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Museums in Vienna

As Austria's capital, it is no surprise Vienna is filled with fascinating museums and galleries. Known for its dazzling palaces, imperial artwork and rich musical culture, there is so much to discover here. Home of Sigmund Freud, Mozart and Beethoven, it is a captivating city fuelled by inspiration and creativity.

The historic centre of Vienna is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage Site itself - a true reflection on how utterly breath-taking this city is. While you travel from museum to museum, don't forget to stop, look around and take in the unique architecture.

Below, you'll find some of Vienna's must-visit museums and galleries. For further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff at Palais Hansen Kempinski. They will be happy to help you make the most of your time here.

Schönbrunn Palace

One of the city's most visited attractions, Schönbrunn Palace is the perfect place to start your tour of historic Vienna. Known as Schloss Schönbrunn in German, the palace that stands today dates back to the 14th century, and later became the summer residence of the Habsburgs.  

Today, the palace and gardens are open for all to explore. Entry to the Palace Park is free, while other areas require tickets to gain entry. Booking online is recommended, as queues can become very lengthy during peak periods.

It's instantly apparent how much power past residents held here. Examples of Baroque architecture can be found everywhere inside the palace, and taking either the Imperial Tour or Grand Tour is a great way to discover more about this magnificent piece of history from experts.

You will find Schönbrunn Palace at Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria - just 25 minutes from Palais Hansen Kempinski. The easiest way is to travel via the Vienna U-Bahn, walking towards Schottenring and then taking the U4 to Schönbrunn.

Open daily, the Palace and Park share the following opening times with last entry being 45 minutes before closing time:

1 April to 30 June: 8:00 - 17:30
1 July to 31 August: 8:00 - 18:30
1 September to 4 November: 8:00 - 17:30
5 November to 31 March: 8:00 – 17:00

Natural History Museum

With more than 30 million artefacts and about 560,000 visitors every year, the National History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) will take you on a journey through time. From precious stones, minerals and meteorites to rare fossils, dinosaur skeletons and a 29,500-year-old Venus of Willendorf, there's something for everyone to see here. Even the elaborate, ornate interior of the museum itself is something to marvel at.

With both permanent and temporary exhibitions, and a brand-new planetarium, it's all too easy to spend an entire day here. Guided tours are available for any age, and regular events can be found online via the National History Museum's monthly program.

Located at Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria, you can reach the museum via tram, bus, tube or on foot. From Palais Hansen Kempinski, the easiest route is to either enjoy a pleasant 20-minute walk, or take trams 1, 71 or D from Börse station.

With only a handful of exceptions throughout the year, the National History Museum is open every Thursday to Monday from 9:00 to 18:30, and on Wednesdays from 9:00 to 21:00. Last entry will be an hour before closing time.

For further information, please speak to our friendly Kempinski staff.

Art History Museum

Directly opposite the Natural History Museum lies Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna's Art History Museum. The two buildings share similar exterior, and were opened around the same time in 1891.

The largest art museum in Austria, the majority of permanent art here once belonged to the Habsburgs. Popular exhibitions include the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Collection of Sculpture of Decorative Arts, the Coin Cabinet and the Library. There are many notable works by Caravaggio and Pieter Bruegel the Elder housed here too.

Entry for children and teenagers under 19 is free, while adult tickets cost €15.

The Art History Museum is open between 10:00 and 18:00, or 21:00 on Thursdays. During June and August, the museum is open daily and closed on Mondays between September and May.

To reach the Art History Museum from Palais Hansen Kempinski, walk towards Börse station and use tram 1, 71, D, exiting at Burgring station. Alternatively, you could stroll through the pretty streets of Vienna for 20 minutes until you reach the destination (Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria) - ideal on a sunny summer afternoon.

Albertina

From Manet and Picasso to Leonardo Da Vinci, Richter and even Andy Warhol, the Albertina is home to some of the most important art in the entire world. Over one million prints and 65,000 drawings call this museum in Vienna home, and it doesn't stop there. You will even find Austrian vintage photography and sketches from Renaissance architects here.

Forever changing, there are plenty of temporary exhibitions to explore at the Albertina, alongside a few permanent collections such as The Batliner Collection - renowned across Europe for its impressive compilation of Modernist art.

From Palais Hansen Kempinski, the museum is just 20-minutes away on foot. If you don't want to walk, a speedy 13-minute taxi or 12-minute trip on the 2A bus will also take you there. If you are travelling from elsewhere, the address of the museum is as follows: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria.

Open daily, the museum opens its doors at 10:00 to 18:00 with opening hours extending on Wednesdays and Fridays until 21:00.

