VIENNA IN 3 DAYS
Are you visiting Vienna for the first time and don’t quite know where to go? We have put together a three-day programme for you that ensures you will see the absolute highlights of Vienna and won’t miss out on any important attractions.
Day 1: The Heart of Vienna.
Ideally your day should start with a classic Viennese Blend and a piece of our traditional apple strudel in the Vienna Welcome Center. After you have had a taste of Viennese coffee house culture, you can let our experts at the Vienna Welcome Experts give you some pointers. They will anticipate your every wish and respond to all your questions about Vienna. The Vienna Welcome Center is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Vienna. Right across is the world-famous Vienna State Opera. After you have visited it, it might be worthwhile taking a guided walking tour of Vienna which is included in the Vienna PASS. If you prefer to explore the city on your own, a quick look around reveals that if you walk a few minutes on foot down Kärntner Straße you will see Vienna’s landmark, St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
The Vienna State Opera is also the ideal starting point for visiting many museums. In the immediate vicinity you will find the Albertina, which is home to one of the world’s largest and most valuable graphic collections. From the Albertina you go through the castle garden, past the Palm House, the marble statue of Mozart, the bronze statue of Emperor Franz Joseph, and arrive at the Imperial Palace. The Imperial Palace has something for every visitor to Vienna. Whether you prefer to be enchanted in the Sisi Museum by the splendour of the Empress, or to glance behind the scenes at the oldest and last remaining riding school for classical equitation is entirely up to you. But you should not miss either.
After you have strolled through Vienna’s downtown core and have had a chance to feel the fascination of the Baroque city, you can plan for dinner in the Danube Tower where you will have the best view of Vienna. Away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, a breath-taking, 360° panoramic view of Vienna awaits at a height of 170 metres along with Viennese delicacies. Enjoy Tafelspitz (boiled beef), Wiener Schnitzel, and other dishes and spoil your palate with seasonal specials. Austrian wine and Viennese hospitality will make for an unforgettable evening in the Tower (reservation required).
Day 2: In the Footsteps of the Imperial Age.
We recommend starting the second day early. First thing in the morning is the loveliest time in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. The birds are chirping from the trees, the squirrels are running through the meadows, and most of the tourists are still at the hotel breakfast table enjoying their morning coffee. If you bought the Vienna PASS the day before, you can take the Yellow Line of the Hop on, hop off bus right to Schönbrunn Palace. En route you can see a few more attractions from the bus. Once you arrive, you’ll forget you are in a large city. The huge park grounds is the best proof that Vienna is among one of the greenest cities in the world.
The Gloriette, the Hedge Maze, the Children’s Museum, the Privy Garden, and don’t forget the Grand Tour in the Palace are included in the Vienna PASS. Once you have visited the Palace and the park, you should really go to the world’s oldest zoo. The Schönbrunn Zoo or Vienna Zoo will light up the eyes of the young, and adults won’t miss out either. On one of your visits to Schönbrunn you should try to eat a later lunch or an early dinner. Brandauer Schlossbräu with its rustic flair right near the zoo is a great choice.
And one more tip: Mozart himself performed in the revitalised Schönbrunn Palace Orangery. Try to take in one of the concerts at Schönbrunn Palace, which are an inherent part of Vienna’s cultural and musical life.
Day 3: The Viennese Way of Life.
Have you already heard a lot about the Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel? Then on your third day in Vienna you should head here. Just take the Blue Line of the Hop on, hop off bus directly to the Prater stop. The nostalgic Ferris Wheel is an absolute must for every visitor to Vienna. Since 1897, it has been a permanent fixture over the Prater and is the best-known attraction there. Those looking to escape from the bustle of the fairgrounds for a short time should take advantage of the ride pass included in the Vienna PASS and enjoy the view over Vienna in a historical atmosphere.
Not far from the Prater and just a few stops away on the Blue Line of the Hop on, hop off, you will pass the Kunst Haus Wien. The Kunst Haus Wien and the Hundertwasser Museum give unfathomable insight into the work of this exceptional artist. Now is a good time to have a look at the famous Hundertwasserhaus, just a short walk away.
If you prefer to visit the “greener” side of Vienna, the Vienna Woods, take a walk up Kahlenberg Mountain. The easiest way to get there is with the Green Line of the Hop on, hop off bus. When you arrive at the Kahlenberg, an impressive view of Vienna will welcome you. From here you can stroll down through Viennese vineyards and for a brief moment forget about your trip home. Now would be a good time to visit one of the numerous Viennese wine taverns because, "Vienna without wine taverns would be like Franzl without Sisi". Let yourself by enchanted the delicacies of Viennese cuisine and enjoy the last hours of your vacation in Vienna before you board the Vienna Airport Lines or the AirportDriver to start your journey home.