Things to do
Located in Vienna’s second district, the Wiener Prater, or “Wurstelprater” as it is sometimes known, is the world’s oldest amusement park. Entrance is completely free of charge and it is open 10am til midnight everyday, 7 days a week! The amusement park is open from 15th March – 31st October each year, though the Ferris Wheel and surrounding parks and restaurants are open all year round!Wiener RiesenradLiliputbahnAlt Wiener GrottenbahnPraterturmNot convinced? Check out the video here! With state-of-the-art projection, allow yourself to be whisked away into the beautiful night sky! With an accurate and clear depiction of the stars onto a dome-shaped surface, this artificial sky can be viewed regardless of the weather outside. Children under 4 go free!
- Built in 2010 and standing at an impressive 117m tall, the Prater Tower is great fun for all ages, and only 5 euros for a ride!
- A train-ride through every child’s favourite stories, this attraction takes its visitors through the magical world of fairy-tales! Meet Little Red, Max and Moritz, among many other favourites. Designed by Robert Tar, the attraction includes a beautiful little shop where everyone can buy dolls and bears resembling their favourite characters.
- Another landmark of the Prater area, the Liliputbahn is a small steam-train, available to take visitors on a 4km ride through the park. Built over 75 years ago, this is another iconic piece of the city, and the trip through the park’s tree-lined main alley (Hauptallee) is 20 minutes of pure joy. If you can’t get enough of this train, you’ll find another one located at the Donaupark!
- Built in 1897, this iconic attraction cannot be missed and is a must-do for all visitors to Vienna. Now a permanent part of the Viennese skyline, a ride on this beautiful construction offers breathtaking views of Austria’s capital.
- Here are just some of the attractions the park has to offer, for a full list of what’s available, check out their website HERE!
Shopping in Vienna
Expect to be bamboozled by the variety of shopping possibilities in Vienna. You can find elegant boutiques, department stores and most of the famous chains, but also a diverse range of specialty shops in the city center and its surrounding districts. And if you need a break from all that shopping, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee houses everywhere.
In Vienna’s center, you can find the most fashionable shopping streets. For example, the Kärntnerstrasse, which connects the Opera House to St. Stephen’s Cathedral on Stephansplatz, is situated here. From Stephansplatz to the West, you can also find the upmarket Graben and, a little bit further, the Kohlmarkt, where you can find a lot of designer labels. Sometimes, this area is called “the golden quarter”, so have your wallet ready and shop on! 😉 Of course you can also find a lot of souvenir shops and mainstream stores all over Vienna.
Don’t forget that most stores are closed on Sundays!
Kärtner Strasse stretches from the Opera house (U1,U2,U4 Karlsplatz) to Stephansplatz (U1,U3 Stephansplatz) and is one of the most popular shopping streets in Vienna. The street is home to a diverse range of upscale stores of a great variety (think: jewelry, books, music, fashion, stationery…) as well as souvenir booths, restaurants, bars and even the Vienna Casino.Even emperor Franz Joseph already travelled the Mariahilfer Straße, when he wanted to go back and forth between Schloss Schönbrunn and the Hofburg. This street connects the Ringstraße to the Gürtel and spans about 2 km between the sixth and seventh district. Today, this is probably the most beloved shopping street in Vienna, offering an interesting mixture of goods, appealing to different audiences, in basically every price range. This big shopping street with its wide bystreets has attracted hundreds of shops, including flagship stores of international companies, especially focusing on fashion, shoes, accessories and home decor. Since the Autumn of 2013, the Mariahilfer Straße is partly pedestrianized.
- A trip to the modern Gumpendorfer Straße in the sixth district, a little bit South of Mariahilfer Straße will also be worth your while!
Further shopping centres
- Wien Mitte
- Lugner City
- Gasometer City
- Q19 Einkaufsquartier Döbling
- Shopping City Süd
- DONAU ZENTRUM
- G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf
- Mariahilfer Straße
Ball season in Vienna
Ball season is a huge part of Austrian society, and more than 450 balls take place in Vienna each year. Over 2000 hours of dancing unite the crème-de-la-crème of Austrian high society throughout January and February, though anyone can attend with a ticket and some fancy clothes. Just be warned, you’ll be expected to waltz!
