If you’re thinking of planning a weekend to Vienna, then here’s an incentive to tell you to do it. It’s a beautiful, historical city in the heart of Europe and, it’s not too expensive! The good thing about Vienna is that it’s friendly for all kinds of budgets!
Austrian Airlines does multiple flights from the UK to Vienna. We booked a flight from Heathrow, which means we paid a little bit more, but we llive only 20 minutes away from the airport so it’s more convenient for us. If we had opted to go to Stansted instead, we’d end up paying more to get to the airport. Other airlines like BA and Ryanair also do flights to frequent flights to Vienna!
If you’re on a really tight budget, I’d recommend Airbnb. We managed to find a cheap airbnb for the 4 of us, and paid less than £50 each! Click here to get £15 off your first bookinh. If you have a higher budget you could splurge on a hotel or a hostel.
When in Vienna, you absolutely must try Sachertorte – it’s one of their most popular delicacies. You can bet I ended up eating too many to count (it’s okay though, I’m working it off at the gym!). The original place to find this delicacy is the Hotel Sacher Torte – the price is a bit high (around £7 for a piece of cake!) but trust me, it’s delicious. There are other places you can have them too, including AIDA!
Apfel Strudel is another popular dessert you should try. We also ended up finding a cute restaurant called Labstelle, near the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. They offered Austrian food with a twist.
For our dinners, we saved money and would cook at our apartment. Plus, we would get tired by around 6/7pm so we would go back and just relax at the apartment.
We arrived in the city around noon, so we thought we’d start the day by walking around the Ringstrassen, where all the cultural highlights are. I’d suggest getting a map as it’s easier to navigate around the city. The best part about this area is that everything’s easily walkable, so you won’t spend much on transport.
We also got the Vienna city pass, which gave us a discount when we visited a lot of the museums, plus it includes the transport like the bus/tram/train. The City Pass costs around €13.90 for 24 hours, €21.90 for 48 hours or €24.90 for 72 hours.
On our walk, we visited the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament, the National History museum, the Karlskirche and the City Hall. There’s a lot of cultural highlights to see in Vienna, but we chose the ones that we thought were most important. Plus, we were admiring some of the places for their incredible architecture.
Up bright and early, we decided to visit the Schönnbrun Palace. It takes around half a day to a day to visit the palace in its entirety! There’s so much to do around there. There’s a stunning garden you can walk through, and there’s also a zoo! Beside the gardens there’s a walk up the hill where you can see an amazing view of Vienna. I think it was one of my favourite places to visit in Vienna!
After spending time at the Schönbrunn palace, we headed back into the city centre to walk around the shopping district and visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. There’s a lot of people who try to convince you to come to the Opera there (which is very popular in Vienna!) but we decided to skip it this time!
For our last day in Vienna, we visited the Belvedere Museum. There’s two parts to the museum – the upper and lower part. We just visited the upper part as the exhibition in the lower part wasn’t appealing to us at the time. If you climb up to the top floor of the museum there’s a very pretty view of the surrounding areas of the museum.
After spending some time inside and walking around the gardens we went to give the Hunderwasser House a visit, which definitely reminded me of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona.
The last few hours of our time in the city were spent around the central district of the city, basking in the sunshine (as it was 25 degrees – quite the opposite to London).
Have you ever been to Vienna? Would you ever go? Let me know in the comments below!
The Vienna City Pass was complimentary via Visit Vienna. However, all views, imagery and opinions are my own.