Vienna Travel Guide – Top 10 Vacation Highlights

Due to its strategic location at the heart of Europe, Vienna has always played an important role in European history. The Austrian capital is home to many impressive buildings, monuments and parks, art, culture, great architecture and open spaces. All of the above make Vienna a great holiday destination, but what Vienna has and other cities lack is charm - a charm that’s evident in its tourist attractions.
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This list barely scratches the surface of things that Vienna has to offer, as the Austrian capital really has something for everyone. No visit to Vienna is complete without a tour of the magnificent Schloss Schonbrunn. Comparable to the grandeur of Versailles, the 1,441 room Schonbrunn Palace and its Park offers lots of attractions to keep tourists mesmerized.

Wiener Staatsoper is Vienna’s State Opera, a stunning architectural structure in the middle of the Austrian capital. Arguably the most celebrated opera house of all time, the Wiener Staatsoper also boasts an orchestra recognized as one of the best in the world. While here, be sure to take in a famous opera or ballet, offered in both modern and classical versions.

Reaching high into Vienna’s skyline, Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the city’s most important landmarks. The cathedral boasts an impressive tiled roof, several beautiful altars and a host of precious artworks.

The Belvedere is yet another stunning Viennese palace that forms an integral part of Vienna’s historic scene. The Belvedere comprises several palaces dating from the 17th century, all set in a Baroque-style park. A former royal summer home, the Belvedere is stunning to look at – especially at night when it is all lit up. The palace also offers great views of the surrounding cityscape.

The Hundertwasser Haus is a unique and colorful apartment building in Vienna, named after Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Each of the 52 apartments in the Haus comes in a different color; with several trees covering the roofs, while more trees grow inside other units, their limbs sticking out the windows. Today, Hundertwasser Haus forms an intrinsic part of the cultural heritage of Vienna.

The Hofburg Imperial Palace has played an integral role in the Austrian government scene since it was built in the 13th century. Over the centuries, it has been home to some of Europe’s most powerful royals, including the Habsburgs, as well as rulers of the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Today, the magnificent Hofburg serves as a museum and home to Austria’s president.

Vienna has given the rest of the world some very precious things: the graceful Viennese waltz, some great classical composers, not to mention deliciously decadent pastries. But Austria’s largest city and capital has also provided the world with its fair share of historical moments and personalities. Vienna is a city that represents culture and refinement to every visitor who will not lack for something to do here.

1. Schloss Schonbrunn

Schloss Schonbrunn is the former summer residence of Austria’s imperial family, and one of the most impressive Baroque palace complexes in Europe. The land on which the complex stands had since 1569 been in the hands of the Habsburgs, when in 1642, Emperor Ferdinand II’s wife had a summer residence built there.

From 1696, following the Turkish occupation, the palace and garden complex was redesigned in 1743 by Maria Theresia. The palace contains countless chambers and formal state rooms in which the large imperial Habsburg family resided in. Emperor Franz Joseph spent his final years in Schonbrunn after which the palace became property of the new Austrian Republic.

Due to its historic importance, splendid furnishings and unique grounds, the palace is today an important part of Austria’s cultural heritage.

Schonbrunn highlights include an enchanting park, the Gloriette and the Palm House among others. Visitors can spend an entire day at Schonbrunn, visiting the show rooms on a grand tour with audio guide, admiring the splendid Bergl Rooms or taking a stroll through the Labyrinth.

The rooms which are mainly decorated in the Rococo style with most of the ceilings and walls covered in white-lacquered surfaces and gold leaf covered ornamentation covered. White porcelain stoves and bohemian crystal chandeliers add to the harmonious design.

The offices and living quarters of Emperor Francis Joseph are not pretentious but simple, in comparison to the more lavish guestrooms and state rooms. In the year 1772, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then a child prodigy of 6 years old, gave a concert inside the Hall of Mirrors.

Maria Theresa had conferences in secret with her Chancellor inside the Round Chinese Room, while Napoleon and his generals conferred inside the Vieux Laque Room. In 1918, Emperor Charles I signed his abdication of the crown, which marked the end of 640 years of Habsburg rule in Austria, as well as the demise of the monarchy.

Decorated from ceiling to floor in priceless Persian and Indian miniatures, and paneled with rosewood, the Room of Millions is one of the most splendid of Rococo rooms in the world. In the Grand Gallery where the Congress of Vienna used to dance, the government of Austria today holds state receptions for heads of state on official visit.

