Top destination - Why go there in Vienna, Austria ?

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria - Schwarzenbergplatz
Schwarzenbergplatz

At the heart of Europe, Vienna, is a hub for the European Union, in many terms : culture, industry, art, … The city is huge – some days are required only to see it from outside, and if you start entering museums, trying to taste the local specialties, and experience the local life, weeks won’t seem to be enough. To have a “quick” glance at the city, don’t hesitate to use of the several hop on hop off bus tours – for any of them, a full day won’t be enough just to do the whole tour, so, if you plan to make some stops, don’t hesitate to book a ticket for several days. Local specialities are of course a must try : Wiener schnitzel, of course, but also croissants (yes – they are from Vienna, as a French, we even call this kind of pastry ‘Viennoiserie’, literally meaning ‘Viennese stuff’), and coffee – although some would argument about where the first coffee shop was created, and weather it was by an Armenian or a Turkish, it was likely firstly introduced in Vienna. But don’t stop there : Vienna is surely an interesting place for a cultural tour. However, if you’re a party lover, you might feel a bit disappointed. Crowd isn’t very energetic, party places aren’t as good as in other destinations, they are generally overcrowded, and prices might be a no go for many wallets.

  • Is tap water safe to drink in Vienna, Austria ?
  • Yes - and mountain tap water tastes awesome
  • Average prices in Vienna (USD - 1€ = USD$1.17201 )
  • Public transport ticket : 2.34 |
  • Taxi (5km) : 14.42 |
  • Train (200km) : 43.3 |
  • Restaurant (2 persons) : 90 |
  • 5* hotel : 240 |
  • 3* hotel : 90 |
  • Appartment rent : 800 |
  • Women haircut : 48.65 |
  • Men haircut : 18.74 |
  • Weekend city break (2 persons, 1 hotel night, without flights) : 630
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 Best hotels - Where to stay in Vienna, Austria ?

Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof

Hotel Mercure Wien Westbahnhof - room bed
room bed

Good location, easily accessible with airport bus shuttle, and metro. Hotel hasn’t been refurbished for a while, but is in acceptable condition, and comfort is fine for a few days stay. Price is fair for Vienna. Restaurant menu is limited and they don’t have everything (run out on condiments for our order), but nevertheless is a possible change for a few dinners.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |90 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Felberstraße 4, 1150 Wien, Austria

Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel

Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel - Double bed room
Double bed room

Great hotel located at the outskirts of the city, about 20 min walking distance from the center.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |No wifi or no free wifi No wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |90 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Ungargasse 60, 1030 Wien, Austria

Hotel Pension Alla Lenz

Hotel Pension Alla Lenz - Indoor rooftop pool
Indoor rooftop pool

This relatively small pension, is ideally located right close to a metro stop, close to the city center, therefore allowing for quick access to the city points of interests. It features an indoor rooftop pool.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |65 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Halbgasse 3-5, 1070 Wien, Austria

Arcotel Wimberger Vienna

Arcotel Wimberger Vienna - Room with double bed
Room with double bed

Situated next to a metroline, this affordable hotel gets to be close to the center with public transports, north of the city center.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |No problem experienced with free wifi during the stay Perfect wifi  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |55 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Neubaugürtel 34-36, 1070 Wien, Austria

 Finest restaurants - Where to eat in Vienna, Austria ?

Figlmüller Wollzeile

Figlmüller Wollzeile - Outdoor view
Outdoor view

The inventor of the Wiener Schnitzel, one of the most iconic meal of Austria ! The restaurant is full any time of the week, therefore consider booking beforehand. Queuing at the door is also an option, but for a large group it might be hard to get a table.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |Affordable-Affordable Affordable  |20 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Wollzeile 5, 1010 Wien, Austria

 What to see in Vienna, Austria ?

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace - Outside view
Outside view

The former baroque imperial summer residence, situated a bit out of the city. Buildings are magnificent, and parks are a pleasure to wander in. One of the most important building in the country, architecturally, culturally and historically.

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Vienna City center

Vienna City center - Decorated tramway
Decorated tramway

Vienna is one of the most picturesque and romantic city in Europe. Wandering in its streets is a ravishment, with beautiful buildings, street art, and street events.

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Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera - Outside view
Outside view

One of the most iconic buildings in Vienna, especially due to its appearance in several blockbusters, the Vienna opera is a beautiful building, and of course hosts impressive events.

Vienna Criminal Museum

Vienna Criminal Museum - Street view
Street view

An interesting and short museum to visit. Unfortunately mostly in German - but still some interesting pieces to see and information to learn.

Average Average 3/6 (1)  |6 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Große Sperlgasse 24, 1020 Wien, Austria

Volkstheater Wien

Volkstheater Wien - Outdoor view
Outdoor view

A 19th century theater, the building is a piece of art itself.

Not so good Not so good 2/6 (1)  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Neustiftgasse 1, 1070 Wien, Austria

Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Russian Orthodox Cathedral - Outside view
Outside view

Situated on the outskirts of the city, this beautiful Orthodox cathedral is one of the other main religious monuments to see in the city.

Schwarzenbergplatz

Schwarzenbergplatz - Soviet war memorial
Soviet war memorial

This open street - more street than square - displays amazing sculptures. It is surely on most touristic roads, and worth a stop to admire the surroundings.

St Stephen Cathedral

St Stephen Cathedral - Outside view
Outside view

Main religious monument in Vienna, the St Stephen cathedral is also in the center of the city. The Christmas market is especially beautiful at its feet.

 Excellent activities - What to do in Vienna, Austria ?

Hop on hop off bus Vienna

Hop on hop off bus Vienna - Bus at departure
Bus at departure

With 4 lines, going nearly everywhere in the city, this is the perfect way to explore it, and see as much as possible ! Full tour with one of the lines typically lasts about 90min, and shows one part of Vienna.

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Wiener Riesenrad - Vienna ferris wheel

Wiener Riesenrad - Vienna ferris wheel - View on Prater from the top
View on Prater from the top

A 65m tall ferris wheel in the Prater park, it has the particularity to be one of the last existing wheel with wooden cabins. The view on Vienna is of course impressive.

Great Great 5/6 (1)  |10 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria

National History Museum Vienna

National History Museum Vienna - Outdoor view
Outdoor view

Located in the city center, in the middle of a beautiful park, and hosted in exceptional buildings, this museum is a delight from the outside to the inside.

Good Good 4/6 (1)  |10 EUR  |See on map of Vienna, Austria Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
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Prater Wien

Prater Wien - View from the ferris wheel
View from the ferris wheel

Large public parc very close to city center, it hosts lot of entertainment : restaurants, ferris wheel, roller coasters, and all kind of fun attractions for everybody.

Ströck Feierabend

Ströck Feierabend - Coffee and croissant on terrace
Coffee and croissant on terrace

Did you know that Austria invented both the coffee shops and the croissant pastry ? Regardless of the answer, having a coffee and a croissant in Vienna is a must do. Strock Feierabend is one of the place where good ones can be had.

 Where to shop in Vienna, Austria ?

Christmas Market Vienna

Christmas Market Vienna - Market at the feet of the cathedral
Market at the feet of the cathedral

As in most European cities, the Christmas Market in Vienna is one the most important event of the year. Many markets are scattered around the city - the main one being around St Stephan cathedral. And, of course - have a glass of mulled wine to stay warm during the visit.

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Annagasse Vienna

Annagasse Vienna - Street view
Street view

Annagasse is one of the main streets in the city center. Border with shops and restaurants, it is the place to wander and admire.