Yppenplatz, Vienna

Top 10 (alternative) sights in Vienna - What to do, where to go, what to see - 10 insider tips

Vienna is often described as the city of music, emperors and coffee houses. And yes, there are places that appear in every travel guide: the opera, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Giant Ferris Wheel and so on. But these places, as impressive as they may be, only show a small part of the real Vienna. The Vienna that the Viennese live and love. The classics are often overrun with tourists and reflect the old imperial clichés. But Vienna has so much more to offer!

The classics:
  1. Opera
  2. St. Stephen's Cathedral
  3. Ferris wheel
  4. Imperial Crypt
  5. Spanish Riding School
  6. Imperial Palace
  7. Bermuda Triangle
  8. Belvedere Palace
  9. Schönbrunn Palace
  10. Hundertwasser House

But now to the real insider tips, the places where the heart of Vienna beats and where you can experience the real Vienna:

Yppenplatz, Brunnenmarkt Wien

The alternatives:
  1. Zollergasse & Kirchengasse Bars: A must for night owls. This is where the young Viennese scene meets for cool drinks and good music. Generally in many places in the 7th and 6th districts.
    (To search on Google Maps, simply enter '1070 Vienna' for the 7th district and '1060' for the 6th district).
  2. Street Art: Discover the creative side of the city with our book Street Art Guide Vienna. The entire city of Vienna is a huge free open-air gallery just waiting to be discovered.
  3. Ankerbrotfabrik: A cultural hotspot with galleries, studios and events in the still rather unknown 10th district.
  4. Museumsquartier: More than just museums! A lively place to chill out, meet friends, eat, drink and discover. Tip: Look out over Vienna's rooftops from the MQ Libelle and walk up the steps at mumok via the Street Art Passage to Spittelberg.
  5. Yppenplatz & Brunnenmarkt: Culinary diversity meets multicultural, hip Viennese charm. Countless bars and restaurants on what is probably Vienna's most Mediterranean square with graffiti, street food and basketball courts.
  6. Böhmischer Prater: A small but charming amusement park away from the mainstream, with historic carousels, right next to the Löwygrube, a green recreational area with a wonderful view. The alternative to the Würstelprater.
  7. Alte Donau: Perfect for a boat trip, swimming or a picnic by the water.
  8. Aqueduct Liesing & Liesingfluss: A nice little river on the edge of the city. Next to it is the aqueduct that supplies the city with Vienna's pleasantly fresh and cool drinking water from the mountains. Why travel to Rome or Segovia?
  9. 9th District: The Servitenviertel, the university district around Votivkirche and the campus - Altes AKH, Strudlhofstiege and Palais Liechtenstein offer a mixture of culture, history, good cafés, affordable street food restaurants and young life.
  10. 4th District: The Freihausviertel, the Naschmarkt, Schleifmühlgasse bars and Margaretenstraße bars are a paradise for foodies and night owls.


    It is essential to leave the first district (the Innere Stadt) and explore the other 22 districts of Vienna. Each district has its own charm and its own secrets. Our book Vienna. The 22 Other Districts iis the perfect companion for this journey of discovery.

    Neue Donau - Himmel und Wasser
    Mural von Twooo in Wien
    With our books on the go, you get to know the Vienna that has been named the most liveable city in the world in international rankings for years. Want to know why? Come with us to the wine taverns on Vienna's wine hills and enjoy great wine with a tasty meal. Or come swimming with us in the New Danube, on the Danube Island or in the Old Danube - which also offers plenty of gastronomy and various hotspots for lovers of electronic music, right next to the water. You no longer have to go to Berlin for a good techno set. Vienna may still be an insider tip, but it is in no way any less exciting than other cities. Street art, great Viennese indie bands, cuisine and gastronomy - the subcultural scenes in the city are flourishing.

    Heuriger Wien
    In conclusion: Vienna is more than just its famous sights. It is a city that lives, breathes and is constantly evolving. So why not discover the real Vienna? The city that is considered the most liveable city in the world in international rankings. Come and experience Vienna for yourself!
    With our books and our accompanying Street Art Hiking Trails.

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