You are probably wondering how on Earth can someone explore a city full of interesting places in only two days. Well, prepare yourself for a „Power Touring Session” in 2 days, in Vienna.
To be honest, the reason why we chose to visit Vienna, was the very low price of the flight tickets. I made a quick research on other blogs, added some places on the list but didn’t had any expectations about this city.
Well, this first impression disappeared right in the moment that we landed in Vienna. We left our bags at the hotel, and took a walk through the area.
I thought, this city has to be amazing, and it really was. Let me show you why.
Before jumping into our 2 days in Vienna itinerary, you should know some interesting facts about the city:
- has been ranked the most livable city in the world for the 10th year in a row.
- famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Joseph Haydn and Johann Strauss have lived here.
- the world’s oldest zoo can be found here.
- is the largest wine-producer of all the cities in the world.
- Schönbrunn Palace
First stop of the day was at the internationally-known Schönbrunn Palace. It is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning. And I’m not saying that just because it happened to be the first place I visited, hehe.
Schönbrunn Palace it’s ranked among the most beautiful baroque buildings in Europe. For sure that’s true, but more impressive at Schonbrunn is the splendid park that extends as far the eye can see. It is so big, that it’s hosting numerous fountains, the Palm House, even the famous Schönbrunn Zoo.
We did not have time to visit the Palace, but enjoyed our walk around the gardens, which are a real work of art. Make sure you take some water with you and try the ice cream. The ice cream is not special, so don`t get your hopes high, but it will help you build up some energy that you will definitely need. Wondering why? The gardens are really big, remember?
Things to know:
- Free entrance to the park
- You can get there by underground or tram
- Check https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/visitor-information/opening-times/ for opening times and tickets
- Famous Schönbrunn Zoo is located here
- Walk through St. Michael’s Square and visit Rathaus
St. Michael’s Square (Michaelerplatz) is at a crossroads between the Hofburg and the Stephansplatz district. Here is the spot where you can see various buildings full of symbolism and impressive architectures.
- Eat Schnitzel at Schweizerhaus
Schnitzel is perhaps the most famous Viennese dish for lunch or dinner. Besides schnitzel, another demanding dish is traditional pork dish, which I heard it’s amazing.
The food was brought really fast, I think in less than 10 minutes and it was absolutely delicious. And the beer was definitely unique due to its „foamy” look.
- Have fun at Prater
After eating a proper schnitzel and having some beers, I’m not sure that the best idea is to turn upside down. That’s why we chose other fun things to while being at Prater: mirror maze, shotguns etc. Oh, as you probably already guessed, Prater is a really big Amusement Park. You have to check it out if you like adrenaline-driven adventures.
- Have some beers at Donaukanal
This might be the highlight of our trip. I totally recommend you to go and have a beer, a juice and some snacks by the Donaukanal. The atmosphere there is incredible, everybody is chilling by the river, listening to music, playing games and dancing.
It’s the perfect spot to end a full day of walking through the city. And try the local beer. I promise, it’s the last time I mention beer in this post.
- Belvedere Palace
According to TripAdvisor, the two Belvedere palaces were built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt <yes, I heard about him… You too, right…?> to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736) – yes, another important person that we all knew about, right? <double wink>
The Belvedere actually consists of 3 Palaces (the Upper Belvedere, the Lower Belvedere and the Winter Palace) which are scattered throughout the city. We decided to check out the only the Upper Belvedere, and only from outside, because the lines for buying tickets were pretty big.
Upper Belvedere is the larger of the two palace with lovely views over the garden towards the lower palace.
Things to know:
- Free entry in the gardens
- Buy online ticket from here.
The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and has become part of Austria’s cultural heritage. Within the house, there are 53 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. And people actually live there. Well, normal people who cannot take a fresh breath of air outside their windows without being watched by hundreds of tourists. Living like movie stars, right?
Since only the exterior can be admired, visiting the house doesn’t take too much. Have seen most of it after 15-20 minutes. But is nice, because directly across from the Haus, is the Hundertwasser Village, where you can find some pretty nice souvenirs.
Worth a quick visit.
- Take a walk in the City Center
Stephansplatz is clearly the heart of the city, here you can feel the pulse of the city. Excellent place to relax, do some shopping or enjoy a coffee. And take some pictures, of course.
- Have a Cornettoccino
If you are a fan of speciality coffee, you shouldn’t miss Fenster Cafe Vienna. We discovered this place by total accident and I am so happy that we found it!! Obviously, we had to drink the most uniquely fun coffee from the menu, the famous: Cornettoccino. A cappuccino in a ice cream cornet, which is sooo yummy, thanks to the chocolate that covers the cornet and slowly melts into the hot coffee.
Things to know:
- Credit Cards only.
- Cornettoccino: 5,50 EUR
Hey, psst, one more tip: get some rest before you spend 2 Days in Vienna and prepare yourself to walk up to 30.000 steps a day.
- Public transport services run from 6 am until midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays the underground service is continued all night.
- A single one direction ticket: 2.4 Euro
- A 24-hour ticket: 8 Euro
- A 72-hour ticket: 17.10 Euro
- Stores are open from 9 am to 6.30 pm
- Tap water is high-quality water from the Alps.
- Check https://www.viennawurstelstand.com/ for all the events happening every week in Vienna.