Alte Donau

A quiet stretch of the Danube, Alte Donau is a popular recreation area just half an hour by metro from the city centre. It attracts swimmers, surfers and sailing fans in the warmer months and some lucky locals even call the small huts along the water their summer homes. Boats, boards and bikes can be rented on-site and there’s often watersports courses going on as well.

Museum of Art Fakes

One of the most unusual museums in town, this private exhibition shows roughly 80 faked paintings “by” Matisse, Rembrandt and the like, along with interesting, often entertaining stories of their unlawful creators. It’s located right opposite the famous Hundertwasserhaus so, if time allows, check out both.

Stadtwanderwege

Vienna’s eleven so-called Stadtwanderwege (city hiking paths) take walkers of all fitness-levels around the city and its surrounding hills. The paths are 7.5 to 15km long, easily accessible by public transport and well signposted along the way. Path one (Kahlenberg) is the most popular and is best combined with vineyard hopping in the area.

Central Cemetery and Funeral Museum

The Viennese have always been fascinated by the morbid and the Central Cemetery is considered a popular spot for a Sunday walk. More than three million people have found their final resting place here, including composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss II, singer Falco and painter Gustav Klimt. There’s also a quirky Funeral Museum in which visitors can check out undertakers’ uniforms, urns and coffins, watch videos of celebrity funerals and listen to the most popular mourning songs.

Weltmuseum

This museum inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace is home to one of the most extensive ethnographic collections worldwide. The permanent exhibition with treasures from around the globe, often originating from the Habsburger travel travels, is spread out over 14 rooms. Highlights include the masks, totems and necklaces personally collected by British explorer James Cook.

Museum of Contraception & Abortion

Only a few minutes’ walk from Westbahnhof train station, this is the only museum in the world dedicated to birth control. Founded by gynecologist Dr. Christian Fiala in 2003, it follows the history of family planning from ancient Egypt to modern day. An English audio guide can be downloaded for free on the museum’s website.

Wilhelminenberg

This peace and quiet offered by this pretty park makes it well worth the excursion. It’s not as popular (and much less touristy) as viewpoints including Karlenberg and Leopoldsberg – so don’t be surprised if you have the place entirely to yourself.

  • Savoyenstraße 2
    1160

Brunnenmarkt

Neighbouring popular Naschmarkt, Brunnenmarkt is one of the biggest food markets in Vienna. Peruse some of the 170 market stalls in search of lunch al fresco or stock up on produce for a home-cooked meal.

  • Brunnengasse 16
    1160

Donaukanal

Stroll along side the Donaukanal and enjoy ever-changing graffiti art scrawled along the bankside. In the summer ,expect a buzz of activity from pop-up bars to morning yoga sessions by the water, and midday grazing at vegan-friendly cafés.

Supercycle Vienna

There are now two Supercycle studios in Vienna: The Base Studio in the seventh district and The Boutique Studio in the fourth. In each, the atmosphere is more like a club than a gym. Leaving your sweat session feeling pumped and treat yourself to a healthy snack at the adjacent Superfood Deli.

Secession Building

This snow-white, art nouveau building is the temple of the Secessionists, a group of artists, who changed the face of the city at the turn of the 20th century. Topped by a dome of leaves like a swarm of golden butterflies, it is home to Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze. Based on Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, this exquisite fresco depicts the human struggle and the ultimate peace found in music, rendered in golds, bronzes and shimmering blues.

Supersense

This is an analogue-only café and concept store, which celebrates the senses, located in a Venetian palazzo. The shop sells wares from local makers, or – as they describe it – “guardians of analogue”, as well as a colossal vintage wooden camera that you can use to create one-off photographs inside the shop. There is also an in-house recording studio where top quality vinyl records are cut. Leave your smartphone at the door and settle down at one of the reclaimed cabinet tables for local cakes and top-quality coffee before perusing the records, stationery, books and other screen-less goods.

Prater

These wide lawns, streams and forests were once the exclusive hunting grounds of imperial aristocracy. Nowadays the sweeping green space is a hotbed of runners, cyclists, dog-walkers and picnic parties. At the heart of the park lies the Wurstelprater, an amusement park that is home to the 200ft-tall Riesenrad. Built in 1897, this is one of the world’s oldest working ferris wheels, with astonishing views over the city and its surrounding hills and vineyards.

The Wiener Musikverein

This is the pin-up of classical concert halls. Its golden hall is one of the most decadent venues on earth, drenched with gold leaf, angelic frescoes and glittering chandeliers. It is famed for its masterful acoustics as well as its year-round calendar of world-famous composers and musicians.

Palmenhaus

In 1901 the Austrian architect Friedrich Ohmann was commissioned to build an opulent palm house in the gardens of the Hofburg Palace. The art nouveau creation, made up of arched glass and jade-green iron, is arguably the most beautiful in the world. It is also one of Vienna’s most popular restaurants, with classic food and fine wine served underneath soaring glass ceilings and tangles of greenery. Don’t miss the Butterfly House in the building’s north-western wing, which is home to hundreds of tropical creatures.

Danube Canal

The previously disused banks of the blue Danube come alive in the summer months when locals gather at its pop-up restaurants, street food stalls and live music venues. The Badeschiff is an open-air swimming pool perfect for cooling off before settling in to Herrmann, an urban beach bar with hammocks, cocktails and great food. Lounge into the evening and head to the iconic Nineties punk club Flex, which now hosts world-class DJs and musicians.

Haus der Musik

Don’t miss a visit to this an interactive museum dedicated to Vienna’s great musicians both past and present. A team of university institutes, music theorists and sound technicians were called upon to create a collection of immersive experiences, which celebrate classical music in a modern context. The museum is located in the former residence of the composer Otto Nicolai, who founded the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. We have a feeling that he’d be pleased with the current setup.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

With its sky-high dome, marble pillars, intricate frescoes and tiled floors, the entrance hall of this major museum goes a little way to preparing you for the collection inside. The emerald, burnt orange and pink walls of its galleries are hung with the work of some of the world’s greatest masters, from Brueghel and Titian to Dürer, Raphael and Holbein.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Haus der Musik

Danube Canal

Palmenhaus

The Wiener Musikverein

Prater

Supersense

Secession Building

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