Vienna has been host and home to some of the world’s most famous people, including historical greats (e.g. Metternich), the stars of classical music (e.g. Mozart), scientists (e.g. Freud) and artists (e.g. Klimt).
Follow in their footsteps with the below guides…
(The memorial to Empress Elisabeth)
Just about everywhere in the city centre is Habsburg-related, so a simple guide is just to walk around the old town. However, certain personalities perhaps deserve their own location guide, particularly:
Empress Elisabeth (Sisi)
This Sisi location guide highlights the main stops on any self-guided Empress Elisabeth tour.
Museums and palaces lead you through her life, with glimpses of her apartments, Sisi-themed exhibitions, clothes and other items from her life, and much more…even down to the railway carriage she slept in.
If you only have time for one location, try the Sisi Museum.
Composers & musicians
Tip: try these concert venues if you just want to listen to the music of Mozart, Strauss, and others in a classic Viennese setting.
(Beethoven’s grave in the Zentralfriedhof)
See the Mozart location guide for a map, photos and detailed notes on the Mozartwohnung and other places he lived, venues he played in, the Mozarthaus museum, monuments, memorials, and even his grave (contrary to popular belief, he was not buried in a mass, unknown grave).
Although long-employed by a court outside of the city, Haydn still lived and worked in Vienna for many years.
Discover all the landmarks associated with the life of Franz Schubert, including his birthplace, the house he died in, various residences, and even a Schubert lime tree. The guide includes photos and a location map.
Ludwig van Beethoven lived, drank, and performed in a lot of places in Vienna and the Beethoven location guide points you at the top ones.
A true son of the city, and this Strauss guide takes you to all the right locations.
Gustav Mahler spent most of his life outside Vienna. But the city educated him and he ran the world-famous opera house here for about ten years. As such, he’s pretty much an honorary Viennese.
Art and design
(Secessionsgebäude, once home to Klimt and other artists)
Perhaps no other artist is more closely associated with Vienna. Follow his life around the city with this Klimt guide, which also points you to all the places you can see his paintings and other works.
If you’re pressed for time, simply head to Belvedere Palace to see The Kiss.
The artist Egon Schiele studied, worked and died in Vienna. Here’s a guide to relevant addresses (with a map and photos), including all the places you can see his works.
If you only have time for one address, then visit the Leopold Museum, home to the most important Schiele collection.
Many of the iconic buildings in Vienna bear Wagner’s fingerprints, particularly the railway stations along the U6, U4 and S45 subway and train lines.
This Otto Wagner guide highlights landmark Viennese buildings from his life and work, with a map, photos, and numerous annotations.
If one man could turn the banal into architectural artistic wonders, then it was Hundertwasser. Use this guide to find your way to the colourful highlights of his life and career in Vienna.
I can particularly recommend the Hundertwasser Museum in the Kunst Haus Wien – a joyful celebration of his art, life and philosophy.
Other famous Viennese
Sigmund Freud spent much of his active working life in Vienna in an apartment on Berggasse. And the good news is you can walk around it, since it’s home to the Sigmund Freud Museum.