22 awesome things to do in Vienna, Austria

Vienna in Austria wasn’t high on my travel bucket list, to be honest. Neither did it won over my heart in the first hour, like Seville or Madrid. But the more time I spend in the Austrian capital, the more I started to appreciate it. The beautiful buildings, the churches and the cute coffee places.

If you love beauty and coffee Vienna is a great place for you. In this blog I will share my favorite things to do and see in Vienna with you guys!

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1. Delicious breakfast at Cafe Phil in Vienna

A great way to start the day is to eat breakfast at Cafe Phil. The atmosphere is nice, the people are lovely and the food is delicious. There’s also a book store in this restaurant, including books in different languages. I also loved the interior, since they are using second hand stuff and everything can even be sold again to customers!

The cafe also has nice lunch options, but for me this was a great place to start the day in Vienna. I would recommend the Philgood Breakfast (love that name!). It’s a plate with hummus, bread, salad, yoghurt, fruit and granola. You can even share this plate if you’re not super hungry.

Price: breakfast is €5-10 euros for coffee, juice and a big breakfast plate.

Where to find this place: Gumpendorfer Str. 10-12. Café Phil is really close to the Naschmarkt in Vienna.

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2. Visit the royal Schloss Schönbrunn

Vienna has A LOT of beautiful buildings, but the most impressive one is Schloss Schönbrunn. This palace used to be the summer residence of the royal family. During a tour you will see more than 20 rooms, and in every room you will be in awe. The next room is even prettier than the previous one.

When you want to visit Schloss Schönbrunn make sure you have enough time. A visit to the palace is 45-60 minutes. If you wanna walk through the gardens all the way up to the viewpoint on the Schönnbrunn Hill you need 1 extra hour.

Entrance fee: €16,- for adults (july 2019)

Where to find this place: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47 (in the Hietzing area). The easiest way to go here is by metro, with line U4.

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3. Walking around in the gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn

I visited Schloss Schönbrunn in winter time and the gardens were already lovely. I can only imagine that they look even more amazing in spring or summer time! You can visit the gardens by the entrance gates, on both sides of the palace. For the best view over the palace and the surroundings you have to climb to the top of the Schönbrunn Hill. It’s a bit steep, but the reward is worth it.

Entrance fee: free to visit. Some places within the gardens do have entrance fee (like the Vienna Zoo, the Orangerie Garden and the Maze). These places are not open all year round.

Where to find this place: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47 (in the Hietzing area). The easiest way to go here is by metro, with line U4.

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4. You can’t skip this one: eating delicious Sachertorte at Hotel Sacher

Do you love cake and chocolate? Great news! You can’t leave Vienna without trying a piece of Sachertorte. Believe me, it’s a little peace of heaven on earth. Sachertorte is made out of chocolate and apricot marmalade and although it sounds quite simple, it’s a masterpiece.

You can try Sachertorte in a lot of places in Vienna (and other cities in Austria), but the best place to eat Sachertorte is Hotel Sacher. The place is super fancy and you almost feel like travelling back in time. But if you’re eating the famous Sachertorte for the first time you have to do it in style, right?

There is a waiting line for the cafe, so be prepared to wait a little if you don’t want to make a reservation. There is also a shop downstairs where you can buy the Sachertorte to bring home as a souvenir.

Price: normally a piece of Sachertorte is around €4 euros, if you wanna have it in Hotel Sacher expect to pay double. But then you know for sure you’re eating the original and most delicious one. I bought one for 2 persons as well and that one was €15,90 euros.

Where to find this place: Kärntner Str. 38. Hotel Sacher in the city center of Vienna, just next to the Opera building.

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5. Enjoying some classy opera in Wiener Staatsoper

Vienna wouldn’t be Vienna without opera. One of the most famous opera buildings IN THE WORLD is the one in Vienna: Wiener Staatsoper. The building is quite nice from outside, but if you have the chance you should definitely go inside as well. To see the interior – or a full opera.

Tip from a local!

For the price of a cup of coffee you can already see an opera in the Wiener Staatsoper! The secret? The so called Standing Room Tickets. They will sell these tickets 1,5 hour before the show starts. You have the most shitty place in the room and you have to stand (for a pretty long time). But you only pay €2-4 euros to see the show. Normally operas are a couple of hours, but you can always leave earlier of course.

Keep in mind they will sell the tickets 1,5 hours before the opera starts, but the waiting line will be there even before that. Make sure you are here in time! Vienna is not the only place with tickets like this. I did it for an amazing ballet show in the Kremlin Theater in Moscow as well.

Entrance fee: tours in the Wiener Staatsoper are €9 euros for adults (july 2019). Visiting an opera can be as cheap or expensive as you want. With the Standing Room Ticket you only pay a couple of euros, for the best places in the room you easily pay €100 euros or more.

