The Top Places in Vienna You Must See in Two DaysRuss Bily
What is your strategy for discovering the best places in Vienna for your family?
If you first time in this city, you need to address this question sooner, rather than later. In this blog post, I will show you all major information about Vienna and what you must see in two days.
Austria is one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crimes are extremely rare and should not concern the average tourist but like everywhere else beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Safety Austria has an image of being very orderly and this extends to its people. Austrians are usually quite reserved and formal, softly spoken and polite. Along with this, they are often socially conservative, law-abiding, Catholic at heart, though not necessarily church-going, a great emphasis is placed on family values and tradition.
By comparison with their neighbors Austrians are usually a little less cosmopolitan. The Austrian sense of humor tends towards dry and a little sarcastic.
Vienna is a sprawling city so you will find yourself taking advantage of the public transport system in order to cover all the city highlights. Portions of the city are best seen on foot but from point to point you can take advantage of Vienna’s extensive metro, tram and bus systems A brief overview of the city can be achieved in one day but ideally we suggest two days to cover it extensively and three days for those who travel at a slower pace.
Vienna is a grand city rich in culture with palaces, parks, churches, and museums overflowing throughout the city. Vienna has a traditional ambiance that outsiders associate with European culture. The Old Town center is the tourist hubs so you will find yourself dodging tourists in and around the St. Stephens Square but outside this area exists a vibrant business capital so expect a busy city feel as well. In order to cover all the highlights we definitely recommend taking advantage of the half-day city tour that you can book through BestTrips.
Major credit are widely accepted though some small restaurants may only accept cash. Banks are open from 8.00 to 12.30 am and from 1.30 to 3.00 pm Monday to Friday, except Thursday when they close at 5.30 pm. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, but exchange offices at airport and city rail terminals are open seven days a week. ATMs are widespread and as long as your bank back home doesn’t charge you a huge fee for foreign withdrawals the rate you’ll get taking cash out of a machine is likely better than you’ll get changing money.
Best Trips tip: withdraw a non-round amount of Euros, such as 190, instead of 200, so you’ll have some small bills.
When you put your card in you will be given a choice of languages, including English. When paying by card (or using it in an ATM) you may be offered the choice of having the conversion handled for you by the local bank. Decline this option as the rate is usually several percent worse than you would get from your own bank.
Money In restaurants and bars, the service fee is not included in the total bill. The waiters/waitress will expect around 5-10% tips. Even if paying by card, the tip is appreciated in cash.
For others – almost in general – you can give 10% tips to taxi drivers. Doormen or bellboys may expect about €1 – €2. Porters may expect more than €3, especially if your luggage was heavy!
For transfers, guided tours and other services arranged by us, the drivers and guides do appreciate a tip for a job well done. For airport/train/bus station transfers the equivalent of 3-5 dollars total is appropriate.
For long distance private transfers we suggest $10 per person would be fitting. With tour guides, a smaller tip of the equivalent of $10-20 from the group depending on your level of satisfaction would be nice.
Best Trips tip: Tailored Transportation Platform for Your Enjoyable Travel Around Europe www.besttrips.eu
Language Basics: Guten Tag – Good Day, Hallo – Hello, Danke or Danke schön – Thank you, Thank you very much, Ja – Yes, Nein – No.
Without getting into too much detail we have provided a listing of sights and monuments that should not be missed during your stay. We believe a lot of the fun of traveling comes from exploring the city streets and alleyways on your own so we have provided a little guidance to get you started. Ok lets see what Top Places in Vienna You Must See in Two Days
Main square of Vienna
Full of life with cafes and shops lining side streets, and of course Stephansom (St Stephen’s Cathedral). Address: Stephansplatz, Vienna Stephansplatz The most important religious building in Austria, the Roman Catholic St Stephens Cathedral (Stephansdom) was built on the ruins of two earlier churches and is, with its multi-coloured tile roof, one of the city’s most recognizable symbols. This centerpiece of Vienna dates back to the 12th century. One does not want to miss a visit inside this impressive structure and it is well worth the climb up 343 stairs to the south tower or take an elevator to the north tower to enjoy views over Vienna. Tickets with guide 5 Euros Address: Stephansplatz, Vienna Web: http://www.stephansdom.at
St Stephen’s Cathedral
This renaissance building is a staple of the Vienna cityscape, try to catch a show. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far you can still take a look inside. A combined ticket for the opera tour and opera museum is just 7.50 Euros and is available 2-4 times a day most days but with some exclusions, check the ‘Opera House’ section of the website first. You can also check for opera performances and buy tickets direct from the State Opera website, with a neat seat choosing function. Address: Opernring 2, Vienna, 1010 Web: http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/.
