Vienna is one of the most beautiful city in Europe – after visiting Vienna several times, spending about 1 month there, I have come to the conclusion and so I am happy to share some of my favorite places in Vienna with you.
I once visited Vienna as a student with my course (I studied politics) and I did all the typical sightseeing but also had the chance to visit many political organizations like the United Nations or OPEC (by the way OPEC was impressive which does not mean I am a fan of them). I am not mentioning those political sightseeing with you here, but more like the “typical sightseeing places in Vienna”.
Vienna is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities I have been too. I actually go as far as claiming it is at least as romantic as Paris. It actually reminds me pretty much of Paris with all the wonderful buildings.
Vienna is also the city of museums, the city of the international organizations, Vienna is the city of gorgeous buildings, the city of Mozart, and Vienna is the city of Sacher cake and nowadays it seems that Vienna is the “green” city (more at the end).
However, over the centuries it has lost its old glamor, which does not mean it is not worth to visit. Quite the opposite – Vienna is one of the places that you should visit when you are in Europe and I am sure the beauty does not disappoint.
Important Travel Information for Vienna
- 1 Important Travel Information for Vienna
- 2 Best Things to do in Vienna in 2 Days
- 3 Vienna Goes Green
How to get around: Vienna is very walkable, but the public transport is also very good and cheap (less than 7€ for a 24 hours ticket), there are also Hop On and Hop Off buses in Vienna, which are super convenient.
More Vienna budget tips are here.
Security: Vienna is quite safe though pick pocketing is very common, it is good to be aware of your belongings and be attentive.
The capital of Austria is the perfect place for nice strolls and endless walks – though public transport is incredibly good and cheap, I would recommend walking as much as possible.
This way, you will most likely not miss out on one of the many gorgeous building on the side streets. Vienna is in fact very walkable, so you can see and visit many sights just by walking. Most attractions are located in the 1. district (city center) and only a few attractions are further away so that you might need public transport/taxi.
Most attractions are located in the 1. district (city center) and only a few attractions are further away so that you might need public transport/taxi.
As always, I do not give you an exact itinerary but like to inspire you to visit beautiful Vienna.
Best Things to do in Vienna in 2 Days
Here are the best places to see and best things to do in 2 days in Vienna.
The cathedral is located directly in the city center and is the seat of the city´s bishop. The creation started back in the 12.th century, but new elements have been added throughout the time.
I have always had a thing for this beautiful, yet simple, Austrian parliament.
I am not into museums but I remember pretty well, that I enjoyed strolling through the museum district and it is worth to walk around there even if you are not a museum kind of person.
Viennese Prater (2.district)
The Prater is a kind of amusement park and open 24-hours a day. The huge ferries wheel is the flagship, but there are some more carousels and lots of snack stalls.
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most, or probably the most, popular tourist attractions with more than two million tourists visiting – annually. The palace was built in the 18.th century, but the beauty is still enchanting.
The village was built in the 1990´s and is free of admission.
The Hofburg used to be a medieval castle, and home of the Habsburgs, while it is now it is the national library.
Schloss Belvedere is one the most famous sights and places in Vienna. It is in the south-eastern part of the Vienna and definitely worth tone checked out.
Best View of Vienna
More or less spontaneously Claudia, my blogger friend, and I ended up at Sofitel St. Stephansdom which supposedly has one of the best views over Vienna….And I can assure you it has as you can see from the pictures.
Vienna Goes Green
On my last trip to Vienna, I went with Accor Hotels and we learned about the sustainability program of those hotels. Even though we also visited Munich on our trip, Vienna seems to be the better location for talking about sustainability.
Local and organic food becomes more and more important in Vienna, especially the 2. district has loads of restaurants and shops that sell organic and local products.
Not only local and organic food is becoming more popular but also raising more conscious, eating less meat and being more healthy. This might be in contrary to the huge amount of shops selling fur in the 1. district, and it seems the trend has not reached everybody, but Vienna is heading in the right direction.
However, after seeing and dining in quite some restaurants I am happy to say I felt comfortable in Vienna. Vienna is a paradise for vegetarians or even vegans.
Though local does not necessarily mean it is more sustainable, it often is and it is the thought behind.
Things get slower, calmer, and probably healthier. Accor Hotels for its part also has introduced new sustainable elements, using more local and organic products, offering more fair trade products (toiletries e.g.) for its guest and if you are enjoying this “trend“ make sure to spend some time in the 2. district as well which is still much quieter than the 1. district.
Visiting Vienna in winter? Then read Veronika´s tips on what to do in Vienna in winter.
If you need more reasons why to visit Vienna read Rachel´s blog post on why she fell in love with Vienna.
And read this, if you are looking for the top ten things to do in Vienna.
Disclaimer: As mentioned above, I was a guest by Accor Hotel. This post contains affiliate links which mean, I might earn a small commission when you buy a product or service via my link (at no extra cost to you). More about it here.