I don’t know about you, but I can sometimes get a little carried away when it comes to researching holidays. I end up spending hours looking at all the attractions on offer and creating a detailed plan of all the places I want to visit. I’ve recently been focusing my searches on Austria as a next destination, and in particular, Vienna. I thought I’d share a few of my top picks with you today, so below are just a few of the attractions that I don’t think anyone can afford to miss.
1. In and around Schönbrunn Palace
From what I’ve read, I would advise going here very early on in the day, as this is one of the most popular attractions and will therefore be teaming with tourists most of the time. This Imperial Palace has been restored to its original splendour so that people from around the world can experience what it was like to live as the Imperial elite. This magnificent building has 1,441 rooms in total, but it’s also surrounded by a huge expanse of perfectly manicure gardens, which are free to walk around.
If you venture far enough, you’ll come across the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in its grounds, which is the oldest zoo in the world, having been founded in 1752. It still has much of its baroque interior perfectly preserved, but it’s now a centre focusing on conservation and research, making a great nature-lovers treat, as there’s even a simulation Amazonian rainforest.
2. Vienna State Opera House
Music and the performing arts have been at the heart of Viennese society almost since its creation, so it’s only too fitting that the Opera House should be right in the centre of the city. With some of the finest opera, ballets and classical performances staged within these walls, you’ll always be able to find something that appeals to you – you can check out www.viennaoperatickets.com for a full schedule of performances throughout the year.
If you’re travelling with children and are worried that they’ll be bored, you’re in luck here too. As the Viennese are so passionate about their traditions, they’ve developed a set of operas for children, which are shorter in length and more engaging for younger minds.
3. The Museumsquartier
The Museumsquartier (known locally as the MQ) is a 60,000 m² area in the 7th district of Vienna. It is actually the eighth largest cultural area in the world, and is home to a true melting pot of arts and creativity. Here, you’ll find a multitude of art galleries and museums, housed within a variety of baroque and modern architecture.
If you prefer traditional pieces, the Leopold Museum should be right up your alley. However, for those wanting a change from the usual paintings and sculptures, there’s the and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) housing contemporary pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol.
If you’ve been to Vienna and you have some tips of your own, let me know where you’d recommend in the comments section.