Vienna, Capital of Austria and City of Mozart
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From Airport / Train Station to the City
The most affordable way to the city from the airport is via the S-Bahn which runs on the S7 to the city. A single fare is €4.00. Take a train bound for Floridsdorf, which departs twice an hour, and get off at Wien-Mitte station on the eastern edge of the city centre. it should takes around 25 min. From here take the U-Bahn line U3 to connect to Stephansplatz right in the core of the city centre. For this you will need a Vienna zone ticket with cost 2.20 Euro.
There are two train station in the city, called Wien Meidling and Wien West. It is important to keep in mind which station your train uses. Both train station are linked with many S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Tram and Buses.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
Can be considered as the mother of Roman Catholic churches. It towers over the city of Vienna at 137m high. Right in the centre of the city it is one of the most impressive icon of this place. First built in 1147 this place have been through many crises and war. It is open daily from 6am to 10pm. There is a possibility of taking a guided tour.
The most impressive attraction in town, this huge baroque palace is a former imperial summer residence. With more than 1400 rooms, there is plenty to be discover. It is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage site in Vienna. In the winter months, it is open from 8.30am to 5pm. The easiest way to reach here will be thru the direct underground, U4 or with trams 10 and 58. There are many forms of tickets available.
A circular road or called the grand boulevard ring surround the main city centre of the city and is a well-known tourist attraction. Inside the ring road boundaries are the world heritage site boundary. Many of the impressive places and buildings are along this route.
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Palace also houses several museums, including the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection (Kaiserappartements, Sisi Museum, Silberkammer) where you can visit 22 state rooms, these are the residential and state apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph I. and Empress Elisabeth (popularly known as Sisi) and show 19th-century imperial life. The Imperial Silver Collection displays unique items of the glittering world of imperial dining. Open from 9am to 5.30pm from sept to June, 9am to 6pm from July to august. Tickets cost 13 euro with guided tour at 2pm.
The second largest theatre in Europe, this is the national theatre in Vienna, being also an important one in the German arts industry. Built in the 1888, this place has majestic interior décor and also great vibes. If you want, you could get a show here too. It is also located next to the Rathausplatz. You could try your luck getting some concession student tickets.
A historical square in Vienna, it is surrounded by numerous similar awesome buildings. Check out the impressive fountains in the square too. In the winter months, especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas, there would be a Christmas market.
The city hall right in the Rathausplatz, this place is seriously impressive, it is once said that they used more than 30 million bricks in the construction process. It is also a popular fairground often hosting events. Built from 1872 to 1883, you certainly can’t miss out visiting this place.
Located next to the Hofburg Palace this is known as the most important treasury in the world. It is a museum that showcase the treasures and jewels of the Austrian empire. Even their emperor crown is found here. The concession ticket cost 9 euros. It is open daily except Tues from 9am to 5.30pm. The collection here is really impressive. It is also possible to take a guided tour with the English one being held at 4pm.
Vienna State Opera
The national opera company for the country, is shows the quality of the opera here. Check out their impressive buildings and halls. If you are keen do pop by to see if there are tickets available.
Another imperial building in this city, it seems that the place are just full of it. This place is an uncompleted 19th century palace wing. The exterior of it is certainly one to visit for great pictures. If you would like to visit the interior, there is an armoury to go to.
A historical building located just outside of the inner ring, this baroque palace is also an art museum, housing a large painting collection. The place is super majestic, together with the surrounding gardens. Another place worth visiting in the complex would also be the stables.
Great place for shopping, located near the church and the hotel, the road leading to the Hofburg Palace. The Swarovski flagship store is also located there.
Naschmarkt, 1060 Wien, Austria
It is Vienna most popular market, besides selling fresh foods it has also small restaurant and stalls around the market. It’s good to eat and stroll around the market.
The main shopping district in town just east of the train station, westbahnhof. This place has numerous things. It is a long stretch of shopping located on the street. The many cafes located here are also great to rest your legs while shopping.
Famous traditional coffeehouse, and equally place for having a meal. Open from 8am to 7pm on Mon – Fri, 9am to 7pm on Sat and 10am to 7pm on Sun.
Open from 11AM-10:30PM. With 2 stores located near each other they are famous for their Wienerschnitzel. They claim to have the biggest schnitzel in the world. If you are not really hungry, one may easily be enough for two people, traditionally, you would want a potato salad with that. Chicken schnitzel is €11.5.
This family/tourist chain restaurant can be found all over Vienna including in Goldschmiedgasse, right across from St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Annagasse, a street to the left off of Kärntnerstrasse, the famous shopping street. The restaurant serves authentic Austrian food at affordable prices. Soups range from €3 to €4 and you can get a whole meal for €15. It’s known for its amazing chicken dishes but the restaurant also has a lot of other choices to choose from.
Demel Coffee House
Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
One of the most famous coffee house in Vienna, located near the Hofburg Palace. It is famous for its pastries and cakes. Open from 9am to 7pm daily.
Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
One of the most beautiful café in Vienna, famous for its dessert and coffee. Open from 7.30am till 10pm from Mon till Sat and from 10am till 10pm on Sun. Must order include the famous apple strudel.
Ribs of Vienna
Weihburggasse 22, 1010 Wien, Austria
Located extremely near to the city centre and the Stephandom, it’s famous for the ribs. Open from 12noon to 3pm and 5pm till midnight on Mon to Fri, open from noon till midnight on Sat, Sun and holidays, last order at 11pm. No credit card payment.
Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Located in the famous Hotel Sacher, this café is said to be the birthplace of the sachertorte, grab a slice of that iconic cake together with a cup of coffee. Life is never this great in Vienna. Coming at 4.90 per piece enjoy some time inside. The apple strudel is also pretty great. Enjoy the décor inside too. The café is open from 8am to midnight.
Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
A famous café bakery and chocolatier with 1888 generation décor. The bakes here are awesome. Try their cakes. Prices may not be that affordable but the cakes are gold. A slight setback would be the lack of siting places in the café. Open daily from 9am to 7pm.