Vienna, the fascinating capital of Austria, is a city full of hidden surprises waiting for you around every corner.
Discover Vienna’s hidden charms and explore the more unusual aspects of the city with this whole bunch of useful and curious tips.
If you happen to have a trip arranged to Vienna in the future, discover what Vienna has to offer right here within this blog post, bringing together all the best bits to discover on your next visit to the city.
Rooftop bars across Vienna worth checking out
Vienna boasts some of the most stunning rooftop bars with a view of any European capital city. It’s worth checking out some of the beautiful sights to see from a rooftop restaurant, with amazing views by day and by night.
Most will have canopies and covered areas so you can enjoy dining al fresco whatever the weather. Enjoy delicious, food, incredible cocktails and some of the most impressive architecture to be found anywhere in the world.
Here are some highly recommended restaurants and bars with a rooftop view you simply have to check out.
1. Sky Café Restaurant Bar
2. Onyx Bar
3. Restaurant in the Danube Tower
4. 57 Restaurant & Lounge
5. The Ritz-Carlton
See more of what to do around through video
Check out this video that offers a selection of things worth checking out across the capital:
Explore the coffee houses of Vienna
Bridging the gap from modern life to older heritage, coffee culture in Vienna has something to offer every caffeine fan.
Vienna would not be Vienna without its famous and traditional coffee house culture. This selection of hand picked coffee houses are all about the origin, roasting, and preparation of the coffee.
And they are of course either extremely trendy, or rich in history and significance. A must do for any coffee lover.
Coffee houses to visit in Vienna:
1. Café Bellaria
2. Café Central
3. Demel K. & K. Hofzuckerbäckerei
Cozy wine experiences worth trying around Vienna
Ever heard of the word ‘heuriger’? It’s an East Austrian word specifically meaning taverns where wine produced by the local vintners can be tried along with delicious food made on the premises.
And of course in the Austrian capital you can find some of the best heuriger experiences in the whole nation.
For a cosy, intimate atmosphere and an unforgettable culinary experience, here is a selection of the six best Viennese heuriger places around.
Head to the wine villages of the south of the city here:
1. Buschenschank Stift St. Peter wine tavern
2. Weingut Franz Wieselthaler
Find more delightful wine taverns here in the villages of Neustift, Nussdorf, Sievering and Grinzing:
1. Cobenzl Vineyards
3. Kierlinger Vineyards & Wine Tavern
Vienna Christmas market
If you’re in Austria for a winter break, no city is more likely to get you in a Christmassy mood than Vienna. From the middle of November the city is filled with wonderful Christmas markets full of music, artistic gifts and culinary delights. Sip of a warming cup of mulled wine amongst glowing Christmas lights, and run around all the different stalls picking up unique and special gifts for Christmas day.
Here are a few handpicked Christmas markets you are sure to love in Vienna.
1. Vienna Christmas World on Rathausplatz
2. Christmas Village on Maria-Theresien-Platz
3. Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace
4. Christmas Village in the Altes AKH
5. Old Viennese Christmas Market
6. Am Hof Advent Market
If you’ve got some time to kill, the best thing to do in Vienna, sometimes is simply walk the streets and look up.
This city is brimming with incredible architecture – Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau all have their place here.
Take a stroll along the Danube and marvel at the famous buildings all around.
Museums and galleries
As you would expect from a cultural capital of Europe, there are many refined and fascinating museums and galleries to choose from. It’s impossible to get round them all, but here are a few extra special ones.
3. Leopold Museum
4. Kunst Haus Wien
6. 21er Haus
Thank you for reading about Vienna
Thank you for reading this blog post about the hidden sides of Vienna and for watching checking out the video.
If you would like to explore other destinations along the Danube, be sure to check out my river cruise guide.
I hope you found it useful and feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment section below.
This blog post and video has been sponsored by Vienna tourism and all thoughts remain my own.