Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour

Vienna is the capital city of Austria which has flavors of intellectualism, art, and romanticism.  Vienna has been greatly influenced by famous legends like Sigmund Freud, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Vienna likes in the eastern part of Europe bordering with Czech, Slovakia, and Hungary. Vienna has a high quality of life and living according to many surveys.  Vienna comes second after Melbourne for High Quality of Life.  Vienna houses many international organizations like UN and OPEC.  Feel the great culture, art, music, and history during your Quick Vienna Tour.  Let’s check Things to Do in Quick Vienna, Austria Tour.

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

List of Things to Do in Quick Vienna, Austria Tour –

SCHONBRUNN PALACE – It is an 18th-century summer residence of Habsburgs Royal family.  This Palace consists of many impressive ceremonial rooms with grand frescoes and artistic works.  This palace has 1440 grand rooms all decorated in their own and unique style.  This palace is surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens, maze, and huge open areas.  You can spend few hours in this open areas.  You can go through famous maze formed by bushes and shrubs or you can trek up to the green hill to Gloriette.  Gloriette is a stunning Roman styled arch which overlooks the Palatial grounds and fountains.  The view of Palace with gardens from Gloriette is amazing.  You can also go to famous zoo “Tiergarten” – Oldest Zoo in the world in the Palace area.

Tip – Visit this attraction early or first in the morning to avoid huge crowds later on.  Take a guided audio tour with tickets for the palace to have all details and history of Palace and Vienna.

Schönbrunn Park is free to enter and open all year for visitors. This park has a great collection of fountains, statues, monuments, zoo, flora & fauna, horse carriages, zoo, and maze.

Schönbrunn Palace requires a ticket to enter which you can purchase online from their official site to avoid huge Q’s.  Click here for timings, the price of ticket, map/Location of Schönbrunn Palace.

HOFBURG PALACE – Located in the center of the old city this Palace is a great example of Neo-classical to Baroque architectures.  This 13th century Palace was a royal residence for Habsburg monarchy till 1918 but now it houses the office of President of Austria.  This Palace is also known as Imperial Palace. 

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
Hofburg Palace, Vienna – Austria

Hofburg Palace opens every day from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. which varies according to the season. There is an entrance fee to visit inside. Admire the splendid and magnificent c

ollections of noble royal family.  Check the official website of Hofburg Palace for full details. 

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna-Austria

St. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL – This is an icon of Vienna or it forms the iconic skyline of Vienna.  It was constructed in the 12th century with Gothic Architectures.  From North towers, you can have spectacular views of Vienna.  This cathedral was severely damaged during  World War II and Turkish War, but it was reconstructed later on.  This cathedral has beautiful interiors with beautiful relics decorated in gold and precious stones.  Many famous legends have their final resting place in this cathedral.  You can also attend weekly mass and Easter concerts.  Entry is free but for climbing towers and visiting catacombs, you need to pay a nominal amount of 6$ per person. 

AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT BUILDING – This is not the only center of political activity of Austria but a beautiful historic building with noble architecture which is following Greek and Roman styles. The state of Pallas Athnene in front of it is an eye catcher and wonderful piece of sculpture.  You can visit inside and take impressions of how politicians work actually. Go through their official guided tours and check their timings by clicking here.

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
Parliament of Austria

The UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA – Public University of Vienna, Austria is one of the oldest University in German-speaking area.  It is one of the largest University of Europe and famous for Humanities Faculty. 15 Nobel prize winners have been associated with this University. 

BELVEDERE PALACE – This 18th-century place is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. It is divided into two parts –

The Upper Belvedere

The Lower Belvedere

Go for the lovely views of whole Vienna city from Upper Belvedere. 

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
View of Vienna

 There are many things to do in Vienna Tour for which you really need a couple of days more to spend here.  Be it a classic music opera compositions by Vienna’s Mozart or passing through magnificent.  Grab Vienna’s famous creamy and frothy coffee which is not to be missed.  Vienna has vibrant and colorful Coffee culture. 

 HOW TO REACH VIENNA

Vienna is International Airport of Austria. 

Vienna is very well connected to Euro Rail network and therefore can be reached through major cities of Europe.  

COMMUTING IN VIENNA – Metro and Public transport is cost effective and time efficient mode of transport. 

WHERE TO STAY IN VIENNA Stay near Vienna Main Railway station or at famous shopping street of Vienna – “Kaerntnerstrasse”.  This lively shopping street starts from State Opera House to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and also located in heart of Vienna.  

Things to Do in Quick Vienna – Austria Tour
Shopping and Historic street of Vienna

DAY TRIPS OR SIDE TRIPS FROM VIENNA – 

Go for Day trip or overnight stay to Salzburg – City of Music and beautiful countryside surrounded by the Austrian Alps. 

