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
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)
• 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!
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:
On a private or small group basis:
Want some fun – and “educational drinking”?
“Servus” in Vienna!