View at sunset of Vienna's Old Town.

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A First-Timers Guide To 3 Days In Vienna, Austria

Welcome to Vienna, the city of music, art, and imperial grandeur! Join me on a journey through the winding streets of this magnificent Austrian capital, where every corner tells a story of its rich history and cultural heritage. This is the perfect first-timers guide to spending 3 days in Vienna, Austria.

I never really thought Vienna would be a city I would enjoy visiting. I’m not a classical music or art fanatic, and German food isn’t my thing. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed my visit. I could have spent more time there.

So, let me share 3 unforgettable days in Vienna with you. We’ll immerse ourselves in Vienna’s charm, from its opulent palaces to its cozy coffeehouses. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to this enchanting city, there’s always something new to discover.

Our itinerary includes iconic landmarks, hidden gems, and mouthwatering cuisine. Get ready to explore the stunning Schönbrunn Palace, stroll along the elegant Ringstrasse, and indulge in delicious Viennese pastries at traditional cafés.

So grab your camera, lace up your walking shoes, and embark on a 3 day adventure through Vienna, where every moment promises to be a symphony for the senses.

Busy street of Vienna, with people shopping and traffic.
Photo courtesy of Jacek Dylag from Unsplash

When to Visit Vienna

Vienna is a great city to visit any time of the year. The best time to visit Vienna largely depends on your preferences and interests, as each season offers unique experiences. Here is what each season holds in store:

Spring (March to May):

Springtime in Vienna is magical as the city comes alive with blossoming flowers and mild temperatures. Parks and gardens burst with color, making it ideal for strolls and outdoor activities. Additionally, this season coincides with the famous Vienna Easter markets, where you can immerse yourself in traditional crafts and culinary delights.

Summer (June to August):

Summer brings warm weather and longer daylight hours, making it perfect for exploring Vienna’s outdoor attractions, such as the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens or the Prater amusement park. The city hosts numerous outdoor concerts, festivals, and open-air film screenings during this time. However, be prepared for larger crowds, especially in July and August.

Autumn (September to November):

Autumn is another fantastic time to visit Vienna, with cooler temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the summer months. The changing colors of the foliage add a picturesque backdrop to the city’s historic architecture. Take advantage of the Vienna Wine Hiking Days in September, where you can sample local wines while enjoying scenic walks in the vineyards surrounding the city.

Winter (December to February):

Vienna’s winter is synonymous with enchanting Christmas markets, transforming the city into a winter wonderland. The festive atmosphere is truly magical, adorned with twinkling lights and the aroma of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. Winter is also an excellent time to visit Vienna’s world-class museums, concert halls, and cozy coffeehouses. Just be prepared for colder temperatures and possibly snowfall.

Looking to visit Vienna for the Christmas Markets? Check out my post Top Tips For First-Time Vienna Christmas Market Visit.

Snowy day a the Belvedere Palace Christmas market
Schloss Belvedere Market

Getting To Vienna

The most common and convenient way to reach Vienna from North America is by flying. Vienna International Airport (VIE) is well-connected to major cities worldwide and has several direct flights from the United States. Here are some options:

  • Direct Flights: Many major US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and more, offer direct flights to Vienna. They are operated by Austrian Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines.
  • Connecting Flights: If there are no direct flights from your departure city, you can opt for connecting flights through major European hubs such as Frankfurt, Munich, London, or Amsterdam. Airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways, and KLM offer connecting flights to Vienna.
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Getting To Vienna Via Train

If you are already in Europe, the train is the easiest way to reach Vienna. Here’s how you can reach Vienna by train from some popular European cities:

From Prague, Czech Republic:

  • Prague to Vienna is a popular route with several daily train services.The journey takes around 4 to 4.5 hours, and trains are operated by Czech Railways and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
  • Consider taking a direct Railjet train for a faster and more comfortable journey.

