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Schonbrunn Palace

Schloss Schönbrunn & Around 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

UNESCO World Heritage site, and visitors can tour up to 40 public salons and private apartments, including the Great Gallery, where JFK met Khrushchev in 1961. — Concierge

Once serving the Habsburg family as their summer residence, today this site tops the visitor's list and warrants a day in itself (particularly in good weather when the gardens are full of... — The Telegraph

Schonbrunn Palace’s gardens rival many a famous French palace garden (ahem, Versailles). The main avenue stretches from the palace to the Fountain of Neptune, behind which the arched... — Let's Go

The 1,441-room Schönbrunn Palace was designed for the Habsburgs by those masters of the baroque, the von Erlachs. — Frommer's

Schönbrunn Palace, the huge Habsburg summer residence, lies within the city limits, just a few subway stops west of Karlsplatz on the U4. Bus. — Fodor's

Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Museum District & Neubau 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Across from Hofburg Palace, this huge building houses many of the fabulous art collections gathered by the Habsburgs as they added new territories to their empire. — Frommer's

The KM has increased my appreciation for historical works by artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder.” — Afar Magazine

The Italian Renaissance–style Kunsthistorisches (Art History Museum) was built near the Imperial Palace in 1891 to gather all the Hapsburgs' art under one roof. — Concierge

A collection... is without equal in terms of both variety and quality. — Michelin Guide

<span class="m_first-letter">A</span> magnificent palace built to house the vast collections of fine art that the Habsburgs had obtained throughout the centuries. Seeing these... — The Telegraph

Sigmund Freud Museum

Alsergrund & the University District 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum is the former home of Vienna's preeminent doctor of the mind, Sigmund Freud. — Travel + Leisure

Walking through this museum, you can almost imagine the good doctor ushering you in and telling you to make yourself comfortable on the couch. — Frommer's

Located at Freud's famous practice and apartment at Berggasse 19. — Afar Magazine

Suffering from disruptive dreams? In need of a way to train your pet mouse? Check out Vienna’s Sigmund Freud museum in the ninth district. — Let's Go

This is where Freud spent his most prolific years and developed his groundbreaking theories. — Lonely Planet

Belvedere Palace Museum

Wieden, Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The sweeping grounds of Schloß Belvedere house two magnificent museums, with Vienna’s best-known work of art, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. Oberes (Upper) Belvedere houses the Klimt collection... — Let's Go

The two palaces, built between 1716 and 1722, are linked by a formal garden.... is home to the Art Gallery. — Michelin Guide

Southeast of Karlsplatz, the Belvedere sits on a slope above Vienna. — Frommer's

Belvedere is a masterpiece of total art and one of the world’s finest baroque palaces. — Lonely Planet

The calm of winter may be the best time to visit some of Austria's most treasured castles and palaces. — Afar Magazine

Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum)

The Museum District & Neubau 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is the scientific counterpart to the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Minerals, meteorites and animal remains are displayed in jars, while zoology and anthropology are covered in detail. — Lonely Planet

Beautiful Austrian natural history museum with carved ceilings and row after row of ancient taxidermy.  — Atlas Obscura

The palatial 19th-century museum, twin of the celebrated Kunsthistorisches Museum, is the home of, among other artifacts, the Venus of Willendorf, a tiny statuette. — Fodor's

Housed in a handsome neo-Renaissance building near the Museum of Fine Arts, this is the third-largest natural history museum (after its counterparts in New York and London) in the world. — Frommer's

The Naturhistorisches (Natural History Museum) is one of the most prominent museums in the world. — Travel + Leisure

Spanish Riding School

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

World-famous Viennese stables. — Afar Magazine

While Vienna has world-renowned ballets and operas, what really puts the city a step (or gallop) above the rest is its dancing horses. — Let's Go

Between Augustinerstrasse and the Josefsplatz is the world-famous Spanish Riding School, a favorite for centuries, and no wonder. — Fodor's

Few other rituals are as evocative of the power and majesty of the 18th-century Habsburg Empire as the Spanish Riding School. — Frommer's

The world-famous Spanish Riding School (Spanische Hofreitschule) is a Viennese institution truly reminiscent of the imperial Habsburg era. — Lonely Planet

Museum of Applied Arts

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Focuses on the importance of design, and its holdings include furniture, china, and textiles dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. — Travel + Leisure

The pre-eminence of its collections reflects Vienna's passion for decorative arts and modern design. — Michelin Guide

Decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the present day, housed in one of the city’s grandest buildings. — Condé Nast Traveler

