The capital city of Austria known to be a great spot for art and history.
Time in Vienna: 5 nights
Highlights: Beautiful old buildings, great public transportation
Vienna is absolutely one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. My background is part Austrian so it was great to spend time with family and see where I’m from. When my cousins said the weather in April could anything, I didn’t really understand what she meant. We had very cool weather, it even snowed on our first full day! We made the most of it and visiting with family meant being kept busy. But as for the weather, I wouldn’t go in April again!
It’s even beautiful in awful weather:
Vienna is known for its beautiful palaces, museums and history. The first two days were the coolest and wettest, so they were perfect days for indoor exploring. Day one we visited the Natural History Museum which is in a lovely building. It had a range of excellent exhibits, including dinosaurs, archaeological topics and even a planetarium. It’s located in the Museums Quarter nearby many other museums and close to shops.
The Natural History Museum:
On day two, we decided to visit Hofburg, also known as the Imperial Palace. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in history. The surrounding buildings are also lovely to explore and the nearby gardens are stunning. Vienna boasts several other palaces, however this one is very central and easy to visit in just a couple of hours. It’s walking distance to Stephensplatz, the city’s central square with St. Stephens cathedral, shops, hotels, and cafes.
The kind of things you’ll see in Hofburg:
St. Stephens Cathedral:
The public transportation in Vienna was excellent. From where we stayed in an Air BnB, we could take one 20 minute tram right to the inner ring of the city. The underground was also a great way to get around. The city offers 24, 48 and 72 hour transport tickets that are good for all forms of transportation at a reasonable cost. We paid about €20 each for a 72 hour pass. Its also very convenient and affordable to travel by train to the airport.
The Danube Canal and River were beautiful parts of the city, especially at night. The canal offered numerous bars and restaurants and a lovely walkway. The nightlife was great and there are lots of places to try. The food in Vienna was also fantastic. Classics like Wiener Schnitzel are a must. I would also suggest trying a typical Viennese coffeehaus where they sit and enjoy a coffee and sweets for hours.
A beautiful old boat turned into a bar and running club:
One thing I didn’t know is that Vienna has a lot of park space and also wineries. A trip to the 19th district offered stunning views of the city, wineries and a local market. It is definitely worth the drive. I would also recommend CityStadt park in the inner city.
Views of Vienna:
Next time I visit Vienna I would plan more day trips. Schonbrunn Palace and a cruise to Bratislava are two I would plan for my next trip if the weather was better. Otherwise, simply exploring this city on foot and admiring all it has to offer is lovely.