What to Do in Vienna in 2 Days

I had been to Vienna twice before and had spent three full weeks in Vienna. I did all the typical sightseeing but also had the chance to visit many political organizations like the United Nations or OPEC.

In November 2016, I visited Vienna again for a bit more than 48 hours with Accor Hotels and we, some journalists and bloggers, got to see Vienna from a different side – from a perspective less known by tourists. However, before I mention those points I have a list of general facts and of things to do in Vienna based on my own experiences I have made during my trips.

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.

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Things to See and Do in Vienna in 2 Days

Schloss Schönbrunn Vienna

Schloss Schönbrunn Vienna 

Country: Austria

Language: German

Currency: Euro

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.

Security: Vienna is quite safe though 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.

As always, I do not give you an exact itinerary but like to inspire you to visit beautiful Vienna.

Vienna - the city of beautiful buildings

Vienna – the city of beautiful buildings

What to Do in Vienna in 2 Days

Stephansdom Cathedral

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.

Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna @shutterstock

Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna @shutterstock

Austrian Parliament

I have always had a thing for this beautiful, yet simple, Austrian parliament.

2 days in Vienna Austria

2 days in Vienna Austria

Standing in front of the Austrian Parliament, Vienna. 2 days in Vienna Austria

2 days in Vienna Austria

Vienna Parliament

Vienna Parliament

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Museum District

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.

Vienna - Museum District

Vienna – Museum District

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.

Prater in Vienna in Austria

2 days in Vienna Austria

Prater in Vienna, Austria

2 days in Vienna Austria

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most, or probably the most, popular tourist attraction with more than two million tourists visiting – annually. The palace was built in the 18.th century, but the beauty is still enchanting.

Schönbrunn Palace @shutterstock

Schönbrunn Palace @shutterstock

Hundertwasser Village

The village was built in the 1990´s and is free of admission.

Hundertwasser Village in Austria

Hundertwasser Village in Austria

The Hofburg

The Hofburg used to be a medieval castle, and home of the Habsburgs, while it is now it is the national library.

Vienna Hofburg

Vienna Hofburg

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.

Vienna Schloss Belvedere

Vienna Schloss Belvedere

Where to Enjoy the Best View

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.

Beat View of Vienna at Loft Sofitel

Beat View of Vienna at Loft Sofitel

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Vienna Goes Green

As mentioned at the beginning, I went to Vienna 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.

2. District in Vienna

2. District in Vienna

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.

Eating Green at Vienna First

Eating Green at Vienna First

Mercure First in Vienna, 1.District

Mercure First in Vienna, 1.District

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Disclaimer: As mentioned above, I was a guest by Accor Hotel.

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