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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 →

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

Schönbrunn became Maria Theresa's sumptuous summer residence with aspirations to rival Versailles. — Michelin Guide

Schonbrunn Palace’s gardens rival many a famous French palace garden (ahem, Versailles). — 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

Choose from different tours through the palatial interior – the shorter, Imperial Tour consists of 22 rooms, while the Grand Tour covers 40 rooms and takes roughly an hour. — The Telegraph

Kunsthistorisches Museum

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

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

However short your stay in Vienna, you'll want to visit one of the greatest art collections in the world, that of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. — Fodor's

One of the unforgettable experiences of being in Vienna will be a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History). — Lonely Planet

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

Belvedere Palace Museum

Wieden, Karlsplatz & Around Naschmarkt 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From Oberes Belvedere, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens to Unteres (Lower) Belvedere, taking in the manicured hedges, fountains, and the views of Stephansdom and the city in the distance. — Let's Go

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

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

Numerous works by Klimt (including his masterpiece, The Kiss), Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. — Travel + Leisure

Though the lower palace is impressive in its own right, it is the much larger upper palace, used for state receptions, banquets, and balls, that is acknowledged as Hildebrandt's masterpiece. — Fodor's

Sigmund Freud Museum

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

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

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

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

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

A moving documentary of the great man with his family, with a commentary by his daughter. — Michelin Guide

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 →

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

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

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

One of the world's most famous equestrian establishments. — Michelin Guide

Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum)

The Museum District & Neubau 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The mirror image of the Kunst-Naturhistorisches Museum, on the other side of the statue of Maria Theresa, is the Naturhistorisches (Natural History Museum). — Concierge

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

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

Many of the exhibits in the Natural History Museum were part of Emperor Franz-Josef's collection. — Michelin Guide

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

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 →

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

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

This fascinating museum contains a large collection of Austrian furniture, porcelain, art objects, and priceless Oriental carpets. — Fodor's

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

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

State Opera House

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

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

While walking through the lovely Vienna opera district, stop and share a beer, coffee, and Viennese pastry, before getting your tickets to the world-renowned Opera, itself. While walking... — Afar Magazine

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

Albertina

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

The permanent art collection on the top floor encompasses all the modern art greats, including Degas, Picasso, Miro, and Kandinsky, to name just a few. — Let's Go

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

The Albertina Graphic Arts Collection, housed in the former Tarouca Palace since 1795, includes most of the greatest names in European art, from the Renaissance to the 20C. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Secession Building

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

The exhibition space abides by the Seccession’s vision of uniting different kind of art, including architecture, and thus offers visitors the chance to see the works of Vienna’s Art Nouveau. — Afar Magazine

In 1897, 19 progressive artists swam away from the mainstream Künstlerhaus artistic establishment to form the Vienna Secession (Sezession). — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mid- and early-20th-century modern art is housed here, in a limestone, light-filled cube with an excellent café of the same name. — Travel + Leisure

A beautiful white limestone cube, this museum houses the art collection of physician Rudolf Leopold. It has over 5 000 works. — Michelin Guide

MuseumsQuartier Wien

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

Enjoy the urban flair, modern architecture, and the experience of art which are united in a historical location: the Museums Quartier, located in the heart of Vienna. Art not only takes... — Afar Magazine

The MuseumsQuartier is a remarkable ensemble of museums, cafés, restaurants and bars inside former imperial stables designed by Fischer von Erlach. — Lonely Planet

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

A genuine town within a town, the Museumquartier is the undisputed centre of culture in Vienna — Michelin Guide

One of the livelier places to be, the Museum Quarter (or the MQ) tends to attract a young, buzzing crowd — The Telegraph

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 →

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

While you can get a glimpse into the beautifully ordained baroque interior of the cathedral without handing over any euro, this is only the tip of iceberg. — Let's Go

View from the top of Saint Stephen's Cathedral (Stephandom, Cathedral of Vienna) in Vienna, Austria. If I am not mistaken, the top of the tower from where this picture was taken is the... — Afar Magazine

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

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

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Rathaus

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

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

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

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

Not only is this gorgeous gothic building, which serves as the city’s town hall, the home of the mayor, but it is also the backdrop of the beautiful Rathauspark. — Let's Go

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

Vienna's most whimsical museum, a former Thonet chair factory, shows the imaginative, fantastical works of painter and designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser. — Frommer's

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

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