“I WOULD RATHER OWN LITTLE AND SEE THE WORLD, THAN OWN THE WORLD AND SEE LITTLE OF IT” – ALEXANDER SATTLER
A beautiful city shaped by the influences of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud lies on the Danube River in Austria’s east. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the country’s capital twice in my travels through Europe and want to share my favourite exclusive experiences.
Whilst two days doesn’t seem like a great amount of time, it gives you a great taste of Vienna. If you enjoy doing a lot of exploring on foot, Vienna is a great city for this and I would definitely look into doing free walking tours in the city or self-guided tours using maps from your hotel or hostel to assist you along the way.
One of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. Whether you are a classical music fan or not, attending a Classical Concert at the Schonbrunn Palace is a once in a lifetime experience, and something you should consider doing whilst in Vienna. If the Schonbrunn Palace shows are out of your price range, there will be other venues offering a similar experience for less and you can spend an afternoon exploring the gardens on foot instead.
ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
A magnificent Gothic masterpiece situated in Vienna’s Stephansplatz. If Gothic churches get you all excited, you can do guided tours throughout the cathedral. Alternatively, you can visit yourself, but you will need to ensure you check the schedules so you don’t disturb regular church services.
PRATER AMUSEMENT PARK
The oldest amusement park in the world is in Vienna, Austria! If that’s not a cool enough reason to visit there is so much to do there. Entry is free, you only pay if you want to go on a ride or play a game. There are a few great restaurants inside as well, including XXL. It lives up to it’s name serving all different kinds of meals in HUGE portion sizes for a fairly reasonable price – definitely go with an empty stomach!
MOZART MEMORIAL STATUE
This monument of Mozart is situated inside the Imperial Palace Gardens. There is a beautiful garden of flowers shaped into a treble clef below the remarkable statue – I absolutely love it! It’s my favourite memorial in Vienna.
Kaerntner Strasse is Vienna’s historically most famous shopping streets. Some of the best shopping I did in Europe was here and if you love to shop, I would recommend paying a visit. Stretching from the State Opera House to the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s, it is right in the heart of Vienna.
If shopping doesn’t tickle you fancy and you’d rather spend the day seeing more of Vienna it’s definitely worth marking these places off as well – Hofburg Palaces, State Opera House, Rathaus, Austrian Parliament Building, Maria-Theresien-Platz and Museumsquartier.
VIENNA FOOD BUCKET LIST
For all you foodies out there, you can’t leave without trying:
- Wiener Schnitzel – and all it’s variations (including eggplant for my fellow vegans!)
- Viennese Coffee
- Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel) – a sweet delight of paper thin pastry sheets, apple and often raisins (though optional). Great dessert for vegans as it generally does not contain dairy or eggs!
- Mozart Balls – Essentially milk chocolate balls with Mozart on the wrapping – great gift for friends and family back home
- Knödel – traditional potato dumplings.
- Manner Schnitten – delicious wafer biscuits layered with hazelnut cream, sporting a salmon pink wrapper. Can be found in most places though there is a shop right by St. Stephen’s Cathedral. These are often vegan friendly!
- Sachertorte – One of the most famous desserts in Austria. Sachertorte is a delicious chocolate cake with a layer of jam.