You love history and imperial sights and want to travel to a new cultural destination while having fun? Then Vienna is a good option for you! The city has a mix of different travel styles and activities for all types of travelers, and to help you out, I will introduce you to some of the best activities in Vienna!
If you are unsure about the destination and are wondering what Vienna is famous for, there are many ways to answer it! You can start with their cozy coffee houses or their impressive imperial sights, but do not forget their well-kept historic garden, their beautiful wine bars and much more!
Let me now give you the best tips on where to go in Vienna and which attractions to consider for the best itinerary:
1. Start your journey with a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral is a great representation of Viennese architecture and the city itself! You will find its silhouette on most souvenirs or as part of Austria's most iconic images.
The building is such an icon that it must be yours Top activities in ViennaNo question! It would be almost like going to Barcelona and not seeing the Sagrada Familia, at least from the outside, if you omit it!
The building has stood for more than 700 years and in its history Mozart celebrated his wedding there as early as 1782, and Joseph Haydn, the famous Austrian composer, sang there when he was still a choirboy.
If you pay close attention to your surroundings and do not cling to the sights of the cathedral, you will find that these are modern glass buildings. Even if it sounds like a clash between gothic and modern architectures, they fit together perfectly! The result shows the ancient history of modern skyscrapers.
Take part in the old town tour, which also includes a visit to the cathedral. As you descend into the catacombs, discover hidden secrets and get to know the mausoleum of the bishops, the tombs of the Habsburgs and much more. After this subterranean adventure, climb the 323 steps of the magnificent South Tower to the Guardian Viewpoint. Trust me: the view of the city is worth the climb!
WORKING TIME: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm, Sundays and public holidays from 1pm to 4.30pm. You can see the updated opening times Here,
PRICE: 6 € entrance to the Cathedral and 5 € for the ascent of the South Tower. Check the updated price to climb the South Tower Here,
2. Take a tour to get to know the past and present of the city
Wondering what you can do first after your arrival in Vienna? Joining a free 2-hour hike is the main activity because you can walk through the streets like any native and see the main sights!
During the tour, while stopping at Vienna's main attractions, you will receive an almost tailor-made tour with a guide who will tell you the history of each attraction and share their version or family anecdotes.
You should know that although you do not have to pay for this tour, the guide expects a tip to show you if and how well you liked it!
But sometimes free tours can be a bit crowded, so you may prefer an organized tour and here's one that I can recommend. And if you would prefer to do a private tour that you can tailor to your needs and preferences, while you can ask how many questions you may have, this is an exclusive private tour for you.
WORKING TIME: The tours start daily at 10.30 and 14.30. Check the updated tour times Here,
PRICE: from free to 44 € per person
3. Take the Vienna Sightseeing Bus
There are two reasons why I recommend taking a sightseeing bus instead of walking: they are great if you can not walk around long enough, and they are a great solution if you just spend a day in Vienna or if you travel with young children.
These bus routes will show you the city in a very effective way, while sharing an audio guide with historical details and other facts about the sights.
You can choose between the different routes of the bus. Each itinerary has different tourist spots, but they are all worth a visit.
But how do you manage to see everything in one day? The bus tickets are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours and you can change the routes throughout the day.
There are a few companies that offer this tour service, and although I do not prefer a particular one, I know that Big Bus Vienna shares its bus routes on the web, making it easier to know all the stops you would drive through. You may even want to add a boat trip along the Danube to your bus ticket.
PRICE: 27 € online, 30 € on the street
4. Take a look at the Hofburg
If you're wondering what to do in Vienna as part of your itinerary, Hofburg must be one of the top 5 places!
This landmark was once the official Hofburg of the Habsburgs and served as a winter residence. Currently, the castle is the official residence and the office of the Austrian President.
Just like the Schönbrunn Palace, this one also has a special decoration and elegance in its furniture that reflects the history in every corner of every room!
The main building was built in the 13th century and then extended to residential buildings such as the Albertina, the Burgtheater, the treasury and more. The location of the palace is directly opposite the Heroes' Square (Heldenplatz). So if you find one during your walk, you will see the other on the opposite side.
WORKING TIME: Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm. You can check the current opening hours Here,
PRICE: 15 € per adult. Check the updated prices Here,
5. Watch a live concert at the State Opera
Vienna is known not only for its historic buildings, but also for its permanent cultural events such as opera – a unique combination of music and performance.
