Most people who are planning to visit the beautiful city of Vienna will have seen its picturesque views and stunning architecture online or in books. However, when it comes to attractions, they’re often unsure of where to start. Here are just the top five you should head to on your next trip out there.
- Visit Schönbrunn Palace
The impression that Schönbrunn Palace will leave you with is one of grand and spectacular luxury, as the history of this building spans over 300 years since its origins as an imperial summer residence. As an icon of architectural beauty, cultural significance, and a symbol of Vienna’s rich and varied history, it’s no wonder that millions of tourists walk through its halls and grounds each year.
- See the giant pandas at Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Luckily for you, the Schönbrunn Palace holds another secret. After you’ve taken in the beautiful palace, the Vienna Zoo is located right in the heart of its grounds. Originally built as an imperial menagerie in 1752, it is actually the oldest zoo in the world, and today is held in high regard for being a centre for species conservation. What really sets this zoo apart in terms of the building is the fact that it’s 18th century baroque architecture has been perfectly preserved, so the animals are not the only awe-inspiring thing here. You’ll also get to say hello to the resident giant pandas, as it’s one of the only zoos in the world to house them.
- Indulge in musical culture at the Vienna State Opera
Aside from architecture and zoological wonders, Vienna is also known for its many concerts, dinner shows and events that are regularly held at the Vienna State Opera house. From Carmen and La Bohème to the Marriage of Figaro, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an opera buff or a beginner, all can enjoy these stunning performances. They sell out fast though, so be sure to book your tickets in advance via www.viennaoperatickets.com.
- Navigate the gardens in Palmenhaus Schönbrunn
If you have a passion for plant life, then this is the attraction for you. This large greenhouse surrounded by the stunning Botanical Gardens of Vienna, is the perfect place for peace and tranquillity after a hard day battling the thronging crowds of the inner city. Originally opening in 1882, it one of four greenhouses around the Schönbrunn Palace Park, but by far the most extravagant. It is one of the biggest botanical exhibits in the world, and is home to around 4,500 plant species.
- Take to the skies in Prater park
As a large and popular tourist attraction, you won’t be short of rides, places to eat or fun things for the kids to do at the Wurstelprater amusement park. Home to the vintage giant wheel that can be seen from all over the city, think of haunted houses, roller coasters and classic carnival games and you’re pretty much there!
Are you heading to Vienna soon? What are you most looking forward to?