A guide to the best museums in Vienna


The city also boasts one of the finest collections of museums that can be found anywhere throughout Europe, and we have picked out just a few of our favourites.

Being the ancestral home of many of the best ever musicians, artists and other creative thinkers, it is no surprise that Austria has several fantastic institutions dedicated solely to art. We have singled out our first choice as the Kunsthistorisches (known in English as the Art History Museum), which contains original pieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Raphael and Vermeer. The building itself was constructed in the late 19th century and is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Vienna, meaning that a trip here makes for an all-round unbeatable cultural experience.

Vienna’s Museum of Natural History, meanwhile, is also housed in a strikingly attractive building, and houses around 20 million fascinating artefacts for anyone interested in how the world has developed over millennia. One of the latest additions to the museum is also one of its most impressive: opened in November 2012, the special display features over 1,000 ancient meteorites, along with an incredible 3D simulation of a meteor shower hitting Earth.

Finally, the Vienna Museum Karlsplatz is the perfect way for visitors to the city to find out everything they could want to about the past of this most historic of destinations. As well as classic original artwork by famous practitioners like Gustav Klimt, the museum is also filled with a range of amazing objects and exhibitions chronicling every period of the city’s history, including the personal effects of poet and playwright Franz Grillparzer, and two fascinating models of the city dating back to the 19th century.