If you want to add this to your list of activities on your trip, I recommend search online for tickets based on your travel dates.
You can find many concert venues in the city, but here are some great options that I have selected for you:
If you do not want to attend a local concert, I recommend you stop by Charles Church anyway, and to visit from outside to see his baroque church. I also recommend to look at the dome with frescoes, the wooden pulpit and other original furniture!
TO UPDATE: I also recommend the open-air concerts, they are just amazing! You can see the timetable for the 2020 open-air concert Here,
PRO TIP: Do not worry, if you have not booked a seat before, you can still see which shows are available when you pass the Vienna Opera House. There are a few ticket organizers who explain all the possibilities.
NOTE: Make sure you wear proper clothing if you decide to go to the opera (say: no shorts!).
PRICE: from 40 €
6. Visit the town hall
The Town Hall, also called the Town Hall, is one of the largest and most monumental buildings in the Ringstrasse and in the style of historicism. Just to mention a cultural fact, "council" in German means advice, advice or advice, and this reflects the concept of the administration of the town hall.
The property was built in 1883 in neo-Gothic style according to the design of Friedrich Schmidt and has a tower very similar to those on gothic cathedrals.
To date, more than 2,000 people work in the town hall! And the most intriguing thing is the rooms, which are often used for various major events such as press conferences, concerts or even balls. Another attraction for visitors is the Town Hall Square, an important place in Vienna for its size and the unique design of the surrounding buildings. It is right in front of the town hall and is where many important events take place, including Viennese Christmas market,
GUIDES: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. Check the details of the tours Here,
7. Go crazy (a bit) in the Sigmund Freud Museum
IMPORTANT: The museum is currently closed but will be reopened in May 2020
Museum of Sigmund Freud was Freud's house in the city before he fled to England in 1938 to escape the National Socialists. The house was converted into a museum in 1971 with the help of his daughter Anna Freud.
The museum now houses original furniture, including the waiting room and some of Freud's own collections of antiques and first editions of his works.
During your visit you will learn more about his life, his cultural environment and the beginning of psychoanalysis. Over time, the museum grew and the museum now includes a library, a museum shop and a lecture hall.
WORKING TIME: Every day from 10 to 18 o'clock. Check the updated times Here,
PRICE: 9 €. Check the updated prices Here,
8. Walk to the outskirts and admire the Schönbrunn Palace
Leave the city center and drive to Schönbrunn CastleThe train ride is definitely worth it!
You probably heard about it Sissi the Empress – Well, this was your summer residence! If you do not have one, I recommend seeing part of it Trilogy of the movies Based on her life before and as soon as she became Empress, you will get to know her and be synchronized with the audio guide or tour guide of Schönbrunn Palace, depending on what you choose.
There is also a great museum inside the palace, with rooms that retain part of the story, beautiful surrounding gardens, highly detailed water fountains, a fun labyrinth and the hills that lead you up to another view of the palace and the castle to have the city!
Once you are in the castle grounds, you will find that there are many ways to buy tickets. However, if you want to make a worthwhile investment, I recommend it Classic passport These include an audio guide through the Schönbrunn Palace, a walk through the Secret Garden and the Orangeriegarten, a glimpse of the Gloriette and a bit of fun in the labyrinth!
If you prefer to avoid the audio guides and instead prefer a guided tour without queuing, I recommend choosing one guide around the palace and garden.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the U4 underground from the city center; The main entrance takes 20 minutes plus about 8 minutes on foot.
WORKING TIME: Every day from 8am to 5pm. You can check the updated opening hours Here,
PRICE: 26.50 € for the Classic Pass
9. Admire nature in the Belvedere Garden and Belvedere Palace
If you have the idea of wandering between lush nature and blooming flowers or just want to admire the flora despite the cold weather, you will definitely want to visit Belvedere Gardens!
The gardens are some of the most important French-style gardens in Europe and are divided into 5 parts around the property. The main feature is the castle gardens, followed by the Secret Garden, the Sculpture Garden, the Alpine Garden and finally the Botanical Garden.
Along the property there is also a large swimming pool that reflects the facade of the building and gives it a magical touch, along with the variety of flowers and sculptures that adorn the area!
And right next to the gardens is that Belvedere Palacewhich can also be visited from the inside. You will be amazed by the furniture and the history in every room. Although the buildings are nearby (Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Orangerie and Belvedere 21), each building is different. The Upper Belvedere houses the main part of the museum (which is why it is a bit more expensive), while the Lower Belvedere and the Orangerie are used for exhibitions and events.