Here are just a few of the more famous balls that take place each year:
Ball of Vienna Philharmonic
In January each year, the Vienna Philharmonic Ball takes place in the historic Musikverein, which transforms one of Vienna’s best concert halls into an elegant dance floor. The entire building is decorated with flowers for the festivities, and the president of Austria attends every year!
Tickets €170/€60 for students
Vienna Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball
One of the many profession-oriented balls, the Vienna Coffeehouse Owner’s Ball is one of the most renowned. The Imperial Palace provides an exquisite backdrop to the endless music and dancing, as well as food, and coffee of course!
Tickets €135/€60 for students
Artists from all over the world gather to take part in one of Vienna’s most extravagant balls. The Vienna State Opera Orchestra performs under the baton of distinguished conductors, alongside performances from the Wiener Staatsballet and other international stars.
Tickets start at €290
Now an integral part of any confectioner’s calendar, the Bonbon ball has been around since World War 2. It is now famed for its crowning of ‘Miss Bonbon’ each year, selecting a young lady each year to travel the world as a representative of the sweets industry.
Tickets start at €99/€48 for students
The Fête Impériale is one of the few balls to take place outside the season. This summer ball revives imperial elegance for one night each year in the iconic Spanish Riding School, with processions, debutants, traditional dancing and much more.
Tickets from €130/€55 for students
Apart from Fitness, there are obviously numerous other possibilities to get sporty! Did you know that more than half of Vienna consists of parks and green spaces? Vienna offers plenty of recreational opportunities: hiking, jogging, inline skating, ice skating, swimming… you name it!
In a city with that many parks and green spaces, running is one of the most popular forms of outdoor sports. Last year, more than 25,000 people from 80 nationalities participated in the Vienna City Marathon, Austria’s biggest running event. Of course, you don’t have to start off immediately with a marathon!
At Prater Park or Prater Hauptallee, you will find a bunch of fellow runners, from beginners to pro’s, but obviously there are many other tracks and venues as well. Since recently, Vienna has signposted running tracks, complete with useful info and milestones. Wienläuft.at lists many of these tracks HERE.
You can also experience Vienna and/or discover its nature at a slower pace. The Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, Danube Canal Promenade, Stadtpark and Türkenschanz Park are ideal if you’re looking for flat routes, while the Vienna Woods are more of challenge due to the ascents and descents. Of course, the signposted running tracks mentioned above are not only great for running, but also for jogging and/or walking.There are 1,200 km of bicycle paths in Vienna for you to discover, from the famous cycling path along the Danube to the Ringstraβe tour… If you’re feeling more adventurous, you should consider mountain biking in Vienna’s woods. In addition to spectacular buildings, perfect for sightseeing, Vienna also offers some excellent swimming pools. Amalienbad with its Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements, for example, is one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever seen. In the same Art Nouveau style there’s also Jörgerbad, the oldest indoor pool in Vienna. Another architectural masterpiece is Stadthallenbad, one of the most popular swimming pools in Vienna. If you’re looking for a little bit more, like massage jets, water canons and whirlpools, you should visit Hütteldorf indoor pool. If you’re looking for a fun experience for kids, try Dianabad.Austria has a lot of mountains, but those are not the only places you could climb. Vienna also offers some excellent indoor climbing facilities. Since 2012, the former post-sorting center transformed into Vienna Boulderbar, a climbing hall with a light and airy ambience. Kletterhalle (“Climbing Hall”) is Austria’s largest climbing hall and offers something for everyone: from beginners to pro’s.If you want to be outdoors in the fresh air, you could climb on the Flakturm in Esterhazypark, offering a spectacular view over the city, at Pier 9 or in one of the three climbing parks: the Climbing Park Danube Island, the High Wire Climbing Garden at Gänsehäufel or the Kahlenberg Forest Rope Park in Vienna’s woods.
