next on your list.

13. Try the famous Sachertorte

Because… cake. Everyone loves cake. Go to Cafe Sacher for a coffee and the original cake itself.

14. Sip on Glühwein at the Christmas Markets

If you find yourself in Vienna during December then be sure to soak up the Christmas spirit by soaking yourself in some mulled wine (hot wine) with a sugary/spicy blend.

15. Take a day trip to Salzburg

Better yet, make it your next stop! If you don’t have any plans to visit Salzburg either before or after your time in Vienna, then be sure to at least make your way there for a day trip. The city of music is too beautiful to be missed!

Vienna in Winter

16. Spend up at Naschmarkt

Vienna’s most renowned market is a great way to pass time and mingle with the locals or score yourself a bargain!

17. Walk through Stadtpark

Vienna features many gorgeous parks but none more so than stadtpark.

18. Attend a Viennese Ball

If you so happen to be in Vienna during ball season, you really can’t go wrong by attending the famed Viennese Balls. Just be sure to dress your Sunday best, these things are fancy!

19. Stroll along the Danube

The Danube connects many of Europe, ending at the Black Sea. It is best enjoyed on a sunny afternoon with some street food snacks or a BYO picnic box.

20. Visit Tiergarten

Even though zoos are everywhere around the world, you can rarely say you’ve visited the oldest one in the world!

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    Nice post!

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    February 12, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Wow I never got the chance to visit this city but it’s definitely on my list.
    Sounds like a really peaceful place but at the time perfect for young people. 🙂

    Thank you for this article.

    Kenza from

    Vicki @ WITW
    February 12, 2016 at 1:54 am

    I was just in Vienna this past October and enjoyed quite a few of those things! I’d add – Eat several Kassekraners from the Bitzinger Stand! I’m heading back to Vienna next December and I’m looking forward to the Christmas Markets!

    <3 Vicki @

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    February 12, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I’ve done most of it:)

    February 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Yay! Thank you for this list! We’re planning a big all-over trip next year, and Vienna is on it, and I had NO idea what those cute colourful apartments were called until now!! I can add them to my list, woo!

    February 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Amazing! I am going to Vienna this spring/summer, this is very helpful.

    Victoria Perrone
    February 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I was in Vienna in April last year–the Opera House was a hop, skip, and jump away from my hotel and while I didn’t have tickets to the Opera–I did see some performances. There was a huge monitor assembled on the side of the Opera House and chairs set out on the sidewalk (which is literally 25 feet wide easily)–for two nights I caught performances live streamed with German closed captions. I don’t speak Italian or German, but the music came through. The first night was a historical farce probably set in France during the early 1700s. The next night was a modernized Greek tragedy set in a contemporary time period–very edgy.

    I think of it as one of the coolest things I stumbled upon while traveling and still remains one of the best parts of that trip.

    February 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Vienna looks so fun! I can’t wait to go someday! Thanks for all the tips, totally saving this.

    Alexandra // A Local Traveler
    February 11, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Great list! My parents met in Vienna thirty some years ago and it’s one of the top places I need to visit. Thanks for all the recommendations!!

    February 11, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I was in Vienna last year and it’s good to know I ticked off most of these. As for the others, I guess I’ll have to come back someday 😉
    I really like this type of posts. xx

    February 11, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Beautiful guide! I have been to Vienna before but there are certainly things I missed. I guess up just have to go again!


    February 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I went to Vienna 2 years ago and really didn’t make the most of it! I remember being so confused (first time alone abroad) and ended up hiding in a Starbucks before I flew to London. Can’t wait to go back and try Vienna again!
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    Karen Farber
    February 11, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Ah Vienna, looks so gorgeous! I’m craving a pastry now

    February 11, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I´m from Vienna and your Blog is so amazing! I especially love this post :). Good work, the best wishes and please come back in spring. Vienna looks very beautiful in spring, with all the flowers and light green trees xx