What to see in Vienna in 3 days

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Vienna, one of the most fascinating capitals of Europe, rich in culture, art and history. Millennial history demonstrated by the fact that, for centuries, the city was the home of the Habsburg dynasty, which it hosted figures from the world of music such as Mozart, Beethoven e Schubert, or famous people like Freud. Walking through its streets and in the historic center will take you back in time, thanks also to the elegant historic buildings and castles, such as the Hofburg Palace or Belvedere Castle.
To visit it well probably a week would not be enough, but let's find out together which are the attractions and the most important points and, above all, what to see in Vienna in 3 days.


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  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Vienna cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Hofburg Palace

Let's start with breakfast, we can recommend the Unger und Klein im Hochhaus, just 400 meters from the first stop of the day, the Hofburg Palace, in the beautiful Michaelerplatz. This majestic palace was the winter residence of the Habsburgs and is regarded as a "city within a city". In fact, it covers about 240.000 square meters and is made up of 18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2.600 rooms. The famous Congress of Vienna was held here in 1815 and nowadays it is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Austria.

We recommend you absolutely visit the Royal Apartments, the Silverware Museum, the museum dedicated to Sissi and the Imperial Treasury Chamber, in German Schatzkammer, where the crown of the Holy Roman Empire is kept, dated 962. The opening hours are as follows: from September to June from 9:00 to 17:30, in July and August from 9:00 to 18: 00. The ticket to visit the Royal Apartments + Silverware Museum + Sissi Museum costs € 15,00, reduced € 9,00; for the Treasury you need a separate ticket, cost € 12,00. By adding € 3,00 to the ticket, you can join the guided tour (€ 1,50 for the reduced ticket).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mozart's House, historic center

Second stop of the day is the historic center, rich in history and architecture. For lunch, we recommend you stop at Figlmüller at Bäackerstrasse, a restaurant with Viennese specialties with the words "the most famous Schnitzel in Vienna". In fact, one of their main dishes is the Figlmüller-Schnitzel, a very large Wiener Schnitzel (price from € 20,00 / 25,00 per person).

A few steps away is the St. Stephen's Cathedral, in German "Stephansdom". Visited by millions of people every year, it mixes different styles, mainly Gothic, but also Romanesque and Baroque, testifying to its great history and all the dynasties and wars that are part of the city. During the end of the Second World War, the cathedral was terribly damaged due to bombing and a great fire that forced a great restoration work. Open from 7: 00-22: 00, free. If there are religious celebrations, you will not be allowed to go beyond the initial area. It is possible to take a guided tour starting from € 5,00.

Nearby you will find the Mozart's house, in German Wien Museum Mozartwonhung. In fact, this is just one of the many houses in which the great lived Mozart musician. Here Mozart composed one of his greatest works of all time, Le Nozze di Figaro (open 10: 00-19: 00, € 11,00, the reduced one € 8,00).

3 - Evening: Dinner, cruise on the Danube

For dinner we advise you to go towards the Danube bank and, why not, you could eat in a restaurant with a wonderful view right on the river, the Motto am Fluss. This modern venue is located on the Wolfgang-Schmitz-Promenade, between the Marienbrücke and the Schwedenbrücke. Here you will find traditional dishes such as Wienerschnitzel and the famous soups or more international dishes, such as burgers and sandwiches. Despite the crazy location, the prices are in line with those of the city, so you will spend an average of € 25,00 per person.

After dinner, you can take a romantic stroll on the Austrian Promenade or have a nice drink boat trip on the Danube, to enjoy the city from another point of view (Buy online)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 32 min
  • Places visited: Hofburg Palace (full € 12,50 - reduced € 7,50), St. Stephen's Cathedral, Mozart's House (full € 11,00 - reduced € 7,00), historic center
  • Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Tour Vienna: 1-Hour Danube Canal Boat Tour From Vienna: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Boat Ride
  • Breakfast at Unger und Klein im Hochhaus (Get directions), Lunch at Figlmüller at Bäackerstrasse (Get directions), Dinner at Motto am Fluss (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, MuseumsQuartier and Museum of Art History

Start having breakfast at the Cafè Bellaria which, with its interiors, will take you back in time. In this historic café you can eat a delicious Sacher Torte.

First stop on MuseumsQuartier, inaugurated in 2011. This district, which covers 90.000 square meters, includes many internationally renowned museums and is the setting for cultural and entertainment events such as film festivals, DJ sets and dance shows. In short, a neighborhood that is always alive and, above all, 100% exploited.

