It was on my bucket list. Vienna has always interested me because of the history of the Habsburgs and classical music connections. Vienna lived up to everything I thought it would be, plus more. Vienna has great public transportation and a ring road tram that goes around the center of the old city. It is an easy town to get around, great places to stay and good food. Here are what I think are the top five things to do in Vienna
1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Right in the center of town, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is probably the most important sight in Vienna. It is well known for its mosaic roof tiles and bell tower. It served in many important moments in history related to the Habsburgs and classical music. Vivaldi and Mozart both had their funerals here. Make sure you go in and try to take a guided tour as you will miss a lot going in on your own.
2. Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is a 1,441 Baroque Palace of the Habsburgs and is an UNESCO world heritage site. It is out of the center of town, but is really easy to get to. You can take either the underground, a tram or a bus, all get off at the Schonbrunn Palace stop. There are many different types of tickets, but make sure you get the Classic Pass so that you can see all of the gardens as these might be even more beautiful than the inside of the palace. You should plan at least a half a day at the palace and gardens to really enjoy it.
3. Vienna Opera House
This grand opera house is one of the greatest in the world. The Vienna Opera is one of the greatest opera companies in the world and the opera house is one of the most used opera houses in the world. It opened in 1869 with Mozart’s DON JUAN in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. I highly recommend taking a tour and even if you are not a fan of opera, try to take in an opera. There are standing room only seats and cheaper seats, so if you are bored, you can leave at intermission. Try to see a Mozart or Verdi Opera as they are really good introduction operas.
4. Have a Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher
The Hotel Sacher is one of the most famous ultra-luxury hotels and is a really really expensive place to stay. Famous guest including John F. Kennedy, Indira Gandhi and Queen Elizabeth. I am guessing since you are reading my blog that you cannot afford to stay here, but you should go inside and try their famed Sacher Torte. The Sacher Torte is a really good chocolate cake which you must try. While the hotel is too expensive to stay in, you can go into the Sacher Cafe and get yourself a Sacher Torte and a cup of coffee. It is an experience that cannot be missed.
5. Get out of town to the vineyards.
Vienna is Austria’s largest vine producer and it is the only country capital to be a major wine producer. To see the wine region of Vienna you want to go to a Heuriger. A heuriger is a traditional tavern that the wineries will sell wine and food. They are a little out of town and you can get there by public transportation. I recommend figuring out which one you want to go to before going. Here is a link of some.
I hope you enjoy your time in Vienna, I love it there.