Vienna might not seem like an obvious destination for teenage travelers at first glance. However, beneath its classical facade, Vienna has a vibrant, youthful side that caters to the interests and tastes of young travelers. From historical landmarks that come alive with stories to modern attractions that tap into the city’s contemporary spirit, Vienna offers a diverse range of experiences for teenagers.

Check out these top five sites to see in Vienna! Whether you’re a history buff, a music lover, or simply seeking some thrilling adventures, Vienna has something for everyone.

1. Stephansplatz (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) 

St. Stephen’s Cathedral  in Vienna transports you to the heart of the city’s rich history and architecture. This iconic masterpiece with its towering spires and intricate Gothic design will fill you with a sense of grandeur. The inside of the cathedral, with its stunning stained glass windows, might be even more breathtaking than the outside! Did you know Mozart once performed here?

There are 343 steps to reach the top of the north tower, but we promise the views are worth the climb! Once you reach the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of Vienna while reflecting on the city’s rich history. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a must-visit destination for any traveler!


2. Schonbrunn Palace

Step back in time and visit Schönbrunn Palace. This Baroque palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs, is a testament to the nation’s regal heritage and is sure to inspire any traveler! Channel your inner king or queen as you wander through its decadent halls and enjoy being transported to a completely different era of opulence and royalty.

If you aren’t too tired after exploring the palace’s 1,441 rooms, save time to walk through the palace gardens. Admire the fountains and sculptures before arriving at the iconic columned arch, the Gloriette, for some of the best views of the palace!


3. Christmas Markets 

Visiting the Christmas markets in Vienna is like stepping into a winter wonderland. These enchanting markets transform Vienna into a magical destination during the holiday season. Towering Christmas trees, festive music, and the sweet and spicy scent of mulled wine create the perfect holiday atmosphere! Imagine strolling beneath the twinkling lights while munching on a fresh baked pastry and browsing the stalls filled with local goods and handicrafts.

Vienna’s Christmas markets are some of the most famous Christmas Markets in the world and one of the reason’s Vienna is one of the best winter travel destinations! December is our favorite time of year to visit this magical city.


4. Prater Amusement Park 

Visiting Prater in Vienna is like entering a realm of sheer excitement and fun!  This iconic amusement park, located in the heart of Vienna, is a playground for visitors of all ages. The highlight of Prater is undoubtedly the giant Ferris wheel, a symbol of the city itself, offering stunning panoramic views of Vienna. Beyond the Ferris wheel, Prater offers a thrilling adventure from roller coasters to bumper cars. creates an infectious sense of joy that makes Prater an essential stop on any Vienna itinerary.

5. NaschMarkt

Visiting Naschmarkt in Vienna is a sensory adventure that beckons both locals and visitors alike. Stretching over half a mile long, The market  offers everything from fresh produce, exotic spices, cheeses, and an abundance of street food from around the world. As you meander through the vibrant alleyways, you’ll experience the local culture of Vienna, while enjoying traditional treats from all over the world.

The hardest decision to make when planning your trip to Vienna? When to go! Travel during the winter to take advantage of the holiday spirit or during the summer to enjoy beautiful weather and exciting outdoor activities. Travel For Teens offers both options so you can choose your perfect Austrian adventure!

Mairead McCaffery

Mairead was born and raised in Philadelphia where she sparked her passion for travel by joining a trip to Italy with Travel For Teens. She attended Temple University and studied abroad in London which allowed her to travel extensively throughout Europe. Mairead now shares her passion for travel with the next generation by leading tours with Travel For Teens and writing about her travel experiences in her free time. Mairead currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she enjoys reading, time outdoors, and planning her future adventures.


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