From Budapest, Hungary:

  • Budapest to Vienna is well-connected by train, with frequent daily services.
  • The journey takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, and trains are operated by Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) and Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
  • Opt for Railjet or InterCity trains for a comfortable ride with shorter travel times.

From Munich, Germany:

  • Munich to Vienna offers both direct and indirect train connections.
  • Direct trains, such as the Railjet, take around 4 hours.
  • Indirect connections may involve a change in Salzburg or Linz, extending the travel time to around 4.5 to 6 hours.

From Venice, Italy:

  • Venice to Vienna by train offers a scenic journey through the Alps.
  • The direct Nightjet sleeper train operates between Venice and Vienna, providing a comfortable overnight option.
  • The journey takes 7 to 9 hours, depending on the train service.

From Zurich, Switzerland:

  • Zurich to Vienna offers direct train connections with comfortable Railjet services.
  • The journey takes approximately 7 to 8 hours, passing through picturesque Swiss and Austrian landscapes.
Train Booking Tips:

Advance Booking: It’s advisable to book your train tickets in advance, especially for popular routes, to secure better prices and seat availability.

Seat Reservations: Consider making seat reservations, especially for long-distance or peak travel. On a recent trip from Prague to Vienna, I found it extremely helpful to have a reserved seat, and the cost was minimal. Also, be sure to compare Economy to First-Class; it’s usually not much more, and you get a more comfortable seat.

Rail Passes: If you plan to explore multiple European cities by train, consider purchasing a Eurail Pass or Interrail Pass for flexibility and cost savings.

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Getting Around Vienna

Before you leave for your 3 days in Vienna, download some apps. They will help you get around the city. The most important is the WienMobil app. Here, you can purchase and manage your transport tickets. It also gives you access to timetables and maps. The second app to download is the OBB tickets app. It’s helpful for travel on the OBB railways (from the airport or between cities).

Usually, the first transportation issue you will encounter upon arrival is the best way to get from Vienna International Airport (VIE) to the city center. Here are some convenient options:

  • Vienna Airport Lines (Bus)
  • Taxi
  • City Airport Train (CAT): The City Airport Train (CAT) is a non-stop train service that connects Vienna Airport with Wien Mitte station in the city center. The journey takes approximately 16 minutes, making it the fastest option.
  • Vienna S-Bahn (Suburban Train): The S7 suburban train line connects Vienna Airport with various stations in the city, including Wien Mitte. The journey to Wien Mitte takes around 25 minutes, and trains run every 30 minutes.

Tickets for both train options can be purchased from ticket machines at the airport or the OBB ticket counter. The CAT train is the green kiosk, and the OBB is the red kiosk. The fare ranges from €4.40 for an OBB suburban train to €14.90 for the CAT train. I recommend taking the S7 OBB train; they run more frequently, and the price is better. So head to the red ticket counters!

Once in the city, traveling around Vienna is relatively easy. You can reach just about any point you want without walking a lot by using the trams, subways, and buses. It’s essential to consider your transport options when visiting. Do you want a day pass for the transport system, would you like a card with transport and discounts, or would you prefer transport with free entry to the top sights? Here are your main choices:

  • Vienna City Card (great for travel and sightseeing)
  • Vienna Pass (good for people who want to see everything)
  • Daily Transit Pass (good for people just using transit, not sightseeing)
Vienna City Card

The Vienna City Card is a tourist pass that gives visitors access to public transportation, discounts at attractions, and deals at select shops and restaurants. Here are the details of the Vienna City Card:

Vienna City Card: This card is available for 24, 48, or 72 hours and offers unlimited travel on Vienna’s public transportation network (subway, trams, and buses).

 Benefits of the Vienna City Card:

  • Unlimited travel: Enjoy unlimited travel on Vienna’s public transportation network, including buses, trams, and the underground (U-Bahn).
  • Discounts: Get discounts of up to 30% on admission to museums, attractions, tours, concerts, and other activities in Vienna.
  • Special offers: Access exclusive deals and discounts at select restaurants, shops, and cafes throughout the city.