Among all the museums, in Maria Theresa Square, the central square of the MuseumsQuartier, stands out the Art History Museum, original name Kunsthistorisches Museum. This museum, in addition to being one of the most important and most visited in Vienna, is also one of the oldest and richest museums in the world. Inaugurated in 1891, it was created at the behest of the Emperor Franz Joseph, who wanted to find a place to keep the collections of the Habsburg family. Here you will see some of the works by the greatest painters, such as Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Tintoretto, Antonio Canova, Caravaggio, Gustav Klimt and many others. The opening hours are as follows: every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursdays from 10:00 to 21:00. The full entrance ticket costs € 14,00, while the reduced for students up to 27 years and over 65 is € 11,00, children and teenagers up to 19 years enter for free - Buy the ticket online for the Kunsthistorisches Museum

The other museums belonging to the MuseumsQuartier are: the Museum of Natural History, Museum of Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art, MUMOK, ZOOM Children's Museum and Leopold Museum.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Belverede Castle, Landstrasse

For lunch we propose the Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina, one of the most popular kiosks in Vienna, specializing in hot dogs. Between hot dogs, chips and a drink you will not spend more than € 10,00. Excellent quality / price, as you will be fully satisfied.

The visit continues with the Belvedere Castle, in German Schloss Belvedere, just two kilometers away from the Bitzinger. Also reachable by metro U1 Sudtirolerplatz stop; tram D, stop Schloss Belvedere, or tram O, stop Quartier Belvedere; bus 69A, Quartier Belvedere stop. The Belvedere was built in the 700s as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy on a project by the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The complex has two different palaces, the Lower Belvedere and the Upper Belvedere, located in the beautiful setting of the Belvederegarten, full of plants, paths and fountains. In the Upper Belvedere you will find the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings in the world, including the famous "Kiss" painting. The Catello Belvedere is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Wednesdays from 10:00 to 21:00, while the stables are open from 10:00 to 12:00. As for the entrance tickets, the matter becomes more complicated: the entrance to the Upper Belvedere costs € 14,00, reduced € 11,50; at the Lower Belvedere + Orangery + Stables € 11,00, reduced € 8,50; Klimt Ticket (Upper Belvedere + Lower Belvedere) € 20,00, reduced € 17,00; children and young people up to 18 years of age enter all sections for free.

Once you have finished visiting the area where the Belvedere is located: we are talking about the Landstrasse district, the third district of the city, one of the most luxurious and elegant districts of Vienna, where numerous embassies are located.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Prater

For dinner and for the evening we advise you to cross the Danube to go to the Prater, a huge green park where there is one of the symbols of the city: the Ferris Wheel of the famous amusement park. Before returning as a child for an evening, we recommend you one of the many clubs that you will find surrounded by greenery, the Schweizerhaus. Very popular, even just to have a beer at an outside table, here you will immerse yourself in the full atmosphere of a Viennese brewery. Obviously, you will find many traditional dishes to accompany with a refreshing mug of beer. Good food at a good price: you will spend on average around € 15,00 / 20,00 per person (always taking into account to order a main and substantial course, if you only want one of the traditional Suppen you will spend much less).

And, as we said, for the evening don't get lost in the park and come back as a child: open 24 hours a day, admission is free, while the rides are subject to charges. We recommend a nice ride on the famous Ferris wheel: the ticket costs € 9,50 for adults, € 4,00 for children aged 3 to 14, free for children under 3.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8 km / 1 h 40 min
  • Places visited: MuseumsQuartier and Museum of Art History (full € 14,00 - reduced € 11,00), Belverede Castle (from € 11,00), Landstrasse, Prater (free)
  • Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Admission Ticket: Skip the Line for the Ferris Wheel Vienna City Card: Transport and Discounts
  • Breakfast at Cafè Bellaria (Get directions), Lunch at Bitzinger Würstelstand Albertina (Get directions), Dinner at Schweizerhaus (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Schönbrunn Imperial Palace

Last day in beautiful Vienna and today we will take you to know one of the most famous places in the city. We are talking about the Schönbrunn Imperial Palace. To reach it you can take the U4 metro and get off at the Schönbrunn stop, tram 10 or 58 or bus 10A, always Schönbrunn stop. But before starting the visit, let's start with a hearty breakfast at Della Lucia

