As I’ve been to Vienna quite often lately and frequently get asked if I could write about the Austrian capital here on the blog, I decided to share the 10 best things to do in Vienna with you today. Well, the 10 best things in my opinion at least. Vienna is such an incredible and historical city and it’s really hard to limit yourself to only a few things. But in order to make this list digestible and somehow interesting I wanted to focus on 10 things you can do in Vienna almost always and for a very reasonable amount of money.
1. Have coffee in one of the Viennese coffee houses
One of the very best and definitely mandatory things to do in Vienna is definitely having a “Wiener Melange” in one of the traditional coffee houses. Since 2011 the Viennese coffee-house culture is listed as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. So leaving the capital without having stepped foot in either Café Demel, Oberlaa, Aida, Café Central or Café Sacher is an absolute no-brainer! And don’t forget to enjoy a piece of cake too (or maybe more!).
2. Stroll around Schloss Schönbrunn
To me, the Schönbrunn castle is one of the most mesmerizing and majestic buildings! The huge park with the Gloriette, the zoo and the castle all have such a historical and wonderful charm, you just cannot leave without. Generally visiting the castle and the park is free but if you want to have a peek inside you gotta pay something and, of course, the zoo isn’t free either. However if you’re on a budget, just having a stroll around the gigantic park is definitely worth your time.
3. The Prater & the Ferris Wheel
When I was little I used to love the prater for its amusement park rides. Nowadays, I just love walking around the historical buildings and imagining what life must have looked like when the Prater was in its full potential and peak! When we visited Vienna in September we decided to ride the ferris wheel as well and it was fantastic. You can read my thoughts about it in THIS post!
Vienna is great when it comes to shopping. The main shopping streets (Mariahilfer- & Kärntnerstraße) are your go to destination. Here you can find almost anything, from high street to luxury and souvenirs. But you know, even if you don’t want to break the bank by buying all the pretty things at Steffl Department store or any other shop, just walking along these streets is a great way to spend your time in Vienna.
5. Drinks at the 25hours Dachboden
When I spent a night at the 25hours Hotel last year (find my hotel review here) I found out how amazing their rooftop bar is! With possibly the best view over Vienna, awesome music and delicious drinks it definitely made its way into my top 10 things to do in Vienna. Another plus: the crazy cool circus themed interior and design of the hotel/bar!
6. The Stephansdom
Basically the most tourist-y thing you can do in Vienna but duh, so worth it. I don’t know if I’d advice you to go inside as it’s fairly expensive, always super crowded with tourists and basically just another church. But I think when you’re in Vienna you just cannot miss the opportunity to have a look at the massive church/cathedral in the middle of the town center.
Naschmarkt definitely is one of my favorite things to do in Vienna. It’s basically a farmers market where merchants sell their goods and offer their food but it is so much fun and so charming! Just be aware that the place can be crowded :D Generally this is free BUT as it’s really hard not to buy stuff you’ll probably end up spending money there anyway. Another plus, near the Naschmarkt you find the NENI Restaurant, which is SO good!!
8. Go to the Museumsquarter/an art exhibition
The Museum quarter isn’t merely a city part consisting of many museums. It is more a place to gather around, have drinks under the stars in summer and enjoy some art. To me Vienna is a really cultural city and going to one of the art installations at the MQ is definitely something I’d recommend you to do. Talking of art, I just recently visited the Star Wars Identities Exhibition at the MAK and it was so cool! If you’re a fan, make sure to check it out until the 16th of April 2016. (You can even create your own character by answering personal questions during the exhibition, how cool is that?)
9. Go out for brunch
Vienna has so many awesome brunch locations I don’t even know where to start. So I’ll just tell you some of my favourites and let you decide where to go: Motto am Fluss, Ulrich, Joseph Brot or the Guesthouse Vienna. And if you’re not that much of a brunch person you could just get a Juice at the Juice Factory or the Rauch Juice Bar. Both are delicious!
I know, I know I said I would tell you about things you can always do BUT I think the Vienna Christmas markets was still worth a mention. It’s definitely one of the most impressive Christmas markets in all of Austria and I’d definitely advice you to check them out when you have the choice to do so! Drink some Glühwein, eat some sweets and just marble at the decorations!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Vienna? And how do you like these kind of posts?