Vienna, Austria’s capital city and the cultural capital of Europe, is a city of incomparable flair and a dream for romantics and history enthusiasts alike. Baroque streetscapes, which juxtapose the Imperial Palaces, set the stage for Vienna’s artistic, coffee-obsessed, vibrant culture.

From splendid attractions, to carefully preserved traditions and the spirit of some of the world’s best musical artists, including Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, there is plenty to do in Vienna. Whether you’re planning on sightseeing at a relaxed pace, or have limited time to cram everything in, these are the 5 experiences you must have when in Austria’s Romantisch capital.

Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Visit Austria’s largest art museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, including the Kunstkammer’s remarkable collection of more than 2100 valuable objects which were collected through the centuries by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg.

Venture into the Habsburg Empire

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See the Imperial Palace complex, which was the winter residence of the Imperial Family; the historic Vienna Opera House and stunning St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Be sure to include a visit to the opulent Schonbrunn Palace, the former Imperial summer home and vast gardens that have a history which spans 300 years of the Habsburg Monarchy.

Stroll through Karntnerstrasse

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Spend an afternoon strolling through Karntnerstrasse, the most famous shopping avenue in Central Vienna. You can also hire a bicycle and ride through the city, stopping at a local cafe to enjoy a melange (Vienna’s version of a cappuccino) and Apfelstrudel.

Attend a Classical Music Recital

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Attend the Royal Waltz Concert to hear quintessential music in the city’s elegant Concert Hall.

Explore Vienna’s Vineyards

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Known as the wine capital of Austria, Vienna’s winemaking history dates back to the 12th Century. With over 630 producers in the city’s greater area, there is no shortage of options for vineyards to visit either!

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