How to Use the Vienna City Card:

  • Present your Vienna City Card to access public transportation and receive discounts at participating venues.
  • The card is activated upon first use (either when you use it for public transportation or when you use it for an attraction).
  • The card is valid for consecutive hours from the time of activation.

Pricing:

The price of the Vienna City Card depends on the duration:

  • 24 hours: Approximately €17.00
  • 48 hours: Approximately €25.00
  • 72 hours: Approximately €29.00
  • Prices may vary slightly depending on where you purchase the card.

Where to Purchase:

 Vienna City Cards can be purchased online, at Vienna Tourist Info offices, at ticket counters in Vienna’s underground stations, and at selected hotels and retailers. I recommend getting the Wein Mobile app, purchasing it, and activating it there. 

Vienna PASS

Vienna PASS: A sightseeing city card that offers free entry to over 60 top attractions and unlimited use of Vienna’s hop-on, hop-off buses for a set period. Here are the details of the Vienna PASS:

Types of Vienna PASS:

The Vienna PASS is available for 1, 2, 3, or 6 consecutive days.

Benefits of the Vienna PASS:

  • Free entry: You can access over 60 attractions, including museums, palaces, and tours, such as Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Belvedere Palace, and the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel.
  • Fast-track entry: Skip the lines at many popular attractions with fast-track entry, saving you time and hassle.
  • Hop-on hop-off bus: For the duration of your pass, enjoy unlimited rides on Vienna’s hop-on hop-off buses. This allows you to explore the city at your own pace and conveniently reach various attractions.

How to Use the Vienna PASS:

  • Present your Vienna PASS at participating attractions to gain free entry.
  • Activate your pass by scanning it at the first attraction or when you board the hop-on hop-off bus.
  • The pass is valid for consecutive days, starting from the first activation.
  • Show your pass at each attraction to gain entry.

Pricing:

Prices for the Vienna PASS vary depending on the duration:

  • 1 day: Approximately €70.00
  • 2 days: Approximately €95.00
  • 3 days: Approximately €125.00
  • 6 days: Approximately €155.00

Where to Purchase:

The Vienna PASS can be purchased online, in advance, or at various locations throughout the city, including Vienna Tourist Information offices, hotels, and selected retailers.

Narrow cobblestone streets of Spittelberg Christmas Market
Using The Transport System

Using the Vienna public transport system is straightforward, and it’s essential to ensure that you have a validated ticket before boarding any tram, bus, or subway. 

Purchase Your Ticket:

  • Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines at subway stations, tram stops, major bus stops, and online. Again, using the Wien Mobile app makes this easy and eliminates the need to validate the ticket.
  • You can buy single journey tickets, multiple journey tickets (for more than one trip), or day tickets (24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour passes).
  • Validate your ticket before starting your journey. If you have a Vienna City Card or Vienna PASS, you may not need a separate ticket for public transport, depending on the card’s terms.

Validating Your Ticket:

  • Once you have your ticket, it must be validated before you start your journey.
  • If you have a paper ticket, insert it into one of the yellow validation machines located on tram platforms, at subway station entrances, or on buses.
  • If you’re using an electronic ticket (e.g., on your smartphone), you don’t need to validate it, but make sure it’s activated and ready to show if requested.

Understanding the Transport Network:

  •  The most important thing to understand about the Vienna transport system is that it is an “open” system. Meaning there are no barriers to boarding and no ticket turnstiles. So you could, in theory, board and ride without paying for a ticket. But don’t do that; not only is it wrong, but if you get caught, you will pay a very hefty fine compared to the price of a ticket. 
  • Vienna’s public transport system consists of subways (U-Bahn), trams, buses, and commuter trains (S-Bahn).
  • The system is divided into zones, but most attractions in the city center are within Zone 100.
  • Maps and route information are displayed at stations and stops, and you can also plan your journey using the Wien Mobile app or website.

