48 Hours in Vienna

Vienna; Famous for its cultural events, imperial sights and coffee houses, there is plenty to see and do in this beautiful city! With so much to do in so little time, it can be hard to know where to start. You can do it for less with our travel vouchers. Here are some of our top highlights and tips for having an action packed 48 hours in Vienna.

 

Vienna
The view out over Vienna. Time to go and explore!

Day #1

Vienna’s airport is one of the nicest airport’s I have seen! But we don’t want to waste time admiring the duty free. Once you’ve arrived in town and checked in, got rid of the bags, it’s time to explore! Firstly, you can’t visit Vienna without experiencing at least one of the many, many museums!

Mumok:
This is a contemporary art museum with displays of modern art. They are currently hosting a female avant-garde exhibit and it can get quite explicit, it’s definitely not wise to take the kids. If you are into traditional art, this is probably not the museum for you. But if you are open minded, like minimalism and abstraction, then go ahead and experience mumok!
Hint: On the last Thursday of every month they open the mysterious Hans café exhibit up to customers, so if you are around, be sure to visit.

Leopold Museum:
This was my personal favorite. The Leopold Museum hosts exhibits of notable artists and their works in all medium. They are currently exhibiting Egon Schiele & Gustav Klimt, both of whom have extraordinary displays in the gallery. There is also a live performance area, upon my visit there was a woman screaming at lemons whilst wearing a lemon mask… 10 out of 10.

Zoom:
If you are visiting with children, book the Zoom museum in advance. It can be fully booked for the whole Summer, but it is well worth a visit. Interactive experiences and activities that educate the kids whilst having lots of fun. It is a kids… or big kids dream museum!

Museum Quarter
The Museum quarter, there are 11 museums squeezed into these regal courtyards!

Nachmarkt

Okay, museums done, it’s time for a snack. A short 5-minute walk can take you straight to the Nachmarkt. This street is lined with snacks and food from all over the world. It is a food lover’s heaven. Wander down and sample the nuts, cheeses, olives or go into a stall and have a 5 course Italian meal. This is like no street market you have ever seen, and has the tastiest food! I would recommend getting Wurst from the lady in the wall, or try a giant pierogi from the polish stall (I ate 4 of his huge pierogis and wished I could hire him as my own personal chef).

Nachmarkt
The Nachmarkt spreads itself out in the center of Vienna.

Coffee Houses

A short walk will take you up into the center of town. Here you can find all of the huge Imperial buildings that Vienna is famous for. Wander round Helden Platz and see the huge statues or explore Hoffburg palace. There is also the majestically tall St. Stephens Cathedral, with its intricate masonry and unique roof. If you happen to be here on a Sunday, then you can go to mass and experience the astounding acoustics and feel of the place. Whilst you are seeing the sights there are plenty of bakeries and cafes, including my favorite; Kleines café, squeeze in and grab a shot of caffeine to keep you going.

Kleines Cafe
Hopefully you will find space in the aptly named; Kleines Cafe.

The Blue Danube

It’s time to relax. There are two good options; the Stadtpark; a park ten minutes’ walk away that is covered in statues of notable people in the Viennese history, including Schindler from Schindler’s list. Here you can relax on the grass and watch the ducks paddle in the ponds. Another option is to catch the U-bahn down to Donauinsel and to take a wander down the Danube river whilst singing the famous tune – ‘The Blue Danube Waltz’.

Schnitzel!

Now back too food, my favorite subject. Vienna is known for inventing the schnitzel, so it needs to be tried properly. The only way to do this is to go to the home of schnitzel; Figlmuller. Once you find the place, tucked down a narrow alley, you can get the original schnitzel. You won’t believe how big they are and they taste great too! Fancy a beer or two… or more. Well apparently all of the best bars in Vienna have the names of people. Check out the bars: Phil, Ulrich & Elrich.

Schnitzel
The biggest Schnitzel you ever shall eat… its a challenge!

Day #2

Okay so you’ve seen Vienna’s majestic building in the center and think you’ve seen all it has to offer… there is so much more. The second day we will go to the edges of town and see the Palaces, wineries and views of the whole of Vienna, whilst saving with travel vouchers. We saved the best till last…

Schonnbrunn Palace

Schonnbrunn palace is a 15-minute U-bahn ride out of town and is well worth the trip. You will want to spend a whole morning here; it takes hours to even walk around the place! Schonnbrunn palace is the old home of the Imperial rulers. The building is huge and their garden is about the size of Ireland (okay that’s a SLIGHT exaggeration). This maze of trees, fountains and gardens actually contains its own maze. There are playgrounds for the kids and even, get this… a Zoo! They have their own zoo, with pandas and polar bears! It’s crazy. It also contains the biggest fountain I have ever seen, and if you are up for the short climb then you can go to their second smaller palace on top of their small mountain and look over at vistas of the whole of Vienna.

Tips:
# Take a picnic, there aren’t many places to eat and you will want to pretend to be on a royal date whilst you are there.
# Take sun cream. The day we went it was 32c and I thought I was going to melt.
# Go in fancy dress!… Why not?!

Schonnbrunn palace
These huge gardens can’t be fit into a single photo, it has to be seen to be believed.

More Food!

Once you are done frolicking around the palace gardens you will be hungry, head back to the city. Rest your feet in a café (Balthasar café is another good one!) and maybe try some Wiener Wurst, their world famous sausage. If you get it in a hot-dog then they stick it into the baguette, its either madness or genius.

Wiener
The namesake of the city, and rightly so.

Seeing Vienna from above… with wine!

You have views over the whole of Vienna. And on the way up you can stop for refreshment at the many wineries. We stopped at one that had an old man playing 90’s pop songs on the keyboard and one of the locals just told us the owner wasn’t around and to help ourselves to the wine. If you climb all the way to the top then you can find a nice restaurant, sit out on the top of the hill and soak in the views whilst trying the locally grown wine.

You have views over the whole of Vienna. And on the way up you can stop for refreshment at the many wineries. We stopped at one that had an old man playing 90’s pop songs on the keyboard and one of the locals just told us the owner wasn’t around and to help ourselves to the wine. If you climb all the way to the top then you can find a nice restaurant, sit out on the top of the hill and soak in the views whilst trying the locally grown wine.

 

Vienna viewpoint
This isn’t even halfway up. Be sure to re-hydrate with some wine on the way up!

 

 

Watching the sunset over Vienna is the perfect sight to end your trip and you can do it for cheaper with our travel vouchers!

Author: Tom Yemm

Hi, I'm Tom. I like hummus, circus skills and reading fantasy novels. Now go read my blogs!

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