Museums etc.

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Most popular among tourists (for very good reasons): Belvedere, Schönbrunn, Hofburg, Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury)


A nice park-just across the Heldenplatz close to the congress venue. The collection of rose varieties is spectacular-make yourself comfortable at one of the many benches under the flowering roses and enjoy the smell and beauty of the flowers. Museum

Simply breathtaking if you enjoy fine arts!

Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History)

Twin building to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and facing it. Well-regarded gems and minerals collection; revolving special exhibits; Venus of Willendorf. Good café.


This museum of applied art offers a fantastic collection of furniture. Especially the Thonet chairs, which represent a technological innovation of making chairs that has become popular throughout the entire world…

Museumsquartier (MQ)

An unmatched juxtaposition of old and new: the former Habsburg stables and riding halls today host a number of design shops, restaurants and a concert/theater venue. Right in the middle of the huge area you can find two architecturally interesting modern art museums, free WiFi and free lounge chairs. Treat yourself with a “Cupcakes” sweet or an excellent halloumi pita from “Kantine”.

Leopold Museum

Modern art museum inside MQ (see above). Focuses on Austrian artists, such as Klimt and Schiele. Good café.

Heeresgeschichtlisches Museum (Museum of Military History)

Featuring exhibitions on the Thirty Years War, wars against the Ottomans, First World War, etc. The museum is housed in the Arsenal.

Technisches Museum (Technical Museum)

Science and industry museum. Fun for kids. Near Schönbrunn.

Haus des Meeres

Housed in a former Flak tower in the 6th district, this is the "Aqua Terra Zoo." Features marine and fresh water animals, terrariums, free-ranging marmosets, leaf-cutter ants buzzing along in the clear plastic handrails throughout the facility.

Altes AKH (University Campus)

A popular place for (not only) students to hang out, relax in the grass or enjoy some beer outside.

Ring-Round on the tram

Take one of the Ring trams (parts of the regular tram lines 1, 2, D, 71; NOT the expensive Tourist trap “Vienna Ring Tram”!) from Stadtpark to the University of Vienna – you’ll comfortably pass by the famous Ring buildings: Opera House, Art History Museum, Natural History Museum, Hofburg, Parliament, National Theater, Town Hall…)

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