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Vacation to Vienna - travel guide & tips for your city trip

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The Austrian capital is always worth a trip - whether for sightseeing, a piece of Sacher cake and a melange, or an eighth of wine at a Heurigen, there is a lot to explore during a holiday in Vienna. Romance and the alternative scene, shopping, culture and art: all this is Vienna. The Austrian capital inspires with its almost small-town charm and is at the same time an important metropolis . How does that go together? You should find out for yourself. Pack the most beautiful clothes, book the right short trip and set off on a city trip to Vienna. Here you will find all the highlights, from the Prater to the Hofburg . So that you don't forget anything, we have put together the perfect packing list for your city trip .

5 reasons for a trip to Vienna

1. Sachertorte, schnitzel & coffee

During your city trip to Vienna you should try the Sachertorte in a real coffee house and a Viennese pub pay a visit to . The traditional restaurants offer typical Viennese specialties in a cosy, casual ambience. schnitzel, goulash and pastries here, for example with an Ottakringer beer You can enjoy . These are the most famous pubs in Vienna:

1. Steman, Otto-Bauer-Gasse, 6. Bezirk

2. Gasthaus Wild, Radetzkyplatz, 3rd district

3. Ubl at the Naschmarkt, 4th district

4. Petz im Gußhaus, Gußhausstrasse, 4th district

Our pirate tip: In the early evening hours, it's worth going to the 18th floor of the Sofitel . From the Skybar you have a fantastic view over the city and enjoy delicious cocktails. Incidentally, the Skybar is also an ideal place to start your nightlife.

2. Viennese coziness

Vienna welcomes you with a very special atmosphere that cannot be compared to any other city. In Vienna , the clocks just tick a bit slower , hectic or stress is rarely encountered here. Even if Vienna is the capital of Austria and has almost 2 million inhabitants - you hardly notice anything here. It is the small-town feeling that makes the streets of Vienna so charming and immediately warms you up. One constantly feels as if one were strolling through classic streets of the 18th century .

The many parks, extensive palace complexes and green spaces around the Danube make Vienna a small oasis of relaxation . Here you can just let yourself drift, enjoy the sun and try all kinds of Viennese delicacies - in peace and quiet!

3. New Year's Eve in Vienna

Nothing says class like New Year's Eve in Vienna! Those who don't feel like crowded city centers and overcrowded New Year's Eve parties in stuffy clubs are in good hands in Vienna. New Year's Eve becomes a highly cultural event here : Numerous New Year's Eve balls and classic New Year's Eve galas in the most beautiful locations in the city invite you to extravagant celebrations . Waltz dancing lessons are even offered on the New Year's Trail in the city centre . Of course you will also find the typical Viennese delicacies here, which really sweeten the start of the new year. Incidentally, the largest and most beautiful fireworks display takes place at Vienna's Prater.

4. Viennese Classic & Theater

Hardly any other European city has as much culture to offer as Vienna. The famous Viennese Classicism has left its mark everywhere in the city, and the classical arts are celebrated throughout the city. There is, for example, the famous Vienna Opera Ball , which attracts top-class guests from all over the world. Every evening of the week there are classical concerts, operas, operettas, theater and musicals in Vienna. Altogether there are more than 15,000 events per year in Vienna. The Viennese concert cafés, church concerts or the classical concerts in Schönbrunn Palace are also highly recommended. Mozart's heart would have opened up!

5. Shopping in Wien

There are two major shopping areas in Vienna. In the inner city you will find the flagship stores of big designers on the central Kärntner Straße and in the surrounding streets, but also exclusive boutiques and international fashion chains . If you are looking for cheap fashion, you will find it on Mariahilfer Straße in the 7th district. Numerous branches of well-known chains have settled here. Just around the corner, things get more individual in the 7th district : Neubaugasse is famous for its special selection of clothing and accessories of all kinds and is considered the top address for unusual vintage fashion , knitwear, children's clothing, as well as hat and shoe shops with exclusive creations.

Before we start: Travel tips for your stay in Vienna

Vienna in a nutshell

The capital of Austria is located in the east of the country directly on the Danube, surrounded by the Danube floodplains and the Vienna Woods . The city on the Danube has around 1.8 million inhabitants, plus more than 5 million visitors every year. Viennese charm, coffee house culture, the Imperial Palace and Schönbrunn show one side of the city - the stately side, which you can feel on every corner, especially in the inner city, the 1st district: in the architecture with its magnificent buildings from the Imperial era , in the coffee houses and around the Hofburg with the Imperial Riding School. However, Vienna shows many other faces: the pleasurable one at the Prater, the relaxed one in the parks and gardens, the cultural one in an exciting museum landscape and last but not least the consumer-friendly one in the countless shops and boutiques.

In Austria you can easily with euros . pay

You don't need a socket adapter , in Austria you can use the same plugs as in Germany.

Thanks to EU roaming , you can also call up mobile data with your mobile phone in the neighboring country.

The best way to get to Vienna

Of course, Vienna has an international airport that is very well connected to the city. There are several flights a day to Vienna Airport from all major airports. You can reach Vienna by plane from all departure airports in Germany in a maximum of two hours. Vienna-Schwechat Airport is around 20 kilometers outside of the city.

