What to see in Vienna in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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There is a city more beautiful than Vienna? Maybe, but to find out you should visit it. Federal capital ofAustria, ranks 7th by population among European cities. Vienna is everything: it is modern art, entertainment, culture. Walking through its streets you can not help but marvel at what you will see. Do not be fooled, you cannot visit Vienna in a single day, but if you intend to take a trip that tends to the east you could include it in your itinerary, perhaps combined with a trip to Munich which by the way is also quite close. I visited Vienna and, although a long time has passed, certain memories still do not fade: music on every corner of the streets, where groups of musicians in tails and evening dresses enlivened the evenings of passers-by with music worthy of the New Year's concert, then lights, those of the Prater and the immensity of Danube, which, however, to my sorrow was not quite blue. Vienna is a feast for the eyes and the heart. Once you've visited, you'll never forget it, I promise. With these premises, aren't you really thinking of taking a leap? Pack your bags, we'll take care of the itinerary.


  1. One day itinerary in Vienna: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Vienna: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Vienna: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Vienna: Morning

1- Hofburg

Start your itinerary with a breakfast of Sacher at the Demel. The historic restaurant in Vienna will offer you all kinds of sweets to start your day with the right sweetness. The price is a bit high: we are talking about € 13 per person, but on the price line of the city which still remains quite expensive. Nearby stands the Hofburg Palace. The palace, which today is the residence of the Austrian Federal President, has been the imperial palace of the Habsburg. Contrary to what you might think, however, the Hofburg is not a single building, but a complex made up of several buildings that reach a total of 240.000 square meters. Visiting the Hofburg you can visit, in addition to the 18 rooms of the Royal Apartments, various museums including the Silverware Museum and the one dedicated to Sissi. You will also be able to access the Imperial Treasury Chamber, where the treasure of the Habsburg family is kept, and see the Austrian National Library and Spanish Riding School.

2- Rathaus, Naturhistorisches Museum or Kunsthistorisches Museum

Head northwest: through the park Volksgarten you will arrive at the Rathaus, the new city hall of Vienna. At first glance it doesn't look like a palace dedicated to politics, but a church, with its towers and neo-Gothic structure. After a quick visit take Auwrspergstrasse or the subway to "Volksheater", which will take you in no time to the museum area of ​​Vienna. Here in Maria-Theresienplatz, you will find some of the most important museums not only in Vienna, but in all of Austria. In this square, facing each other, the Naturhistorisches Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum await you. The first museum today contains more than 20.000 artifacts that tell the story of man on Earth. The second instead, built to house the imperial collection, today has one of the largest art collections in the world. Among the works that you can admire, we will only mention a few names: Klimt, Caravaggio, Cellini, Raffaello. Due to the short time, we suggest you visit only one of the two, of your choice.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,7 km / 33 min
  • places visited: Hofburg (€ 15,00), Naturhistorisches Museum (€ 10 approximately), Kunsthistorisches Museum (€ 15 approximately), Mumok (€ 4 approximately), Leopold Museum (€ 13 approximately)
  • Entrance to Mumok Entrance Leopold Museum Hundertwasser Museum in the KunstHausWien
  • where to have breakfast: Demel, Kohlmarkt 14.

One day itinerary in Vienna: Afternoon

1- Schonbrunn

After a quick lunch at Cafe Restaurant Halle (approximately € 15 per person), in the heart of the museum area, take bus 57A or the U4 subway to Schonbrunn. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous buildings in Vienna and all of Austria. Former summer residence of the Habsburgs, it is now also part of the World Heritage Site thanks to Unesco. If today we can visit this marvel of the palace we have to thank the empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Inside, in addition to the apartments, there is also the museum of carriages, the Castle Theater, which can be visited during the concerts that are still held today, and the oldest zoological garden in Europe. As if all this were not enough, the palace includes 1441 rooms, of which only 40 can be visited today.

2- Albertina, House of Music and Cathedral of Santo Stefano

Get back on your route with the U4 metro line heading towards the historic center of Vienna. Once in Albertinaplatz you will find the Albertina Gallery. The collection of works contained here comes to 50.000 drawings, composed of watercolors, prints and much more, all by the greatest European artists. Among them Raphael, Klimt, Leonardo, Warhol, Monet and Picasso.
Now move on foot on Seilerstaette until you reach the House of Music (Haus der Musik), a place not to be missed if you love music in all its forms. Here, in fact, in addition to visiting exhibitions dedicated to great musicians such as Mozart and Beethoven, thanks to numerous experiments, you will also be able to see how music is generated from a physical point of view.
Walk north through the streets of Old Town of Vienna and you will reach Stephansplatz, where St. Stephen's Cathedral stands. It is perhaps one of the most famous churches in the world: its 250.000 colored tiles can be recognized at a simple glance, like its spire that almost seems to break the sky. In the Cathedral of Santo Stefano there is also a bell that weighs more than 20 tons. You will pass through the Riesentor, the Portal of the Giants and from there you will see the stone pulpit, in pure Gothic style. There is too much to say about this magnificent cathedral, you should definitely see it.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 16,6 km / 49 min by car
  • places visited: Schonbrunn (approximately € 14,60), Albertina (approximately € 12,90), Haus der Musik (approximately € 13), St. Stephen's Cathedral (approximately € 5 for the guided tour)
  • tour of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace
  • where to have lunch: Cafe Restaurant Halle, Museumsplatz 1

One day itinerary in Vienna: Evening

The evening is the time of Prater, not just an amusement park, but one of the most loved places by the Viennese. Accessible via the underground station "Praterster" of the U1 or U2 line, the Prater was originally the imperial hunting reserve, while now it is the place of recreation: the inhabitants of Vienna love to stroll through its tree-lined avenues, stop and take a drink in the various bars and kiosks scattered throughout the area. The amusement park has at least 250 attractions including the inevitable roller coaster and the Ferris wheel which, fully illuminated, at sunset stands out against the red of the sky creating a magical landscape. Inside the Prater is the Schweizerhaus, one of the typical places in Vienna. Here you can dine on traditional Austrian cuisine, accompanied by an excellent local beer of course. The price is also cheap. We are talking about € 15 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 39 min
  • places visited: Prater (free, € 9,50 for the wheel)
  • ticket for a ride on the ferris wheel candlelit dinner on the ferris wheel
  • where to dine: Schweizerhaus, Prater 116

Before leaving: useful tips

Ready to visit Vienna? Sure, but before you leave take these into account advice, useful for organizing your trip in the best possible way and optimizing the little time you have available:

  • Vienna has a climate mild. During the winter, however, very cold days can often happen.
  • With the Vienna City Card you can travel for free on public transport as well as being entitled to more than 210 discounts for museums and places of interest. The duration can vary between 24 and 72 hours. Other useful cards to save on attractions are the Flexi Card and the Vienna Pass
  • Book i tour in advance. By doing this you will save precious time at the entrance of the various attractions you will visit.
  • If you decide to extend your visit, take a look at our offers for a stay in Vienna

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Let's be honest, one day is really too little to visit Vienna. Actually I think the right time to see it all is at least 4 days, but for now you can be satisfied. Just to make you realize what you have been missing due to the limited time available, here are the attractions that are better to give up:

  1. Belvedere Palace Museum: you have already seen two royal palaces. If you've survived the crowds, don't try your luck again with endless queues and lightning-fast tours. For this time, forget it, it will be the excuse to return to Vienna.
  2. Jewish Museum: the museum is located in the center of the city, but with a day to spare you should focus on the main attractions. Unfortunately, the Jewish Museum is not among them.
  3. Vienna Museum: you have already seen too many museums this time, you would risk not remembering anything.

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