Travel Guide: Have an Amazing Insight into Vienna

Have you ever heard of Vienna? And what is your impression of it? I bet some of you are going to say “Music” city. Vienna, the capital of Austria. Nowadays, Vienna has become the most popular city and also the second-largest German-speaking city in the world. Don’t be so afraid that you are not a German speaker, they are also welcoming international travelers. This article will explore some tourist attractions and food that visitors are interested in trying and seeing.

How to get to Vienna?

If you are living in European countries, then it is good news for you. Easyjet and Ryanair are the budget airlines connected with European countries, especially the United Kingdom and the rest. Moreover, an interesting fact is that the ticket prices for Vienna are not that expensive. The range is around 30 to 40 euros each.

Ryanair

Ryanair, which is the main competitor to EasyJet. Usually, people go on Ryanair if they need to have a round trip within most European cities. Moreover, Ryanair is more flexible sometimes (under the COVID-19 as well). If you do these emergency visits, they can offer a bit more time slots for passengers under these circumstances. Therefore, it would be the best choice if you are planning to have a long journey across these European countries.

Ryanair
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easyJet

easyJet, the most common budget airline that is chosen by visitors who are coming from the United Kingdom. During the winter or Easter vacation, easyJet is mostly booking and the prices are relatively higher. If you want to buy the discounted tickets, do not make the purchasing window too tight.

easyJet
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Transportation

Vienna International Airport (VIE), one of the main and largest international airports in Austria and located in Schwechat. There are several methods that you can approach with:

Airport Train

  • Line S7 (from Wien Mitte to Landstrasse) within 26 mins
  • Location: Underground level of Airport
  • Price:

RailJet

  • Operated by ÖBB which is connected with the other side of Austria
  • Prices:

City Airport Train (CAT)

  • Connect with Airport to Wien Mitte or Landstrasse within 16 mins
  • Location: Underground level of Airport
  • Prices: Single ticket (Adult): 12€/ Round ticket(Adult): 21€

Accommodation

Undoubtedly, Vienna is a large city that contains 23 districts with has their own cultures and attractions. I would recommend the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th districts for those visitors who are their first or second time traveling to Vienna. In my opinion, I would say Airbnb is one of the best choices to enjoy your journey as you can experience the local culture, especially food or working culture. If you are a new user of Airbnb, No Worries! I would attach the steps below to show you from the beginning to the final steps.

23 Districts of Vienna
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Innere Stadt

Innere Stadt is the 1st district, which is also the oldest town in Vienna. The heart of Vienna and the connection point with the rest of the 22 districts. Moreover, most of the tourist spots are located in the 1st district, and the majority of them can walk through instead of taking any transportation. If you love any luxury lifestyle, go ahead!

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Leopoldstadt

Leopoldstadt is located in the 2nd district near Innere Stadt. If you want to enjoy the view or get rid of other visitors, it is ideal for you. The distance is not too far and is easy to approach with other famous spots. Also, you can save the budget on accommodation fees if Vienna is one of the stopping points for your journey.

Leopoldstadt, a wonderful city which is suitable for family or couples to vissit
Image source: Vienna Würstelstand

Neubau

If you are really bored with visiting traditional tourist attractions, Neubau is perfect for you to view the alternative side of Vienna. Lots of art galleries, hipster bars, or some local shops which offer special boutiques. Moreover, it is not shocking that LGBTs are walking around as this is the main district to chill.

Neubau, it's the winter time with several cyclists.
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Tourist Attractions

You might not get bored if you are planning your journey in Vienna. The theme park, art galleries, museums, and historical buildings are catching your eye.

Wiener Riesenrad

When we are talking about Wiener Riesendrad, I guess the iconic one is the giant Ferrie Wheel. It was constructed in 1897 and is over 200 ft high to see the nice view. An interesting thing you need to do is the whole rotation only takes around 4 mins and the speed is 2.7km per hour. Moreover, I believe that the Ferrie Wheel is the only thing for visitors on “pilgrimage”. You can also take your time and walk around the whole park and take some selfies for these memorable moments.