Boarding and Riding:

  • Once your ticket is validated, you can board any tram, bus, or subway within the validity period.
  • Keep your ticket with you until the end of your journey, as you may need to show it to inspectors upon request.

Night Services:

Night buses and trams operate after regular services end. Night services have different numbers and routes, so check the schedule and routes in advance if you plan to travel late at night. Keep this in mind: if you arrive on a late flight, the train from the airport might be running, but the subway is closed (I barely made the last train on my recent trip to Vienna).

Hotel Sacher in Vienna at Christmas time with a nutcracker statue by door way.

Where To Stay In Vienna

When looking for a place to stay, you have a lot of choices, from luxury to budget. If you are on the luxury side of things, you will want to check out the Hotel Sacher Wien, Hotel Imperial, Rosewood Vienna, and the Ritz-Carlton

Vienna is an expensive place for hotels, but you can find some moderately priced options as well. Places to explore are Boutique Hotel am Stephansplatz, perfectly located in the middle of all the action, Hotel Sans Souci Wien, which gets great reviews, and Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design, where I stayed on a recent visit. The rooms are large, and the location is perfect. 

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Visitor Basics For Vienna

For travelers visiting Vienna, here is some basic information to keep in mind:

Currency:

  • The currency used in Vienna, Austria, is the Euro (€). 
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the city, where you can withdraw cash using your debit or credit card.

Language:

  • The official language of Austria is German.
  • While German is the primary language spoken, many Viennese, especially those in the tourism industry, also speak English. It is a very easy city to visit even if you don’t speak any German.
  • Learning a few basic German phrases or carrying a translation app is helpful for convenience.
  • Most signs, menus, and tourist information are available in German and English.

Credit Card Use:

  • Credit cards, especially Visa and Mastercard, are widely accepted in Vienna, including at hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions.
  • However, it’s always a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases or at places that may not accept cards.
  • I found credit card use to be more limited in Vienna than in other European cities I have visited, especially at street vendors and Christmas Markets.
View from the tower at St. Stephen's in Vienna of the colorful tile roof.
Photo courtesy of Victor Malyushev for Unsplash

Day 1 In Vienna, Austria

We are going to start day one with a tour. Taking a food tour is a great way to learn about the destination early on, not only about its food but also how to get around. So, to start your first day in Vienna, let’s take a food tour (or you can do a walking tour if you prefer). You will learn about the best places to eat and how to use the transportation system. Your guide is an excellent source of knowledge about the city. They will be happy to tell you the don’t miss sights and what tourist destinations you could skip. 

During my recent food tour in Vienna, we covered the entire city and had five great food experiences in a five-hour tour. We visited a cafe, street market, bakery, and restaurant. We then had a second lunch at a street food vendor and finished at a Christmas Market for another drink.

I highly recommend this tour, you can book it here. And the best thing is you can cancel up until 24 hours prior to taking the tour. So it’s a great way to start your 3 day tour of Vienna.

After your morning tour, you will want to explore Vienna’s heart leisurely. The city is divided into 23 districts, and today, you will spend time in the 1st district, also known as the Innere Stadt or Inner City. This district is the historic heart of the city and home to many iconic landmarks and attractions. You will only have time for a few sights today; we will save exploring the inside of others for days 2 and 3.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom):
This stunning Gothic cathedral is Vienna’s most famous landmark. It is known for its intricate architecture, including the iconic, colorful tiled roof.

Visitors can climb the South Tower or North Tower for panoramic views of Vienna. Which tower is best for you? The North is the choice for visitors who want to avoid climbing the stairs; it has a lift. It also gives you a great view of the fantastic tiled roof. The South Tower is 343 steps and offers a great city view. It comes down to how many calories you consumed on the food tour and if you need to burn a few off.