Of special interest here is a rich collection of tapestries, some from the 16th century, and the most outstanding assemblage of Viennese porcelain in the world. — Frommer's

MAK is devoted to craftsmanship and art forms in everyday life. — Lonely Planet

State Opera House

Inner City 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Vienna Staatsoper vies with the cathedral for the honor of emotional heart of the city—it's a focus for Viennese life. — Fodor's

Home to the State Opera, the house stages other music and dance events. — Frommer's

Of worldwide renown, the greatest conductors and international stars, past and present, have or will pass through its portals. — Michelin Guide

The ornate opera house was designed in the Neo-Renaissance style with sweeping ceilings and gilded moldings. Immense crystal chandeliers and marble sculptures adorn the interior. — Travel + Leisure

Few concert halls can hold a candle to the neo-Renaissance Staatsoper, Vienna's foremost opera and ballet venue. — Lonely Planet

Albertina

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Best galley/museum was definitely the 'Albertina' which houses a great collection. — Afar Magazine

Twenty-one Habsburg staterooms, such as the Hall of the Muses, are decorated with Albertina Gold, which is gold leaf made with a blend of gold, copper, and silver alloys. — Travel + Leisure

This not-to-be-missed collection is home to some of the greatest old-master drawings in Vienna—including Dürer's iconic Praying Hands and beloved Alpine Hare. The collection of nearly... — Fodor's

Once used as the Habsburg’s imperial apartments for guests (you can walk through these), the Albertina is now a repository for the greatest collection of graphic art in the world. — Lonely Planet

A ticket to the Albertina grants you access to all the impressive museum floors in addition to a series of plush state rooms (which are, dare we say, nicer than the main Hofburg complex,... — Let's Go

Secession Building

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You can see the golden dome of the Secesssion light up the Vienna sky-line from far away. The museum, which was built to accommodate one of the city’s most prolific art movements, is a... — Afar Magazine

This square building with a golden laurel-leaf dome will certainly catch your eye as you wander through the Naschmarkt and Karlspl. — Let's Go

Since 1986, it has housed Gustave Klimt's dazzling Beethoven Frieze. — Michelin Guide

If the Academy of Fine Arts represents the conservative attitude toward the arts in the late 1800s, then its antithesis can be found in the building immediately behind it to the southeast. — Fodor's

Come here if for no other reason than to see Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, a 30m-long (98-ft.) visual interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. — Frommer's

Leopold Museum

Neubau 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Houses the works of Vienna’s fin-de-siècle golden age. — Condé Nast Traveler

The collection of Egon Schiele paintings at the Leopold is unparalleled. Mid- and early-20th-century modern art is housed here, in a limestone, light-filled cube with an excellent café of... — Travel + Leisure

The building is in complete contrast to the MUMOK, with a white, limestone exterior, open space (the 21m-high glass-covered atrium is lovely) and natural light flooding most rooms. — Lonely Planet

Filled with the pieces amassed by Rudolf and Elizabeth Leopold, this square, white museum contains one of the world's greatest collections of Austrian painter Egon Schiele, as well as... — Fodor's

This extensive collection of Austrian art includes the world's largest treasure trove of the works of Egon Schiele. — Frommer's

MuseumsQuartier Wien

The Museum District & Neubau 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the largest of its kind in the world, the MuseumsQuartier—or MQ, as many call it—is a sprawling collection of galleries housed in what was once the Imperial Court Stables. — Fodor's

What was once the imperial stable is now a local hangout bustling with museums, galleries, restaurants, and clubs at the head of Mariahilferstrasse. — Concierge

One of the livelier places to be, the Museum Quarter (or the MQ) tends to attract a young, buzzing crowd. Besides the buzz, there are also some great art collections to see: works by Egon... — The Telegraph

A massive arts complex that houses 70 cultural institutions, including nine museums and galleries, one of which is the renowned contemporary art–focused Leopold Museum. — Condé Nast Traveler

The complex includes the Architekturzentrum Wien; the Leopold Museum; the Museum Moderner Kunst; the Kunsthalle Wien; and more. — Travel + Leisure

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Commissioned in 1136 by Leopold IV and Reginmar, the Bishop of Passau, this Gothic cathedral with a colorful glazed-tile mosaic roof lies at the center of Vienna. — Concierge

Perhaps the most monstrous thing ever to possess a pet name, St. Stephen’s Cathedral (which the native Viennese call “Steffl”) stands looming in Vienna’s ever-busy first district. The... — Let's Go

Vienna's soaring centerpiece, this beloved cathedral enshrines the heart of the city—although when first built in the 12th century it stood outside the city walls. — Fodor's

