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Vienna City Guide

Vienna City Guide

Posted from Oppland, Norway.

So you are visiting the Austrian capital city of Vienna? Well, you are in for a treat- Vienna is a charming city that will leave you inspired by its rich culture and history.

Here are our suggestions for things to see and do while visiting Vienna!

 

Main attractions

 

1.) St. Stephen’s Cathedral

 

Located in the heart of the city centre, this cathedral is one of the most popular attractions in Vienna. Originally constructed in 1147, this cathedral has played a significant role in the history of this Austrian city.

As one of the tallest churches in the world, the St. Stephens Cathedral offers stunning views of the city and surrounding areas. You can either walk to the top, via the South tower, or take the elevator to the top via the north tower.

If heights are not your thing (standing at 136 meters), then you can simply walk within the church walls and admire the artistry and craftsmanship of this impressive building.

 

2.) Schönbrunn Palace

Schonbrun Palace, Vienna

If you have heard of the Palace of Versailles (the seat of political power for King Louis XIV in France), then you will appreciate the grandeur of its Austrian counterpart. This was the summer home of the Habsburg royal family, and with 1,441 rooms its not hard to see why.

If you are interested in seeing where Marie Antoinette once slept or if you just would like to explore an Austrian palace, then you can buy a ticket to explore the inside. If you rather not wait in line or spend the money on a ticket, then the impressive gardens are free for the public (and worth the visit).

Located in the gardens you will also find the Tiergarten ( Vienna Zoo) which happens to be the oldest zoo in the world.

Whether you decide to visit the inside of the palace or the impressive surrounding gardens, this is one attraction you will not one to miss while visiting Vienna.

 

3.) Naschmarkt

 

Dating back to the the 16th century, this market is the longest running market in Vienna. Here you can find all kinds of fruits and vegetables, along with different cheeses, meats, seafood and more. You will also find a wide variety of sit down restaurants ranging from traditional Austrian dishes to sushi.

 

4.) Visit one of the many coffee houses

Vienna coffee house

 

Vienna is famous for its traditional coffee houses. In 2011, Vienna’s world-famous coffeehouse culture was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. A trip to Vienna is not complete without enjoying a cup of Viennese coffee while nibbling on a tasty slice of Viennese cake.

Some coffee houses to check out : Cafe Sperl, Cafe Central, Cafe Demel

 

5.) Explore the city on Bike

Biking in Vienna

 

Located throughout the city are rental bikes which allow you to explore the city by bike. There are 120 bike stand locations, so no matter where you are in the city you will be able to find or return your bike without an issue. Vienna is cyclist’s dream come true- there are bike paths all throughout the city so cycling is encouraged!

 

6.) For those Classical Music Lovers

A majority of famous classical composers lived or worked in Vienna, and their houses are still around today. If you have ever wondered where these creative minds spent their time writing their masterpieces, then make sure to check out some of these musician’s memorials.

Mozart House

Haydn House

Beethoven in Vienna

 

*Also check out:

Grinzing : Located in the 19th district with traditional Austrian style restaurants and local wines

Rathaus: This is the city hall of Vienna and during certain periods of the year events, markets and festivals are located here. If visiting at Christmas time, make sure to check out the traditional Christmas market here.

Donau Insel: The Donau (or Danube as it is called in English) is the river that goes through the city and in the summer time it is the place to be. Vienna can get quite warm in the summer time, so if you need to be refreshed just take the tram to the Donau Insel and jump in the river (guaranteed you will not be the only one!)

 

Where to eat?

Whether you are looking for a sit down meal or something on the go, Vienna has a little something for everyone.

Traditional Austrian Food

Schnitzel

When visiting Vienna you will want to try the traditional Wiener Schnitzel (Wiener translates to Viennese in German).

 

Check out:

Figlmüller

Finkh

Gasthaus Pöschl

 

Sachertorte

Mini Sachertorte

A delicious and popular Viennese dessert is the classic Sachertorte. This sweet-treat consists of dark chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam in the middle and topped off with chocolate icing. If you have a sweet tooth then you will love this special dessert.

Check out:

Cafe Sacher

Cafe Demel

Cafe Central

Aida

 

Vegetarian

image via instagram/yamm_restaurant

Austrian food tends to be quite “meaty”, but luckily there are some great vegetarian restaurants worth visiting.

Check out:

Tian

Wrenkh

Swing Kitchen

Yam

 

*Cheap but good*

Sababa (Stephanplatz u-bahn)

-Middle eastern food

Mythos (Zieglergasse u-bahn)

-Greek food

Disco- Volante (Zieglergasse u-bahn)

-Italian style Pizza

 

Travel Tips

 

Cheap flights:

Low cost airline Ryanair

 

Although there are many flights that go into the Vienna airport, you can also check flights into Bratislava with airlines such as Ryanair. Bratislava and Vienna are the two closest capital cities in Europe (being a little less than an hour away from one another), therefore you can choose to fly in or out of the Bratislava airport and then take one of the buses from outside the airport straight into Vienna.

Timetable/fares of bus between Bratislava and Vienna 

 

Cheap bus:

Vienna is great for travelling, as it is well connected by all modes of transportation, but the cheapest option is of course the bus and there are a few bus companies to choose from.

Flixbus travels all of Europe with tickets as low as 5 euros.

Flixbus Website

Student Agency is another great option

Student Agency Website

 

Train:

While in Austria you might want to check some of the surrounding cities, including the equally charming and historical Salzburg. With Westbahn you can find tickets starting at 25 euros for a trip from Vienna to Salzburg.

Westbahn website

 

Conclusion

Vienna is truly a special city, with so much to offer no matter what you are looking for. Although steeped in history, there is also a young, vibrant energy that compliments the old with the new. Hopefully you can use our guideline to get you started on the planning of your trip, but no matter what, we suggest just walking around and getting “happily” lost in this beautiful and unique European city.

 

 



4 thoughts on “Vienna City Guide”

  • I love Vienna! I visited a few years ago and I dream of returning one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and I was curious about a few things as my husband is contemplating on taking a job in Vienna. Currently, we live in Rome (he’s Italian and I’m American) so I was wondering how difficult it was for your wife to adjust to Vienna (since she’s Canadian). Is it an easy place to adjust to? Does/did she already know German? Vienna sounds like a dreamy place to live but it makes me a little nervous to move there not knowing the language. I am, however, absolutely interested in learning it. I speak Italian already so adding another language to the list would be nice. Your blog is lovely.

    • Hey Sarah!

      Jessica here:) The first day I arrived in Vienna, I automatically fell in love with it. I love history, culture and art and so walking around the city centre presented all of that to me. My partner is German so that of course helped a bit, but many people speak english and I picked up some German over time. I enrolled myself in some language courses, and that ended up being a great way of meeting new people as well. We met lots of people through my partner’s job ( which was an international company) so that was helpful too.

      You are already one step ahead of me by knowing another language! German was the first language (outside of highschool languages) I had to learn, so you should be able to pick it up alot faster than me 🙂

      Vienna has been acknowledged as one of the best cities in the world to live, and I can say from first hand experience that this is true. It is safe, clean and rich in culture. Surprisingly for a smaller city, there is always something to do or to explore and it never gets dull. Also, if you like travelling (like we do) then Vienna is a great location for taking smaller trips to surrounding countries.

      If you have the opportunity to live in Vienna then I definitely suggest doing it! You will meet lots of cool, interesting people ( as it is a very international city) and you will have some great life experiences. It truly is a special place!

      If you have any other questions just let us know 🙂

      Jessica from ‘All About Travelling’

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