We spent 2 nights in Vienna which is Austria’s capital and called the “City of Music.” The weather at the time was a bit chilly and it rained a bit. I recommend that if you are traveling there in the early spring months that you definitely need to bring a jacket of some sort.
I’m going to be very honest when I say that Vienna was the third city on our Eurotrip and the point where we completely crashed. We had been on the go since we landed in Munich and I think at this point the jet lag had caught up with us. After a nice and long nap, we felt refreshed and ready to go explore!
Regardless of the weather, the city itself is beautiful and perfect for the art and music lover. There are many museums, historical landmarks, and cafés for people watching, so I assure you that you will never be bored.
Here are some quick tips and recommendations that you may find useful:
How we got there:
We ended up taking the train from Salzburg to Vienna which took about 3 hours (51 Euro). The hotel we stayed at was a bit further from the train station, so we decided to take a cab to where we were staying.
Where we stayed:
This hotel was the most expensive hotel we stayed at during our trip to Europe, however, it was 5 stars and the nicest hotel as well. The rooms are spacious and beautiful and the staff treated us like gold. We loved walking into our modern room to find sweet treats and free wine just for us.
The location of the hotel was perfect and within walking distance of the majority of the main attractions in Vienna. I would most definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling there.
A lot of our meals in Vienna were quick and on-the-go. Here were two of our favorites:
Cafe Central – Make sure you stop here at some point for coffee and breakfast. You can’t go wrong with any of the pastries (apple strudel)!
Naschmarkt – If you are looking for food, I guarantee you that this is the spot you want to go to. Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular market and home to what feels like hundreds of food and trinket stalls. This market is outdoors, so make sure you wear proper attire should you go.
The food possibilities were endless. You could get a few smaller to-go items from different food stalls, or you could head into one of the sit-down restaurants they have. These stalls had almost any kind of food you can think of, from traditional food all the way to pizza and Chinese food.
Our Favorite Activities:
Vienna State Opera – Even if you’re not a fan of opera, I still recommend that you go to the Vienna State Opera. We ended up watching a ballet since there was not an opera show happening the nights that we were there. It is such a neat experience to sit and watch a performance in one of the world’s most famous opera houses.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral – We must have seen 25 churches and cathedrals over the course of our trip to Europe, all were beautiful but the one that stands out the most in my mind is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The architecture of this building is jaw-dropping and you could literally stare at it and admire the beauty for hours. My husband and I actually paid the few extra bucks to go up to the top of the cathedral to get a great view of Vienna.
Schönbrunn Palace – In order to get to Schönbrunn Palace, we took a train which dropped us off directly outside the palace. I highly recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time as we did not and stood in line for what felt like forever. You can purchase tickets here.
We ended up doing the “Grand Tour” which included a walk through of 40 rooms, an audio guide plus the ability to walk around the outside.
The audio guides were great and came in all different languages. I loved hearing about the history of Schönbrunn Palace and all of the royalties that lived there.
Alright…That’s all I got for now so let me know if you have any questions! Stay tuned for my next post on Prague!