The “City of Music” has been an arts powerhouse and an important European capital for centuries, and has a lot to offer those lucky enough to visit.

Wien, or Vienna in English, has been the capital city of Austria for almost a century, having been the first city of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years before that. The city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural and historical importance, and the mighty Donau (Danube River) flows through the its heart.

In the present day, the city is a vibrant central European hub, full of chic eateries, trendy nightclubs and an active arts scene. Alongside all of this sits the very clear legacy of the city’s past as an imperial metropolis, in the form of ornate and imposing palaces, meticulously maintained parks and numerous monuments.

To learn more about this rich history and to admire the spoils of rule from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace. In the same complex, the Albertina offers a fabulous, world-renowned collection of art, while the MuseumsQuartier is a busy gathering place for cultural events.

The Innere Stadt, which is bound by the Danube on one side and the Ringstraße (Circling Street) on the others, is also home to a number of other cultural hotspots. Admire the splendid Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) and Vienna State Opera, or while away an afternoon at the excellent Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum).

Native Viennese artist Gustav Klimt is adored here, and his masterpieces are on show in some top galleries, including the Burgtheater, the Museum of Art History (Kusthistorisches Museum) and the Belvedere. If you’re visiting the city with people who are a little too young for art appreciation, then a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace to see the world's oldest zoo offers a fun alternative.

The importance of Vienna as a melting pot for musicians, groundbreaking thinkers and fantastic artists down through the years is difficult to overstate: Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Strauss and Hayden all lived here, as did Sigmund Freud and the aforementioned Gustav Klimt. Many of these stellar names can be honoured with a visit to their final resting places in the Central Cemetery.

Top hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
SG$129
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Danube-Auen National Park, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. Belvedere ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,611 reviews)

"Love the underground walkway from the airport! It is a little hard to find, would be great if they improve the signage! You can walk from the metro stop all the way to the hotel using the underground walkway. There is a big supermarket about 5 mins from the hotel. There is also a small supermarket ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov,2019

Moxy Vienna Airport
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
SG$147
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Located near the airport, this hotel is in Schwechat (Wien-Umgebung District), and regional attractions include Ernst Happel Stadium, Belvedere and Hundertwasser ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,198 reviews)

"Wonderful breakfast with a delicious coffee and really good cheese."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov,2019

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
SG$106
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec

Located in Hietzing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Schoenbrunn Palace. Schoenbrunn Bad is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Hietzing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,909 reviews)

"The hotel itself is amazing! Very pretty and great access to all parts of Vienna. Close to Christmas markets, supermarkets, horse rides, palaces and more! The staff were amazing. very friendly and helpful! The rooms are a great size with amazing showers. definitely would recommend and will visit ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov,2019

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn

Popular things to do in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(215 reviews)

Come and experience world-class opera productions in opulent surroundings or simply admire one of the most famous opera houses on the planet.

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(400 reviews)

Once the summer retreat of Austria's ruling dynasty, this stunning palace is set among 120 hectares of land which also houses the world's oldest zoo.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(477 reviews)

Centuries of architectural genius, artistic endeavour and fascinating history are packed into Vienna's most important religious structure.

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(308 reviews)

Take in some of the best city views in Vienna from this Baroque masterpiece, which is also home to world-class artworks.

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(369 reviews)

Visit this marvellous array of museums, sumptuous residences and theatres in the historic home of the Habsburgs.

Albertina
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Albertina

4.5/5(176 reviews)

Enjoy the works of European masters alongside modern art in the gilded surroundings of this Imperial Habsburg palace.

Top activities in Vienna

Vienna City Card
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Vienna City Card

SG$26

Feel free to explore Austria's capital city at your own pace with the Vienna City Card. Enjoy an unlimited number of journeys on Vienna's public transport system and get countless discounts at museums, tourist attractions, and much more, for the duration of your stay (max.

Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert
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Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

SG$68

An elegant evening classical concert of musical masterpieces by composers Mozart and Strauss awaits you at the world-famous Schönbrunn Palace. Delight in the sounds that flood the sophisticated surroundings of the palace's Orangery as you embark on a musical journey with the Palace Orchestra and Ensemble.

Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

SG$119

Follow the meandering Danube River into intriguing history and legend: the Wachau Region. Marvel at the picture-perfect Benedictine Abbey in Melk - a pearl of Austrian baroque architecture perched atop a hill overlooking the river.

Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

SG$41

Jump on a double-decker bus to explore the charms of Vienna on your own schedule. With no limit to the number of rides you can take, visit can't-miss attractions like Schönbrunn Palace, historic landmarks, and bustling corners of the city, enjoying special discounts and walking tours along the way.

Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat
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Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat

SG$108

Enjoy a full-day exploration of Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. In this beautiful city, head on a walking tour of the picturesque old town and take in a delicious, traditional lunch. Top off your day with a speedy catamaran boat ride back to Vienna along the charming Danube River.

Classical concert in House of Music with Imperial classic orchestra
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Classical concert in House of Music with Imperial classic orchestra

SG$65

Visit: Imperial Classic Orchestra, Goelsdorfgasse 2/6, Vienna 1010 Austria Just a few minutes away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral, you can listen to and enjoy the melodies of Johann Strauß, Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi during a 1.

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