As Vienna is on the border to Prague (Czech Republic) Hungary(Budapest) you can go for side trips or long weekend trips to these places.  Generally people include Austria, Prague (Czech Republic) and Budapest in their Eastern Europe Tour.  I did Austria and Prague during East Europe Tour.  Read this for what to do in Historical Prague.

Till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………

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36 Comments

  1. I have been to Vienna and I agree with you in considering the Schonbrunn Palace and the belvedere as two main city’s attractions. I truly loved the Albertina, the Leopold Museum and most of all the Art history museum. As an art lover, Vienna is an amazing destination!

  2. Vienna has so much history, beautiful place and really enjoyed my time there! Didn’t so inside the St. Stephens Cathedral though, looks fantastic. Would love to go back to Austria and see the suburbs next time!

  3. The Schönbrunn Palace sounds amazing and I’d totally love to visit. Taking your advise and will buy the ticket online cause I do hate queues. And will sooooo go first thing in the morning so avoid the crowds. I also do love baroque architecture and so will totally check out the Belvedere Palace.

  4. Vienna a beautiful city with beautiful people. A real gem in Europe to visit. I ha e visited this city and you brought back memories. The imperial palace I love and the history and culture so much to offer. A great city with great visuals you ha e presented. Thanks for sharing. City of the masters of music.

  5. Vienna is high up on my list for the next time we get a chance to go on a European weekend break. All the architecture looks fabulous! In particular St Stephen’s Cathedral looks stunning.

  6. I think the first thing I would see in Vienna would be St. Stephen’s Cathedral – I have seen so many stunning photos and I would love to see it in person! Incredible architecutre. I think it would be hard to see everything in this magnificent city in such a short time!

  7. Great tips for an introductory Vienna visit! I wish I would’ve known about the great views from the Belvedere Palace – I was actually just looking through my photos from Vienna the other day and realized I didn’t have a single one from overhead. I would also recommend the sound museum as another tourist attraction – it’s an interactive museum and is one of my favorite museums in the world!

  8. Such a nice post! I was in Vienna last summer and visited most of these places. I didn’t get inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral though, such a pity! Would love to go back this city and visit more museums.

  9. I’ve romanticised this city so much and I dream of visiting it some day. The architecture has my heart. I could spend days wandering the streets of Vienna. Then there is coffee and sacher torte, of course.

  10. We only had one day in Vienna and somehow managed to cover pretty much all of this! Just wish we had more time because it’s such a beautiful city! We will definitely stop for longer next time!

    1. Yes Vienna is very close to Salzburg and Innsbruck and I did the other way round. From Vienna to Salzburg – Innsbruck.

  11. Somehow I’ve never considered Vienna. For me, the main place I plan to visit in Austria is Salzburg.
    Looking at your post, Vienna sounds interesting too. Hofburg Palace and St.Stephan Cathedral look fascinating.
    May be stay in Salzburg and visit Vienna on a day trip?

    1. Vienna is 5 hours away from Salzburg and have many monuments and palaces.. so for me do a overnight stay in Vienna. But actually as you are historic and architecture lover, VIENNA is place meant for you ….

  12. You have put a great list of things to do in this magical city. For me St. Stephen’s Cathedral looks amazing especially for the photography. I love exploring cities with so much history, I have not been to this side of the world yet, but I will one day.

  13. I just love Vienna and it just has so much to do there. I went for a weekend but I didn’t find it longer enough to explore, I never had a chance to go to St. Stephens Cathedral but it is on the list for next time. That is a cool fact about 15 Nobel prize winners have been associated with this University.

  14. Your photos are stunning!! I have never been, but it looks beautiful by teh photos you have shared! what a fun tour to see all the popular stops! I would love to go someday!

  15. Great post! When I was in Vienna I really loved and enjoyed it. My favorite place was the Schönbrunn Palace and as you mentioned it can get really crowded, but early in the morning it was perfect!

  16. Went to Europe in April and we did have Vienna on our list and then realised we had too many places ot go in too short a time so we picked Vienna as the one ot cancle. Now I regret it after looking at your stunning photos! mmm….. guess I’ll just have to go back!

  17. Great post for those who want to hit the highlights of Vienna on a quick visit. I love the architecture of Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palace and of course St Stephen’s Cathedral is stunning, it’s the one thing I remember most clearly from a brief visit many decades ago. I also love the view from Upper Belvedere!

  18. I was preempting the places you would’ve recommended before reading through your post and I am happy to see that your suggestions match everything I would’ve also listed in a quick Vienna Austria tour! Schonbrunn Palace, St Stephens Cathedral, Belvedere Palace and Hofburg Palace are the top four places I would have also recommended to someone with limited time in the city.

  19. I love Vienna and had a marvellous time when we went there. I most enjoyed Belvedere, just because the grounds and gardens are so spectacular. Schonbrunn was nice, but too busy and touristy for me. Still it was nice to see. A great little guide to the city!

  20. I haven’t been to Vienna so this post was very informative for me. Your tips about day-trips and where to stay will come in very handy. Definitely on my bucket-list.

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