Sisi fans can take a peek at stunning cult objects presented in the Sisi Trail of Schonbrunn’s Imperial Coach Collection. This collection traces the life of Empress Elisabeth, from her marriage to her death, via the coaches she used, as well as some of her unique keepsakes.

Visitors can admire the carriage in which she was introduced as imperial bride, her children’s enchanting carriages, the amazing golden carriage in which she drove to her coronation, and the carriage in which rode just before her assassination. Last in the carriage series is the imposing black hearse that carried the popular Empress to her grave.

Visitors can also view the empress’ only existing saddle and her attractive black riding outfit in this exhibition, in addition to her bridal dress train embroidered with real gold and silver. Also on display here are paintings, unique personal objects and portraits of Sisi’s favorite horses. The empress was regarded as the best horsewoman of her time.

During the old days, the Imperial family took walks through the winding hedges of the Schonbrunn Maze. The Maze is today open to the public to wander in, and if you look carefully, you can identify symbols of all 12 signs of the zodiac. Alternatively, you may opt to watch everyone else get lost inside the Maze from a special platform.

Built between 1698 and 1740, the Schonbrunn Maze originally comprised 4 different parts with a central raised pavilion that overlooked the labyrinth. The Maze was cut back during the 19th century, and its last hedge razed in 1892. The present-day Maze was reconstructed in 1998 using historic models.

The Schonbrunn palace park houses the Palm House, which is the largest of its kind in Europe. Home to dozens of Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical plants, construction of the Palm House was commissioned in 1882 by Emperor Franz Joseph.

The Palm House is divided into 3 pavilions and 3 climate zones connected to one another by tunnel-like corridors.

The tallest room features exhibits of plants from the Mediterranean region, the Canary Islands, South Africa, Australia and America. The northern room has plants from the Himalayas, Japan, China and Australia. Tropical and subtropical plants are grown inside the third section. On display here is a 23 meter-tall palm, and during spring/ summer the world’s largest water lily.

At Café Gloriette, visitors can take a break from touring the Schonbrunn. Housed in the magnificent palace building, the Gloriette offers delicious pastries and breathtaking views of Vienna. If you visit on a Sunday morning, you can tuck into some delicious brunch as you are serenaded with live music, including jazz and the classics.

Built in 1775 during the reign of Emperor Joseph and Empress Maria Theresia, the Gloriette features an observation terrace created to enable the royals to appreciate the beautiful views. The terrace is only accessible via a spiral staircase. Go all the way up for a great view of the palace and surroundings. Another great view of the palace is from behind the Neptune fountain.

2. Wiener Staatsoper

Wiener Staatsoper is the Vienna State Opera, one of the world’s top opera venues where visitors can enjoy the very best in world-class productions. This famous stage features a different program each day, with more than 50 operas and works of ballet being held on an average of 300 days each season.

Many of the world’s biggest opera stars have played at the Vienna State Opera and the diverse repertoire of Wiener Staatsoper ranges from the Baroque to the 20th century, with a focus on the 19th century.

The presence of rooms such as the Gobelin Hall, Marble Hall and the Schwind Foyer are what make the Opera House very unique. Visitors should take a peek at significant details such as the wall paintings, the allegories in the arcades, as well as the imposing staircase with its marble statues of the seven free arts.

If you are visiting Vienna during the months of April, May, June and September, you can view the 150 opera and ballet performances that are screened live in front of the opera building on Herbert von Karajan Platz, on a big screen. This enables visitors to enjoy classical performances free of charge.

The history of the Staatsoper has a tragic beginning, with the construction of the monumental building bringing calamity to its two architects, who would not live to see the 1869 grand opening of the Wiener Staatsoper that featured Don Giovanni.

The building’s deep foundation led to criticisms that it resembled a “sunken crate”. The criticism led Eduard van der Null to commit suicide, with co-architect August von Siccardsburge dying of a heart attack just two months later.

3. Stephansdom

A visit to Stephansdom is a must for any visitor to Vienna. Stephansdom or St. Stephens’ Cathedral is the ultimate symbol of Vienna. Construction of Stephansdom began in the 12th century with its humble beginnings as a parish church. Today, the cathedral is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.

