To See & Do

Vienna's Inner Stadt, or old city, is its heart. Stroll the pedestrian zone and stop in an outdoor beer garden or café to enjoy your favorite beverage. Add this to the modern shops and restaurants lining each side and you can easily spend several house just wandering along this street.

Also along this pedestrian zone is St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), famous for its Gothic architecture and in particular, the diamond-patterned tiles that cover its roof. At the other end of the street you'll find the Vienna State Opera House, one of the world's premiere Opera Houses. The building is magnificent, as are its shows, and tours of the Opera House can be arranged.

Vienna's luxurious palaces are a shining representation of their history and simply beautiful to visit. Schoenbrunn is a former residence of the Hapsburgs and today is popular tourist attraction. The palace itself is massive, bright, ornate and lavish. Expansive gardens on the palace grounds make them equally as attractive as the building itself. Belvedere Palace, which actually consists of palaces, is situated in the middle of park, surrounded by an alpine garden with more than 4000 species of plants and flowers. Originally built for Prince Eugene, they now house the Museum of Medieval Art, the Austrian Baroque Museum and the Museum of 19th and 20th Century Austrian Art.