Planning to Visit Vienna? Here’s Your Travel Guide.
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Vienna, Austria

Literally meaning “Wine,” Vienna is home to over 1,700 acres of vineyards. And with Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Straus and Brahms having called Vienna home, it’s no wonder it’s been called the City of Music. Sigmund Freud also spent most of his life here, making Vienna the birthplace of psychotherapy. This city is also the birthplace of Pez and snow globes. Let’s visit Vienna!

Visiting Vienna? Explore the Palaces!

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Schonbrunn Palace, Gardens, and The World’s First Zoo

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning example of Baroque magnificence. The 1,441 room palace was built in 1548 complete with the beautiful gardens filled with fountains, sculptures, and even the world’s first Zoo. One can easily spend a day walking around the sprawling Schonbrunn grounds.


Hofburg Palace

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Located in the city center, this 13-century imperial palace has been a royal home for centuries. During the Habsburg Dynasty, Hofburg served as a winter residence, while Schonbrunn Palace (3 miles away) served as the summer home.


Belvedere Palace

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Completed in 1723, this historic building complex consists of not one, but two palaces. Located south of the city center, the palaces are currently home to the world’s largest collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt.

Visiting Vienna? Admire the Architecture!

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Rathaus

Dating back to 1872, this city hall is located in the Innere Stadt district in central Vienna. The Neo-Gothic building is home to 2000 employees and is worth a visit during the day, or at night when it’s all lit up. Don’t miss the “Wehrmann in Eisen” located outside the Rathaus at the corner of Rathausstrasse and Felderstrasse. This a giant armored knight covered in nails was used as a patriotic fundraiser to support the Austrian widows of WWI.


Soviet War Memorial

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Also known as Heroes’ Monument of the Red Army, this memorial was built to commemorate the 17,000 soviet soldiers who lost their lives in WWII. Located in district 3, the marble and bronze structure includes a 39-foot column with a Russian soldier standing on top.

Visiting Vienna: Have An Adventure!

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Prater

This large public recreational and amusement park located east of the city center dates back to 1766. Full of roller coasters, carousels, and the famous giant ferris wheel, take a walk around this charming park for free or have fun on the attractions for about $10 per ride.


Wachau Valley

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If you have time for a day trip, we highly recommend taking a bicycle wine tour through the Wachau Valley. Get plenty of exercise enjoy beautiful vineyards, the Danube River, and the charming town of Durnstein. For more details from our amazing day, check this out.

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Getting to Vienna

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TRAIN

Trains throughout Europe are a great option. You’ll avoid lines at the airport, enjoy beautiful scenery, and they can be very comfortable. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling through Europe make sure you look into the Rail Europe pass. Fares & Schedules


FLY

If planned in advance you can find reasonable, direct flights to Vienna from neighboring cities like London for $37, Pisa for $28, Paris for $34, and Berlin for $38 with our favorite flight search site, Skyscanner.

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BUS

Buses are not our favorite mode of travel… The seats are generally cramped, the ride is bumpy, and departure/arrival times can be unpredictable. This said, bus travel is generally the least expensive; in particular the route from Prague is only $19 and takes 4 hours.

Vienna Airport to City Center

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Train *Recommended*

Choose between the S-Bahn S7 line for $5 and 26 minutes, the non-stop CAT (city airport train) for $13 and 16 minutes, and the ICE (Intercityexpress) that also takes 26 minutes for $4.5.


Bus

For roughly $9, take a 25-35 minute bus ride into the city center.

Taxi

For $45 and 25 minutes, we do not recommend taking a taxi into Vienna.

Getting around in Vienna

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Uber

Uber is readily available in Vienna, including to and from the airport. Get to the city center for about $35 from Vienna International Airport.

Walk

Walkscore.com gives Vienna a score of 93, calling it a “Walker’s Paradise.” We also found this to be true. Walking around Vienna is highly recommended.


Metro

Public transport in Vienna is very user-friendly with five, color-coded lines that will have you well-connected throughout the city. Called the “U-Bahn”, tickets can be purchased in tobacco shops or at ticket machines inside the stations. Single tickets run about $2.50. 24 hour and monthly tickets are also available to purchase. Be sure to validate as the fine for not doing so is more than $100.

Where To Stay in Vienna

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HOTELS

Vienna offers a wide range of hotels to choose from. High-end hotels like Palais Coburg Hotel or Hotel Sacher run about $500 a night, while reasonably priced hotels like Hotel Allegro Wien or Hotel Fuerstenhof go for about $50 a night. We recommend shopping Agoda.com, the most competitive resource when searching for hotels in Vienna.

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HOSTELS

With only 41 hostels in Vienna, you should plan ahead to find one that suits all of your needs. Prices generally range between $10-$20 a night for a dorm room, while private rooms run about $40-$50 per night. Hostelworld is our recommended resource when searching for hostels in Vienna.

Vienna Hostel Deals


AIRBNB

We love Airbnb! From private rooms to entire homes, there are plenty of choices when visiting Vienna. If you’re a first-timer with Airbnb, use this coupon and enjoy $35 off of your stay.


NEIGHBORHOODS

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Choosing a neighborhood is an important part of trip planning that should not be overlooked! Vienna is a large city with 23 districts, each sub-divided into numerous unique neighborhoods. While our general recommendation is to stay closer to the city center, here are some of the best areas worth considering when deciding where to stay in Vienna.


District 1

Known as Innere Stadt or Old Town, this historic central district is the touristy part of town. Home to many churches, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and forever home to many members of Habsburg royalty in the Imperial Crypt.

District 3

Called Landstrasse, this large district is located just southeast of the city center. Home to many embassies, the stunning Belvedere Palace, and Schwarzenbergplatz, the Soviet war memorial.


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District 4

The neighborhood of Wieden is located south of the city center and is known for its edgy vibes and vibrant nightlife. You’ll find many multicultural restaurants, hipster coffee shops, and art galleries in District 4.

District 7

Called Neubau, this neighborhood is just west of the city center. Known as home to the Museum Quarter and a forward thinking attitude, this area is just close enough to Viena’s popular shopping street, Mariahilfer.

Vienna Travel Tips:

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Vienna Travel Tips: Tipping

While service fees are usually included in restaurant bills, tipping 5% on top is common. For taxi drivers, rounding up or a 10% tip is expected.

Vienna Travel Tips: Money

Austria’s national currency is the Euro, and is currently exchanging at 0.9EUR to $1USD. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are readily available.


Vienna travel tips: Insurance

Traveling through Vienna is exciting and safe, but you never know when some good travel insurance could come in handy. World Nomads offers the best coverage in the business, is affordable, and is quick to act should something go wrong. For more info, check out our recent World Nomads blog post.


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