The largest food market in Vienna where Viennese tradition and the rest of the world’s cuisines meet. Vienna’s beating foodie heart resides right here. Whether you’re after ingredients, spices, delicatessen or just a bit of streetfood, Monday to Saturday Naschmarkt is foodie paradise. In the evenings the food stalls may be closed but the many eateries stay open. Address: Wienzeile, Vienna, 1060 Web: http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/markets/naschmarkt
Naschmarkt Baroque church
Built in Baroque Rococo style under the orders of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and completed in 1739. Entrance is 6 Euros. Address: Karlsplatz, Vienna, 1040 Web: http://www.karlskirche.at
Karlskirche Imperial Court Theater
that is now home to the Austrian National Theater. If there’s nothing to your liking on the relatively inexpensive program (unlikely unless your German is particularly good) then you could always take a guided tour, available most afternoons, for just 5.50 Euros. More info at the link. Address: Universitätsring 2, Vienna, 1010 Web: http://www.burgtheater.at/Content.Node2/home/eninfo/English_Information.at.php
Time it right and you could see butterflies just a couple hundred yards away from seeing Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The Imperial Butterfly House is housed within a stunning palm house, built during the Art Nouveau period of the early 20th century and is part of the Hofburg Palace. Entrance is 6 Euros. Address: Schmetterlinghaus Palmenhaus, Burggarten Hofburg, Vienna, 1010 Web: http://www.schmetterlinghaus.at/en/
Schmetterlinghaus (Imperial Butterfly House)
The largest green area in Vienna dominated by the giant ferries wheel that you may remember from the Orson Welles classic film, The Third Man, shot in Vienna in 1948. Address: Riesenradplatz, Prater, Vienna, 1020 Web: http://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/prater
Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel
The former summer residence of Empress Sisi is an essential visit. Located outside the center, the palace and its opulent grounds capture the grandness of Vienna. Enjoy this baroque complex complete with a park, zoo, labyrinth, fountains and splendid furnishings. Ticket for the Grand Tour with audio guide is14.50 Euros and can be bought online in advance for a predefined entry time, a good idea at busy times of the year. Address: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47, Vienna, 1130 Web: http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html
The imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty dating back to the 13th century sits on the famous Ring Strasse. Explore a prime example of Vienna’s former glory made up of museums, cafes, squares, and parks combining the best of history, arts and delights. Guided tours of the Empress Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments, with audio guide, costs 13.50 Euros Address: Innerer Burghof, Vienna, 1010 Web: http://www.hofburg-wien.at/en.html
Spanish Riding School
The Golden Hall of the Musikverein is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world but it’s not the only auditorium in this impressive venue, inaugurated in 1970, that sits behind the Hotel Imperial close to the Ringstrasse. Here the Vienna Philharmonic plays to capacity crowds of over 1,700. There are five smaller halls, named in decreasing order of size the Johannes Brahms, Glass, Metal, Stone and Wooden Hall, respectively. Tickets can be purchased directly through the venue’s website. Guided tours are offered, usually at 1 pm and 1:45 pm, Monday to Saturday, for 6.50 Euros per person. Places can be reserved up to a week in advance, again directly through the venue’s website: https://www.musikverein.at/fuehrungen/fuehrungen.php?lang=en Address: Musikvereinsplatz 1, Vienna, 1010 Tel: [email protected] Web: https://www.musikverein.at/?lang=en
A signature Vienna experience is attending a mass at the Imperial Chapel, where the Vienna Boys Choir sings every Sunday. The link here will take you to the official ticket sales site. Tickets cost from 9 to 35 Euros. The choir also participates in other performances from time to time, notably performances of Mozart’s Magic Flute at both the Vienna State Opera House or the Vienna Volksoper. Address: Hofburgkapelle, Hofburg, Schweizerhof, Vienna, 1010 Web: https://www.culturall.com/ticket/hmk/performance_schedule.mc?language=2
Vienna Boys Choir Museums
Former baroque court stables now made up of 20 museums, and art projects. Address: Museumsplatz 1/5, Vienna, 1070 Web: http://www.mqw.at/en/ MuseumsQuartier One of largest graphic art collections in the world from some of the old masters. Entry approx. 12 Euros. Address: Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna, 1010 Web: http://www.albertina.at/en
Albertina Museum Restaurants
Price level: $$$ This is the flagship of the Figlmuller restaurants (there’s one more on Backerstrase and a spin-off ‘Figl’s’ on Grinzinger Straße. As Viennese as the Boy’s Choir and the Spanish Riding School, a perfect Wiener Schnitzel is a thing of beauty and served to you by tux-wearing waiters no less. Address: Wollzeile 5, Vienna, 1010 Tel: +43 1 512 61 77 Web: http://www.figlmueller.at
Figlmüller Besides schnitzels
Synonymous with Vienna itself there’s another dish you’ll probably want to try when in the Austrian capital: Tafelspitz. This simple and hearty dish of boiled beef in a broth is the specialty at world-famous Plachutta. They take their tafelspitz seriously here! 2 other locations in Vienna. Address: Wollzeile 38, Vienna, 1010 Tel: +42 1 512 15 77 Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.plachutta.at/en/
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