The Lower Belvedere and the Orangerie have temporary exhibits that change every 4 months or so. However, you can feel the architectural history of the windows and roof structures, while enjoying the views of the 18th century, surrounded by gardens. Visit these sights next to the recommended Upper Belvedere, where you can see the permanent exhibits of the castle's history, some medieval masterpieces and a large collection of baroque, neoclassical and realist art.
WORKING TIME: The palace is open daily from 10am to 6pm. The gardens are open daily from 6 to 19 o'clock. Check the updated schedule Here,
PRICE: Entrance to the gardens is free, prices for the palace buildings are up to 16 €.
10. Feel like a local on the Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt is a local market, ideal for top chefs, culinary lovers, students, antique hunters and all who just want to eat and enjoy flowers!
The market has existed since the 16th century, and the locals enjoy a variety of local produce, local farmers, and even overseas boats!
Nowadays, the market serves not only residents but also tourists who stop by. Here you will find homemade fast food dishes such as sandwiches or fresh fruit, but also fresh ingredients that you can take home and cook for yourself.
The variety of foods and colors will amaze you on the local variety and some ingredients may even be alien to those you normally find in your country!
PRO TIP: There is also a flea market every Saturday for those who want to do something other than the classic window shopping on the main street.
WORKING TIME: Monday to Friday from 6 to 19.30 / Saturday from 6 to 17. It is closed on Sundays.
11. Enjoy art in the Albertina
Albertina is a great art museum in a palace with an impressive collection of artwork! There are permanent exhibitions of French Impressionists like Claude Monet. Paul Cezanne. Henri Lebasqueas well as temporary art exhibitions from the Albertina collection.
The museum itself has over 1,000,000 items ranging from graphics and photography to architecture!
What you will see during your visit depends on your happiness and what you have decided to see during the permanent exhibition. The temporary exhibitions are a blessing, for which it is worth paying the entrance fee!
WORKING TIME: Every day from 10 to 18 o'clock. Check the updated working hours Here,
PRICE: 16 €. Check the updated prices here.
12. Get to know some historical facts in the Museums Quartier
How come? Museum Quarter is such a recommended place? Since there are only the best museums in Vienna, I think that's enough to answer that question. This complex is located just on the edge of the Imperial Old Town and is surrounded by magnificent buildings such as Leopold Museum. MUMOK and Zooms Children's Museum among other.
13. Discover the history in the Imperial Crypt
The Imperial CryptKaisergruft"In German, also known as the Capuchin Crypt, because it is located under the Monastery of the Order of the Capuchin Brothers, what you will find there are the remains of the Habsburgs, over 400 years old and representing about 150 dynasty personalities!
As part of the Crypt Walk, you will also find that it contains not only bones, but also cremated remains of emperors and empresses. The few remaining Capuchin brothers retain their traditional role not only as pastors but also as guardians and caretakers of the Imperial Crypt.
WORKING TIME: Every day from 10 to 18 o'clock. Check the updated schedule Here,
PRICE: 7,50 €. Check the updated prices Here,
BONUS 1: Unique activities in Vienna
There are so many great sights and activities in Vienna that I can recommend, but I know that some trips are only scheduled for a few days, if not just one day. That's why I've selected some unique, different things to do when you spend a weekend in Vienna or just spend a few hours there.
My basic short break recommendation is to take a free hike or hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour and add one of the following suggested activities:
1. Admire the decor of the Hundertwasserhaus and museum
Hundertwasser house is a very different attraction compared to the classic imperial buildings of the city!
This is a house of different apartments, all with different designs and colors that make it magical and eye-catching. There are no straight lines in this structure. Everything is a combination of shapes, colors and columns created in style Friedensreich Hundertwasser was known for!
Nobody can go in unless you are a tenant of a building. Therefore, the main beauty is to look at it from the outside. Incidentally, all tenants in the building can customize the facade around the windows!
Since you can not enter the building, you may want to see more architectural concepts – and Hundertwasser Village is perfect for it! The building resembles a small shopping center with shops and takeaways directly opposite Hundertwasser house, For more information about the artist and his other creations, visit the Hundertwasser Museum.
WORKING TIME: Daily from 9am to 5pm. Check the updated schedule Here,
PRICE: Entry to the museum is 11 € per person.