Jogging, Hiking, Walking
Be active in Winter!
It wouldn’t be Austria, if we didn’t mention winter sports! It goes without saying that you’re close to many famous skiing and snowboard areas if you’re living in Vienna. Therefore we will only mention the possibilities in the center of Vienna. It is worth mentioning that you could go curling at Vienna Ice World, the Badeschiff and maybe even at the Museumsquartier, if you’re lucky ;).It might come as a surprise, but you can even go tobogganing on several meadows in the center if there’s sufficient snowfall. But even if there’s not enough snow, not all hope is lost! When the temperatures drop below -2° C, the Prater’s Jesuitenwiese meadow always gets transformed into a toboggan run with artificial snow. The same goes for Kaffeehausberg in the Danube Park.
Within Vienna’s city center there are many ice skating rinks. From the end of January until the beginning of March, you can skate at Vienna Ice World, located right in front of Vienna’s city hall. But that’s not the only place where you can skate outdoors in Vienna, there is also the Wiener Eislaufverein near the Stadtpark, Eisring Süd, or even the Engelmann artificial ice rink, located on a rooftop! Indoor ice skating is also an option, for example at Eisring Süd, Albert Schultz Eishalle or Wiener Stadthalle.
Combining social contacts and sports has never been easier than when joining a sports club. Furthermore, it is definitely more motivating to do sports if you’re not alone. You’re in this together!Acrobatics are practiced at Sportunion Döbling.Vienna’s baseball or softball teams are the Vienna Lawnmowers and the Wanderers.You can improve your dancing skills at Aktiv TSC Tanzsportclub, Perform, Triple*G Hip-Hop Tanzsportverein or Wiener TanzSport-Verband. Every Friday night at 21:00 (March-October), a bunch of inline skaters meet at Heldenplatz to go skating through the city. From there, specific roads are blocked off to provide a different route each week. We cannot forget the numerous soccer teams in Vienna. You can find information on all of them HERE. Or maybe you prefer to play tennis? Altmannsdorfer TC, Florisdorfer Turnverein, Postsportverein Wien, S.C. Hakoah, Sportunion West-Wien, Turnverein Kagran or Wiener Tennisverband are your clubs!
If you are into swimming there are also different options. You can join ASV Wien, Erster Wiener Donau Schwimm Club 1903, Landesschwimmverband Wien, Österreichischer Schwimmverband (OSV), RUSH Swimming, S.C. Hakoah, Schwimmklub im Theresianum, Vienna Aquatic SC or Wasser-Rettung Landesverband Wien.
Vienna also offers many possibilities to practice martial arts. You can for example go boxing at Center Florisdorf, practice Hap Ki Do at BBSV Wien or Kampfkunstschule Dojang. There you could also learn Jiu Jitsu, for instance. Judo is found at several places across the city, for example at Judo Club DSG Wien, Sportunion Döbling or Union West-Wien. There are also other centers, specialized in martial arts, such as Center 6, Kampfkunstforum, and clubs like ICAMA, Song Shan, Kenshikan, Mudokwan etc.
Vienna’s ice hockey teams are called EC Chiefs, EHC Vienna Flyers (women), EHV Sabres (women), KSV EC Flowers, the Vienna Capitals and Wiener Eislöwen. For figure skating, google Eislaufverband Wien. The different clubs are listed under Wiener Vereine.
If you want to play basketball, you can find likeminded people at Wiener Basketballverband, the Danube City Timberwolves, the Flying Foxes or the Basket Flames. Different sports unions also offer basketall, including Sportunion Döbling, Union West-Wien and the Jewish S.C. Hakoah.
At Sportunion Döbling you can also find a badminton team, as well as at Sportunion Donaufeld, Sportunion PRA, Union Aktiv Brigittenau, Union Rot-Weiβ, WAT 11, WAT Favoriten, and WAT Liesing. In addition, there is Wiener Badminton Verband, WAT Badminton Hernals and BC Donaustadt.
