I recently took a quick trip to Vienna and while I didn’t have a ton of time to spend exploring this wonderful City, I did take the better part of an afternoon to just walk around. Vienna is a beautiful City with stunning architecture and a thriving art and music scene – not to mention the food and wine.
After landing and checking into my hotel, I took a quick nap then headed out exploring. I started by heading off to the Museum Quarter and made a large circle around and through the Innere Stadt (Inner City). Here are some of the more visually interesting places I visited. These locations would be a great addition to your Instagram or Vero feeds.
Freyung (or Ferstel) Passage is a beautiful shopping arcade constructed in the 1860s. During my visit it was filled with Easter excitement. The ornate arches were stunning and ended up being my favorite part of this stop.
Kohlmarkt & Graben
The corner of Kohlmarkt and Graben is home to a wonderful pedestrianized roadway and high end shopping. You can spend hours window shopping and people watching.
The Staatsoper is one of the most beautiful buildings in Vienna. Opened in 1869, this building seats more than 1700 patrons. Not only is this a beautiful building, but it is often surrounded by singers and other musicians. We heard some amazing performers as we walked by each day.
Small Streets Throughout Innere Stadt
This residential building was near the Jesuitenkirche – Jesuit Church. The small balconies make a perfect living extension into the quiet street. This higher density building still feels like you’ve got your own space. Such a beautiful building.
The Hofburg Palace is located in the 1st District in Vienna. This former palace is located at the end of Kohlmarkt. I decided to stop off and grab a sausage (and a beer) from a local vendor for lunch as I made my way through the Inner City.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The ornately patterned roof at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna sets this house of worship apart from others throughout Europe. A visit to this cathedral is a must for anyone visiting the beautiful city of Vienna.
The Baroque style Jesuit Church or Jesuitenkirche was built in 1703. The exterior was quite simple, but the interiors were so ornate. Stop by this inconspicuous building and explore the exquisite ceiling frescoes.
The Dominican Church (Dominikanerkirche) is another gorgeous Baroque building. Built in 1631, this church is most famously known for his beautiful main altar and frescoes. I spent a while in quiet contemplation here last weekend. Such an amazing space.
Elevated Views of the City
The view from our amazing suite at the Hotel Bristol. We looked out on the Staatsoper / State Opera House along the Opernring. I love the hustle and bustle of the City streets, the clanging of the street cars and the occasional song from the opera singers performing on the streets outside of the Opera House. You don’t have to have a beautiful suite to get these great shots – you can walk to the top of a church, a hotel or any other taller public space.
What are some of your favorite places to visit and photograph in Vienna? Where should I go on my next trip to this glorious City?