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Best of Modern Vienna

Austria’s grand, history-rich capital adopts a modern attitude.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Layered with history—from Hapsburg splendor to Art Nouveau—Vienna looks to the future, remaking itself as the center of a dynamic and ... more »

Tips:  WHEN TO GO: Austria’s capital comes alive in November, readying for the holiday season with its first snowfall and increasingly brisk ... more »

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Points of Interest

Includes Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgment Triptych.

Address:
3 Schillerplatz
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-588-161

Centrally located in Vienna’s Spittelberg quarter, the Altstadt offers 42 unique rooms and suites in a renovated Patrician house. Colors and themes vary from one accommodation to the next, with bold reds and yellows in some, and shades of grey and black in others. Likewise, fabric patterns and furniture styles might range from traditional to ... More

Numerous works by Klimt (including his masterpiece, The Kiss), Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka.

Address:
27 Prinz-Eugen-Strasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-795-570

4. Do & Co Albertina

This Stephansplatz eatery offers sushi alongside killer views of St. Stephen’s cathedral.

Address:
1 Albertinaplatz
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-532-9669

The hotel occupies the top four floors of Haas Haus, a cylindrical, concrete-and-mirrored-glass postmodern landmark dropped into the heart of the centuries-old former capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Hans Hollein. The rooms and suites have dramatic curved walls and a dramatic Turkish-inflected interior... More

Mingle with Vienna’s upper crust within the glass walls of Fabio’s, one of Vienna’s most popular and trendiest dining spots. Opened in 2002 by Fabio Giacobello (formerly of Italy’s famous Antinori wine company), the sleek restaurant draws in trendsetters and VIPs to dine at tables with black leather seats or to gather under soaring ceilings for... More

Popular for its old-world opulence and proximity to the city center. 1876 property opposite the opera house; with a Pierre-Yves Rochon redesigned restaurant. Its Rote Bar serves classic Viennese dishes like Tafelspitz (boiled beef).

Address:
4 Philharmonikerstrasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
(800) 223-6800

Many possessions of the Hapsburgs, as well as period rooms from two centuries of Austrian design.

Address:
7 Andreasgasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-524-3357

9. Indochine 21

Vienna’s historic Innere Stadt district is home to Indochine 21, the hotspot for trendy diners to enjoy cocktails and French-Vietnamese fusion. Chef Wini Brugger brings to the table over a decade of training in Southeast Asia, having formerly resided in Vietnam. His signature dishes of marinated beef and tomatoes, plus deep fried dorade with red... More

Another new hotel, the Levante Parliament, incorporates a gallery exhibiting glasswork by Romanian artist Ioan Nemto.

Address:
9 Auerspergstrasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-228-280

11. Liechtenstein Museum

Full of Raphaels, Van Dycks, and Brueghels.

Address:
1 F�rstengasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-3195-7670

The complex includes the Architekturzentrum Wien; the Leopold Museum; the Museum Moderner Kunst; the Kunsthalle Wien; and more.

Address:
1/5 Museumsplatz
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-523-5881

13. Onyx Bar

Situated on the sixth floor of the Do & Co Hotel, the space has windows about 30 feet high looking straight across Stephansplatz at the tiled roof and towers of the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Settle into this clean-lined, hard-edged room for a glass of equally crisp Riesling Trocken Gaisberg.

Address:
12 Stephansplatz
Vienna
Austria

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Built atop the old walls of Vienna in the 1840’s, the former summer residence of Ferdinand von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was turned into a hotel in 2003. The erstwhile palace is divided into 35 suites, each decorated in one of two styles: traditional (original moldings, grand swagged curtains) or contemporary (glass walls, angular furniture). The grounds ... More

The Hapsburgs’ former summer residence.

Address:
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-8111-3239

16. Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Francesca von Habsburg’s exhibition space.

Address:
13 Himmelpfortgasse
Vienna
Austria

Phone:
43-1-513-9856