The cathedral has 4 towers, the tallest being the South tower, whose tower room offers gigantic views across Vienna. The room can be accessed by climbing 343 steps to reach the top where 13 bells hang. The best-known bell of Stephansdom is the Pummerin, which is located in the North tower. This is Europe’s second biggest free-swinging chimed church bell.

The roof of Stephansdom has colorful tiles which were laid to create the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle, as well as Vienna’s coat of arms. The cathedral’s interiors have been changed many times over the centuries, right through to the Baroque period.

The cathedral was badly damaged by a fire during the final days of World War II and virtually reduced to rubble. It was thereafter rebuilt in just seven years due to a lot of assistance from various quarters.

A treasure trove of architecture and art history, the cathedral houses magnificent altars, towers, pictures, portals and columnar figures, each detail with its own history, purpose and background, all adding up to creating the uniqueness of the cathedral.

In addition to the side chapels and valuable altars, visitors can also admire the impressive treasures of the cathedral, which include relics decorated in precious stones and gold, monstrances, vestments, liturgical books and texts.

Many important people have been laid to rest inside Stephansdom. Emperor Friedrich III was buried inside an impressive marble sarcophagus, whose cover slab alone weighs 8 tons.

There are princes buried in private chapels, as well as Habsburg dukes buried in the cathedral catacombs such as Rudolph IV, “the founder”, who laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the cathedral in the year 1359. Also found inside the catacombs are the graves of archbishops and cardinals of Vienna.

That said, Stephansdom is not only a world-class tourist attraction. The cathedral is also the national emblem of Austria and a symbol of Austrian identity, a world-famous monument and heritage site which confidently stands up to international comparison.

There are tours in and around Stephansdom that offer plenty of worthwhile things to see, along with a lot of interesting information. Tourists can climb up the cathedral South Tower, take a lift up to the North Tower or go down into the catacombs. Every year in the Stephansdom, Advent and Easter concerts are held which are worth a listen if you are visiting Vienna at the time.

4. Schloss Belvedere

The Belvedere is certain to delight any visitor to the Austrian capital. The magnificent Baroque palace complex and its extensive gardens have been captured in legendary paintings and major works European masters.

The Belvedere garden palace was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, the successful Austrian general and art connoisseur. At the time of its founding, the palace location was still outside the city gates. The palaces of Belvedere also served as a refuge to French royalty who fled their country during the French Revolution.

The architectural jewel that is the Belvedere comprises two palaces: Upper and Lower Belvedere, which today house Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Upper Belvedere hosts the world’s largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt. At the heart of the Belvedere collections are Klimt’s works including his golden paintings Judith and The Kiss. Here you will also find masterpieces by Kokoschka and Schiele, in addition to works by French Impressionists and impressive highlights from the Vienna Biedermeier era.

There are also masterworks of late Gothic art on display here, as well as lavish artworks that date from the Baroque era. These significant works offer fascinating insights into the wealth of the times. Visitors to Upper Belvedere can also take a peek at the very emotive grimacing character heads by the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmitt.

Lower Belvedere houses the apartments and staterooms of Prince Eugene. The feudal splendor of the aristocratic owner of this palace is in full effect in the Marble Gallery, the Golden Room and the Hall of Grotesques. Lower Belvedere and the Orangery are also used to stage intriguing special exhibitions.

Visitors should also visit the Palace Stables, which were once home to twelve of the prince’s finest horses, but today they house the entire medieval art collection of the Belvedere.

5. Hundertwasser Haus

Irregular forms and colorful areas grown over with lush green plants is how Friedensreich Hundertwasser encouraged novel impulses to the Viennese architecture. Hundertwasser developed the concept behind his famous house that takes his name during the 20th century.

Hundertwasser Haus is one of the architectural highlights of Austria, and Vienna’s most original public housing complex. The house was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and bears the unmistakable hand of the artist. With an exterior façade that is colorfully decorated, the house magically draws attention to itself.

Anyone who resides in the Hundertwasser Haus is allowed to decorate the façade around the windows entirely to their own preferences, which makes the house even livelier. Situated in Kegelgasse near the Vienna city center, over 200 trees and shrubs on the roof terraces and balconies transform the house into a green oasis in the heart of Vienna.

