Essential Things To Do In Vienn


Whilst I usually prefer cities to be more rough around the edges, I couldn't help but marvel at the opulence of Vienna. After visiting Budapest and Bratislava - which are more rough around the edges - Vienna was like walking into an open air museum. Everything looked immaculate. It was the perfect city to finish up my little European train journey.
Stephansdom
Located in Vienna's first district - the Innere Stadt (Inner City) - lies the Gothic cathedral of Stephansdom. It dominates the Viennese skyline with its south tower soaring to 137m at its tallest point. It is foremost a place of worship but tourists can also visit the crypt below or head to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Albertina
The Albertina houses one of the most important art collections in the world, with approximately 65,000 drawings and one million old master prints. To ensure the Albertina has something for all tastes, the museum also has a selection of exhibitions by modern artists throughout the year - at the moment (summer 2018) Keith Haring is being exhibited.
Belvedere Palace
Located near the train station (5-minute walk from Wien Hauptbanhof) you can suddenly find yourself at the stunning Belvedere Palace. The grounds are spectacular with a symmetric garden complete with sculptures and water fountains. It has the biggest collection of Klimts in the world, including 'The Kiss'.
Mumok
The mix of old and new in Vienna is represented perfectly its art scene. If you fancy seeing the best of contemporary art don't miss Mumok located in the Museums Quartier, you'll find sculptors like Berlinde De Bruyckere (pictured above) and Franz West right through to big-named classical modernist painters like Picasso and Max Ernst.
The Imperial Crypt
The unique, and slightly creepy, Imperial Crypt below the Capuchin Church is one of the most unusual things to see in Old Town Vienna. The church was part of the Capuchin Monastery, founded in 1617 by Anna wife of Holy Roman Emperor Matthias. Delayed until 1633 because of the 30 Years War, the crypt holds elaborate tombs of some of Austria's greatest leaders. In total there are bodies of 150 members of the Hapsburg royal family buried at Capuchin. Oddly it's really just the bodies in the crypt's tombs as the Hapsburgs organs are not buried here. Instead, the royal guts are actually housed below Saint Stephen's Cathedral and their hearts are in the Augustiner Church!
Marvel at the Hofburg
The Hofburg is the fantastically-preserved imperial residences of Vienna; most famous for accommodating the Habsburg dynasty and serving as the playground for Austrian royalty through the ages. This is a sumptuous set of opulent architecture. The Sisi Museum and Imperial Apartments, sited in the oldest part of the Imperial Palace, give an interesting glimpse of the life of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth, affectionately known as Sisi.