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper):
One of the world’s leading opera houses, it is known for its grand architecture and world-class performances. Visitors can attend opera, ballet, or classical music concerts or take a guided tour of the opera house during the day.

Graben and Kohlmarkt:
Two of Vienna’s most elegant shopping streets are lined with beautiful historic buildings, luxury boutiques, and cafes. Both are a short walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you have seen the streets with the chandeliers, that was Graben. Don’t miss the Plague Column (Pestsaule) on Graben, a Baroque monument commemorating the end of the plague in Vienna.

After all the food earlier in the day, you most likely won’t be that hungry, but if you need dinner, stop by the Sacher Cafe. Yes, it is a tourist place, and you need to reserve a table well in advance, but it is a Vienna classic to enjoy the original Sacher Torte. 

If you love the opera, consider attending a performance this evening. Standing room tickets go on sale online or at the general box office on the performance day at 10 am. The opera house has 430+ standing-room spaces, which is a great way to experience the opera house. If you plan ahead, you can reserve tickets online, and prices range from 16 Euros to @32 Euros, so you can enjoy the experience without paying a fortune.

The night time chandeliers on Graben in Vienna.

Day 2 In Vienna, Austria

It is going to be a very busy day as we start day 2 of our 3 days in Vienna. Kick it off at one of Vienna’s famed cafes/coffeehouses. I recommend trying Prückel, located in the 1st district and not too far from our next destination. This cafe has been a Vienna staple since 1903; you will experience the classic Viennese coffee culture. Try a melange or hot chocolate (if you’re like me and not a coffee drinker) and a freshly baked pastry. You will find a nearby subway station where you can catch the train to Schönbrunn Palace. You will want to arrive early to avoid the crowds.

Schönbrunn Palace
A morning at Schönbrunn Palace, one of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of Austria’s imperial past. Start your day with a guided or audio tour of the palace interiors, including the lavish staterooms, the Great Gallery, the Blue Chinese Salon, and the Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the history of the Palace and the Habsburg dynasty as you explore the opulent rooms adorned with Baroque and Rococo decor.

A bench under the Schönbrunn Station in Vienna.
Which Ticket Should You Get?

It seems like it would be easy to book a ticket for the palace tour. Well, it’s way more complicated than that; I counted 15 options for tours/packages. You can purchase a ticket for specific rooms or parts of the Palace. You can also get packages for multiple highlights. I recommend selecting one of the following:

Classic Pass: This option covers five attractions, including the Grand Tour of the Palace, Privy Garden, Maze & Labyrinth, Orangery Garden, and the Gloriette. This hits all the highlights of the Palace. But you need to select a date and time of entry.

Classic Pass Plus: This pass is for ambitious people who want to see a lot since it covers nine attractions. It includes everything in the Classic Pass plus the Palm House, Desert Experience House, Zoo, and Virtual Reality tour. You must book a day and time to tour the Palace, but the other attractions can be done at any time. 

Sisi Ticket: This pass covers the Palace, the Sisi Museum at the Hofburg, and the Vienna Furniture Museum. Its advantages are that you get to see several locations and don’t need an admission timeslot.

As you can see, it’s a little complicated. If you visit in the winter, your best choice is the Sisi Ticket. The Classic Pass and Pass Plus are only available during the summer months.

After the palace tour, stroll through the expansive Imperial Gardens surrounding the Palace, beautifully landscaped with manicured lawns, flower beds, and fountains. Don’t miss the Neptune Fountain, the Obelisk Fountain, and the Gloriette, a hilltop pavilion offering panoramic views of the Palace and gardens.

Visit the world’s oldest zoo, located within the palace grounds, and explore its diverse collection of animals from around the world. Highlights include the giant pandas, the polar bears, the elephant house, and the rainforest house with tropical animals and plants.

Discover the intimate Privy Garden, located behind the Palace, which served as the imperial family’s private retreat. Admire the ornamental flower beds, the Orangery Garden, and the Roman Ruin, a folly inspired by ancient Roman architecture.

