10 Things You Might Not Know About Vienna

There’s so much more out there in the world than what’s outside your window. And while it’s a phrase thrown around a lot, it’s not something I truly understood until I started traveling and seeing more of the world.

My hope with the “10 things you might not know about” series is that you’ll learn something new about a foreign city, and ultimately, that it will inspire you to plan some travels of your own! If you missed them, be sure to check out the posts I did on Munich and Salzburg, and stay tuned for many more to come! But for today, let’s continue onward with 10 things you might not know about Vienna!

Here are some interesting facts about Vienna, Austria that you might not know.

  1. The world’s oldest zoo, built in 1752, is located in Vienna on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace.
  2. Vienna holds the #1 spot on the list of best cities in the world for quality of life.
  3. The original PEZ candy (peppermint flavored) was invented in the 1920s here, the dispenser in the 40s, and then made its way to the U.S. in 1952.
  4. French Queen Marie Antoinette was one of Vienna’s/Hapsburg Empire’s Empress Maria Theresa 16 children.
  5. Almost every Austrian city has a trademark cake. The most famous is the Sachertorte and was invented in Vienna!
  6. The Habsburg Monarchy (dating back to the Holy Roman Empire time) ruled here for centuries, when they had claim to most of the land in Europe.
  7. 300+ balls take place in Vienna each year. Which means lots of dancing!
  8. Sigmund Frued (you might remember this name from your psych class) lived and worked here for many years,  psychoanalysis. 
  9. Europe’s second largest cemetery is located here and has 2.5+ MILLION tombs and graves – almost double the city’s living population.
  10. Vienna is the birthplace of the original snow globe, which was created in an attempt to improve the lightbulb in 1900.


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  • Candy Kage

    So many wonderful places I won’t ever get the chance to visit, nice I can learn and experience them here.

    • Happy to help provide some education on lots of amazing places!

  • I really like this series! I also really like PEZ. :P

    • Thanks, Nicole! It’s really fun to put together :) PEZ is the best!

  • What cool facts, I love zoo’s and PEZ! :)

    • Right! Vienna has established some pretty incredible things!

  • Molly O’Connor

    Definitely didn’t know the oldest zoo was there, so cool! I wanted to make it there so badly and just never had time!


    • I hope you’re able to visit soon. It’s such a cool city!

  • I love these posts so much! I think that they’re so interesting! I seriously had no idea that the Sachertorte was invented in Vienna! I always saw them at La Madeline and thought they were French!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I really enjoy writing them :) It does seem like it would be French! I want to plan a trip back just for cake tasting!

  • These are so fun! I love the zoo and the PEZ facts!

  • Greta Hollar

    I want to visit Vienna so much! Definitely pinning this for later.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • This is great info! Totally pinning it.

  • Bonita Hall

    These facts definitely makes me want to visit Vienna now.
    I didn’t know about any of those. Opened my eyes!

    • Happy to hear it, Bonita! Thank you for reading :)

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Vienna and attend a ball. Now after reading this I have even more reasons for wanting to go!

    • I love that they have so many balls! Definitely makes me want to plan a trip back for one!

  • Mimi Rose

    Interesting!! I had no idea about the PEZ candy, haha that’s hilarious. I was really surprised with my visit to Vienna a few years ago, it has so much cool history (especially musically) and it’s a gorgeous city.

    • Agreed! I wish we had more time in it. Hoping to get back again one day to take more in!

  • Great facts! Imagine a cemetery that large? Wow!

    I can’t imagine peppermint PEZ. I used to love the dispensers when I was a kid.

    • Isn’t that crazy?! So many interesting things in Vienna!

  • I would love to visit someday! Great info!

    • It’s a great city to visit, Gina! I hope you’re able to plan a trip one day!

  • This is awesome! My fiance and I were just talking last night about doing a big trip Europe about 5 years after we get married and Vienna will definitely be on the list of places to visit!

    • I highly recommend it! Vienna is an awesome city and there’s SO much to take in when you visit Europe. I’ve definitely been bitten by the Europe travel bug :)

  • emi

    I didn’t know most of these .. .fun to read and learn more about such a beautiful city!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

    • Thanks, Emi! Glad to provide some fun insight into the city. It really is beautiful!

  • My brother traveled to Vienna in the late 90’s and has always told me that he thinks I would LOVE it there. He said, “Of all the places I’ve been I think you’d love it the most.” Since he’s traveled over almost the entire world I tend to take his word for it. We’re hoping to get there by 2018.

    • That’s so cool! I hope you’re able to get there too – 2018 isn’t too far away! I recommend visiting at Christmas if you don’t mind the cold. It’s so magical in Vienna in December!

  • ok, that’s all CRAZY info! Especially the snow globe thing (what!?)

    I’ve always wanted to visit Vienna, I passed through it on a bus once but didn’t get to stop :( Now I’ll need to go back to get some cake!

    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • It’s definitely worth a trip back just to hit the bakeries :) Vienna is such a cool city! Where were you on your way to that you passed it?

  • Sounds fascinating! I can’t wait to do some traveling abroad once my children are a little older.

    • Vienna’s an awesome city! You’ll love visiting whenever you get there!

  • Wow, I had no idea about a lot of that stuff! I even went to the Zoo when I was there!

    • Glad to provide some new info :) What did you think of the zoo when you visited?

      • It was great but, it was pretty expensive. It’s not more zoo like than any other zoo i’d been to lol. Definitely not a must when in Vienna.

  • JeeYoung

    What a beautiful city. I would love to visit one day!!! Great and fascinating info!

    • It really is! I hope you’re able to get there soon – you’ll love it!