2. Stop for a bite Sacher Torte
I will give you more tips on which traditional and local dishes you should try and where to eat, but I was told that I should try the Sachertorte in Vienna so often that I put them on top of my list! This is a chocolate sponge cake filled with one or two layers of apricot or cherry jam covered with dark chocolate. It was created by a young pastry chef to impress Prince Klemens of Metternich, and all that because the head chef was sick who expected the result!
Well, the truth is that I've been told to go Café Centralbut the snake was too long for the cold and windy weather I had that day. But you should never let the weather discourage you, so I changed direction and went into that little cafe chain called Café Coffee Day that had this dessert too. The café had more products than just desserts, but sweets are definitely part of their success – not too sweet, not too mushy, the perfect combination for a pastry!
PRO TIP: If you want to eat out Café Centralmaybe it's better to make a reservation!
3. Take an evening cruise along the Danube
Discover the city in a different way with this 3-hour tour in Vienna and take an evening boat trip on the Danube Canal to enjoy the sunset and finish your day in style! While driving, you will see illuminated downtown and drive past the historic lock of Nußdorf, while you enjoy the cozy atmosphere and good food in the on-board restaurant.
PRICE: 28 € per person
4th Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School is a local facility that focuses on maintaining the dressage and training of Lipizzaner horses; It is also one of the most renowned riding schools in the world. Traditionally, horses were mainly trained and ridden by men. Since 2008, however, some women have passed the coaching exam and are now part of the team.
The beauty of visiting this academy is to see how these horses are trained and how they perform in ballet style.
Join this great tour and see something unique as the horses stretch and warm to classic Viennese tunes.
BONUS 2: Activities in Vienna with children
You may be wondering how you can enjoy a trip to Vienna with children, so that they too have fun. As always, I am here to help you and to provide you with a solution!
Let me share some fun things with your children in Vienna, Austria:
1. Have fun in the Prater and on the Vienna Riesenrad
Although you may think so Prater It is one of the main buildings of the city. In fact, it is the name of a very popular public park and the base of one of the oldest amusement parks ever.
The amusement park itself is called "Wurstelprater" and still has many of the original attractions in perfect condition, giving the area an authentic touch.
So, what can you do with children there? You can choose the attractions that are best for your age, from roller coasters and ghost trains to carousels or something more serene like a walk Madame Tussauds, Major attractions include Blumenra, Boomerang Roller Coaster, Hotel Psycho Ghost Train, Wild Alpine Railway, Black Mamba, Liliput Railway, Prater Tower, Madame Tussauds and the Ferris Wheel.
This famous Ferris wheel has been in operation since 1897, weighs more than 240 tons and is about 65 meters high! It is such an important landmark that it is one of the city's most important landmarks!
If you want to skip the queue and get on the Ferris wheel without waiting, you can secure this 12 Euro ticket.
NOTE: A big difference between this park and others is that you do not pay admission but only for the attractions you want to visit. In this way, you can go there and get to the desired attractions or simply enjoy the arcade shops, restaurants and recreational facilities.
WORKING TIME: Daily from 10 to 1 o'clock. Check the updated opening hours Here,
2. Get crazy at the Museum of Illusions
Museum of Illusions is one of the funniest museums in Vienna!
The museum has many holograms, stereograms and even optical illusions in every room. There are more than 70 exhibit sections that offer a challenging view of perception, from the defiance of gravity or the shrinking of people to the loss of the ground beneath your feet.
NOTE: If there is a long queue, a magician will usually let you out of the museum when traveling with children.
Get your tickets to the museum and let your imagination run wild while you chat with your family!
WORKING TIMEEvery day from 10 to 20 o'clock. See the updated opening hours Here,
PRICE: 12 € per person.
3. Time travel into the Viennese past
An entertaining and interesting activity for the whole family – a 50-minute journey through St. Michael's Monastery into the Viennese past! It is not only educational, but also exciting and fun. Your kids will love it (and most likely you too!)
Bring your senses to their limits by going to this 5D cinema where you think you live in old Vienna, or through the portrait gallery, to learn about the history of Vienna and what the city officials have to say ,
With the help of modern technology and virtual reality glasses, you can be a part of the nobility at the ancient court and see for yourself how the highnesses have led their lives! You can even be part of a World War II simulation and get into an air raid shelter and finish the journey on a simulation ride that takes you across the rooftops of Vienna.
All in all, this is a fun experience that teaches you some story while being entertaining! You can buy your tickets in advance or on-site.