Of course you can also get in the car and explore Vienna with your own vehicle. Vienna is located on several motorways, from Germany you usually via Bavaria and the Austrian A1 . drive to the capital

If you live in the south of Germany, however, it is probably more worthwhile to take a train with Deutsche Bahn or the Austrian ÖBB . This way you can save time, money and emissions.

If you are a bit more adventurous, you can also with the ÖBB Nightjet jet to Vienna overnight , for example from Berlin . A ride on the Sleep Express sounds like fun, doesn't it?

How to get from Vienna Airport to the city?

1. Bahn & Bus

There are several ways to get from Vienna Airport (Vienna International Airport) to the center of Vienna. The cheapest is the normal express train S7 , followed by the airport bus and the City Airport Train.

Prices at a glance:

S-Bahn line S7: €4.30 for 2 zones

Airport bus: €8

City Airport Train: 11 €

2. Vienna Pass

With the Vienna Pass you not only get free access to 60 popular attractions, museums and sights in Vienna, you can also buy a season ticket for Vienna public transport with the Travel Card. The Vienna public transport network can be used without restriction - and of course this starts at the airport. Incidentally, the Vienna Pass also allows unlimited use of the Hop On Hop Off sightseeing buses in Vienna.

City trip Vienna - but for how long?

Weekend trip or seven-day tour - you decide how much time you plan for your program. The most important sights can easily be discovered in a weekend. The inner city, where most of the highlights are located, can be conquered comfortably on foot in one day and you can easily stop off at one or the other. Even on a weekend you still have time for other activities such as Schönbrunn Palace, Wurstlprater and Riesenrad, Hundertwasserhaus and Museumsquartier. Vienna has an excellent network of public transport, so you can get from A to B comfortably.

Are you planning more time? Then you should also pay a visit to the surroundings of Vienna: hiking in the Vienna Woods or enjoying the view from the Kahlenberg might be on the agenda. In the outskirts you can visit the mighty Neugebäude Palace or go underground on a city tour in the footsteps of the cult film "The Third Man".

When is the best time to travel to Vienna for a city trip?

Vienna has just as much charm in winter as it does in midsummer. In snowy Vienna, ice rinks invite you to go ice skating and you can meet up for a glass of mulled wine in the Museum Quarter. When nature awakens in spring, Schönbrunn Palace Park shows itself in all its splendour. In summer life takes place on the streets. But then crowds of tourists from all over the world visit the city. Many shops are closed for weeks in July and August, restaurants are on vacation and overall there are fewer Viennese in the city. In autumn it is less turbulent and the weather often plays along, so that you can discover the city in peace and enjoy the last rays of sunshine in the Prater meadows.

Packing list for a city trip to Vienna

Space in the suitcase for the shopping loot!

Comfortable shoes! (Vienna is great to explore on foot)

Charging cable for the smartphone

sunglasses (regardless of the season)

Credit card

Bathing suit (the Danube is suitable for bathing in some places)

Photo camera/Camera

Evening wear (Vienna is great for going out, e.g. to a classical concert)

Getting around in Vienna - this is how you discover the city

1. Tram

With the Vienna tram you can get to all important hotspots and sights super comfortably and super fast. A single ticket costs €2.40, a 24-hour ticket €8.00 . Reduced rates are available for students, pupils and senior citizens. With the Vienna Ring Tram you can pass many of the city's highlights and get off comfortably - almost like a hop-on hop-off bus.

2. By bike

Cycling is part of the program in Vienna. The cycle paths are well developed and when the weather is nice it's just a lot of fun to cycle through the green areas and classic streets. From €4.00 per hour you can rent bicycles and e-bikes at the hotel or hostel . But there are also numerous bike sharing providers without fixed rental points, the bikes are all over the city and you can easily borrow and return them via app .

3. On foot

Let's be honest - a beautiful city like Vienna is still best explored on foot . Soak up the atmosphere of this extraordinary city by exploring the quaint streets on foot and strolling along the Danube in peace and quiet in the sun . The Viennese love it dignified and cozy - so why rush? Take the time to let Vienna affect you!

Lodging and hotels in Vienna

In general, Vienna is a city that offers moderate accommodation prices. in the capital and in the Of course it is always a bit more expensive center of Vienna than in the rest of the country or in the outskirts - but you don't have to reckon with juicy overnight prices like in New York. Accommodation is cheapest in the off-season between November and March. Hotel Christmas and New Year's Eve. prices also go up again around

With a bit of luck, you can also snag a good hotel bargain from time to time in our deals, just check back regularly or subscribe to our newsletter. Incidentally, there are also fabulous wellness hotels in Austria - combine a Vienna city trip with a well-deserved break.

City etiquette: typically Vienna!

The Viennese are very polite and you could compare them to the British when it comes to politeness. A Viennese would never tell you that he doesn't feel like doing something, but rather something like "Look, let's see". Even if he thinks you can have a coffee together sometime, that doesn't necessarily mean that he really wants to. Often he is simply not very interested in meeting up, but doesn't want to cancel immediately for the sake of politeness.

Also, Austrians don't like it when Germans try to pronounce their typically Austrian words . So when it comes to Topfengolatsche, Ohrkatzerl & Co., it’s better to stick to words that you really know.

It is also wrong to assume that all Viennese automatically prepare a world champion schnitzel and can also dance the waltz. They can't necessarily do this automatically - cooking and dancing also need to be learned ! Nonetheless, when it comes to partying and partying, nobody is quick to fool the Viennese. Have fun!


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