While I was an exchange student in a village of Lower Austria, I got the chance to visit Vienna a few times. This city has many sides and a lot to offer! It is beautiful, with breathtaking buildings, filled with music, art and people from all over the world. It is definitely something special. So here’s a short travel guide to visit some basic monuments and some different places in the capital of Austria.
1. Visit Schonbrunn Palace and Gloriette
This one is definitely my favorite monument in Vienna. It is known for being Princess Sissi’s Palace and it is just glorious! The tour inside the palace is payed – you should definitely check it out, if you have the chance – but you can visit the gardens for free, they are beautiful and there is a great viewpoint from the gloriette.
2. Take a picture of Rathaus
This is one of the most imposing and tall buildings in Vienna, it is quite beautiful on its own but you can also go up and have an amazing view over the city.
3. Comtemplate St. Sephen’s Cathedral
This famous cathedral is a gothic landmark of Vienna. If you go to the top, you can see the whole city, specificaly Stephansplatz, which name obviously comes from the cathedral,
4. Get lost in Freud Museum
Don’t miss the chance to visit Freud’s former office, to see all the old objects and to learn a bit about his life and work.
5. Check out the Naschmarkt
This is one of the most amazing markets I’ve visited, it is quite big and it has a big variety of stores and tents, from souvenirs to pubs, restaurants, spice shops, etc. It is a great spot to have lunch or just enjoy a glass of vino verde or kaiserspritzer, two typical beverages from Austria. This one is definitely worth a look.
6. Grab a bite Museumquartier
This city has a lot of interesting museums all around, but this area in particular is a must visit, even if you aren’t going to any museum. This is a perfect place to grab something to eat and chill out in the sun. If you do like museums, you shouldn’t miss the natural history museum or MUMOK, if you are into art.
7. Walk around in Stadtpark
who doesn’t love parks? This is a beautiful park to take a walk, wether is sunny or not. Here you will find fountains, statues and a nice statue.
8. Have fun in the Prater
Prater is a great theme park that has the oldest big wheels in the world. Tbe entrance is free, you only pay for the rides you go on, so you can j just walk around or go in some rides. If it’s spring or summer don’t miss the water rides, they’re super fun!.
9. Enjoy a concert in the Vienna State Opera House
A great part of Vienna’s culture is music, so if you like opera or classical music don’t miss the chance to see a live show.
10. Eat an Apfelstrudel in a Coffeehouse
When in Vienna be Vienese ! This is the most classic austrian thing to do. Go to those old coffee houses and have that delicious apple pie and a cappucino, it feels great specially during the winter.
11. Pay tribute to old musicians in Wiener Zentralfriedhof
I know this may sound creepy but this is the cemitery where a lot of famous musicians are buried (e.g. Beethoven and Brahms). It is weirdly nice and interesting.
This are the things I found most interesting in Vienna, but of course, this city has a lot more you can see and do to such as Belvedere, Rigstrasse or Hofburg. Besides that, do not miss the chance to eat some austrian goodies like schintzel, kaiserschmarrn or goulash! Hope this post was helpful 🙂
Lots of Love,