PRICE: 16 € per person
4. Enjoy the Schönbrunn Zoo and the Labyrinth
If you thought that Schönbrunn Palace was impressive, you still have to see the surrounding terrain and the magic it hides – a zoo and a labyrinth! This is a great idea for a fun walk around the palace with the kids.
The maze itself has some difficulty levels – easy for small children and increasingly difficult for adults. If you've never been in a maze before, you can rest assured that it's not as easy as it seems. I almost left a path with bread crumbs to find my way out! 🙂
Zoo Schönbrunn is the oldest in the world and probably another favorite for any kid who likes to see animals!
You can also go Children's Museum Schönbrunn The highlight is the opportunity for children to dress like the imperial kids and play with the most popular toys from that time. You can even find out how the meals were served and what they ate. All in all, it's a fun way to learn what life was like in the palace.
WORKING TIME: Daily from 9 to 18 o'clock. Check the updated schedules Here,
PRICE: 6 € adults / 3,50 € Children under 18 years. Book your tickets online Here,
Schönbrunn Zoo + Labyrinth + Children's Museum
WORKING TIME: Daily from 9am to 5pm. Check the updated schedules Here,
PRICE: 28 € adults / 16 € children under 18 years. Book your tickets online Here,
BONUS 3: 4 day trips from Vienna
If you have more time during your trip and want to leave the city and discover the beautiful scenery and history, here are some Vienna day trips that are definitely worth doing:
1. Wienerwald and Mayerling
During this half-day tour you will leave the classic tourist route of the city center and drive to the outskirts to find the Vienna Woods.
During the tour you will visit the Mayerling Hunting Lodge and the Cistercian Abbey, all with an experienced guide who knows the woods and gives you detailed explanations of the history of the individual tour stops and their importance to the royal family. Finish the journey with a visit to Liechtenstein Castle, which looks like it was drawn from a picture book!
2nd concentration camp Mauthausen
visit Concentration camp Mauthausen For some people it may be shocking, but it is full of respect and admiration for all people who have lived in this moment. This organized tour takes you back to World War II and the horrors experienced by people under Hitler's rule.
An audioguide is included to help you learn more about the historical background of each area you visit. The prisoners' barracks, SS quarters, gas chambers and the Mauthausen memorial museum are among the exhibits.
You can also go to the concentration camp without a guide and pay only 3 € for the audio guide in Mauthausen.
The best advantage of this tour is that you do not have to worry about the 2.5 hour transport from Vienna to Mauthausen. You will also receive an English-speaking group leader to whom you can ask as many questions as you like.
PRICE: 155 € per person
3. Wachau and Danube Valley
This 8-hour Wachau tour starts in Vienna and takes you to the valleys along the Danube, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau is located in Lower Austria. A boat trip on the Danube brings you to the Wachau, the heart of the winegrowing area in the city of Krems. As you walk down the river you will also see the many beautiful old castles!
Also visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of the country's most famous Baroque buildings. Once your visit is over, you can have a good lunch before returning to Vienna.
PRICE: 79 € per person.
4. Salzburg and the Alpine lakes
If you have more time to explore, you can take a day trip to the old town of Salzburg and the gardens. On your way you still stop Mondsee und erleben Sie die kurvenreiche Fahrt durch die österreichischen Alpen. Das Hauptreiseziel ist Salzburg, Heimat von Mozart und klassischer Musik, wo Sie bei einem geführten Rundgang sehen, wie Mozarts Leben war. Sie können auch mit der Standseilbahn zum Bahnhof fahren Festung Hohensalzburg für beeindruckende panoramablicke und auf dem rückweg machen sie halt an den alpinen seen.
FUN FACT: Wenn Sie jemals den Film gesehen haben “Klang der Musik“Werden Sie auf Ihrer Reise viele Drehorte erkennen!
PREIS: 109 € pro Person
Praktische Informationen über Wien
Jetzt, da Sie einige der besten Dinge kennen, die in der Stadt zu tun sind, könnte ich Sie nicht mehr loslassen, ohne einige nützliche und praktische Informationen über den Besuch der Stadt hinzuzufügen!
