The 1st District - Inner City
Vienna's 1st district or Inner City is the heart of both historic and modern Vienna. On every corner you will find testimony of the city's importance and role in former centuries as well as in present times. Even beyond the Inner City...the city centre is best discovered and explored by foot, bike, public transport or by a horse drawn carriage, our famous Fiaker!
In case you want to concentrate on this area: don't forget to check our walking tour section - you will love the inner district route we have put together for you...
First and most importantly, the main cathedral called St. Stephan's Cathedral. From the south tower you have a wonderful view over the whole city. Well worth a visit and nearby are also other churches like Minoritenkirche or Peterskirche. While walking around make sure you have a look in as many little cobble streets and courtyards as possible, they are beautiful and quite unique! Enjoy the atmosphere by having a cup of coffee in one of the many cafés (Kaffeehaus) located in hidden corners, or explore the charming antique shops you find everywhere.
Vienna's Inner City is a must for art lovers and its many museums. Here you find the famous Albertina Museum, one of the most popular museums with its largest and world known graphic collection - one of Vienna's TOP ATTRACTIONS. It houses more than 14.000 graphic prints and aquarelles in its walls, among them works of Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Gustav Klimt, etc...
The 1st district is surrounded by the most gorgeous "Ringroad" called Ringstrasse (another of Vienna's TOP ATTRACTIONS. The Ringroad encompasses the district like a ring. Along this boulevard, build and designed at the turn of the 20th century by the last Habsburg Emperor, you find the most stunning buildings like the Opera, the Parliament, the City Hall, etc...not to mention museums like the MAK (Museum für Angewandte Kunst) or the Kunsthistorisches Museum (famous for its vast and varied inventory that used to belong to the Habsburg dynasty). All of them true marvels to go visit!