One of our favourite European destinations, there’s so much to see and do on a short break in Vienna! You’ll need at least two days to see the best of the Austrian capital, but we know that your time is precious on a weekend away…
So we’ve put together a little two day itinerary to help you get the most out of your short break in Vienna. What to see, where to go, where to eat – we’ve got it all covered in our handy guide Two Days in Vienna.
Day 1 – Central Vienna
9.00am – Take a stroll through the popular Stadtpark towards the centre of the Austrian capital; without doubt the local’s favourite park, it’s a great place to start off your day in Vienna and begin to work off breakfast.
10.00am – Find your way to the centre of the city and gawp at the utterly gorgeous St Stephan’s Cathedral at Stephansplatz. One of the city’s top destinations for high-end shopping, work your way up Kärntner Straße and gawp at the equally awe-inspiring clothes!
11.30am – Make a pit-stop for lunch at the world-famous Hotel Sacher. Home to the rich chocolate Sachertorte, this Austrian speciality is a must-try. If the queues are a bit too long – and they very frequently are – try the delightful Café Mozart just around the corner and munch on a yummy Apple Strudel instead, traditionally served with vanilla cream.
1.30pm – Full of tasty Austrian treats? Good. Lucky that your next stop is just a short walk away – the superb modern art gallery at the Albertina is just across the road. Well worth a couple of hours of your time, and frequently home to fascinating temporary exhibitions too, it’s widely-regarded as the best gallery in Vienna.
3.30pm – If the weather’s nice, take the time to wander around the outside of the Hofburg Palace, soak up the sun in the Volksgarten and wander over the road to the breath-taking Rathaus. If the weather’s not so good, take a tour of the Imperial Palace’s interior instead – almost as impressive as the exterior, it’s a must for history buffs and fans of all things royal.
6.00pm – Grab a pre-Opera dinner nearby – we’d recommend the a la carte dining and Austrian specialities at the Wiener Rathauskeller, or head back to the Albertina where you can dine in the Bitzinger’s Augustinerkeller down in the building’s historic vaults.
7.30pm – The only way to round off the day discovering Imperial central Vienna, change into your best glad-rags and spend a night at the Opera. With world-class Opera or Ballet on almost every evening, performances can book up months in advance – be certain to book before you leave to avoid disappointment!
Day 2 – Out and Around Vienna
9.00am – Get up early and make the journey to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Austrian Royal family. Impressive both inside and out, start by taking a tour of the Hofburg family’s state rooms. The stunning gardens outside are primed for exploration; Roman Ruins, the intricately-carved Neptune fountain, and take in the panoramic city views from the gorgeous Gloriette. The Tiergarten Schönbrunn – the palace’s Zoo, which lays claim to being the very oldest in the world – is well worth a visit too.
1.00pm – Make a stop by the Sigmund Freud Museum on Berggasse to see a slice of history. The father of psychiatry’s former office and home for over 45 years, see the place where Freud developed his new science of the mind, right up until fleeing from the Nazis during the Second World War. A tour will take around 45 minutes, so grab a quick lunch at nearby Café Berg – one last chance to make the most of Vienna’s famous café culture!
3.30pm – Head on the U2 line to Karlsplatz where you can take in the picture-perfect Karlskirche; a little under 300 years old, this stunning Baroque church is widely considered one of the finest buildings in Vienna, and one of the most beautiful churches in Austria.
5.30pm – Graze on the tasty offerings from vendors at the much-loved Naschmarkt nearby – a great place to sample local produce, this trendy spot is also home to a number of bars and restaurants if you fancy a proper meal instead.
7.00pm – Head back to Karlsplatz and head north on the U1 Line… All those palaces and museums are certainly what Vienna does best, but this city also knows how to have fun! Let your hair down in the Prater – the second district’s large park – home to the Wurstelprater amusement park and the famous Wiener Riesenrad. The must-ride Ferris wheel featured in classic British movie The Third Man, it’s both a fun and iconic way to round off your short break in Vienna.
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