Lo Schloss Schönbrunn, the most famous Austrian imperial palace and one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in all of Europe. If the Hofburg Palace was the winter residence of the Aburgo, this was the summer residence. A huge palace, an even larger garden, about 127 hectares, which you will be able to admire and explore in the afternoon. But now let's focus on the complex, which includes the Royal Apartments (with 1441 rooms) theAncient Theater of Vienna and Vienna Court Carriage Museum. Schönbrunn Palace is open all year, including holidays, from 8:00 to 17:30 in the summer months from 8:00 to 18:30. As for the cost of the ticket, this will vary according to several variables, such as what you want to see or which tour you choose. Some prices: Imperial Tour with audio guide (visit to 22 rooms) € 12,90, reduced € 9,50; Grand Tour (visit to 40 rooms) with audio judges € 15,90, reduced € 14,60.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Schönbrunn Park, old town

For lunch we recommend you stop at Landtmann's Parkcafé, a cute café / restaurant located in the middle of the parks surrounding Schönbrunn, near the fountain of Neptune. Here you can choose traditional German and Austrian dishes and desserts. As for the prices, given the place where you are, it can only be a positive opinion: you will spend on average € 25,00 per person. But it is absolutely worth it.
Once you've finished your lunch, you just have to explore this huge park that surrounds you. Here there are so many activities to do.
Absolutely worth a visit on Botanical Garden and Palmenhaus. Open from May 1st to September 30th from 9:30 am to 18:00 pm and from October 1st to April 10th from 9:30 am to 17:00 pm, the entrance ticket costs only € 6,00.
If you are traveling with children, you may be interested in the Schönbrunn Labyrinth or the Schönbrunn Zoo. The zoo's opening hours are as follows: January from 9:00 to 16:30, February from 9:00 to 17:00, March from 9:00 to 17:30, from April to September from 9:00 to 18 : 30, in October from 9:00 to 17:30, November and December from 9:00 to 16:30. Admission costs € 20,00, reduced € 10,00.

Once your visits or activities are over, take the metro or tram back and re-enter Inner Stadt for the last night in Vienna.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

Once back in the historic center you have to look for a restaurant open for dinner: this is not an easy mission as many activities are closed on Sundays, keep this in mind when you visit the city. We recommend the Ribs of Vienna, a restaurant in a particular location specializing in traditional ribs and in different flavors. The prices are also excellent, you will spend about € 20,00 per person.

For the evening, enjoy the beautiful old town and its lights for the last few hours. Town Hall Square the evening is very impressive and the town hall, in German Town hall, it is truly magnificent. We are sure that after these three days Vienna will surely have stolen your heart.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,6 km / 2 h 12 min
  • Places visited: Schonbrunn Palace (from € 12,90), Schönbrunn Park (from € 6,00), Old Town
  • Vienna: Skip-the-Line Schönbrunn and City Tour
  • Breakfast at Della Lucia (Get directions), Lunch at Landtmann's Parkcafé (Get directions), Dinner at Ribs of Vienna (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Vienna cost

Vienna is a very expensive city. Not only from the point of view of restaurants and hotels (for a breakfast at the bar you will always pay around € 7,00, taking into account that only a coffee costs € 3,00), but also for the cost of tickets to the various attractions. We have tried to include as many things to see as possible in our itinerary and this has greatly affected the costs for museums and attractions. Here is a general summary:

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 110,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest (the boat ride on the Dabunio, the zoo in Schonbrunn, the Klimt exhibition at the Belvedere Castle are not included).
  • Transportation: about € 25,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 46,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 30,00 per person
  • Total cost of a weekend in Vienna: from € 500,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Vienna: the climate is continental, characterized by very cold winters, with temperatures that go below zero, and hot and sultry summers. The best time is from April to September, where temperatures are not too low. If the cold doesn't scare you, it is recommended to visit the city in December in the height of the Christmas spirit - find out more
  • the reference airport is Vienna International Airport which is located just 16 km from the city center, reachable by train, with the ACT line direct to the central station, ticket cost € 11,00; by bus, with the Vienna Airports Line to Morzinplatz / Schwedenplatz or Europlatz, ticket cost € 8,00; by taxi, average cost of about € 30,00, in 25 minutes you will arrive at your destination. Flights starting from € 31,00 -
  • in the historic center, or Inner Stadt, so you will be close to the main attractions of the city. The center is the best area, but also one of the most expensive. Cheaper alternative is the Leopoldostadt district on the east bank of the Danube. Here you will find many gardens and attractions such as the Prater. Another economic alternative is the Landstrasse area, the center of culture and art in Vienna. Hotel and b & b from € 46,00 per room -
  • Getting around: the historic center can be visited on foot. To reach more distant points, use public transport such as the metro active from 5:00 to 0:30; the tram, one of the largest in the world, runs from 5:00 to midnight; the buses operating from 5:00 to midnight, at night are replaced by night ones, active from 0:30 to 5:00 and marked with an N. The day ticket for the means is € 2,40 - find out more

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