The artist totally transformed the former Thonet Bentwood furniture factory into his signature style. Today, irregular elements of brick, glass, wood, metal and ceramic tiles in numerous colors provide a unique quality to the previously inconspicuous building.

While the innovative Hundertwasser Haus can only be viewed from outside, nearby is the Kunst Haus Wien, which is home to a permanent exhibition on the artist. Also designed by the Viennese artist, the Kunst Haus Wien is typical of Hundertwasser houses in that it hardly contains a straight line. Opened in 1991, Kunst Haus Wien is also the site for changing exhibitions of other artists.

On the ground floor of the Kunst Haus Wien is the ‘Garage’, in which artists and creative types are able to critically engage with Hundertwasser’s thesis on topics such as urbanity, recycling, climate change and sustainability. On the lower ground floor is the ‘Galerie’ which hosts select items of young photographers.

Both the Hundertwasser Haus and the Kunst Haus Wien museum are recommended as attractions to visit for art lovers who wish to go on a fantastic journey through the architecture and art of Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

The unusual and colorful Hundertwasser Haus is officially known as the Hundertwasser-Krawina Haus. Krawina derives from Josef Krawina the architect who was involved in the planning of the Hundertwasser Haus.

The extraordinary apartment building was constructed between the years 1983 and 1985. The City of Vienna gave Hundertwasser, Krawina and their co-architect Peter Pelikan free rein in the design and implementation of the architecture. The end result was the extravagant building famous around the world today.

You can also visit the ‘Kunst und Café’ coffeehouse on the ground floor of the Hundertwasser Haus, which shows a free film, in which the artist personally leads visitors through his house.

6. Kunsthistorische Museum

Kunsthistorische is Vienna’s Art History Museum which was built in 1891 near the Hofburg to hold the imperial family’s extensive collections. Regarded as one of the world’s most eminent museums, Kunsthistorische is home to vast arrays of eminent works including the world’s largest Brueghel collection.

Many major artworks of European art history are housed in the Kunsthistorische paintings gallery. These include Madonna in the Meadow by Raphael, The Allegory of Painting by Vermeer, Velazquez’s Infanta paintings, as well as notable works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Durer, Tintoretto and Titian.

In the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, visitors can admire fascinating treasures from the mysterious cultures of the ancients.

One of the main highlights of the Kunsthistorische is the Kunstkammer Vienna. This collection is the chamber of art and wonders which features rarities from the Habsburg’s former treasure chambers and cabinets of curiosities.

This collection is one of the world’s most significant of its kind, with its displays of precious artworks from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. Highlights include the famous Saliera, the exotica complex and the Emperor Kaiser Rudolf II’s collection.

7. Albertina

The Albertina is home to the world’s most valuable and largest graphical collections. The Albertina also features a photographic and architectural collection with works displayed during special shows. Other exhibitions include presentations of masterpieces of the Modern that span Picasso to Monet.

The Albertina’s collection was established by Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen, Empress Maria Theresia’s son-in-law in 1776, and comprises more than 60,000 drawings and 1 million prints.

Famous pieces in the collection include Durer’s Hare and Hands Folded in Prayer, studies of children by Rubens and Klimt’s studies of women, while masterpieces by Cezanne, Picasso and others are displayed here in rotating exhibitions.

Albertina has a permanent display in its new exhibition collection of the most intriguing art movements in the last 130 years, from German expressionism to French impressionism, to the Russian avant-garde to the present. Visitors can admire Water Lily Pond by Monet, Dancers by Degas and Girl by Renoir, as well as paintings by other notable European artists.

The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace, which dominates the southern tip of the imperial palace on one of Vienna’s last remaining fortress walls. The staterooms of the Albertina were once inhabited by Empress Maria Theresia’s favorite daughter, Archduchess Marie-Christine, and later by the Archduke Karl, her adopted son, who won the Battle of Aspern against Napoleon.

The Albertina staterooms are decorated in shiny yellow, turquoise and green, and furnished partly with original furniture, which transports visitors back to the period of their inhabitants. The whole gilding of the carvings with the Albertina gold special alloy and the artistic parquet floors with ebony and rose intarsia are both worth a peek.

If you’re hungry after a fun day of imperial museum exploration, head over to the Agustinerkeller restaurant which offers delicacies of Viennese cuisine or pamper yourself with some fine dining at Do & Co Albertina.