Where to find this place: Opernring 2. The opera building is in the city center of Vienna, at the Ringstrasse. This street goes around the city center and you will see a lot of beautiful buildings here.

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6. Take a stroll through Ringstrasse

Ringstrasse is the boulevard that goes around the city center of Vienna. This boulevard is about 4 kilometers. During a walk you will see a lot of amazing buildings like Rathaus, the Parliament and the Wiener Staatsoper.

Price: walking is free, right? There are also 2 trams, moving around in circles (tram #1 and #2). A ticket is €2,40 euros. There is also a tourist tram. During this ride you will hear some information about the buildings that you will see.

Where to find this place: Ringstrasse is a boulevard around the city center of Vienna. The Ringstrasse consists out of different streets like Opernring, Schubertring and Schottenring.

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7. Chilling in the park of Vienna

People enjoying the sun, feeding the ducks, jogging or having a picnick. The park of Vienna is a great place to relax and enjoy nature! It’s really close to the old city center, so if you wanna avoid the crowds this is where you wanna go.

Price: the park is free to visit

Where to find this place: Parkring 1, east of the old city cente

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8. Hundertwasserhaus, not the average Vienna building

Vienna mainly has beautiful, classic buildings. But there is one building that stands out in a different way: Hundertwasserhaus. This building is the creation of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He uses a lot of colors and doesn’t really like symmetry. So you will see a lot of uneven floors. It reminds me of those blankets with the different squares that kids have as playing blankets.

You can’t really enter the building unless you know somebody who lives here. That’s right: the Hundertwasserhaus is a residency, so be aware of that during your visit.

Not too far from the Hundertwasserhaus you can find Kunsthauswien. In here you will find the Hundertwassermuseum and you can learn more about this interesting form of art. Besides the permanent exhibition about Hundertwasser there are also temporarily exhibitions in the museum.

Price: checking out the Hundertwasserhaus is free. The Hundertwassermuseum in Kunsthauswien is €11 euros for adults (july 2019).

Where to find this place: Kegelgasse 36, in the Weissgerber area. The closest metro stop is Wien Mitte. The Kunsthauswien building you will find in the street Untere Weißgerberstraße 13.

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9. The gotic Domkirche St. Stephan

In the city center of Vienna you can check out a beautiful cathedral: Domkirche St. Stephan. Especially when you love gotic architecture you will love this place. In winter time it’s warm inside and in summer time you can escape the heat for a moment.

Price: free to visit. For the catacombs and climbing the tower you do pay an entrance fee.

Where to find this place: Stephansplatz 3, in the city center of Vienna.

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10. Climbing the Südturm of Domkirch St. Stephan

The best place to enjoy Vienna from above is the Südturm of the cathedral. Locals also call this tower Steffl. You have to climb 343 steps on a small stair and people go up and down at the same time. But it’s definitely worth it! At every side of the tower there’s information about what you see in front of you. The entrance of the tower is next to the cathedral.

Price: €5 euros for adults (july 2019)

Where to find this place: Stephansplatz 3, in the city center of Vienna

11. Listening to an organ concert in Peterskirche

As you already know by now there are a lot of churches in Vienna. Another one of my favorites is the Peterskirche, not far away from the St. Stephans Cathedral. It’s a bit hidden, but a cool place to visit. There are a lot of organ concerts in the Peterskirche, mostly in the afternoon. You can check out the programme online or at the entrance of the church.

Price: free to visit

Where to find this place: Petersplatz 1, in the city center of Vienna

12. Check out the interior of the Jesuit Church of Vienna

Another church, I know I know.. But this one has some pretty cool interior. So I would recommend to walk in and have a look! The beautiful marble columns, many paintings and the ceiling are simply amazing.

Price: free to visit

Where to find this place: Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 1, in the city center of Vienna

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13. State Hall in one of the most beautiful libraries in the world

The State Hall in the Österreichiche Nationalbibliothek is a real eye catcher. This room is beautifully decorated. And HUGE. To reach the highest planks in the bookcases you need some stairs.

Price: €8 euros for adults. To be honest I think this is a bit expensive for a short visit to a library, so I only checked it out briefly until the guard did send me away. And if you have the Vienna Pass you can visit this place for free.

Where to find this place: the library is situated in Hofburg Palace, the entrance is at Josefplatz 1.

14. Globe lovers should visit the Globenmuseum

If you love to travel and/or love world globes you should definitely go here. You can wander here for quite some time. Besides checking out a lot of different globes you also learn how they used to make them (A LOT OF WORK!).

Price: €5 euros for adults. I actually thought it was a free museum because I could easily walk in and the guard didn’t even say anything. You can always try.

Where to find this place: Globenmuseum is situated in Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9.

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15. Spotting street art at the Donau

In more and more cities you can find street art. I didn’t expect any street art in Vienna, but even here you’ll spot some cool pieces! Most of them you will find at the river banks of the Donau, in the northern part of the city center.

