It’s no secret that Vienna, Austria is a beautiful place. If you’re planning a trip to the area, we’ve got a list of some great places you can visit that are rich in history.
The St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a beautiful religious site that is free of charge. Being free, it’s the best bang for your buck as it shows you stunning architecture that towers over the Innere Stadt. Standing since the 12th century in the 1330’s, this beautiful gothic piece of history even survived the 1683 siege.
The St. Stephen’s Cathedral is also the site of mourners for Amadeus Mozart following his death in 1791. You can also visit the urns of the royal Hapsburg Family in this cathedral as well as treating yourself to an amazingly breathtaking view from the north or south towers cathedral.
While there are the famous catacombs in Paris, France, the catacombs of Vienna, Austria houses the victims of the great plague. Thankfully, you don’t have to travel very far to reach the catacombs as they are under the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you’re into spooky areas that may be haunted or hold a lot of history, the catacombs are absolutely perfect for you.
There are plenty of rooms filled with bones but there are some that are closed off. They also place fallen items in these areas, like stone busts that may not be able to be repaired. Also in the catacombs, there is a war chapel that is dimly lit. There is a specific caged section for black plague bones that are bone chilling.
The Museum of Fine Arts
For something not as naturally scary, the Museum of Fine Arts is also called the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Not only do they house Greek items in this facility, but they also have Egyptian pieces. Some of the artists’ works displayed in this museum are Titian, Van Dyke, Rubens and more. To enter this marvelous place, it costs $23 USD but if you want extra tours, you’ll have to pay a small fee. To save some money try downloading Rick Steve’s Vienna tour guides on your iPhone. Just be sure to use a VPN if using your phone abroad.
Fun fact: This museum was originally commissioned by the Emperor at the time to store the art collection of the royals and so that the residents of the area could view these works. Even works by Raphael and Rembrandt are found behind these beautiful walls.
Haus der Musik
Known as the House of Music, if listening to beautiful notes is your thing, this is your place. It’s not just a venue for music, however. The most famous composers such as Mozart. Strauss, Beethoven and more, lived here as well as composed. If you want to try your hand at conducting, they offer a virtual wand in the Philharmonic dedication area.
This interactive museum not only educates you, but also allows you to have fun and a taste of classical sounds with multimedia presentations. Open every day for 12 hours (10 am to 10pm), the admission fee is a low $16 USD and it’s even cheaper for the little ones..
Shopping is one thing you must do in Vienna, whether you’re buying for someone else or simply want keepsakes. The open-air market is known as Naschmarkt and it’s something residents of Vienna are seen doing every day. Located in the Widen District, there are tons of vendors Monday through Saturday. While it’s free to go, you definitely want to bring some pocket cash when picking the perfect souvenir.
It is the biggest market of its kind in the area and is definitely crowded, so if you’re claustrophobic, this may not be for you. The Naschmarkt is also located along the Wien River and has been open since the 1600’s. It’s quite the historic market that has grown tremendously! Originally selling milk bottles, you can now buy anything from food to flea market items.
These magnificent places will give you a peek of what it was like during Vienna’s past history as well as how the residents live today. With history, culture, food and more, there’s no way you can go wrong visiting these places as there are many adventures they offer.