Climb up to the Gloriette, a grand pavilion on a hill overlooking the Palace and gardens. Enjoy panoramic views of Schönbrunn Palace, the city of Vienna, and the surrounding countryside while sipping coffee or enjoying a snack at the Gloriette Café.

Check the schedule for special events, concerts, and performances held at Schönbrunn Palace throughout the year, including classical concerts in the Orangery and seasonal festivals.

After you finish your day at the Palace, we will head to Hofburg. Hop on a tram or subway and head back to the inner city. As you explore Vienna, you will pass Hofburg many, many, many times. It’s a huge presence in the city. It’s home to several museums, the Austrian president, and the seat of the Austrian government since the 13th century. You could spend the entire day here, but I recommend picking one or maybe two things to do.

Visit the Sisi Museum. Dedicated to Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, this museum offers insight into her life, beauty, rebellious spirit, and impact on Austrian history. You can see personal items, including her dresses, letters, and portraits. If you bought the Sisi Ticket for Schönbrunn, then you already have a ticket. 

The Spanish Riding School is the other famous attraction here. While not technically part of the Hofburg Palace, it’s nearby and closely associated with the Habsburgs. Witness the grace and elegance of the famous Lipizzaner horses as they perform classical dressage in the extravagant setting of the Spanish Riding School. I did not do this on my visit since I have a terrible horse allergy, so it wasn’t my thing!

I recommend a Viennese classic, Tafelspitz, or Boiled Beef, for dinner this evening. Eating Tafelspitz at Plachutta in Vienna is a delightful culinary experience that offers a taste of traditional Austrian cuisine at its finest. Tafelspitz is a classic Viennese dish of boiled beef, typically simmered with root vegetables and spices until tender. At Plachutta, they are renowned for their Tafelspitz, cooked to perfection and served with various traditional accompaniments. Alongside the succulent boiled beef, you’ll usually find a selection of side dishes, including crispy fried potatoes (rösti or Bratkartoffeln), creamy spinach, horseradish sauce, apple-horseradish sauce, chive sauce, and various pickled vegetables. If you are not a boiled beef fan, try the wiener schnitzel; it was the best we had in Vienna. Be sure to make a reservation; it gets very busy.

If you are not too tired this evening, take in a concert—churches all around Vienna host classical music concerts in the evening. As the home of Mozart and classical music, it’s fitting to experience a concert while here. I visited St. Anne Church, where a quartet played for about an hour. The music was terrific, and the setting was beautiful. Tickets to concerts all over the city can be booked here.

Grand Staircase in Vienna museum
Photo courtesy of Ethan Johnson from Unsplash

Day 3 In Vienna, Austria

Start today with breakfast at the Palmenhaus Restaurant in a Victorian glass house. This is a great place to begin your final day in this magical city. 

Today is all about museums. If you have not noticed, Vienna is a city packed with incredible museums. Today, we will start by visiting the Belvedere Palace. It is a captivating journey through art, history, and architectural splendor. The Belvedere Palace complex consists of two magnificent Baroque palaces, the Upper and Lower Belvedere, connected by stunning gardens. The Upper Belvedere is particularly renowned for its impressive collection of Austrian art, including the world’s most extensive collection of Gustav Klimt paintings. One of the highlights of the Upper Belvedere is Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting “The Kiss” (Der Kuss). This masterpiece is one of the world’s most famous works of art and is a must-see for any visitor to the Belvedere.

Marvel at the exquisite Baroque architecture of the palaces, designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt for Prince Eugene of Savoy. The palaces are adorned with elaborate frescoes, grand staircases, and ornate interiors that reflect the wealth and power of the Habsburg dynasty. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens connecting the Upper and Lower Belvedere. The gardens feature impressive sculptures, fountains, and manicured lawns, providing a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city.

