Schönbrunn Palace: A former imperial summer residence with beautifully landscaped gardens, a maze, and the oldest existing zoo in the world. The palace's rooms showcase the splendor of the Habsburg monarchy.
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom): Located in the heart of Vienna, this iconic Gothic cathedral is known for its colorful tile roof, and visitors can climb the South Tower for panoramic city views.
The Hofburg: The former imperial palace in the center of Vienna, now home to the Austrian President's office, several museums, the Spanish Riding School, and the Imperial Apartments.
Belvedere Palace: Comprising two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), beautiful gardens, and home to Gustav Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss" in the Belvedere Museum.
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper): One of the leading opera houses in the world, offering a wide program that changes daily with operas and ballets.
Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel: A large public park in Vienna's 2nd district, featuring the Wurstelprater amusement park and the iconic Wiener Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel).
Albertina: An art museum housing one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with works from Monet to Picasso, located in a former Habsburg palace.
Kunsthistorisches Museum: One of the most important museums in the world, its collections range from Ancient Egyptian to late 18th-century European art, including works by Raphael, Titian, and Bruegel.
Naschmarkt: Vienna's most popular market, offering a variety of fresh international foods, spices, and restaurants, dating back to the 16th century.
Vienna Woods (Wienerwald): The forested highlands that frame the western edge of Vienna, offering outdoor recreation, beautiful landscapes, and the scenic Kahlenberg hill.
Day Trips from Vienna:
Melk Abbey: A stunning Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River, known for its impressive Baroque architecture and library.
Wachau Valley: A picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Danube, famous for its wine, charming villages like Dürnstein, and scenic landscapes.
Bratislava, Slovakia: The capital of Slovakia, easily accessible from Vienna, offers a charming old town, Bratislava Castle, and a unique post-communist atmosphere.
Graz: Austria's second-largest city, known for its well-preserved historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contemporary architecture like the Kunsthaus Graz.
Salzburg: The birthplace of Mozart and the setting for "The Sound of Music," Salzburg charms visitors with its baroque architecture and fortress.
Neusiedler See: Central Europe's largest endorheic lake, offering outdoor activities like bird watching, sailing, and cycling around the lake.
Semmering Railway: A scenic train ride along the world's first mountain railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering stunning views and hiking opportunities.