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5 special places for a winter day in Vienna

1. Ladder to Heaven at St. Stephen's Cathedral

Illuminated ladder on St. Stephen's Cathedral
© Herbert Neubauer / APA /

The days are short but that makes the ladder to heaven on St. Stephen's Cathedral shine all the more brightly during the long winter nights. The installation by the artist Billi Thanner is seen as a symbol of hope. The neon ladder begins inside St. Stephen's Cathedral, pierces the vaulting and leads up to the tip of the south tower. It is currently one of the most popular photographic motifs in Vienna!

2. Josef Hoffmann at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Table ware by Josef Hoffmann
© MAK/Katrin Wißkirchen

You simply mustn't miss the exhibition on the versatile designer Josef Hoffmann at the MAKMuseum of Applied Arts, Vienna. The MAK shows the comprehensive oeuvre of the founding member and leading exponent of the famous Wiener Werkstätte. His work ranges from architecture to flatware and silverware to fabric patterns.

3. A night with Josefine

Hotel Room
© Tina Herzl

 Guests experience an incomparable night in the boutique Hotel Josefine. Step inside the hotel and dive into another world. Charm and ambience carry visitors away to the glamorous age of the 1920s and 1930s. The hotel's name refers to Josephine de Bourblanc, who once ran a hotel on this site. Many details in the new hotel now recount the story of Josephine and her guests. You should definitely also visit the hotel's own bar, Barfly's.

4. Brasserie Casino Zögernitz


The Brasserie Casino Zögernitz is not only a visual highlight, but also a culinary one. Interior architect Denis Košutić styled the new restaurant of restaurateur Marco Simonis: very colorful, very wild. Lots of marble, gaudy seating, hearts and palms made from colorful neon tubes on the ceiling. The cuisine here is French with Viennese accents. A punch market offering hot specialties and Christmas dishes opens its doors in the garden on December 20. The Brasserie Casino Zögernitz is located in a Biedermeier complex built by Ferdinand Zögernitz in 1837, where Johann Strauss once thrilled guests with the sounds of his waltzes.

5. Watching movies at the Gartenbaukino

© Chris Mavrič

 The Gartenbaukino on the Ringstrasse is Vienna's most famous movie theater. It may only have one screen, but the auditorium is the largest one in town. Film premieres used to be held here in the golden age of cinema. "Spartacus" was shown at the opening in 1960 – and lead actor Kirk Douglas was present. After extensive renovations, the Gartenbaukino has now been returned to its original 1960s condition. The movie theater reopened at the end of October in time for the Viennale, and can now be marveled at by all. Films are shown in their original versions.

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Tu, 06:00 - 22:00
    • We, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Th, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Fr, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Sa, 06:00 - 22:00
    • Su, 07:00 - 22:00
    • on holidays, 07:00 - 22:00
  • Guided tours

    • Guided tour of the Cathedral, daily

      • 3 pm, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the Cathedral english, Monday - Saturday

      • 10.30 am, approx. 30 minutes

      Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour

      • Monday - Saturday, 10 - 11.30 am
      • Monday - Saturday, 1.30 - 4.30 pm
      • Sunday and holidays, 1.30 - 4.30 pm

      Elevator to the Pummerin

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral

      • daily, 9 am - 5.30 pm

      Evening tour including tour of the roof (July - September)

      • Saturday, 7 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Doppelschwingtüre 120 cm wide)
    • Side entrance
      • 3 Steps (Doppelschwingtüre 90 cm wide)
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
      North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
      Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

      Evening guided tours with roof tour and guided tours of the catacombs are are not wheelchair-accessible.

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -21%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 14€ 5% off at MAK Design Shop

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Open on public holidays (also on Mondays)

  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

Brasserie Casino Zögernitz

Döblinger Hauptstraße 76
1190 Vienna

Gartenbaukino Cinema

Parkring 12
1010 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Wheelchair-accessible restroom on lower level, stairlift to cinema hall and restroom on ground floor, wheelchair seats.

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