Explore the Lower Belvedere, which houses temporary exhibitions, and the impressive Orangery, a grand hall used for concerts and events. The Lower Belvedere also offers insights into the history of the Palace and its former residents.

Take your pick of museums for the afternoon; options include 

  • Leopold Museum of Austrian Art, 
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum (don’t miss the beautiful cafe in the dome hall)
  • The Albertina
  • The Museum Of Natural History

Not far from Leopold, you will find a great hidden gem: Glacis Beisl. Not only is it a good place for an afternoon bite, but the outdoor space is a charming respite from the hectic city. When we stumbled upon this place in the winter during a snowstorm, the outdoor space was quiet and the perfect place to enjoy a warm glügwein with a bonfire!

Tonight, finish your visit with a bit of fun at Prater Amusement Park. The park is located just outside the city center and is home to Wiener Riesenrad (the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel), which was the world’s tallest from 1920 until 1985. No matter what season, there are many things to do at Prater. It’s also a great place to find street food.

Prater Amusement Park Vienna, with the large Ferris Wheel in the background.
Photo courtesy of Carina Baumgartner from Unsplash

Day Trips From Vienna, Austria

If you have more than 3 Days In Vienna, here are a few day trips you can add to your time in city.

Wachau Valley
This picturesque region along the Danube River is famous for its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and vineyards. Visitors can take a boat cruise along the Danube, stopping at quaint towns like Dürnstein, known for its medieval castle and cobblestone streets. Melk Abbey, another region highlight, is a magnificent Baroque monastery overlooking the river.

Salzburg
Known as Mozart’s birthplace and the setting for “The Sound of Music,” Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with history and culture. Visitors can explore the charming Old Town, visit Mozart’s birthplace, and wander through the Mirabell Palace gardens. The Hohensalzburg Fortress offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding Alps. If you have one day to explore Salzburg, here is the best way to spend it: One Day in Salzburg: What to See & Do.

Bratislava
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is just a short distance away and makes for an easy day trip from Vienna. Explore the compact Old Town with its medieval streets and historic buildings, visit Bratislava Castle for panoramic views of the city, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere along the Danube River. 

Hallstatt
A day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt offers a chance to explore one of Austria’s most picturesque and charming villages. Wander through the lovely cobblestone streets of Hallstatt’s Old Town. Explore its historic buildings, quaint shops, and lakeside promenade. Take the funicular up to the Hallstatt Skywalk, which offers panoramic views of the village, Lake Hallstatt, and the surrounding mountains.

Explore Vienna, One Of Europe’s Most Majestic Cities

Over 3 days in Vienna, we explored opulent palaces, savored culinary delights, and delved into its rich cultural tapestry. From the grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace to the elegant streets of the Inner City, Vienna will capture your heart with its beauty and grace. 

You will cherish the memories of indulging in Viennese pastries at traditional coffeehouses, sampling Tafelspitz at classic restaurants, and immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant culinary scene. Whether sipping coffee at Prückel or savoring a slice of Sacher Torte at Café Sacher, each bite has been a delicious journey through Vienna’s gastronomic delights.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or returning to this enchanting city, Vienna’s allure is timeless, its beauty eternal.

Below are links and resources to help you plan The perfect trip

Travel Resources

  • HOTELS
    Booking.com and Expedia.com are great resources for accommodations around the world. Book almost any hotel directly from these links.
  • TOURS
    The best places to book tours and activities are Viator or Get Your Guide . From great food tours to guided hiking adventures to local walking tours, you will find great experiences to add to your travels here.
  • FOOD EXPERIENCES
    EatWith is a great resource for authentic culinary experiences with passionate locals worldwide. Connecting travelers with hosts in over 130 countries, providing unique, intimate, and immersive experiences in private homes and exclusive venues.
  • TRAINS
    Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app. They work with over 210 rail and coach companies to help their customers travel to thousands of destinations across 45 countries. 

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