It’s not the best street art I have ever seen, but I can imagine it is a nice place to chill in summertime anyway.

Price: free to visit

Where to find this place: Obere Donaustrasse, north of the city center of Vienna. Cross the Aspernbrücke to check out the street art on both river banks.

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16. Ice-skating at Rathaus in the winter months

Every year from january to march you can find a giantic ice rink named Wiener Eistraum. 2 big ice rinks are connected via some ice roads through the park next to the city hall. In the evening the lights make it a super romantic place. There are also some food stalls if you’re hungry and/or don’t wannt skate.

Price: €7,50 for adults + costs for renting skates

Where to find this place: Rathausplatz 1, next to the city hall

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17. ANOTHER church in Vienna: Votivkirche

Do you already get tired of all those churches in Vienna? If not, you should check out the Votivkirche. It’s one of the most important neo-gotic buildings in the world. And it’s super photogenic, with the decorated high towers.

Price: free to visit

Where to find this place: Rooseveltplatz, not far away from the city hall

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18. Drinking coffee in style at Café Central

In Vienna you will find a lot of coffee houses. They for sure like their daily cup of coffee. You fancy drinking a cup in a chique place? Then you should go to Café Central, in the city center. The lunch menu is not even expensive (for Vienna standards) so it’s a great place to eat and drink in style. If you don’t have a reservation be prepared to stand in line for a bit at the entrance.

Price: €4-5 euros for a coffee. House wine is €3 euros, if you don’t want coffee. The lunch menu with 2 courses you can have for €12,50 euros. It’s wise to make a reservation if you wanna have lunch here and don’t wanna wait for too long.

Where to find this place: Herrengasse 14, not far away from Hofburg Palace.

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19. Schloss Belvedere: palace in the city

Schloss Schönbrunn is the most famous palace in Vienna, but another beautiful one is Schloss Belvedere. Another great thing: it’s located more in the city than Schönbrunn. The gardens of Belvedere are a great place to enjoy the sunset, because then the palace is at its best. If you’re not museum-tired you can also visit the museum that’s situated in the palace.

Price: gardens of Belvedere are free to visit

Where to find this place: Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, south-east of the center

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20. Karlskirch, a church to get rid of the Black Death

Another church, yes! But this one has an interesting story. It was built in the 18th century to scare away the Black Death. The king promised he would build this church if the disease would disappear in Vienna. And so it did. The church is named after bischop Charles Borromeo. You can also go to the top of the church to enjoy a nice view over Vienna.

Price: €8 euros for adults for the church and the panorama lift (july 2019)

Where to find this place: Kreuzherrengasse 1, south of the city center

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21. Wander over the Vienna Naschmarkt

Vienna has a couple of markets, but the most well known is the Naschmarkt. It’s mainly a food market – and a great place to try some of the tastings! Extra tip: are you here on a saturday? Then you can find a flea market at the end of the Naschmarkt.

Price: free to visit

Where to find this place: the market is in between Linke Wienzeile and Rechte Wienzeile, not far from the Wiener Staatsoper.

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22. Cultures from all over the world in Weltmuseum Wien

The MuseumsQuartier is one of the largest cultural quarters in the world. If you love museums you can check out this place FOR DAYS! My favorite one is not on this quarter, but across the street: Weltmuseum. Travel around the world while you stay in Vienna and learn more about cultures all over the world.

Price: €12 euros for adults

Where to find this place: Heldenplatz, across the street of MuseumsQuartier

Staying in Vienna in Austria

I stayed with a friend during my stay in Vienna. For solo travelers there are a couple of nice hostels that my friend recommended: Wombats Hostel Naschmarkt and Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner. And of course you can check out AirBnb if you wanna have some privacy in your own apartment. With this link you get €25 euros discount for your first booking.

How to get in Vienna in Austria?

By plane to Vienna

Vienna has its own airport: Wien Schwechat or Vienna Schwechat. I see cheap plane tickets to Vienna all year round. My flight in january was €35 euros, but they can be as cheap as €15 euros. Just check out Skyscanner to see when you can fly for cheap.

From the airport you can take a train to the city center of Vienna. There is a special City Airport Train. This ticket will cost €12 euros (online €11 euros). But you can also take the regular train to the city center. This one is only €4 euros and goes to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). From here you can take the metro to your accommodation.

By bus to Vienna

You can also come to Vienna by bus. I love Flixbus because it’s a cheap way to move around in Europe. Furthermore you don’t have a lot of problems with luggage (you can bring hand luggage AND another piece of luggage) and it’s more sustainable than flying. Check the website of Flixbus for the current prices from your starting point.

By train to Vienna

Another option is to come to Vienna by train. I love the app Trainline to check time schedules and prices for train tickets.

Hope you enjoyed this blog about Vienna! If you have more questions or tips about Vienna please let me know in the comments below.

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