Nachfolgend finden Sie einige Informationen darüber, wie Sie vom Flughafen nach Wien gelangen, wo Sie in der Stadt übernachten, wo Sie essen können und vieles mehr:
Anreise vom Flughafen nach Wien
Wien ist eine gut organisierte Stadt und ihr Verkehrssystem kann sich sehen lassen! Durch die angemessene Verteilung der Stadtteile und die Nutzung der Zugstrecken können Sie in kürzester Zeit vom Flughafen in die Innenstadt umziehen.
Hier sind alle Optionen, aus denen Sie auswählen können:
Mit dem City Airport Train (CAT)
Der CAT bringt Sie in 16 Minuten vom Flughafen zum Hauptbahnhof Wien Mitte. Der Preis beträgt 12 € für eine einfache Fahrt oder 21 € für eine Hin- und Rückfahrt und gilt bis zu sechs Monate nach dem Kaufdatum.
PREIS: 12 €
Mit dem ÖBB Railjet
Die Railjets laufen Sie nonstop und fahren Sie in 15 Minuten vom Flughafen zum Wiener Hauptbahnhof für 4,20 €.
PREIS: 4,20 €
Mit dem Taxi
Sie können einige finden Taxiunternehmen mit einem Stand direkt in der Ankunftshalle. Die Fahrt dauert bei wenig Verkehr etwa 20 Minuten und kostet 36 Euro zum Festpreis für bis zu 4 Personen. Sie können auch eine anfordern Uber vom Flughafen für zwischen 29 € und 37 € je nach Verkehr.
Mit dem Bus
Dort sind drei Vienna Airport Buslinien:
VAL1: Fährt vom Flughafen zum Wiener Hauptbahnhof in 40 Minuten.
VAL 2: Verlässt den Flughafen und gelangt in 22 Minuten zum Morzinplatz / Schwedenplatz.
VAL3: Fährt vom Flughafen in 39 Minuten ins Donauzentrum.
HINWEIS: Sie können die Tickets kaufen on-line, am Flughafenautomaten oder beim Fahrer.
PREIS: 8 € einfache Fahrt / 13 € Hin- und Rückfahrt
Wo übernachten in Wien – Best Hotels
Es gibt viele historische Gebäude zu sehen und lustige Touren zu unternehmen! Nun kommt die andere wichtige Entscheidung eines Reiseverlaufs – der Hotelbuchungsprozess.
Zum Glück bin ich hier, um Ihnen zu helfen und Ihnen einige der besten Hoteloptionen zu zeigen, die Sie in der Stadt finden, sortiert nach Preisklassen, damit Sie sehen können, welche am besten zu Ihrem Budget passen.
AKTUALISIEREN: Wenn Ihnen diese Optionen nicht ausreichen und Sie weitere Informationen zu Ihrem Aufenthalt in Wien wünschen, lesen Sie meine Artikel über die besten Stadtteile und Hotels in der Stadt.
Transport innerhalb Wiens
Was ich an Wien und den meisten europäischen Städten liebe, ist nicht nur ihr ausgezeichnetes Verkehrssystem, sondern auch ihre Straßen und die gesamte Aufteilung der Bezirke. Wenn Sie sich also die Frage stellen: "Ist Wien leicht zu durchstreifen?", Lautet meine Antwort ehrlich und bejahend JA!
Bei meinem ersten Besuch in Wien musste ich viel lernen. Ich holte mir ein 48-Stunden-Ticket, das für alle öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel verwendet werden konnte, und fügte meine einfache Fahrt mit dem CAT hinzu, um direkt vom Flughafen ins Stadtzentrum zu gelangen.
Now let me share some information about all the types of transportation available in the city so you get a better idea of all the options you have to choose from:
The Vienna public transportation system includes 5 underground trains, 29 trams, and 127 bus lines. Each ticket is valid within one zone, so if you stay in the city center, that is all part of the same zone.
You can change to different lines and transportation vehicle with the same single ticket and as long as you don’t go in circles or go back to the initial stop. You can also go for my recommendation to buy at least a 24-hour ticket for €8 – this way you don’t have to worry about validating your ticket with each trip!
PRICE: €2.40 for a single ticket
They run from 5AM until midnight and on weekends they run for 24-hours, so you can move all around the city.
The night bus lines run from 12:30AM until 5 AM, when the rest of the transportation services start to run again.
You can also ride a bike around the city if you prefer. I think it is a great way to get to know the city!
Your best option, probably, is with Citybike Vienna – you can move through the streets, leave the bike at the nearest station and then take another one to go to your next stop. Once you link your credit or bank card during the online registration, you can start using it at a fee of €1 for a one-time registration. Your first hour of biking is free, and the 2nd hour means a charge of €1, then €2 for 3 hours and so on.