Ticket Price and Opening Time

  • Adult: 12€, Child: 5€
  • Mon to Sun and Public Holidays: From 10:30 to 20:45

How to get to Wiener Riesenrad

  • Metro: U1 and U2 (Praterstern station)
  • Urban railway: S1-S3, S7, and S15 Wien Nord (Vienna North)
  • Tramway: O and 5
  • Bus: 80A
  • Car: For more information, you can check out this link

Address: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria

giant Ferrie Wheel, one of the oldest Wheel around the world
Image source: Wiener Riesenrad

Mozarthaus Vienna

If you are a big lover of music, then you cannot miss Mozarthaus Vienna. This building was rented by Mozart from 1784 to 1787 and is located in Vienna’s old town. Also, there are 6 floors with over 1000 squares, which reflects how Mozart enjoyed this luxury lifestyle before. Moreover, why are the authorities choosing 27 January 2006 to be the opening date as it is the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth as well. At the same time, when you are getting inside, loads of music copies and re-created audio of his songs surround the whole building. If you are visiting as a family, joining the workshops is perfect for children to get into Mozart’s world. Meanwhile, they will hold the concert outside the normal opening hours.

Events

There are several events that are suitable for children or adult visitors to attend. And the events with affordable prices, which are really attractive.

Museum and Concert Package

  • Minimum no.: 25 people, Maximum no.: 70 people
  • Package with audio guide: 24.5€
  • Package with personal guided tour: 27€
  • Personal guided tour outside the normal hours (7pm to 10pm): 33.5€

Mozart for Kids

  • These are 4 workshops provided for children. Each workshop takes 1.5 hours and costs 8.5€ per child.

How to get to Mozarthaus Vienna?

  • Metro: U1 and U3 (Stephansplatz station), U4 (Schwedenplatz station)
  • Bus: 2A, 5A, 14A, 48A, 59A, and 74A
  • Opening time: Tue to Sun 10.00 to 18.00. Mon closed

Address: Mozarthaus, Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria

the outside of Mozarthaus, designed enterance as an arched door.
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the inside of Mozarthaus
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The Hofburg

The Hofburg is one of the spots that you MUST go to in Vienna. The Hofburg was constructed in the 13th century and is the former imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty. Also, most visitors may go on a tour of three main areas like Sisi Museum, The Imperial Apartments, and the Imperial Silver Collection. Meanwhile, the other parts of it are also amazing, so you can spend a whole day discovering this palace.

Ticket Price and Opening Time

  • Adult: 15€
  • Reduced (students up to and including 25 providing valid student identity card (ISIC)): 14€
  • Child: 9€
  • Children under 6 years old: Free
  • Mon to Sun, including public holidays. From 10.00 to 17.00

For more information, please check out this link.

How to get to The Hofburg?

  • Bus: 1A and 2A (Hofburg)
  • Underground: U3 Orange (Herrengasse)
  • Trams: D, 1, 2, and 71 (Burgring)

Address: Hofburg – Innerer Burghof, 1010 Vienna

Hofburg, which uses green, white and  amber colours. Several statues are put in front of the entrance.
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Sisi Museum, putting different dresses in the display box
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The Imperial Apartments, using red and gold colours and putting some chairs in two sides to show the living standard
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Imperial Silver Collection, putting the dining set with golden and silver materials
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Hundertwasserhaus

Normally, Hundertwasserhaus is designed by an Austrian artist called Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This colourful landmark is another attraction that tourists MUST go to. Moreover, you can also visit the Hundertwasser Village, which is a shopping mall and building with the same style. If you have time, why not visit Hundertwasser Museum as well. This museum is just situated near Hundertwasserhaus and displays a collection of works.

How to get to Hundertwasserhaus?

  • S-Bahn: S3 and S7
  • Subway: U3 and U4
  • Light Rail: 1
  • Bus: 4A, 5A, 59A and 80A

Ticket Prices and Opening Time

Hundertwasser Museum (Kunst Haus Wien)

  • Combined Ticket: 12€
  • Museum Hundertwasser: 11€
  • Temporary Exhibition: 9€
  • Opening Time: Daily 10.00 to 18.00

Further information can check out at this link.

Address: Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien, Austria

Hundertwasserhaus, doing some painting on the wall, which is also residential buildings
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Hundertwasser Village, a shopping mall
Image source: Hundertwasser Village
Hundertwasser Museum, displaying the artwork of  Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Image source: Kunst Haus Wien

Traditional Cuisine

Food in Austria is really special as you can find loads of desserts and the main dishes using vast ingredients to make with. Also, some traditional confections can give insight to visitors to know why they made it. As a result, cuisine can be brightly reflecting the culture of a country.

