What are the five best things to see and do in Vienna?

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Joseph Reaney

Vienna is one of the world’s great cultural capitals, so there are countless things to see and do. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ five favorite things to see and do while in Vienna:
 
1. Explore the Museumsquartier. As one of the largest cultural districts in the world, Vienna’s Museumsquartier has a collection of collections that could fill several days in any tourist schedule. But if you’re short on time, focus on the contemporary art galleries – the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK.
 
2. Attend a Viennese ball. If you’re visiting the capital during ‘the season’, which runs from January until early March, slip on your finest togs and spend an evening Viennese waltzing in one of the city’s spectacular ballrooms.
 
3. Stroll through a cemetery. It may sound like an odd tourist haunt, but the city’s gigantic Zentralfriedhof is more a relaxing park than a cemetery, and the perfect place to escape from the city. The 19th century graveyard also happens to be the final resting place of musical maestros Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert.

4. Visit Schönbrunn Palace. The first-seen façade of Schönbrunn can often disappoint visitors, but head around to the south side for a far more impressive sight – then head inside to be swept off your feet. You should also spend time within the palace’s lovely Tyrolean gardens, with its pristine lawns, hills and follies.

5. Walk around the zoo. Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo was opened in 1752, making it the oldest public zoo in the world – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two-and-a-half centuries later it remains one of Europe’s finest animal attractions.

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