  • I didn’t know any of these tips! How cool!

    • Glad to help you gain some new knowledge on Vienna :)

  • Interesting! I knew literally none of these. Now I’m going to look up the history of snow globes because I collect them and I’m intrigued!

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

    • It’s pretty incredible how many things Vienna has accomplished! Snow globes are so cool – I’m kicking myself for not buying one while I was there!

  • This is such a great idea for a blog series, I love this! Traveling really opened my eyes to how big and diverse the world is as well. I started traveling abroad when I was a freshman in high school, and it really inspired me to learn and become more worldly. I can’t wait to see all the other places you have in this series!

    Jasmine / http://www.jasminekeclipse.com

    • Thanks, Jasmine! So glad to hear you’re doing as much traveling as you can! What’s your favorite place you’ve visited so far?

  • I definitely didn’t know any of these things about Vienna! I’ve heard it’s a beautiful city and I would love to go.


    • It really is, Allison! I’d recommend a visit at Christmas to see it all decked out :)

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Vienna is defintiely on my list of places to go one day, it has so much amazing history!

    • It really does! I felt like all of the things I learned in my history classes finally came full circle and clicked when we visited.

  • So cool! There are so many amazing places that I would LOVE to visit someday!

    • Agreed!! What places are at the top of your list?

  • That is so awesome! I would love to see it in person!

    • Hopefully someday you can! It’s definitely worth the trip!

  • Add this to my list of places I want to go! Sounds amazing!

  • Chloé Adams

    Ive always wanted to go to Vienna!

    • It’s such a beautiful city! I hope you can plan a trip soon!

  • Annie Marie

    I would love to travel to Vienna! Such a beautiful place :)

    • It really is! I hope you’re able to get there one day soon!

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    Vienna is one of my favourite cities! I need to go back again soon!

    • Definitely! What was your favorite part of Vienna?

  • Michelle Marie

    Snow Globes, Frued and Peppermint Pez?! That is really cool!

    • Right?! Vienna has done so much for us in ways of innovation!

  • Cookilicious

    Vienna is on my list! Love your travel tips. Pinning it.

  • I would love to visit Vienna soon! I loved Pez candy so much as a little girl! That’s such an interesting fact! Good old Freud. I studied him a lot in my psychology classes. Thank You for sharing these interesting things!

  • Laura

    I’m thinking about visiting Vienna soon :)

    • You should definitely do it, Laura. It’s awesome!

  • haha PEZ??? how funny!!


    • I know! Who would’ve known that Vienna was the birthplace of such an iconic candy!

  • I definitely did not know that every city has a trademark cake! I have always felt the pull to visit Austria, and now I know why! It is my soul-twin city!

    • Haha, YES! I think I need to plan a trip all over Austria to sample cakes. It’s such a neat tradition!

  • Terryn Winfield

    That’s a little creepy to have so many tombstones! I had no idea about any of this, but Vienna is a place my husband would love to visit. I think he would be even more adamant after I show him this list :)

    • Isn’t it?! The city is very old though! I hope you and your hubby are able to plan a trip out there, it’s a beautiful place!

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    My husband has visited Vienna and has told me about the famous Sachertorte. I would love to visit there sometime if only to try that delicious cake!

    • I hope you’re able to get there one day, Beth. The desserts over there are too good to miss out on!

  • Ashleigh

    Vienna is one of my all time fav cities! Both my brother in-laws live there and we spend Summers there. Thank you for sharing about this wonderful city for others to see!!

    • Wow, that’s amazing! I definitely wouldn’t mind living in Vienna! So jealous that you spend your summers there. Happy to spread the word about such a cool place!

  • Vienna is my favorite city, and I’m grateful I get to call it home! Nice list! :)

    • Thanks, Tawni! Vienna is an amazing city! You’re lucky to live there!

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    We didn’t know any of these. We’re excited about #7, we’d love to dance the night away over 300 times in Vienna. lol.

    • Happy to provide some insight on the fabulous city! I’d love to attend a ball too – how exciting!

  • I love these posts of yours! And I love that Vienna has more than 300 balls a year. I can’t wait to visit someday!

    • Thanks, Marlynn! It’s a fabulous place to visit. I hope you’re able to attend a ball when you get there :)

  • i only knew #4! i love these posts, you definitely inspire me to travel to these places. wish i had unlimited time and money :)

    • Thanks, Kristen! So happy to hear that, that’s my goal with these posts :) I wish I had unlimited time and money too. Life goals, for sure!

  • Rachel Golden

    I didn’t know any of these facts, and they’re all so fascinating! My favorite is either the world’s first zoo or the birthplace of the snow globe.

    • Glad I could provide some new knowledge on the city! Snow globes and zoos have been around so long – it’s hard to imagine a time before them!

  • It looks beautiful there!

    • It really is! We especially enjoyed visiting during the Christmas season!

  • Anvita |Belly Rules The Mind

    I fell in love with this city when I was visiting Austria. Some really interesting facts here

    • Thanks, Anvita! What was your favorite part when you visited?

  • I had no idea they were the first place a snow globe was made! So neat.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Isn’t it?! They’ve invented so many awesome things!

  • I visited Vienna in April and I’m trying to decide whether or not to go back in December. I’m pretty split on whether or not I loved it as much as other cities!! I was hoping to find a beautiful snow globe to bring home though!

    • What are your other options? If you’re able to visit somewhere new, that’d be my vote, but Vienna is especially beautiful at Christmas!

  • I love this city. It’s very close to my country, I visited it several times. I think I must go back soon.

    • I’m jealous you’re close to Vienna! Definitely go back if you’re able to!