Vienna always has something new to show! From its breathtaking streets and Imperial architecture, it’s no wonder why so many are in love with this city. With a plethora of activities available — including delicious local cuisine and heart-stopping views — the choices can be overwhelming when you visit for only one day.

Vienna, Austria is a great city to visit with teenagers, as there is a lot to see and do that will appeal to them. Here are some ideas for things to do in Vienna with teenagers:

Explore the Naschmarkt

This vibrant market is a great place to sample local cuisine and experience the city’s culture. Teens are always hungry, you can’t go wrong with a market visit!

Spanish Riding SchoolThree Lipizzanner stallions training in Vienna Austria at the Spanish Riding School during Morning Exercise.  Many onlookers are seated in the balconies at the Winter School.  Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and the entire building is in shades of white and cream.

Spending a morning in Vienna is unforgettable, especially at the famous Spanish Riding School! Inside you’re welcomed by an enchanting sound of hooves and a delightful fragrance. Every day from 10 am -12 pm visitors have the unique opportunity to observe Lipizzaner stallions as they are refined during their Morning Exercise; training that will help prepare them for breathtaking performances within the Winter Riding School of Hofburg. Get there early – admission starts just before 9:50 am.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral Roof

Sun glaring on the tiled roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.

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Imagine the joy of aimlessly wandering Vienna’s streets and then, voila – stumbling upon a legendary schnitzel haven! Figlmüller is renowned for not only their classic Wiener schnitzel but also their delectable signature pork Figlmüller schnitzel. Gorge yourself with a friend and revel in the mouthwatering schnitzel, but be warned – the portions are as enormous as the flavor! Don’t miss out on their Vienna-best potato salad smothered in pumpkin seed oil, which might just steal the schnitzel’s thunder. What you can’t finish you can take back to your cozy VRBO. Make a reservation in advance here.

Vienna State Opera

Interior of the Vienna State Opera overlooking the floors below.  From this view, the chandelier is at eye-level.  In each of the arches is a statue of different women.  There are many opera go-ers walking around during the intermission.
Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and offers a unique experience for teenagers who appreciate the arts. The opera house offers guided tours daily. You can find tickets and A schedule of tours here.

But in my opinion, there’s no way you can visit Vienna without either seeing an opera or seeing a concert performance. Standing tickets are available if you’re willing to wait until the last minute to secure your admittance. Prices range from 13 to 500 euros.  Tickets and schedules for performances can be found here.

Take a bike tour

A bike tour is a fun and active way to explore the city, and several companies offer guided tours of Vienna.

Visit the Prater amusement park

The Prater amusement park offers a variety of rides and attractions, including the famous Ferris wheel, and is a great place for teenagers to have fun.

Museum Café

Famous apple strudel at Museum Cafe in Vienna, Austria.  The strudel is in a large, shallow bowl and sits in a pool of creme anglaise.  There is a glass bottle of water 3/4 full next to a glass of water 1/4 full.  There is a side dish with a napkin and an unused set of silverware.
Best apple strudel in Vienna

Embark on a delightful journey through Vienna to discover the most delectable apple strudel in town! As you navigate online rankings, you’ll find Museum Cafe as a highly acclaimed contender for this Viennese classic. While Sacher Cafe may be another renowned competitor, its overwhelming popularity often entails a wait with a substantial queue.

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At Museum Cafe you’ll witness an ever-growing line of fellow dessert enthusiasts as you nestle into a cozy seat. Be prepared to indulge in their scrumptious apple strudel, lovingly nestled in a pool of creme anglaise and delicately adorned with powdered sugar. Relish every velvety bite as the perfectly cooked apples and subtle flavors deliver an exquisite treat to remember. Expand your culinary horizons and explore Vienna’s exceptional dessert offerings!

Visit the Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the largest and most important natural history museums in the world and is a great place for teenagers interested in science and nature. Buy tickets in advance

Roam the Streets

Ornate columns outside of the Vienna State Opera house with light and shadow play from the position of the sun.

OK, I know this isn’t a ‘place’ per se. But wandering around in this city is a traveler’s delight, being so different from most other European capitals. Viennese streets are extremely clean and very well-kept.

Wandering around you’re able to stumble upon architectural delights, residential neighborhoods, and places of historical significance, such as Mozart’s apartment.

Horse-drawn carriage wandering the streets of Vienna.

Schönbrunn Palace

This magnificent palace was the summer residence of the Habsburgs and offers beautiful gardens, an impressive zoo, and stunning architecture. Click here for practical info

Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, reflected in the water of the fountain in front.

Take a walk in the Vienna Woods

The Vienna Woods offers a beautiful natural landscape, and there are several hiking and biking trails that offer stunning views of the city.

Belvedere Museum

Michelle from Travel Her Story goes in depth in her post on the art history found in this magical place – check it out! Click here for practical info

The Belvedere in Vienna with colorful flowers in the foreground.

Hofburg Palace

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Seafoam green-domed Hofburg in Vienna, Austria.

Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is one of the most important art museums in the world and offers a diverse collection of art from different periods and cultures.

These are just a few of the many things to do in Vienna with teenagers. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and beautiful architecture, Vienna is a great destination for families looking for an unforgettable vacation.

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Choose Activities and Tours

To find great activities in any area I use Get Your Guide and Viator. If we are visiting a city with lots of popular attractions I always check CityPass and GoCard to see if they have discount cards available. Groupon also tends to have a lot of local travel deals.

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