Schnitzel

Schnitzel is one of the prominent national dishes that you need to try during the journey. Even though the original place was in Milan, it has become an Austrian-loved dish nowadays. Basically, it uses very thin boneless pork cutlets. The texture is soft and really juicy although it needs to be panfried. Also, lemon juice is the best combination to improve the flavors.

Schnitzel, which uses pork cutlets with lemon juice
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Apfelstrudel

Apfelstrudel, which is known as apple strudel. This iconic dessert MUST appear in any traditional Viennese cafe as it represents the rich history from the past to now on. Moreover, the funny fact is that most people mistake strudel for a German dessert. You can find the oldest handwritten recipe in the Vienna Library, which dates back to 1696.

Apfelstrudel, traditional apple strudel, topping with icing sugar
Image source: Little Vienna

Sachertorte

Sachertorte is a chocolate cake that was invented by a pastry chef called Franz Sacher in 1832 in Vienna. Although the original recipe was protected by a trademark, other bakeries are starting to make their own special ones. Therefore, no worries about missing it as it becomes the most “necessary” dessert in each restaurant and cafe.

Sachertorte, traditional chocolate cake, serves with cream
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Mozartkugel

Mozartkugel, known as Mozart-Bonbon, made by confectioner Paul Fürst in 1890. This small round marzipan ball with pistachio flavor and nougat is finished with a layer of dark chocolate. Meanwhile, there are different versions that are extended from the original ones, but Mozartkugel is still standing on the top. Hence, this honorable dessert is not cheap but suitable to be gifted to anyone who is a sugar confection lover. You can purchase it in Mozarthaus Vienna or other souvenir shops.

Mozartkugel, a round chocolate with the flavor of pistachio and dark chocolate.
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Restaurants and Cafes

A cafe is a relaxing place for everyone to enjoy a chilling weekend. If you are feeling tired after shopping, just take a seat and order an afternoon set.

K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel

K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel which was founded in 1786. In the 18th century, it also became the hotspot of Vienna’s bourgeoisie and aristocrats. Moreover, the decoration is elegant and you can look at the confectioner making a decent dessert. The atmosphere is really good as I have been there before. Meanwhile, I would say it is a “time-killer” for us, so that you can plan to stay for the whole afternoon. Furthermore, you can purchase the tea biscuits, chocolates, or cakes on the first floor.

How to get to K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel?

  • Bus: 1A or 2A (Michaelerplatz)
  • Subway: U3 Line

Address: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

A shop in K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, which sells biscuits, chocolates or cakes
Image source: Demel
K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, with a large window and some flower decoration.
Image source: Demel

Café Central

Cafe Central is another traditional Vienna cafe that opened in 1876. An interesting story is that most of the Viennese intellectual or politicians’ gatherings were hosted here. Also, some societies like Vienna Circle or logical positivists also host meetings regularly, so that their reputation has started to increase. Until now, they are still keeping the food quality on the same level. Believe me! It is worth visiting at any time!

How to get to Café Central?

  • Bus: 2A, 5A, 14A, 48A and 59A
  • Subway: U3 Line

Address: Ecke Herrengasse, Strauchgasse, 1010 Wien, Austria

the building of Cafe Central, with yellow lighting
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Café Central, elegant with some tables for people to sit down. The cake-serving table putting in front of the door
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Figlmüller Vienna

At the beginning of Figlmüller, it opened as a small wine tavern for their customers to chat and enjoy their meals in these cozy places. And now, it is the fourth generation and still retains the traditional taste. Moreover, Schnitzel is their signature dish by making use of accurate portions to make it.

How to get to Figlmüller Vienna?

  • Bus: 1A, 2A and 3A
  • Subway: U1 and U3 (Stephansplatz station), U4

Address: Bäckerstraße 6, 1010 Wien, Austria

Figlmüller vienna, with golden colour decoration outside the building
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Conclusion

In conclusion, Vienna is a good place for visitors to explore, especially its music and culture. You can find out why music talents are so proud of it. When you are getting into Mozarthau, it feels like he is operating a concert in front of you. Moreover, the food is lovely and amazing by embedding a rich history of it. If you feel tired, just take a rest in a traditional Viennese cafe. Just think about why the upper class will spend their leisure time every day. Anyway, hope you enjoy your awesome journey and save money for the rest of your trip!

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