8. Hofburg

The Hofburg is the Imperial Palace of Austria, from which the Habsburg empire ruled for over seven centuries. The palace features numerous halls and wings built by different royals over the centuries. Of these, only three parts are open to the public today: the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and the Silver Collection.

Originally a castle built in the 13th century, Hofburg was inhabited by the imperial family until 1918. It was extended to a splendid residence in line with the increasing power of the Habsburgs and the expansion of their realm. Today, Hofburg houses the office of the President of Austria, an important congress center and many art collections.

At the Hofburg, visitors can gain insights into the magnificence and splendor of the day-to-day lives of the nobles of the Habsburg monarchy. You can take a tour of the state rooms and private apartments of this royal palace located in the center of the old city. Many museums and collections found here represent the passion of the imperial family for art.

Inside the Hofburg are the Imperial Apartments, the former private apartments of the imperial family. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the day-to-day lives of the monarchs. Emperor Franz Joseph, his queen Elisabeth, their children and the entire royal household lived here. It was from this location that they represented the Habsburg realm and directed its politics.

Visitors can also take a peek at the rooms of the imperial household officers, the large Audience room with its Peter Krafft painting, and the Conference Room in which the crown council and ministers held meetings. You can also view Emperor Franz Joseph’s office, Elisabeth’s bedroom and living room, as well as an old-fashioned bathroom and many salons.

Built in the Rococo style, the rooms feature rich stucco work, Bohemian crystal chandeliers, tiled porcelain stoves and valuable 17th and 18th century tapestries from Brussels. In the 19th century, furniture was added in the Empire and Louis XV styles.

Situated inside the Imperial Apartments of the Hofburg is the Sisi Museum, dedicated to Elisabeth, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. This Museum compares facts and myths about the celebrated Austrian cult figure, Empress Elisabeth. Highlights of the collection include many personal objects Elisabeth once owned, in addition to the most famous portraits of the beautiful empress.

At the center of the exhibition is the private life of the empress: her rebelling against court ceremony, escaping into a beauty cult, obsessing about being slim, effusive poetry and athletic performance. From her carefree time as a young girl in Bavaria to her surprise engagement to the Austrian emperor to her assassination in Geneva in 1898, Sisi Museum offers insights into the legendary empress’ restless life.

The Museum achieves this through the use of many objects displayed for view such as one of her few remaining summer dresses, the reconstruction of the dress the young bride wore on the evening before her wedding, her Hungarian coronation dress, watercolor painting box, famous portraits, first-aid kit, a miniature secretaire with envelopes painted in her own hand, and an accessible reconstruction of her luxurious imperial saloon car.

On display are also items from Sisi’s childhood, including her harp which she brought over with her from Bavaria, and a reconstruction of the dress of a child.

Also on display in its entirety is the empress’ six-piece mourning jewelry in jet and onyx which she wore with her mourning dress following the death of her son Crown Prince Rudolph. There’s also a black coat with egret feathers that covered Elisabeth following her assassination on Lake Geneva, which serves as a reminder of the tragedy, as much as a death mask of the murdered Sisi.

The Silver Collection is another section of the Hofburg that is open to the public, and which features a collection of Imperial household objects. The Habsburg silverware and dining service, glassware and centerpieces dazzle as much today as they did in the old days of the Imperial Palace, mirroring the splendor of imperial dining tables.

Visitors can admire the famous Milan Centerpiece which is almost 30 meters long, featuring porcelain from Vienna, Sevres and East Asia, along with Fayence china, panorama plates, gold and silverwork including the Vienna Court Silver and the Grand Vermeil Service, an elegant 140-person table service.

Another section worth visiting in the Hofburg is the ceremonial room at the heart of the Austrian National Library. This is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful library halls and Europe’s biggest Baroque library. The National Library is the successor of the former Court Library created during the first half of the 18th century as a private wing of the Hofburg.

Started under the reign of Emperor Karl VI, the library features an impressive ceremonial room crowned by a dome magnificently adorned with frescoes. Over two hundred thousand volumes are exhibited in the library, including Prince Eugene of Savoy’s comprehensive library, in addition to one of the biggest collections of the Reformation Era writings by Martin Luther.

Highlights of this room include exhibits of 2 exquisite Venetian Baroque globes, one designed for the earth and the other for the sky.

