How to Spend a Rainy Day in Vienna
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Even the best-laid travel plans can be disrupted by poor weather. When black clouds threaten in Vienna, here's how to stay dry and make the most of rainy days in Austria’s ornate capital city.
- Explore the baroque Belvedere Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.
- Enjoy a classical music concert in the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery.
- Learn about, make, and taste chocolate during a chocolatier experience.
- Stay dry and save money on admission to Vienna’s top museums with a Vienna Pass.
- Learn how to make authentic Austrian cuisine during a cooking class.
- Step back in time and learn about the history of Vienna at Time Travel: The Vienna History Show.
- Enjoy a wine tasting experience in a cosy Viennese cellar.
- Immerse yourself in the creative world of Mozart on a visit to Mozarthaus, his preserved apartment.
- Savor a sacher torte (chocolate cake) and soak up Viennese coffeehouse culture at some grand cafes.
- Admire colorful butterflies at the Schmetterlinghaus Imperial Butterfly House.
- Challenge your code-breaking skills at an escape room.
- Pose for photos beside wax replicas of celebrities such as Mozart and Marilyn Monroe at Madame Tussauds.
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Get up-close to famous figures of past and present with this entrance ticket to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Vienna. Come face-to-face with lifelike replicas of movie stars such as Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, and Robert Pattinson; meet old-time Hollywood idols like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn; and gaze at royals, composers, politicians, and visionaries from Austria and the world over, including Napoleon, Mozart, the Empress Sisi, and more.
Book your Vienna Pass before you travel and save sightseeing time when you’re out and about in the Austrian capital. With a range of durations from one to six days, the pass gives you entry to some 60 attractions within your chosen time scale. Select your pass online, then plan out your visit to include sights such as the Giant Ferris Wheel and Schönbrunn Palace. Even better: You can use an included hop-on hop-off bus to get around town.
Step back in Viennese time with a visit to Time Travel: The Vienna History Show. The exciting museum brings the past into the present day, courtesy of multimedia displays and attractions audio-given information. Check out the era of Habsburg rule, uncover the plague-hit streets of medieval Vienna and discover the musical side of the city — all through animatronics and special effects. Special attractions include a World War II–era air-raid shelter and a virtual horse-drawn carriage ride.
Chocolate fans—this one’s for you! Enjoy a day learning about, making, and tasting chocolate. You won’t have to worry about bringing anything with you as all ingredients and cooking utensils are provided. This experience takes you through the history of chocolate, and you even make chocolate with tools like the Aztecs. Create your own bars, and top off your experience with a visit to the Chocolate Museum.