Vienna tourist routes
Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the cultural and tourist center of Europe. Here you feel easy and natural, walking along the old streets. Vienna has retained an atmosphere of luxury and freedom. When you find yourself among imperial squares and palaces, you cannot feel otherwise.
How to get there?
Dozens of flights from Europe and Asia arrive daily in Vienna. To be in the center, use the following methods:
- Shuttle Journey Overview. It runs every 15 minutes from a stop near the arrival terminal. Travel time takes more than an hour.
- By Railjet train. His terminus is Central City Station. It runs without transfers and stops, so in Vienna you will find yourself in 35 minutes.
- Transfer. This is a convenient way to travel for those who prefer a comfortable environment. The driver will meet with a name plate, help carry the luggage and quickly take to the hotel.
Before arriving in Vienna decide how you will get to the hotel.
Where to stay?
Vienna has 23 districts, each of which has its own name and number. Because of the convenient location, tourists often stop in areas:
- · №1 inner city;
- · №2 Leopoldstadt;
- · №3 Landstrasse;
- · №4 Seen;
- · №5 Mariahilf.
From here to the main attractions of the capital of Austria, St. Stephen’s Cathedral or the Vienna Opera are 10-15 minutes on foot. If you want to live in the center, choose Hotel Austria - Wien (st. Fleischmarkt, 20). The spacious and bright rooms are decorated in a classic style. It has everything you need to relax: a large bathroom, air conditioning, large beds with silk sheets, and soundproofing.
Families with children choose the green Leopoldstadt district. On its territory is located the Prater Park with attractions and bicycle rentals. Book a room at AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna2 (st. Große Schiffgasse 12), where they emphasize respect for the environment. The interiors of the rooms are made in eco-friendly style: the furniture is made from recycled wood and other natural materials.
Landstrasse is considered the most densely populated area. In the center is the Belvedere Palace and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere (st. Rennweg 12) is especially popular with travelers. A laconic and stylish interior in the rooms, a gym, a pool and a spa create a relaxing atmosphere. There is a Finnish sauna and a hammam on site.
The Wieden district attracts those who plan to see not only the capital, but also its surroundings. Here is Vienna Central Station. When choosing where to move in, pay attention to the apartments Dachgeschosswohnung am Hauptbahnhof (st. Wiedner Gürtel 56).
In Mariahilfe is the largest shopping street in Vienna. From 10:00 to 22:00 there are souvenir shops, boutiques, showrooms and entertainment complexes. Exquisit Wien (st. Mariahilfer Straße, 69) will appeal to those who appreciate peace, who love long walks in the center and want to live separately. You can book a house with three rooms or a two-story cottage.
Where to eat lunch?
Gastronomic tours are popular in Vienna. It isn’t surprising, because there are gourmet restaurants, noisy beer bars and famous Viennese coffee houses. Choosing an institution is not an easy task. So that you can quickly find where to go, we have compiled a list of the best places.
Feel the real Vienna can be in the legendary restaurant Rote Bar (Philharmonikerstrasse str., 4). It is located in the Hotel Sacher, next to the Vienna Opera House, where every tourist wants to go. Classic interior with gold-plated devices, live music. All this creates an atmosphere of luxury and prosperity. The menu in the restaurant presents the national dishes of Austrian cuisine: ground beef casserole, potato dumplings with fruit, dumplings and stewed duck with wine.
In Figlmüller (Becker Strasse str., 6) is prepared according to the original recipe and according to culinary traditions. The café has been famous for its Fignlmüller brand schnitzel since 1905. For him choose the best pork, fresh herbs and spices. The diameter of the dish is 30 centimeters. This is enough to eat two adults. If you do not like pork, we recommend that you try chicken blue cordon or veal liver with apples and onion rings.
Griechenbeisl (street Fleishmarkt, 11) is the oldest Viennese pub, which has been operating for over 500 years. Wooden chairs, white cotton tablecloths, brick-colored walls and a chandelier with real candlesticks. At various times the inn was visited by Mozart, Beethoven, Chaliapin and Pavarotti. It serves noodles with cheese, ham and egg slices, bacon (baked chicken), kaiserschmarrn (omelette with raisins) and Sacher cake.
The institution Salm Bräu (St. Rennweg, 8), there are about 150 kinds of beer, berry liqueurs and cider. Most of the drinks are produced in their own brewery. Pear schnapps and “Salm” whiskey are considered Salm Bräu’s trademark. Among the appetizers, you can choose crispy pork ham, shank and salads.