Another highlight of the Hofburg is the Gothic Imperial Chapel, a remnant of the Imperial Palace of the Middle Ages. During High Mass on Sundays and on religious holidays, the Court Music Orchestra performs here. The Orchestra comprises the Vienna Boy’s Choir, along with members of the choir and orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

The Orchestra performs works both by old and new masters. Visitors are certain to be enchanted by the bell-like voices of the young boys, accompanied by first-rank musicians.

Hofburg is also home to one of the most important treasuries in the world. Situated in the oldest section of the Imperial Palace, and dating from the 13th century, the Treasury is home to amazing artifacts.

These include the Emperor’s Crown of the Holy Roman Empire circa 962, the Crown of the Austrian Emperor dating from 1602, the 15th century Burgundian Treasure, and the Treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Other fascinating treasures from the Habsburg possessions include a unicorn measuring two and a half meters long, exhibited with Emperor Rudolf II’s crown.

Also housed in this section are the orb and scepter, the insignia of the Austrian imperial house, which were for centuries symbols of Austrian might and dignity. The pieces are set with intricately-worked valuable jewels and serve as witnesses of history that are worth a fortune.

9. Kaisergruft

Kaisergruft is Austria’s imperial crypt or royal burial vault. Situated underneath the Capuchin Church, Kaisergruft was intended for members of the former Habsburg Dynasty of Austria, who, since 1633, have been laid to rest inside the crypt. One hundred and forty nine Habsburgs, including twelve emperors and nineteen queens and empresses, have the crypt as their final resting place.

Visitors to the crypt can take a peek at the stunning double sarcophagus of Maria Theresia and Emperor Franz I, her husband. Franz Joseph I was the last emperor to be buried here.

The sarcophaguses are looked after by the Capuchin monks, at the Capuchin Church which is situated in Tegetthoffstraße. Between the years 1654 and 1878, the hearts of the Habsburgs were buried in the Heart Crypt of the Church of the Augustinian Friars.

Burials continue to take place in the Kaisergruft, with Zita, the last Austrian empress being buried here in 1989. In 2011, her eldest son, the former Crown Prince Otto Habsburg was laid to rest here alongside Regina, his wife.

10. Naschmarkt

A colorful crowd buying fruit, vegetables and other delicacies from all countries, from dawn to dusk. That’s life in Vienna’s Naschmarkt.

Naschmarkt is Vienna’s best known market which features about 120 market stands and restaurants that offer colorful culinary delights that range from Viennese to Italian, and more. A meeting point for the young and old, Naschmarkt also holds a weekly Flea Market on Saturdays which is something of a cult event. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, the colorful throng is worth witnessing.

Largely thanks to their modern architecture, many old market stands have become popular meeting spots. Many trendy Viennese “in” places have set up shop in the Naschmarkt market stands, with some even offering WLAN free of charge.

Naschmarkt Deli and Do-An were the gastronomic pioneers at Naschmarkt, who have since managed to make the Viennese market interesting for a young, urban crowd.

The most exotic of Viennese markets, Naschmarkt Deli is a favorite hangout for Vienna’s urban hippie scene. The Deli is your best bet for a fine Saturday brunch within the stimulating atmosphere of little Istanbul. The best time to visit is around midday, as well as at night when huge crowds are drawn by the sounds of easy listening and break beats, dished out by Viennese DJs.

Deli offers the ideal spot for a break after a fun stroll around Naschmarkt. Here you can have a snack, a leisurely meal inspired by Asian cuisine, or a quick espresso.

At Tewa, visitors can enjoy organic cuisine, or visit the wives of Orient & Occident’s owner who whip up some Turkish home cooking. If you love fish, you will get your money’s worth at Umar, which is widely regarded as the best fish restaurant in Vienna. Other recommended fish restaurants are La Maree, Fischviertel and Nautilus.

There’s always a lot going on at Naschmarkt and a great way to experience it all is by sitting outdoors in one of the restaurants in summer, eating and drinking as people go about their business.

In the vicinity of Naschmarkt, there are many other premises that have opened up. For excellent Viennese cuisine in a cozy setting, try the Rechte Wienzeile right opposite the Naschmarkt.

Café Drechsler offers a modern twist to the typical Viennese coffeehouse. A restaurant that never sleeps, ON Market, is a visually impressive venue with colorful textile artworks on the walls and a menu that features fine Asian cuisine.