You can join an American Football team or its cheerleading squad. Vienna houses the Vienna Vikings, the Danube Dragons or the Vikings Ladies.
Major tourist attractions include the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schönbrunn – approximately 7.3 million people visited these former homes of Habsburg royals in 2012. The world’s oldest zoo, the Sissi Museum, the royal jewellery collection, the Habsburg tombs, and the Spanish Riding School are all located at these palaces. Set aside 3 days to fully enjoy the splendor of Schönbrunn and the Hofburg. Schloß Belvedere, the former home of Prince Eugen who won dozens of battles for the Habsburg Empire and secured their supremacy in Southeast Europe, is also a must see in Vienna. Klimt’s “The Kiss” is the crowning glory of this palace turned museum.
Other highlights include the Burgtheater, the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna State Library, the Albertina, the amusement park Prater and its 1897 Ferris Wheel, the Ringstrasse and the Vienna Boys’ Choir, just to mention a few. Other important sights are Schweizerhof, Heldenplatz, Ring Street in general, the historic 1st district, numerous churches, palaces, Museumsquartier, Hundertwasserhaus and much more.
You would prefer not to spend weeks upon weeks exploring Viennese sights? We got the right thing for you. Enjoy a 50 minutes long 5 D show, trip, theatrical and museum-like experience about Vienna.
At Time Travel Vienna you will experience an entertaining trip back in time through all of Vienna’s centuries, seeing all great sights as well as the most influential people and events of Vienna. Their highlights are:
5D action cinema
Music in Vienna – Waltz ride
War Years – Aircraft alarm in the bunker
Dream flight on a fiaker carriage
Wild Urb’s Emotional Places
Vienna displays countless architectural treasures embedded into beautiful urban spaces and cutting edge collections of contemporary art. Take a walking or bike tour of Vienna with one of our local tour guides and you can astonish the city’s fascinating history and culture. If you would like to explore on your own we can recommend you our partner Wild Urb. They have numerous route suggestions for you and great info about Vienna on their webpage. We’ve got one walking tour for you here:
Challenge: 1 (Sandal)
Circuit: Old town including Josefsplatz,
Ballgasse, Stephansplatz and Schwedenplatz
Start point: Michaelerplatz (1010 Vienna)
Coordinates: 48°12’28.60″N, 16°22’1.16″E
Public transport: U3 > Herrengasse station
(5mins by foot to the starting point)
Urbs explore everything. This time it’s the old town, the vibrant and powerful beating heart of Vienna. Teaming life flows through the arteries of thecity and the multilingual soundscape, accompanied by the sound of horses hooves, gently penetrates into even the smallest side streets.A dash of mysticism flows through the forecourts and
courtyards of historic buildings, ancient history sticks to the imposing walls and a whiff of past centuries flows through the heart’s chambers. Until eventually it escapes through the valves at the Ring to be distributed to the surrounding organs, and there slowly evaporates.
This route penetrates deep into the old heart of Vienna, and with a bit of imagination past events and legends can almost be experienced. To achieve this effect it’s a good idea to take a book of legends in your back pack, and dive in at the onset of dusk or when it’s foggy.
Stock im Eisen
Zoo in Schoenbrunn
Why should you visit the zoo?
- Open 365 days a year, even on holidays!
- The zoo is located in the grounds of the iconic and beautiful Schönbrunn Palace.
- Easy to reach by public transport on the U4, tram (10, 58, 60) or bus (10A, 51A, 56A, 56B, 58A)
- Educational as well as fun – info points are located throughout the zoo, offering fascinating insight into the lives of the animals.
- Watch feedings throughout the day from elephants to penguins and everything in between!
- Take the panorama train to see all the glorious sights nearby, including the Schönbrunn palace and its beautiful surrounding gardens.
An abundance of cafes, restaurants and beer gardens within the zoo, so you certainly won’t go hungry or thirsty during your trip! Viennese and international specialties are available, often with great views of the animals so you can still enjoy them while you eat!