It is a very nice option if you are on board with reducing pollution and you enjoy biking! If the above sounded like a foreign language, go for RadStation, a tourist-friendly option – it is about €30 for the entire day and you only need to leave your credit card details as insurance.
PRO TIP: If you don’t want to cycle all day, you might want to just join a short 3-hour bike tour around Vienna, and see it through a local’s eyes.
Taxi / Uber:
You can get a ride at a Taxistandplatzes – these taxi ranks or stands are where the vehicles wait for passengers. The rides cost around €7 to €12 while you are in the city perimeter.
Vienna Tourist Passes
There are currently 2 popular city passes that, given you are going to visit many attractions, will save you quite a bit of money so let’s talk about each of them below.
Vienna City Pass
Vienna City Pass main features are:
- Free entry to over 60 attractions, including Belvedere Palace. Schönbrunn Palace Grand Tour, Danube Tower. Prater Museum, and the Hop On Hop Off bus.
- A guide book of Vienna
- You can purchase it to use for up to 6 days
- You can save about €40 on a single day in museums and attractions just by using the card. For the 3 day pass you are able to save more than €70!
PRICE: €70 for 1 day, €95 for 2 days, €125 for 3 days, and €155 for 6 days.
Vienna City Card
Vienna City Card includes:
- 24, 48, or 72 hours of continuous use of public transportation systems
- You can add your transfer to and from the airport
- You can add tickets for the Hop-on Hop-off bus
- You can save up to €45 per day because of the discounts you get at attractions such as Albertina. Haus der Musik. Haus des Meeres, and more.
PRICE: €17 for 24 hours, €25 for 48 hours, and €29 for 72 hours.
So, which one is better?
The answer is that Vienna City Pass has an exclusive sightseeing benefit, so you will get free entry to more than 60 of the main attractions, museums, and monuments in the city.
On the other hand, Vienna City Card is perfect for all transportation systems for a limited number of days, so you can forget about buying a ticket each time you get on the bus, for example!
If you are the kind of traveler that loves walking around and wants to see every local attraction there is, the Vienna City Pass is your best solution so you don’t have to worry about buying each ticket individually. On the other hand, if you would rather have your transportation needs covered including the airport tram and then purchase the attraction tickets as you go to them – of course the extra discount never hurt anyone- Vienna City Card is for you.
If you do not want to struggle with purchasing individual tickets, or if you are going for an express weekend trip, then this can be your choice to enjoy the entire city and its tourist attractions.
Must try food in Vienna
Austria is a great country not only in terms of natural beauty and its talented people, but also because of their outstanding gastronomy – there are so many amazing things to try there.
Here are just a few:
- A classic Austrian breakfast – includes a Semmel or Brötchen which is their local bread roll, butter and jam, Speck which is a smoked bacon, and coffee.
- Sachertorte – a delicious chocolate sponge cake filled with one or two layers of apricot jam and covered with dark chocolate icing. An amazing sweet kick for anyone that likes sweets.
- Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) – a traditional layered pastry filled with grated apples, sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs. Strudel means whirlpool in German which relates to the physical appearance of the dough layers it has.
- Wiener Schnitzel – a slice of veal covered in breadcrumbs and fried, usually served with a slice of lemon and potato salad.
- Austrian goulash – it comes from the traditional Hungarian version when they were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire but it is now found on menus as “Wiener Saftgulasch” which is a rich meat stew served with dark bread or as “Fiaker Gulasch” which is the meat stew with fried egg, fried sausage and dumplings.
Where to eat in Vienna
There are many cafes and restaurants that will offer you local and international cuisine and these are the local options I recommend you try:
- Café Frauenhuber – an authentic location where you can find a very good local breakfast in Vienna and a variety of other local dishes. It is not very frequented by tourists which keeps their environment calm and relaxed to enjoy your meal.
- Café Landtmann – a unique and very classic Austrian café where you will find the best sacher torte and apfelstrudel in the realm! One of the prestigious coffee houses in the city known for their desserts.
- Wiener Wiaz Haus – your best choice to get the most famous wiener schnitzel; it is a bit pricey but you will not regret your decision. Oh! Just so you know, it is a BIG dish, so I would recommend going on an empty stomach so you can actually finish it. And because it is so famous, you might need to make a reservation before going.
