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Where to Find the Best Views in Vienna

Where to Find the Best Views in Vienna

The Austrian capital, known for its architecture and beautiful parks, is full of beautiful vistas. Historic buildings offer city views, while mountain overlooks and castles offer myriad ways of enjoying the rural areas just outside down. Here are options for finding the best Vienna views. 

St. Stephen's Cathedral North Tower

A stop on many city walks, sightseeing tours, and even Segway tours, the North Tower at St. Stephen's Cathedral offers some of the best views in all of Vienna. On a clear day, pay a small fee and take the elevator up to the viewing platform, where you can enjoy stunning city panoramas.

The Danube River

To admire the numerous sights in Vienna's UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, book a cruise along the Danube River and through the Danube Canal. Whether you opt for a daytime tour or choose to admire the city lights at night, you can relax and enjoy views of notable attractions like the Uniqa Tower and the Ring Tower. 

Wiener Riesenrad Ferris Wheel

For a fun twist on the typical city overlook, don't miss a ride on the giant ferris wheel (Riesenrad) in the Prater Amusement Park. You can pre-book tickets to the ferris wheel to enjoy skip-the-line access, and when you reach the top, you’ll have excellent views of must-see Vienna sights, such as the Ringstrasse and the ancient city center.

Kahlenberg in Vienna Woods

The verdant Vienna Woods are just a short drive from the city center. This wooded area offers great countryside views as well as walking trails, vineyards, and historic towns. The Kahlenberg hill—and the 72-foot (22-meter) Stefaniewarte tower at the top—offers stunning vistas of the Vienna Woods and Danube Valley.

Wachau Valley and Melk Abbey

One of the most popular wine regions in Austria, the Wachau Valley is known for its rolling hills and Danube River views—and Vienna is the perfect home-base for a day trip. Active travelers may enjoy biking through the vineyards or taking a tour to Melk Abbey, where the gardens offer some of the best views in the region. For a luxury experience, take a Danube cruise and enjoy riverside sights like Gottweig Abbey and Schonbuhel Castle.

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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Vienna City Classic Walk

Vienna City Classic Walk

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Get personalized attention on this small-group walking tour of Vienna. With an intimate group of just 15 people or fewer, see highlights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Learn about the history, culture, and famous residents of Vienna from your guide as you walk.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Danube Canal City Sightseeing Cruise in Vienna

Danube Canal City Sightseeing Cruise in Vienna

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Experience the beauty of Vienna onboard the luxurious MS Blue Danube. Set sail for a 75-minute sightseeing cruise and spot landmarks like the Uniqua Tower, the Urania Observatory and the Vienna Ring Tower. Along the way, admire architectural gems like Otto-Wagner’s Schützenhaus, the Zaha Hadid-House and the Rossauer Baracks, and wave at the swimmers in the Badeschiff Vienna.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half Day Trip

Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half Day Trip

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Discover the Vienna Woods on a half-day guided tour. Led by an expert guide, visit the Mayerling hunting lodge, where scandal once rocked the royal family, as well as the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, constructed in 1133. Experience a guided walk through the city of Baden. Then, journey back to your original departure point, spotting Liechtenstein Castle on the way.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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Vienna City Bike Tour

Vienna City Bike Tour

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Cycle through the streets of Vienna on this bike and city tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past top attraction such as the Albertina, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Stadtpark, and Heldenplatz. As you travel along bike paths and quieter streets, your guide will discuss the fascinating stories behind each landmark. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening departure.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Wiener Riesenrad Giant Ferris Wheel Vienna Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Wiener Riesenrad Giant Ferris Wheel Vienna Entrance Ticket

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Take a ride on Vienna’s famous Wiener Riesenrad Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater Amusement Park without having to wait in line. Your admission tickets can be used at a time of your choosing, so you can enjoy spectacular views of Vienna’s UNESCO-listed monuments, Ringstrasse, and Baroque Old Town by day or night.
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  • 12 to 20 minutes
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Grand Wachau Cruise Krems - Melk - Krems

Grand Wachau Cruise Krems - Melk - Krems

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Embark on a boat tour of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, and admire some of the area’s loveliest scenery as you wend your way along the Danube River. Pick from several daily departure times, and set sail from Krems. As you travel to Melk and back, you’ll spy the grand Gottweig Abbey, will see the Schonbuhel Castle, and will even glimpse the ruins of Durnstein Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. As you go, you can also dine at the on-board restaurant, if you wish (own expense).
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  • 5 hours
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Vienna City Segway Day Tour

Vienna City Segway Day Tour

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Glide through the streets of Vienna on a 3-hour Segway tour of the city. Led by a local guide, cruise around the famous Ringstrasse and spot top attractions. See the Rathaus building, the opulent Hofburg Palace and explore the Austrian capital’s scenic parks. As you go, learn about Vienna’s rich history and the stories behind each architectural gem. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Vienna Evening Sightseeing Cruise Including Music and Dinner

Vienna Evening Sightseeing Cruise Including Music and Dinner

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See Vienna illuminated at night on this 3.5-hour cruise along the Danube River. Hop aboard your boat and savor a dinner of traditional Austrian dishes served buffet-style, as live Viennese music keeps the mood festive. As the sun sets over the city, soak up stunning views of the capital’s top attractions while gliding along the Danube River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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