On a recent trip to Vienna, Austria, I made it a goal to stop at Md. Tussaud’s Wax Museum located in the Prater entertainment park. I had never been to a wax museum before, I had no idea what to expect – so of course, I Google’d. I was so impressed with the reviews of this place that I knew I had to go.
I was not let down!! This place is great, and a definite MUST SEE if you’re in Vienna. Visit the official Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (Vienna) website HERE. You can also see my full 10 hour day itinerary for Vienna, Austria (including amazing views of the city from the Danube Tower!)
MY RATING: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to the wax museum because it offered a ton of variety in statues and you could really set your own pace as you walked through. I loved that it wasn’t only full of celebrity figures but historical figures that were important to Viennese/Austrian culture. This made it stand out from the typical tourist attraction because it offered something that is unique to the area as well as chances to stand next to your Hollywood favourites.
I arrived at around 8:30am before most of the attractions had opened, so I wandered around a little while until the museum itself opened and I was one of the first people in line. Once inside, I was surprised that it wasn’t too crowded – I hardly ever had to wait to take photos with my favourite figures and people seemed to move through the museum at their own pace. Throughout the day, the place did seem to get a little busier – but most seemed to leave with smiles on their faces.
The gift shop was really interesting, although I opted not to buy any souvenirs aside from my wax hand mould because I was catching a flight that day and didn’t have room in my carry on.
GETTING TO MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA…
The museum is located within the entertainment park called Prater. Getting there is fairly easy, as the Prater is a well known, iconic area in Vienna.
GETTING DOWNTOWN FROM THE AIRPORT (WIEN):
My choice in getting from the AIRPORT to the CITY CENTER was the CAT (City-Airport-Transit) – I love it because it’s basically idiot-proof (which, on my first ever solo adventure, I thought was the best decision.)
In the airport, I was easily led by signs towards the CAT terminals, where you could purchase tickets for round-trips for 17 euro! I had already purchased and printed my ticket before hand, so I found my way to the terminal and stepped onto the first CAT train I saw
The CAT terminal downtown is called WIEN-MITTE and is actually a stop on the HOP ON/HOP OFF bus tours!
ARRIVING TO THE PRATER BY BUS:
The closest bus stop is called “Praterstern”, on bus line 80A.
ARRIVING TO THE PRATER BY TRAM:
The closest tram station to the Prater is the “Praterstern”. You can get there with the tram lines 0 or 5.
ARRIVING TO THE PRATER VIA HOP ON/HOP OFF BUS TOUR:
Once downtown (via the CAT from the airport), the easiest way to get around the city is the hop on/hop off bus that just happens to be a few steps away from the CAT terminal.
The Prater entertainment park (where Md. Tussaud’s is located) is available on several lines of the bus tour – you can find the map here — http://eng.bigbustours.com/Vienna/route-map.html.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAX MUSEUM IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA…
- IT WAS SPACIOUS AND NOT TOO CROWDED.
There was so much space in this place, which meant that getting photos of your favourite statues and taking your time was easy!
- IT WAS UNIQUE AND VERY DIVERSE.
I expected the typical celebrity wax statues, but they also had a ton of statues based on Viennese culture and history – which, being in Vienna, was really nice.
- IT WAS FUNNY, NOT TOO SERIOUS AND OFFERED A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIFFERENT PHOTOS.Not only could you pose with your favourite celebrities and people from Viennese history, but they actually had the place set up for FUNNY photo ops. Sitting at Barack Obama’s presidential desk or lounging in Queen Elizabeth’s chair…my favourite was laying on Sigmund Freud’s couch and spilling all my problems.
- PRETENDING TO LIVE OUT MY DREAMS…
I got to pretend to be a Bond girl AND go on a date with the handsome Mr. Clooney, which was incredible.
TIPS FOR VISITING MADAME TUSSAUD’S, VIENNA, AUSTRIA…
- Don’t get a souvenir wax hand mould if you’re planning on traveling more (especially if you’re flying somewhere…). They are very nice to have, IF they can make it to your house in one piece. I was so sad when I got home after my flight from Vienna to Amsterdam and realized that my wax hands had broken into pieces.
- Book tickets in advance and get there early. This is a great suggestion for any attraction you plan on seeing.
- Book COMBI tickets if you can. I booked tickets for a ride on the Prater Wheel WITH my ticket for the museum, which saved me money. Book combi-tickets here: https://www.madametussauds.com/vienna/en/tickets/
- Enjoy the rest of the Prater park – eat, drink and enjoy the views of Vienna from the top of the wheel!
See my full Vienna, Austria day itinerary here!