A basilica built on the site of a Romanesque sanctuary, this cathedral was founded in the 12th century in what was, even in the Middle Ages, the town's center. — Frommer's

«Steffl», its elegant spire soaring to the skies... is the monument that is most symbolic of the city Vienna. — Michelin Guide

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Wieden, Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Exceptional exhibits... wealth of treasures. — Michelin Guide

The Wien Museum presents a fascinating romp through Vienna's history, from Neolithic times to the mid-20th century, putting the city and its personalities in a meaningful context. — Lonely Planet

History buffs should seek out this fascinating but little-visited collection. — Frommer's

A sweeping renovation in 2000 turned the inside into an energetic, multidimensional portrait of the city and its people. — Concierge

Housed in an incongruously modern building at the east end of the Karlsplatz, this museum possesses Viennese historical artifacts and treasures. — Fodor's

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St. Charles's Church

Wieden, Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Karlskirche rises at the southeast corner of Resselpark and is the finest of Vienna’s baroque churches. — Lonely Planet

The Black Plague swept Vienna in 1713, and Emperor Charles VI vowed to build this church if the disease abated. — Frommer's

Inside, the apotheosis of the saint is illustrated by rich frescoes in the dome. — Michelin Guide

Site of our engagement. Site of our engagement. Site of our engagement. — Afar Magazine

Dominating the Karlsplatz is one of Vienna's greatest buildings, the Karlskirche, dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo. — Fodor's

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Museum of Military History

Landstraße 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The superb Heeresgeschichtliches Museum is housed in the Arsenal, a large neo-Byzantine barracks and munitions depot. — Lonely Planet

Highlights of the tour are vestiges of the Turkish siege, a hot-air balloon... and the Sarajevo Hall with the car in which the royal couple were assassinated. — Michelin Guide

History buffs definitely won't want to miss out on the Museum of Military History. — Afar Magazine

The oldest state museum in Vienna, this building was constructed from 1850 to 1856 and is a precursor to the Ringstrasse style. — Frommer's

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Haus der Musik

Stephansdom, The Hofburg & the Historic Centre 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You could spend an entire day at this ultra-high-tech museum housed on several floors of an early-19th-century palace near Schwarzenbergplatz. — Fodor's

The Haus der Musik is an interesting and unusual museums as it manages to explain the world of sound in an amusing and highly interactive way. — Lonely Planet

No matter if you are looking for a memorable experience for your family or if you are an enthusiast yourself, the House of Music in Vienna will not disappoint. — Afar Magazine

This full-scale museum devoted to music is both hands-on and high-tech. — Frommer's

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Rathaus

Inner City 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rathaus means “town hall,” which to you probably means boring meetings or local crazies arguing about noise complaints. But the Rathaus of Vienna is far from mundane. Not only is this... — Let's Go

During the summer, the arcaded inner courtyard hosts concerts. Inside, visitors can see the public rooms, council chambers and the vast function room. — Michelin Guide

Designed by Friedrich Schmidt and resembling a Gothic fantasy castle with its many spires and turrets, the Rathaus was actually built between 1872 and 1883. — Fodor's

Vienna's neo-Gothic City Hall was completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt of Cologne Cathedral fame and modelled on Flemish city halls. — Lonely Planet

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Academy of Fine Arts

Inner City 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Academy includes a museum focusing on Old Masters. The collection is mainly of interest to specialists. — Fodor's

Although the academy is noted for its 17th-century art. The gallery boasts works by Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and a host of others. — Frommer's

The Academy of Fine Arts remains one of Vienna's most prestigious schools. — Travel + Leisure

This little-known museum, with its succession of unattractive rooms, contains some veritable masterpieces. — Michelin Guide

The Akademie der Bildenden Künste is an often underrated art space. — Lonely Planet

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Kunst Haus Wien

Schloss Belvedere to the Canal 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The gallery is something of a paean in honour of the artist, illustrating his paintings, graphics, tapestry, philosophy, ecology and architecture. — Lonely Planet

From an early age, school teachers noticed Friedensreich Hundertwaßer’s “unusual sense of color and form,” currently apparent in the building of the Kunst Haus Wien and all of his works within. — Let's Go

This art museum mounts outstanding international exhibits in addition to showings of the colorful works by avant-garde artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. — Fodor's

A visit to the Kunst Haus Wien is a must-do when in Austria's capital. — Afar Magazine

This astonishing museum, with its brightly coloured façade and trees sticking out of the windows, was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. — Michelin Guide

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