In the XIX century, the Central coffee shop was a favorite place for artists, writers and actors. Since then, little has changed: the desserts are prepared as delicious. Try Austrian pancakes, palachinken, buns with butter cream, cinnamon rolls and poppy seeds.
Where to go?
Vienna became famous for its imperial heritage, magnificent palaces, theaters and concert halls. Most of the city is occupied by museums, conservatories, flowering gardens and green parks. How not to get lost and see everything? Come here for a month, but if you do not have so much time, we suggest using our next route.
Hofburg Castle - State Opera - St. Stephen’s Cathedral
To better know the city, visit the royal residence of the Hofburg, a former medieval fortress. On the tour there is an opportunity to see the President of Austria, as his office is located here. On the territory of the Hofburg is located the Congress Hall, where the Vienna Boys Choir performs. They sing on Sundays at 09:15. Then you can go to the Silver Chamber, the National Library or the Treasury, where jewelry, coins and items of power of the monarchs are kept.
A 10-minute walk from the Hofburg is the State Opera. You need to get on Augustinerstraße and walk to Operngasse street. Every year in February, the Viennese Ball is held within its walls, where ladies and gentlemen dance waltz, polonaise, quadrille and cotillion. During the season, more than 60 theatrical performances and ballet performances are performed at the opera. You can buy tickets for the performance in advance or book an individual excursion and attend the rehearsals of the artists.
Next go to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You need to go to Goldschmidgasse, which gradually turns into Stefansplatz and turn down this street to the left. Landmark is a bookstore Tyrolia Buch-Wien. After 8 minutes you will be at the door of the temple. This is a symbol of Vienna. On its territory is stored many treasures of the Middle Ages. During the tour, visit the sandstone chair, altar and font. Active tourists can climb up to 343 steps and go to the observation deck, which offers a panorama of the entire city.
Museum Quarter - Naschmarkt Vienna Market - Belvedere Palace - Hundertwasser’s House
Early in the morning, go to the Museum Quarter. So you have time for a free representation of street actors. In the former stables of the emperor housed artists' workshops, libraries, a flea market, boutiques of local designers and coffee shops. For example, Corbaci, Leopold or Kantine. There is also the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Vienna Ludwig Foundation and the Architectural Center. Choose what you like most or visit these places at once in one day.
Take a stroll through Mariahilferstraße, turn right on Windmühlgasse, and from there walk to Schtigengasse. These narrow streets lead you to the Vienna Naschmarkt market. Every weekend locals buy groceries here, meet with friends or simply take a break from everyday affairs. You can find the rarest antiques or try street food.
Every 10 minutes from the Kettenbrückengasse stop, buses U4 and №4 run to the Belvedere Palace. This is the former residence of the prince and commander Eugene of Savoy. Now there is the State Art Gallery. The main exhibition consists of the work of Klimt, as well as representatives of impressionism. See the exhibition, walk through the halls of the palace and the Botanical Garden.
Visit the unusual home of Hundertwasser. The S3, Os, S1 and S2 trams run 5 minutes from the architectural complex from the Wien Quartier Belvedere station. They follow up to Wien Mitte. There you need to get out and walk to the building. Total travel time is 25 minutes. The building attracts the attention of tourists because it is painted in bright colors and doesn’t have a clear and regular architectural form: the corners are smooth, the walls are uneven and even convex. However, this is an ordinary residential building in which plants live. It is believed that breathing is especially easy here because of the large amount of oxygen.
City Gardens - Volksgarten and Burggarten - Rathauspark Town Hall Park
Vienna is a green city, where the ecology is carefully monitored. One of the days we recommend to spend, walking along the narrow paths in the reserves or picnicking in the park.
A large number of monuments erected in the City Garden. Locals love this park for its convenient location in the heart and its floral diversity. When you find yourself on the territory, it seems that you are in a dense, but well-kept forest.
In Volksgarten, there is a monument to Sissy, and in Burgarten you can put a bouquet of flowers at the Mozart monument and visit the Palm Pavilion. There live tropical butterflies and birds. Previously, it was the land of the royal family, and now it is open to all parks. They are located 5 minutes walk from each other. Parks are very close, 5 minutes from each other. Previously, it was the land of the royal family, and now have become public.
There is another unique place in Vienna worth visiting. Park Town Hall. Fairs, auctions, holiday parties and concerts are held annually. Tourists can see the great main hall of Vienna and the mayor’s office.
At first, the capital may seem haughty and noisy, but if you slow down for a while, you will feel warmth and hospitality. To see the sights not only in the center, but also outside of Vienna, rent a car for every day. This will allow you to plan your own route and enjoy the trip even more.