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Cultural Treasures

As a cultural travel destination, Vienna is the complete package. From music and dance to painting and architecture, the city is a unique experience, a trove of amazing buildings, museums, palaces and gardens. And because Vienna is smaller than many other major European destinations, you’ll manage to take in more than you might imagine. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna — itself set luxuriously in four historical palaces — is within walking distance of many sights, helping you make the most of your magical time in the Imperial City.

A steeple towers over Vienna’s skyline as the sun sets

Day

1

Morning
  • SMALL TOUCHES.

    If little ones are along, inquire about the special children’s check-in, part of the Ritz Kids program that encourages children to discover the sights and sounds of the hotel. The Kids concierge can recommend child-friendly activities and attractions, and offer a cup of delicious hot chocolate.

  • Imperial Splendor.

    Begin your sightseeing at the Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace that was the center of the Habsburg Empire. In the private apartments, you’ll witness the lavish lifestyle of the Habsburg family on full display. The Imperial Treasury houses the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburgs.  

  • Horseplay.

    The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is famous for its Lipizzan ballet, demonstrating the exquisitely controlled, stylized jumps of classical dressage. At 10 a.m. on most days, you can see the famed stallions at their morning exercise.

MIDDAY
  • Experience Café Society.

    Stop for a bite to eat at one of the many charming cafés and restaurants in the area. Trzesniewski is a small, popular spot serving an array of beautifully presented and scrumptious open-faced sandwiches.

AFTERNOON
  • Art Through the Ages.

    Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest museum in Austria, is a treasure of artworks spanning from ancient Egypt to the late 1800s. The Kunstkammer chamber alone contains more than 2,100 valuable works — including carvings, paintings, sculptures and coins — and covers almost 1,000 years of history.

  • Architectural Glory.

    With its multicolored tile roof, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a symbol of Vienna and one of the most significant examples of Gothic architecture in Austria. Take guided tours of the cathedral and the catacombs below, and climb the South Tower’s 343 steps to reach a breathtaking view.  

EVENING
  • Wine and Dine.

    Vienna is the only large metropolis in the world that produces its own wines within city limits. At a Viennese Heuriger, or wine tavern, you will find a comfortable, relaxed setting to dine and savor these local wines, many world class.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Fun Run.

    Go for a morning jog with Running concierge, Philipp, a wonderful jogging partner and an entertaining guide to the city, offering insights and fascinating stories. The 3.5-mile circuit highlights some of Vienna’s most significant sights and monuments.

  • Palatial Beauty.

    The magnificent Baroque architecture and expansive garden design of Schönbrunn Palace will leave you awestruck. And that’s even before you see the grand and opulent staterooms. It’s no surprise that this former summer residence for the Habsburgs is a World Heritage Site.   

MIDDAY
  • Simple Tastes.

    Sample traditional Viennese dishes at a Viennese bistro, or beisl — friendly, down-to-earth eateries. At the palace, you can dine at a classic beisl, Gasthaus Tirolergarten.

AFTERNOON
  • Art, in Baroque Opulence.

     Immerse yourself in Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, which houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the medieval period to the present day, as well as works of acclaimed international artists, including Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

  • Garden of Delights.

    Relax and enjoy the views in the Belvederem Palace Gardens, a picturesque place encompassing three large terraces and accented with beautiful fountains, clipped hedges and Baroque sculptures.

  • Take Care.

    Rejuvenate at the luxurious Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. The spa’s Imperial Rose Ritual experience is designed to relax and rebalance the body. Inspired by the Empress Elisabeth and Vienna’s rose gardens, the treatment uses rose geranium and sweet orange oils to harmonize the mind and nourish the skin.

EVENING
  • Taste of Austria.

    Dining at the hotel’s Dstrikt Steakhouse is an Austrian gastronomic journey not to be missed. The finest selection of Austrian meat is cooked on a charcoal grill and accompanied by delectable side dishes created from local foods, such as sautéed young spinach, and beer from local microbreweries.

  • Show Time.

    Attend a performance at the renowned Vienna State Opera. Productions range from Baroque to the 21st century, and 50 operas and ballets are staged roughly 300 days per season. In April, May, June, September and December, opera and ballet performances are shown live in front of the opera house.

Day

3

MORNING
  • Market Fresh

    At Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest and most famous market, there are more than 100 market stands and restaurants selling Viennese and international culinary specialties. Experience its delicacies with the hotel’s executive chef, who will accompany you on this lively trip.  

     

  • Center of Culture.

    MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest museum centers in the world, featuring art and cultural institutions, shops, cafés and restaurants. Stroll among its eclectic architectural mix of Baroque buildings and modern structures.  

MIDDAY
  • Vienna’s Modern Masters.

    The Leopold Museum is definitely worth a visit, housing one of the largest collections of Austrian modern art from artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.

AFTERNOON
  • Go Green.

    Half of Vienna is devoted to green areas, much of them open to the public, including the Volksgarten and its picture-perfect flower gardens, elegant fountains and gorgeous architecture.  

  • More than Coffee.

    Spend some time in one of Vienna’s famous coffeehouses. A tradition that goes back to the late 17th century, the coffeehouse is integral to Viennese culture and has been described as a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.”  

  • The Sound of Music.

    The Haus der Musik is dedicated to understanding the world of sound and Viennese music through innovative, interactive exhibits. The virtual conductor enables you to lead virtual musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic in the Blue Danube waltz, while a virtual opera stage helps you create a unique piece of music.

EVENING
  • A Meal to Remember.

    Restaurant Steirereck, nestled in the greenery of Stadtpark, offers elegant white-glove culinary service. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant has been family-owned for generations and consistently mentioned as a top restaurant in Austria, if not the world.

  • Sip and Savor.

    Settle in for a nightcap at the hotel’s upscale Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, take in the spectacular views of the Vienna night and reminisce about the cultural sights of the last three days — and start planning your return.