Things to do in Vienna – secret and inexpensive tips

Start your stay in Vienna with a visit of Time Travel Vienna which is located right in the city center. In a historic location with old vaults you discover the history of Vienna in a very funny and entertaining way.

Discover the innovative 1,300 m² adventure world in Vienna near Graben/Michaelerplatz. Time Travel Vienna will enable you to feel and experience Vienna’s eventful history in a unique way by means of 5D cinema, animatronic wax   figures,   diverse rides   and   multimedia   shows as   well as extraordinary sound and light effects. Time Travel Vienna appeals to people of any age, locals and tourists: anybody who wants to learn something about the history of Vienna. Shows last 50 minutes and are compact and prepared in an exciting manner while humorously accompanied by tour guides.

The period from the roman camp Vindobona to present time is presented in an humorous manner which makes it a fascinating experience for young and old. Welcome to your journey to the heart of Vienna! Let your personal tour guide take you through the historical masonries of the monastery St. Michael, where you will discover a magical world full of insights, sensations and emotions. In a unique interaction of historical content and top modern entertainment technology Time Travel Vienna makes history come alive.

Here are 10 suggestions what to do in Vienna:

  1. Historic City Center – free to see

After an hour at Time Travel, stroll through the old historic district of Vienna. Many elegant pedestrian zones invite you to some window-shopping as well as having a break in one of the many old traditional cafés in the center. The whole city center can be easily explored walking on foot. The inner district is surrounded by the Ring Boulevard. Take a city bike (first hour is free) and take a ride along the historical district by bike.

2. St. Stephen’s Cathedral – no entrance fee

There is no way around this gothic cathedral dating back to the 12th century. A very nice, though exhausting way to explore it, is to walk up the 343 steps that leads to the south tower for an amazing view of Vienna. Besides it is an experience itself to climb up that old narrow staircase and you do not pay much.

3. Vienna State Opera

Vienna has always been and still is considered the “City of music” All the great composers came to Vienna and became famous here. This had to do with the former Habsburgs Dynasty who were great music and art lovers. You can attend an opera or ballet for only € 10,– per person if you do not mind queuing a while for this standing tickets. It’s worth it!

4. Hofburg – former Imperial Palace

Stroll through one of the biggest palace complexes in the world where the Habsburgs used to live from the 13th until the 20th century. It starts at the Albertina Museum and stretches until Museumsquarter and even includes some parks, such as Burggarten (Mozart-Statue), Volksgarten (Sisi-Statue). Heroe’s square still shows the imperial touch of the residence of the Habsburgs.

 

5. Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens – Gardens are free to visit

Schönbrunn Palace where the Habsburgs stay during summertime is a MUST SEE! If you are not into palaces, at least pay a visit to the gardens which are free to enter. There is so much to see and to in this whole area, like the oldest zoo in the world.

6. Prater and Giant Ferris Wheel

Have fun at the Prater and go on a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel. To enter the Prater which is the biggest park of Vienna as well as an amusement parks. At the entrance you find the oldest wheel in the world, which is also the slowest. The good thing is, that you do not pay a general entrance fee, but per ride. So, you can select where to go and what to do. A ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel is very recommended.

7. Vienna from above – Kahlenberg, Wilhelminenberg, Bisamberg – free views of Vienna

Vienna is a very green city and two house mountains Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg are very close to the city center. With public transportation which is very efficient and inexpensive in Vienna you can ride up to the hill and enjoy the amazing views of the most liveable city in the world at the danube. Take bus No. 38A to the top and on the way back leave the bus in Grinzing for some winetasting in this famous vineyard area.

Wilhelminenberg offers another view of Vienna from above. Opposite to Kahlenberg is Bisamberg (another famous wine region) which offers excellent views of Vienna as well. Vienna is surrounded by the Vienna Woods and hiking is easy on ten marked pathways.

8. Central Cemetery – free to see

Vienna is known for it’s morbid charme, especially in November when day are grey. It is a tradition for the locals to go the cemetery on November 1st. Central Cemetery attracts visitors from all over the world. You find the remarkable and sometimes bizarre looking monuments of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Falco etc. Composers, singers, artists, actors, politicians, whoever played an important role in Austria you can find buried here. Attention: Mozart just has a memorial here, but he is buried somewhere else, namely in the cemetery St. Marx, which is also worth to be visited.

9. Naschmarkt, Yppenmarkt, Karmelitermarkt

Come here on a Saturday morning and sample food from all over the world. Besides a flea market attracts even more people on Saturdays. Vienna is multicultural which you best see here or even on Yppenmarkt in the 16th district or in the 2nd district Karmelitermarkt.

10.   Sausage stands – Würstelstand

Have a quick lunch at one of the many typical “Würstelstand” and try a “Käsekrainer” which is a sausage with melted cheese inside – it is delicious. Viennese beer is called Ottakringer (yellow design) or try Stiegl (red design) that comes from Salzburg.

 

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