Austria’s capital is one of the most visited places in the world, and the reasons for that are plenty, from the stunning architecture to the long-lasting traditions, rich culture and many more.
A budget-friendly Must See
While Vienna offers a multitude of experiences and a diversity of activities which could satisfy anybody’s taste – from a night at the Opera or a carriage ride in the city centre, to a relaxing lunch in the Naschmarkt – there are some things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Vienna.
#1 A walking tour around the Ring
The Ring Street (Ringstraße) is the street which surrounds Vienna’s inner city. The walk is worth your while because of the impressive buildings, combined with beautiful parks and famous Viennese coffee houses. You can start your walk at the University of Vienna (Metro station Schottentor on the U2 line), continue along the street towards the City Hall, Burgtheater, the Parliament, Hofburg Palace, and end the walk at the Vienna Opera.
Tip: Take a break and see the roses in Burggarten, or enjoy a cup of coffee in Volksgarten, both of which have entrances from the Ringstraße.
#2 The Viennese Coffee House experience
Don’t miss out on enjoying a Wiener Melange in one of the famous Viennese coffeehouses. The Coffee House Culture is renowned worldwide and even declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The Viennese Coffee Houses are more than anything places where time stood still and the best traditions and delicious pastries of the old days were kept intact. A true Viennese experience!
Tip: Although not a typical Coffee House, try the famous Sacher cake at Sacher Hotel.
#3 Visit a typical Heuriger
Part of the Austrian culture are the so-called “Heuriger”, which are wine taverns that serve many varieties of wine, and typically a cold plate of appetizers, but also a few traditional warm dishes. Many of them are located in the 19th district, from where you can enjoy a lovely view of the city or the Danube.
#4 The Danube
Luckily visiting Vienna in May usually means enjoying warm weather, which is perfect for taking a walk on the Danube shore (or for the brave ones, taking a swim!). The Danube Canal (Donaukanal) is located in the heart of the city, right on the Ring. On warm evenings you can savour a drink at the many bars there, or bring your own beverages and just sit on the Canal.
#5 The Schönbrunn Palace
The Schönbrunn Palace is one of Vienna’s main attractions, due to its architecture and rich history. But even if you don’t want to visit the Palace or the Vienna Zoo, you can still enjoy the beautiful park surrounding it, and take a walk up to the elegant Gloriette, which is the largest gloriette in the world, and enjoy a stunning view of the city.
One-way ticket: 2,40 €
48 Hours ticket: 14,10 €
72 Hours Ticket: 17,10 €
Weekly ticket (Monday-Sunday): 17,10 €
*The tickets are valid for all public transportation
If you decide to extend your trip to Austria, here are some things you shouldn’t miss in May:
1.The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
When: 31st of May
Where: The Schönbrunn Palace
2. The Schnaps Museum
3. A one day trip to Melk Abbey
Tip: You can also take a boat along the Danube and enjoy the gorgeous spring scenery
4. A one day trip to Hallstatt