If you want to prolong your stay before or after the conference, Vienna has a lot to offer (although we may be biased). Below are some of our favourite places and activities to recommend to tourists:
If you are interested in architecture, Vienna has loads to offer! Don’t miss out on Otto Wagner’s outstanding art nouveau buildings. Also visit the new Seestadt, which is a huge new housing region with the concept of being sustainable and eco-friendly. Many star architects such as Zaha Hadid and Dominique Perrault have created modern buildings that you should visit.
We also have loads of old buildings with basically anything from gothic cathedrals to baroque castles.
Some of the most important ones include:
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- Hofburg Palace
- The Museum’s Quarter and Maria-Theresienplatz
- The State Opera
- City Hall
- University of Vienna
- The Prater and its fun fair
- Belvedere Palace
- Schönbrunn Palace and the Schönbrunn gardens
Vienna is internationally famous for the music scene, especially classical music. Vienna is home to the Musikverein, Staatsoper, Konzerthaus, Volksoper and many other locations. Check out the websites for events and also make sure to check for student tickets as they can be cheaper. Also look out for Restkarten, which are bought 30 minutes before the performance and standing tickets (Stehplätze) can also be great deals.
Vienna has many great museums. It may sound a little boring, but trust us, they are worth it! Always show your student ID-Card as there may be a discount for the entrance tickets. There are also great offers for entry on some days of the month, so maybe check the website beforehand!
- Albertina: various permanent and temporary art exhibitions
- Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art) and Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History): one of the oldest museums and definitely worth a visit.
- Vienna Museum of Technology: test yourself as a scientist and check out how technology works hands on!
- Mumok and Leopold Museum: these are more contemporary museums and contain some important works of Klimt and Schiele as well as modern collections.
Further places to visit:
House of Music, MAK (free entry Tuesday evening), Kunsthalle (free entry), Westlicht, Mozarthaus Vienna, Belvedere, …
If you want to see the city from above, the options are plentiful, but we want to recommend just a few:
- Kahlenberg: You may have heard of Austria’s mountains and with a peak height of just below 500 m this is not one of them. It does however have a nice view of the city and you can ride the bus up there from Heiligenstadt metro station (U4, the green line).
- Danube Tower: This is Austria’s tallest landmark at 252 m and it’s a bit harder to reach than some of the other places on this list. You will find a café/restaurant at the top, which may be a bit pricey and a lift that will take you up there. The Special: While you enjoy your coffee or Schnitzel, the whole restaurant rotates about 360 degrees, so you will see every angle of Vienna from above.
- St. Stephen's Cathedral: The South Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral is 136 m tall and right in the centre of Vienna, so you’ll get a great 360 degree view. The only catch is that this one doesn’t offer a lift, but hey - it’s only 343 steps to the top.
- Gerngross at Mariahilfer Straße: There are two restaurants at the top level of this building - Akakiko, which offers asian food and Brandauer’s, which has traditional Austrian food. The rooftop is open only during the summer, but if you get a seat near the windows you should still have a fine view of the surrounding parts of Viennas inner city.
- Haus des Meeres: The Vienna Aquarium is inside one of the Flaktürme - a group of buildings that were part of Vienna's aerial defense system in the 20th century. As such it has a great view, although the aquarium tickets are on the expensive side compared to some of your other options. On the plus side you get to visit the sharks and sea turtles.