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How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Vienna, Austria
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How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

According to statistics guests spend 2½ nights in my city and most of them regret not planning more! But, Vienna is an expensive city, some say – and being “on a mission” like “Central Europe in 10 days” requires some planning.

Being Viennese and having travelled to some extend – I think 2½ days is good enough (for a first visit in any city) – if it’s well planned.

Arrival Day – Inner City Highlights

Wherever you come from – International flights, trains from Prague or Budapest – your room has to be ready by 14:00/15:00!

DON’T say “we explore the neighborhood” – many chosen hotel’s neighborhoods are not worth to be explored. – HAVE A PALN plan for those “precious first hours” . . . depending on location, do something1 – Do your own “Apéro Walk” or book one – ending up in an Inner City restaurant. (Monumental Ring & Cathedral should be done by now!) – have dinner at Weibl’s, Oswald & Kalb, Fieglmüller etc.

1st full Day - Baroque Highlights

Do Belvedere Palace and Gardens and Schoenbrunn (Carriage Museum) and Gardens – on the way into town, feed your homesickness at Naschmarkt or skip that and continue to the Ferris Wheel and end the evening at ”Schweizerhaus” (classical beer-garden).

2nd full day – The Rest

If you did it to plan so far – you have the “Big Five” already! Now let’s go for the “Bonus Points”. Venture out to “Hundertwasserhaus” and some museums . . . .

Looking for museums – my favorites are:

• KHM – Kunst-Historisches-Museum (Fine art’s museum, #7 on the London Times list)

Leopold Museum – Schiele & Klimt start the “pornographic century”.

• Schatzkammer – German & Austrian Crown Jewels and lots of history!

• Oberes Belvedere – the glossy start of a devastating century (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka)

• Hof-Mobilien-Depot – my “personal favorite” – some friends call it the “Furniture Prison” 300 years of lifestyle – let’s see how vain WE are!

OR

You dedicate your 2nd day in Vienna, not in Vienna at all! – The prime FULL DAY excursion is to the Wachau/Danube Valley!

Not into biking any more but still want to see it all?

On a coach basis:

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On a private or small group basis:

http://www.viennaexplorer.com/private-tours/

viennaexplorer.com/group-tours/hidden-wachau…

vienna-alacarte.com/Private-Danube-Valley-To…

Want some fun – and “educational drinking”?

viennaexplorer.com/upload/6640451-info-priva…

https:/…GrapeGrazingWachau.php

“Servus” in Vienna!

Burnley, United...
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1. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Walter I admire you for taking the time to do this. I fear that it will be "lost" when many more questions push it off the page. You should look at making a similar page for the Top Questions list.

When I'm over in May you need to take me to the Riesenrad (not been on for 10+ years) and the Wagenburg (not been in for 20+ years) and then we can drink some wine or beer to discuss their respective merits!

New York
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2. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Good Morning Walter - your post is a sigh of relief. I will be a first time visitor to this beautiful country in mid April. I will be coming from Budapest and have planned to stay 3 nights at the Best Western Kaiserhof Wien. Thoughts on this hotel? The reason for choosing is I have travel points to stay here at no additional cost so I felt it was cost effective being that I have read Vienna to be more expensive than both Budapest and Prague - the 2 other cities I will be visiting. I do want to be centrally located so that I am able to see everything Vienna has to offer in this relatively short amount of time. I also want to enjoy great meal. Is the hop on hop off city bus tour worth doing? Are most sights easy enough to walk to from where I will be staying? Any tips you can give me are greatly appreciated.

Vienna, Austria
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3. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Hi Norman! – Yes, I wonder too, but then, - I’m on the way to re-locate to Los Angeles for two months – waiting for the taxi to pick me up (two days from now) – there is a window of self-reflection . . . Being with “you girls/guys” (we are pretty strict in gendering here) for two years know, I appreciate your appreciation for my city! And, as I mentioned before, having no cat or baby to show off on Facebook, I flaunt my love for Vienna on TripAdvisor!

See you in May!

Vienna, Austria
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4. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Hi Knighty016

Good residential location – take a cab to get there from the train station or look at "Total Taxi" from the airport - as its not perfect to tube (but walk from “Karlsplatz” U4/U1 is possible).

So, for the first evening you could walk from hotel to Karls-Platz/Kirche, State Opera, St.Stephen’s Cathedral and then end up in the Bermuda Triangle or at Weibl’s Gasthaus. – If you travel with friends looking for a guided “Apéro Walk” could be helpful too.

Your location is actually perfect to do Schoenbrunn (with U4 from Karlsplatz) and the Belvedere/Schwarzenberg-Platz portion (then look for “Salm Bräu”) – as well es the “Golden Mile” of the Ring from Opera to University. – Even the Ferris Wheel/Prater is reached within 7 min. from Karlsplatz station! – So, you are all in the GREEN! - What are you doing with the extra day?

New York
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5. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Hi Walter -

Thank you for getting back to me. Can you explain what you mean by U1/U4?

Happy to hear that my hotel location is perfect to see all the beautiful sights Vienna has to offer. We really are not on a set schedule which is nice because we do not have to rush and we do have a little more time than you even say is needed for exploring. We are open to anything as this is our first time to Vienna so it is important for us to see what we need to. I would assume getting around won't be as easy for us as you make it seem being that we are not familiar with the area. Maybe a guided walking tour would be sufficient. When we explored both Spain and Italy we utilized the hop on hop off bus in all major cities. Is that something worth doing in Vienna? I would assume it makes stop at all the must see attractions? Are there any must eat in restaurants you could suggest - we love to eat! Both for lunch and dinner. Thanks in advance.

Milford, Ohio
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6. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

Can you explain what you mean by U1/U4?

Karlsplatz is one of the main ubahn stations in the city center. There are three lines that connect here - U1, U2 and U4.

Burnley, United...
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7. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

From the station (Hauptbahnhof) you would take the U1 one stop to Taubstummengasse then it's a 500m or so walk.

Ottawa
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8. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

I'll be in Vienna in May. Currently I will be there for 2 nights after 2 nights is Cesky Krumlov. Then onto Budapest for 3 nights. I'm wondering if I should but I night from Cesky Krumlov at spend 3 nights in Vienna. While in Vienna I'd like to do a Wachau vineyard tour. Is this worthwhile in May?

Burnley, United...
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9. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

With such a short time in Vienna I wouldn't do a Wachau trip which really takes a full day.

Ottawa
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10. Re: How much time for Vienna? - 21/2 days / 2 nights?

I realize that Wachau would be a full day, but it is one thing my wife really wants to do. She has never done a vineyard tour before. However, I'm not sure what a vineyard tour is like in May. I always figured this would be better in the fall.

I've decided to cut a day from CK, so we'll have 3 nights in Vienna.