Things To Do in Vienna, Austria

Vienna is such a romantic city, not only does it have the most romantic history, but with so many white buildings, picturesque coffee shops, wineries, beautiful parks and old castles it makes this place perfect for a romantic weekend – even for budget travelers.

Staying in Vienna is cheaper than most other capital cities in western Europe, and there are some great hostels around. We booked a hotel room for 18,5 Euro per person (which is cheaper than the price of an average dorm in Europe – if you want the name of the hotel, just ask in the comments below), and got great value for the money.

Things To Eat

There are some great local delicacies to try in Vienna, and you can probably spend a whole weekend going between cafes. Here are a few of the must-tries:

Viennese Cakes

Vienna is famous for its delicious cakes. The Sacher Torte is heavenly, and you can try these little dreams in Aida Café Konditorei. It’s a cafe pastry chain which serves the most delicious cakes, and the environment couldn’t be better – pink, sweet and fluffy decor all around!

Viennese Coffee

Vienna is world famous for their coffee, and you simply won’t get enough of it. Try their coffee in the typical old fashioned cafe Hawelka or Kaffe Alt Wien. Here you’ll experience more of the authentic Viennese style cafe with smokey dark wood, and they have kept the old Viennese coffee customs.

Another old cafe in traditional style is Kleine Kafe. Just remember to order the coffee in Viennese style: “Ein kleiner brauner” (Viennese coffee with milk) or “Ein kleiner schwartzer” (back Viennese coffee).

Viennese Wine

Vienna is the world’s only big city with a significant wine industry, with over 700 hectares of vineyards. You can try the Viennese wine in many bars and restaurants in town.

Viennese Cheese

Austria and cheese go hand in hand, and the cheese is simply amazing. There are quite a few local tiny markets around, but the Naschtmarket is a bigger and the most famous one. There you can try heaps of different samples before you choose your favorite cheese – trust me you will find it…

Things To Watch

Art, music and culture have a long history in Vienna, and many of the world’s best artists, philosophers, musicians and composers hung out here.

If you want to get an even deeper understanding of the city and get a more broad view of the place, visit an opera, theater or musical show.

This also really enhances the experience of being in Vienna and walking among the same buildings the musicians got their inspiration from – the connection between the city and music is so clear!

Choose between the world’s best classical orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the many amazing theaters, or why not a typical Viennese operetta?

There are people dressed up in cloaks and costumes on the streets selling concert tickets, sometimes you can get better deals with them if you’re good at bargaining. ;)

Things To Visit

St Stephen’s Cathedral

If you’re going to see one church in Vienna it ought to be this one. It’s a beautiful Romanesque Gothic cathedral with colored tile roof and nice details.

If you get up in the tower you can get a neat view of Vienna.

Schönbrunn Schloss

This big palace that today is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, used to be a summer house for the monarchs in the old days. The history of this place dates back all the way to the 17th century. It has a huge sculpted garden with a maze and botanic flowers.

Coming here you get a sneak peek into what the rich people’s lives were like in the old days. This is a big tourist attraction so either book a tour in advance or count for a long time in line to get in.

Walking Around Town

Just walking around Vienna and looking at impressive buildings is half the fun of being there, the buildings give such a romantic touch and it feels like you’re stepping back in time a few centuries.

I really recommend you to put on some comfortable shoes, bring a map and start walking.

In the central area there are heaps of nice buildings to see:

  • The Parliaments building
  • Vienna Rathaus
  • Hofburg
  • Volktheater
  • Opera
  • Natural History Museum
  • The Stadt park (with over-the-top looking statues)
  • Burgtheater

Final Thing To Remember

Pretty much every shop is closed on Sundays, so these days are perfect for some museum touring and simply walking the streets. If you cook your own food, make sure to buy all you need the day before – it can get pretty hard finding an open supermarket on Sundays – trust us, we spent hours doing this :p

Have you ever been to Vienna? Tell us about it, what was YOUR fav. part?

11 Responses to Things To Do in Vienna, Austria

  1. Iluna Manna August 17, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    I was there last July, had wonderful coffee like you mentioned at Cafe Hawelka, walked around the city, St Stephen, The Parliaments building (where they held Life Ball event), had Sacher Torte at a cafe near by Schönbrunn Schloss and.. ate the biggest wiener schintzel I ever had at Figmüller, tried and addicted to Almdudler (apfel schaft/juice with herbs and soda), ended it with some ice cream (too bad i forgot the ice cream place name)
    you are right.. its such a romantic city

  2. Sabina Lohr August 17, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Lovely post. I enjoyed Venice when I went (although I actually liked Salzburg better). Their coffee sounds fabulous right now. I’ve been drinking instant for weeks!

  3. Jeremy Branham August 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I’ve spent some time in Austria but would really like to visit Vienna. This is a nice overview of the city and highlights without having too much information.

  4. As We Travel August 18, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    That sounds like a perfect day! Thanks for sharing, that’s like a whole little guide by itself! :)
    I’ll remember to try the Almdudler juice next time :)

  5. As We Travel August 18, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Yeah, I could do with one of those too, nothing beats a good cup of coffee… apart from a Sacher Torte :P

  6. As We Travel August 18, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Hi Jeremy! Thanks, that’s exactly what we’re going for. We want our guides to be clutter free and to the point, I’m glad you enjoy it!
    Vienna is beautiful, so is the rest of Austria (I especially liked the alps). Where did you go?

  7. GlobalButterfly August 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm #

    Looks amazing (especially the cake)!!! My ex was obsessed with this city. I really need to go for myself.

  8. Strauss August 25, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Thanks for the post it would really help me as i am planning for my next vacation in austria.!

  9. Catrionadunn November 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi, just wondering if you could send me information about the hostel you mentioned?
    Thanks, Catriona

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Tweets that mention » Things To Do in Vienna, Austria – As We Travel – RTW Travel Blog -- Topsy.com - August 17, 2010

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by RTW Travel Guide, As We Travel. As We Travel said: Things To Do in Vienna, Austria – http://su.pr/2bGRfC #lp #austria #rtwsoon rtwnow #travel [...]

  2. How To Save Money, Save The Earth And Still Travel The World - February 4, 2011

    [...] remember visiting a cafe in Vienna, where I bought a huge carrot cake that I couldn’t finish. I asked to get something to put it [...]