Vienna is one of the most perfect city breaks, it’s a compact city with all the main sites not located too far from one another – no tram, bus or metro pass needed! We spend four days in this beautiful town and we thought that we would give you a helping hand and share our day to day itinerary with you.
We arrived in Vienna around midday and couldn’t wait to see the Schloss Schönbrunn (the Schönbrunn Palace open till 5:30). We purchased a half palace pass (which is still a huge chunk of this 1441 room giant) and walked around the palace taking in the stunning, beautifully preserved baroque interiors. Don’t forget to leave enough time for the gardens spanning up to the Gloriette, statues, orangery, maze and the oldest zoo in the world!
After this we headed back into the centre where we were staying at Radisson Blu Style Hotel, Wien right next to the Hofburg, perfect location and dream of a hotel!
We decided to eat close to home and headed to Mediterran Schubert, a great little underground restaurant with a warm feel and amazing food!
We stamped out our first full day for the highlight of our trip; The Spanish Riding School. We had a leisurely breakfast and headed down to the Hofburg just before 11:00am for the performance of a life time. The show lasts around 70 minutes and then we took the tour straight afterwards which was around one hour. We cannot recommend the tour enough! You learn the history of the riding school and get to see the white beauties up close and personal.
Now, we had been in Vienna for 24 hours by this point and we still hadn’t been for afternoon (or pretty much any time of the day) tea. We headed straight to Cafe Central which is just around the corner from the Hofburg for cake and it quickly became our favourite eating spot of the trip!
Next it was time to walk off that cake (slowly) and see some of the beautiful architecture that Vienna holds. We created our own little Sister Sister Travels walking tour and heading to all these sights;
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral – 343 steps to the top for a view
- Plague Column
- St. Peter’s Church
- The Imperial Palace
- Vienna State Opera House
- Parliament building
- Rathaus (New City Hall)
It was a chunky tour and we were in need of a chunky dinner. Where better to head than the best and biggest schnitzel hot spot in town; Figlmueller.
We decided to head out of town a little to the Riesenrad, a world-famous Ferris wheel with views over the whole city. You reach 65 meters high at the top of this wooden beauty and it could be the best view in town.
As we were out of town we decided to walk back into town via some of the other sites we had on our hit list. Next stop was the controversial Hundertwasserhaus where we also stopped to have a drink in the quirky complex across the road (have you decided if your Team Camilla or Team Natalie yet?!)
We then wondered through Stadtpark which is a small but beautiful place to stop covered with statues of famous musicians and then headed up to St. Charles Church. This is a beautiful and grand Church where you can walk to the top of the dome to take a closer look at the delicate paintings. It’s not for the faint hearted, the scaffolding which takes you up there is as shaky as a granny on a washing machine but the paintings are worth the near-death experience trust us.
Now, you could go to Vienna without trying Sacher-Torte from its (heavily debated and even taken to court but…) home Café Sacher which is also next to the Albertina, a gallery which holds some absolute masterpieces.
Again, after another day on our feet we decided to head to a little restaurant which boast the best Goulash in Vienna; Zur Esiernen Ziet and we were not disappointed!
On our final day, we couldn’t bare leaving without seeing Belvedere Schloss the home of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. We rose very early and were the first waiting outside the Palace when the doors opened which meant we had The Kiss to ourselves. We wandered around the Palace and the gardens and then headed back into the centre for one more Cafe Central before it was time to head back to the airport.
Things you could also visit
- Naschmarkt and Brunnenmarkt – Viennas largest open-air food/flea markets.
- MuseumsQuartier – A complex featuring several smaller museums focused on more contemporary art, as well as performance space and a few cafes.
- Vienna State Opera House – Book in for a performance in the home of opera
Vienna is an amazing place to visit, its hold so much art, history and beauty that you will be entertained and in aw for days. We cannot recommend it enough for a magical weekend break!