Vienna

Home to Mozart, apple strudels and bustling designer shopping districts, Vienna is an ideal stop for any trip around Europe.
Whilst it may not be the cheapest place to visit, Vienna has many reasonably priced attractions to choose from during a short stay. In this article we give you seven of the best activities to do whilst you are there!
Karlskirche

A stones throw away from Karlsplatz U-Bahn station is the majestic Karlskirche. The church with its baroque interior, has an internal elevator that can take you to the top of its vast frescoed dome giving you impressive views looking down into the church – If you are afraid of heights this probably isn’t for you.

Entrance to the church costs around €8 each and this will cover your elevator to the top.

St Stephen’s Cathedral

As one of the city’s central focal points, St Stephen’s Cathedral is a hub for tourism. Once you have squeezed passed the hoards of tourists outside the main entrance, the church has an impressive interior with gothic and renaissance architecture.

One of the more notable elements to the church is its coloured ceramic tiled roof, rebuilt after the Second World War, the roof is a representation of the Austrian Flag and designed with the help of Vienna residents.

Best View – Our advice is to pay to climb the elevator lift to the top of one of the church’s towers, the views from the top are not to be missed.

Place To Eat – La Stella Bianca

Just across the road from the Vienna Opera House, La Stella Bianca is an ideal place for a quick Italian snack on your tour around the City. We recommend trying the focaccia with a salami, tomato, and cheese filling as you take in the surroundings.

Schonbrunn Palace

A short journey from the city centre in the western suburbs is the former summer home of the Habsburg Family. Schronbrunn is a stark reminder of the influence this monarchy once had from the 16thto the early 20th century in Central Europe.

The palace contains gardens open to the public which contain baroque statues, water features and many mazes to get lost in. Please note that some of the gardens in the palace are now charging to enter, so be prepared to pay a little bit more if you want to see everything. Tours of the palace itself start from €14 each.

Natural History Museum

A great place for the family, the Natural History Museum is packed with activities for children and adults alike. From animatronic dinosaurs to space exploration, the museum has something for everyone.

Our personal favourite section was the ‘Morphing Station’ where an image is taken of your face and is changed to a prehistoric man or woman – you can even email this to yourself. Some of the activities in the museum do cost extra, e.g. Planetarium, so be prepared to pay more to see everything.

Hundertwasser House

Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the expressionist urban art similar to Gaudi’s work in Barcelona, is a distinct change to the surrounding neighbourhood. Now being taken over by nature, the artwork of brightly coloured flats divided by bendy lines pull in tourists from across the city.

Once you have taken your photos of this building, pop into the Hundertwasser Village, filled with gift shops so you can get your hands on some Hundertwasser memorabilia.

Vienna Fairground (Prater Park)

If you want to spend an afternoon away from the museums and shops then Prater Park is an ideal place to have some fun. Home to the world famous Giant Viennese Ferris Wheel, you could spend a day here trying out all of its attractions. We tried out one of the many funhouses, and ended up getting lost. Entrance to the park is free and you pay for each individual attraction.

When You Are Finished…

Remember once you have been to where you want to go to in Vienna, nearby cities such as Bratislava and Budapest are only a short distance by train or by cruise along the Danube and well worth a visit on your European journey. See our Bratislava guide here.

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