Check out these 26 free things to do in Vienna. Visit museums, relax in Vienna’s beautiful parks or watch live performances on a world-class level.
1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This world-famous building and cultural heritag is home to innumerable historically and architecturally valuable objects. Its abundance of figural equipment makes St. Stephen’s Cathedral an artistic ensemble of the highest European level. Make sure to check out the wonderful paintings, altars, towers, and pillars.
Learn more about St. Stephen’s Cathedral in this detailed review.
2. City Hall Vienna
The City Hall of Vienna is the most important non-church building in Vienna in the Gothic Revival style. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm it offers free tours. High quality audio guides are available for free in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
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3. Vienna Opera
Experience an unforgettable evening and visit one of the 80 Vienna opera free performances. The open air events take place at the Karajan square in front of the opera where a giant 50m² LED video wall broadcasts performances live.
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4. Mozart’s Grave
Creepy and mysterious – Mozart’s Grave in Vienna lies in the middle of overgrown tombs, mossy slabs, thick hedges and old trees. The cemetery of St. Marx is one of the most important cemeteries in the world. Hundreds of important personalities – artists, scientists, politicians and other celebrities – found their last rest here from 1784 to 1878.
Read a detailed post about Mozart’s grave at St. Marx cemetery.
5. Vienna Central Cemetery
Vienna central cemetery is the most important cemetery in the city. Here you will find 24 famous graves including the resting places of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Strauss. They are only a few of more than 300.000 graves on an area of 2.5 million square metres.
Check out this list of 24 famous graves in Vienna central cemetery.
6. MUSA Vienna
Watch contemporary art for free at the MUSA Vienna museum! It offers an exciting cross-section of Viennese art development in recent decades. Foundet in 1951, the MUSA presents the largest collection of its kind in Austria.
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7. Money Museum Vienna
The Money Museum teaches its visitors about the development of finance – from the beginning to the present day. It is also home of the largest gold coin in Europe worth 100.000 Euros.
8. Energy World Spittelau
In the Wien Energie Erlebniswelt a unique learning adventure awaits both adults and children. Learn fascinating facts about energy and how important a conscious use of energy is. Also, this is right next to what is probably the world’s most beautiful looking waste incineration plant…
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9. Firefighting Museum Vienna
The headquarters of the Viennese professional fire brigade offers free tours at the firefighting museum Vienna. Founded in 1685, it is the oldest professional fire brigade in the world. The museum shows the development from the medieval firefighters with their wooden box syringes to today’s emergency personnel with modern high-tech equipment.
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10. Naschmarkt Vienna
People say about the Naschmarkt in Vienna that what you cannot buy here, you actually don’t need. The Naschmarkt exists since 1774 and is the largest market in Vienna. Here you will find about 170 stalls and shops, as well as some restaurants.
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11. Old Danube
The Old Danube in Vienna is a unique recreational area and an insider tip worth exploring. Rent a boat and go exploring or learn to sail! In addition to public baths there are also numerous free bathing facilities available.
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12. Baroque Garden at Belvedere Palace
Experience beautiful baroque garden design with great variety at the Belvedere garden in Vienna. Designed plants, sculptures and water features are very similar to the French castle garden in Versailles. It flourishes magnificently in the warm season and invites visitors for a peaceful, leisurely stroll.
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13. Botanical Garden of University of Vienna
See rare plants and enjoy a green Oasis at the Botanical Garden of University of Vienna. Established in 1754 by Empress Maria Theresia the garden is accessible year-round free of charge. The garden is accessible year-round free of charge.
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14. Schönbrunn Gardens
The Schönbrunn gardens free entrance allows you to visit one of world’s most beautiful baroque recreation areas without paying a single Euro. Together with the Schönbrunn Palace the park is in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. The imperial family used this area as a summer residence to escape the heat of the city.
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15. Water Playground on Danube Island Vienna
This fun water playground in vienna is located on the Danube Island. It is the perfect place for children to expereince water in all its forms. On almost 5,000 square meters they can build bays or dams with mud or build up streams.
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16. Türkenschanzpark Vienna
The Türkenschanzpark is one of the most beautiful parks in Vienna and home to numerous rare plants from all over the world. Since 1888 the people of Vienna enjoy coming here to admire rare flowers, trees, ponds, fountains and even a small waterfall. In the middle of the Türkenschanzpark is the 23 m high Paulinen tower, which is considered a landmark of the park.
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Find more information about the park on this official website.
17. Lainzer Tiergarten
This free zoo offers plenty of family-friendly destinations. Here you can see deer, moufflons and wild boars. Apart from the free zoo make sure to check out the forest trails. They make up a vast network of paths, rest stops and various viewpoints.
18. Vienna Hiking Path to Hermannskogel
The Vienna hiking path to the Hermannskogel will lead you to one of Vienna’s most beautiful viewpoints. On the way there are also inns (with a petting zoo) and churches which makes this tour perfect for children.
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19. Flower Gardens Hirschstetten
The Flower Gardens Hirschstetten offer various free attractions like a palm house, show gardens and several zoological areas with wildcats, goats or turtles.
20. Dehnepark Vienna
Hiking trails, a forest playground and lawns make the Dehnepark in Vienna a wonderful recreational area for the whole family. Here, visitors will find a dreamy pond, enchanting forest clearings, gentle to steep hills and a meadow with fruit trees.
Find out more, why you should visit the Dehnpark in Vienna.
21. Pötzleinsdorfer Castle Park
There is hardly a more diversified and beautiful park in Vienna for the whole family than the Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark. Thus, the Pötzleinsdorfer Castle Park in Vienna is the perfect spot for a family excursion.
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22. Free Performances at University of Music Vienna
Enjoy free performances by music students who will be the stars of tomorrow at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. This university is one of the world’s largest and most renowned specializing in performing arts of music, theater and film.
Find out more about student’s free performances at University of Music Vienna.
23. Danube Island Festival
Experience over 200 live acts for free at Danube Island Festival in Vienna which is Europe’s biggest open air festival. You can choose between 11 stages and listen to rock, pop, alternative, indie, punk, hip hop or even cabaret and readings.
Find out more about the awesome Danube Island Festival here.
24. Film Festival Vienna
Visit the Film Festival Vienna to watch recordings of musical performances and listen to live music events for free. Every year in summer the festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people to the open-air cinema in front of the city hall.
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25. Vienna Open Air Cinema
Grab a cold beer and watch 100s of movies for free at the Vienna open air cinema. Throughout the city numerous films are screened in summer. The various open air cinemas show everything from blockbusters to alternative programs.
Find out more about the Vienna open air cinema.
26. The 14 Best Christmas Markets in Vienna
Fancy, trendy or just comfy – These 14 Christmas Markets in Vienna come with great variety and offer something for every taste. Here is a list of the 14 best Christmas Markets in Vienna.