- Gulaschmuseum – the best middle priced place to go for a local Wiener Saftgulasch and other traditional dishes.
- Vollpension – a fun coffee house that focuses on yummy breakfast or brunch and takes you back to Oma’s (Grandma’s) kitchen for a homemade meal.
- Brau Bar – an amazing, cozy place to find traditional and tasty food at a comfortable price. They even have a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options on their menu.
Getting a SIM card in Vienna
If Vienna is not your first European stop, you might have already been in another city and purchased a SIM card. Nowadays, most phone companies sell you the SIM card plan that includes usage in all EU countries, so
if you purchase your SIM card in any European city/country you won’t need to pay for any roaming fee!
AKTUALISIEREN: Except Switzerland, as we recently figured out.
Just be sure to check the prepaid plan you are going for, but most of them include all EU destinations.
In case you are arriving in Vienna and want to get a SIM card, you can get one at a store called “Hallo Hallo”. You can get 1GB of data for €15, but my best recommendation is to use the airport Wi-Fi and, once you get to the city, then buy a card. The available operators are: T-Mobile. A1, or 3,
Most establishments and accommodations have Wi-Fi so you will pretty much be connected 24/7 but still, having a SIM card can be quite useful sometimes.
When to visit Vienna
Is now really a perfect time to plan your holidays? In this case, I believe it depends on the Vienna weather and your own preferences to decide during which season it would be better to visit. The biggest difference will be between seeing flowers in bloom or finding yourself extending a museum visit because of stormy weather.
Visiting Vienna between June and August is probably the best season because of the warm weather, open air festivals and concerts like the Vienna Jazz Festival. The Donauinselfest, or the Rathaus Film Festival, The main downside to these months is that because of the lovely warm weather all accommodation prices go up, so this may not be so budget-friendly!
If you want to visit Vienna in December, you will get to see the beauty of Christmas markets and decorations. The entire town duplicates the market’s light but not just literally because of the lighted trees but the actual holiday spirit changes your mood to perfect and constant joy! In this case, hotels are slightly expensive, just because it is around Christmas and New-Years’.
If you don’t want to freeze or walk with a zillion jackets around the city, I recommend going in April, May, or even September, These are the perfect months with delightful, consistent weather that will let you walk through the streets and see the local points of interest with natural lighting. As for the prices, the hotels are in what they consider low-season, so they are more comfortable for all budgets.
In conclusion, any season is great for Vienna, it mostly depends on when you have time to admire the city architecture and colors- it will be marvelous any time! You will always find something new in the city – an open air fair, a gastronomic event, and more.
Is Vienna expensive?
I have heard quite a lot about the idea of Vienna being expensive, but this really just depends on how you plan on spending your time and money. My main recommendation is to take the benefit of using the Vienna City Card and/or the Vienna City Pass (you can find more details about each of them above) to save money on transportation and on attraction tickets.
Here are some sample prices, so you can get a better idea of the costs:
- A regular single-ride public transport system ticket – €2.40; if you are going to move around a lot by metro or bus I suggest going for the short-term passes (24-hour).
- Accommodation for two – about €50 per night
- Museum entrance – around €12
- A well-served breakfast – €5
- Traditional meal (the famous schnitzel with fries) – €3 and up
If you have an already planned itinerary on what you want to visit, you will save yourself a lot of time and money so you don’t take an unnecessary train trip to the center when you wanted to visit Schönbrunn on the outskirts.
PRO TIP: A major note for all students is that many museums and admission tickets give you a discounted/reduced price; it is usually for students between the ages of 18 and 27 with a student card that verifies you are studying somewhere in the world.
So, all in all, is Vienna worth a visit? Definitely yes!
While you’re there, you can walk around the historical sites, enjoy the peace of the lovely and well-kept palace gardens, eat some local sweet treats in cozy cafés, and meet some new people. That was pretty much my whole experience in the city, and I hope you’ll have a great time during your own Vienna adventure!
This was my list of 13 awesome places to visit in Vienna, as well as some unique ideas and activities to do with the entire family, and even some useful information that will always come in handy.
During your Viennese holidays you will see ancient ruins, enjoy local food, get to travel along the Danube, and more! The list of amazing activities above might be more than you can fit into a weekend, but you can handpick the ones that match your traveling style and budget!
I honestly hope this information has been useful for your future travels. If you have any more questions about Vienna, I will be more than happy to help! Just leave me a note below in the comments!
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