Summer day on the Old Danube, boats in the water, Vienna skyline in the background

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5 summer highlights

1. Modern art in the Karlskirche

Art installation from Cerith Wyn Evans in the Karlskirche Church
© Leonhard Hilzensauer

The Karlskirche (St. Charles Church) is one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna, as well as being the most important baroque building in Austria, and is always worth a visit. The Karlskirche (St. Charles Church) was built to designs drawn up by the famous architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. It is currently hosting a modern art installation that contrasts with its baroque opulence. A huge sculpture by British artist Cerith Wyn Evans catches the eye inside and spans almost the entire dome of the Karlskirche (St. Charles Church). It’s definitely worth a visit! Well worth seeing and nice and cool in summer too!

2. Boat trips on the Old Danube

Boating on the Old Danube
© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer

A great way to discover Vienna in summer is from the water. Hire a boat on the Old Danube, dip your feet in the cool water and enjoy a sightseeing tour with a difference. We’re sure you will never have seen Vienna from this perspective before. After the boat tour, we recommend stopping off at one of the idyllic beach restaurants along the Old Danube.

3. Spend time in a sidewalk café

Outdoor garden of a restaurant
© Florence Stoiber

Viennese locals use Sidewalk cafés like their living rooms for much of the summer. Nobody stays indoors on hot summer days. Do as the Viennese do and take a seat in one of the many beautiful sidewalk cafés. This summer, for example, the Le Bar Lillet Pop Up is enticing visitors to Marco Simonis’ pretty garden with sparkling drinks and delicious culinary creations. This is how we do summer in Vienna.

4. Explore the city – over one day or 7

Two Mobile Tourist Infos with their cargo bikes on Heldenplatz
© WienTourismus/Jonas Tiller

If you need advice or information about Vienna between visits, you can check out our Mobile Tourist Infos, which are out and about in the city throughout the summer. Interested visitors can learn more about the city, get insider tips and discover new sides of Vienna as well as some of its lesser-known places. The cargo bike is used to distribute maps of the city and free brochures.

And what is the best way to get to know Vienna?  By spending a few days in the city. The best way to do this is with the Vienna City Card, a new 7-day version of which will be available from July 2, 2024.

5. Wrap up the day with a cocktail

Hotel Motto Rooftop-Bar Chez Bernard, summer day, view over Vienna
© Oliver Jiszda

Bring a summer’s day to a relaxed conclusion with a sundowner in a Viennese rooftop bar. The restaurant Chez Bernard, which also includes a chic rooftop bar, is situated on the roof of Hotel Motto on Mariahilfer Strasse. Like the restaurant itself, the roof terrace is also a green oasis. Enjoy the view all the way to the vineyards with a cocktail in your hand. Guaranteed amazing photo material for Instagram!

St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche)

1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -21%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Visit of the church including Church model, Panoramic terrace, Treasury and Organ /
      Regular price 9,50€ /
      Savings: 2€

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 09:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 14 Steps (Door 300 cm wide)
        Heavy wooden door
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Visitors with ID for persons with special needs: free entry.

    • Comments

      Barrier-free access possible via a ramp, door opens via sensor

      Interior: 11 steps. Ask staff for assistance.

Old Danube

Alte Donau
1220 Vienna

Marco Simonis Le Bar Lillet Pop Up

Dominikanerbastei 10
1010 Vienna

Chez Bernard Restaurant et Bar im Hotel Motto

Mariahilferstraße 71a / Schadekgasse 20
1060 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 07:00 - 15:00 , 17:30 - 01:00
    • Sa - Su, 08:00 - 15:00 , 17:30 - 01:00
    • Rooftop bar open from May

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