Belvedere Palace

Consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere) constructed by Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, and the Orangery and the Palace Stables, the grand Belvedere Palace is absolutely breath-taking. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can explore the grounds, view some of the finest Austrian art from the Middle Ages right up to the present day and enjoy the wide variety of temporary exhibitions found in the Lower Belvedere and the specially adapted Orangery.

The Belvedere is also home to the world's largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt. Found in the exhibition titled Vienna 1880 - 1914, fans of the Austrian symbolist painter can view some of his finest works, including The Kiss and Judith I.

Belvedere Palace can be found at Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria. Just over ten minutes away by car from Palais Hansen Kempinski, our staff will be delighted to book a taxi or arrange special transport for you.

The Upper Belvedere is open daily, from 9:00 to 18:00. Fridays enjoy late-night opening hours, opening until 21:00. The Lower Belvedere and Orangery, meanwhile, open an hour later at 10:00.

Hofburg Imperial Palace

First built in the 13th century, the Hofburg Imperial Palace has experienced multiple expansions to become one of the biggest palace complexes in the world. Known for being the political centre of the monarchy right up until 1918, it is a must-see for anyone intrigued by Vienna's imperial past.

Visitors today can explore numerous areas of the Imperial Palace, including the Imperial Apartments and the Imperial Treasury. The treasury is home to the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Austrian Imperial Crown, as well as what is believed to be the Holy Grail. Often considered as the most important treasury in the world, it's a truly marvellous place to visit.

The Imperial Apartments, meanwhile, offer a glimpse into the life of Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. Across 24 rooms, the indulgent Rococo décor has been maintained, and a tour will guide you through each. The Sisi Museum - dedicated to Sisi (the Empress Elisabeth) and the Imperial Silver Collection are also housed here.

The Hofburg Imperial Palace can be found at Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria, a 15-minute walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski. Visitors are welcome daily between the hours of 9:00 and 17:30, or 18:00 for the months of July and August. Particular areas of the Hofburg Imperial Palace may have different opening hours - please double check before your visit to avoid disappointment.

Leopold Museum

Based in the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna, the Leopold Museum is the home of modern Austrian art. There is a real focus on art from the first half of the 20th century here, with standout exhibitions including multiple pieces from Gustav Klimt and the largest collection of Egon Schiele across the globe.

In fact, there are over 5,000 pieces of art waiting to be admired in the Leopold Museum, including those from Austrian interwar period. Guided tours are available upon request for an additional fee, and workshops for children run regularly on Sundays at 14:00 - ideal for encouraging little ones to unleash their creativity!

The Leopold Museum opens every day at 10:00, closing at 21:00 on Thursdays and 18:00 every other day. Holiday opening hours may vary. To get here, head towards the MuseumsQuartier: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria. Guests of Palais Hansen Kempinski simply need to walk to Schottenring, take the U-Bahn U2 line and get off at Museumsquartier. A buzzing cultural hub in Vienna, we suggest you explore the other museums, events and studios in the area when you visit.

The Weltmuseum Wien (Museum of Ethnology)

Once the Museum of Ethnology, the newly named Weltmuseum Wien can be found inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Almost half a million ethnographical and archaeological objects from Asia, Africa, America and beyond are on display here, with some of the most important including an Aztec feathered headdress, a rare Munduruku feather cloak and a one-of-a-kind hale waiea (a Hawaiian ceremonial house) discovered by James Cook.

From Brazil to Ethiopia to Vienna, the Weltmuseum Wien will take visitors on an adventure that spans the entire globe. Exciting temporary exhibitions pop up frequently, and the museum's education and outreach programme offers tours, interactive activities, lectures and shows to all. Make sure to check what’s on before you visit, so you don't miss out.

The museum is closed on Wednesdays, and opens late on Fridays until 21:00. Regular opening hours are from 10:00 to 18;00. A 20-minute walk from Palais Hansen Kempinski, tram lines 1 and D or a 10-minute car journey, will take you there and if you get lost simply use the following address: Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria.

Third Man Museum

Something a little bit different, the Third Man Museum is dedicated to the 1949 British film of the same name - The Third Man. Set in Vienna straight after World War II, it reveals a darker time for the city, one which is a far cry from the elegant, creative Vienna we see today.

Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli, the film is based around the investigation of a mysterious death. At the museum, visitors will find original artefacts from the film that range from signed photos and newspaper cuttings to a zither used to create the melody. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the film from an old 1936 projector too.

This small museum is only open on Saturday, between 14:00 and 18:00. For those who would like a guided tour, special opening dates and times can be found via the Third Man Museum's website.

To get here, please use the following address: Pressgasse 25, 1040 Vienna. From Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, the U4 U-Bahn line from Schottenring will take you there in just over 15 minutes.

Curious to know more about the many museums and galleries in Vienna? Just chat to our friendly Kempinski staff - here to make your stay as incredible as possible, we'll be thrilled to share our expert knowledge of the city with you.

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