The Baroque buildings of the 1st district make you feel like travelling back in time. City walks a bit off the beaten track – e.g. the Blood Alley district (“Blutgassenviertel” or the Wollzeileviertel ) have many hidden courtyards where you can see the typical “Pawlatschen”.
Museum-enthusiastic visitors are in the first district, so to speak, in paradise. The Albertina lures with modern exhibitions on art and film, in the Hofburg you will learn a lot about the (political) history of Vienna and Austria and a visit to the Austrian National Library is enriching in many ways. While the Viennese still puzzle over what is the Natural History and the Art History Museum on Marie-Theresien-Platz, you better find out right away and visit both of the amazing long-term exhibitions.
For all concert and musical fans, the 1st district has THE perfect institution: the Ronacher. Let yourself be enchanted by vampires, lions or even Mozart for an evening.