Traveling is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. Especially traveling around Europe. I like most of the cities in Europe, because they have unique architecture and authentic history. While visiting different countries you can learn about their culture, try their traditional food and wine, etc. Vienna is one of those countries that offer so many good things such as delicious food, great sightseeing and beautiful architecture, etc. But Vienna is also known for many other things such as the famous Vienna Opera House and the delicious Sachertorte. Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria.
The Hotels & transportation:
While booking a hotel/motel/apartment it is important to consider the location. My recommendation is to book a hotel as near as possible to the center, because everything is there including the restaurants, the shops, some of the attractions, etc. I stayed in a hotel that was 10 minutes away from the St. Stephen Cathedral. Also, my advice is to buy tickets for public transportation, and in that way you can see most of the parts of the city. The ticket prize was not expensive at all and also includes a bus ticket and a free pass for some of the museums. In essence, there were tickets called “Vienna City Card” which were basically for unlimited rides through the city and also with these tickets you have various discounts in restaurants, shops, sight theatres, museums etc. There were many different package options from which you can choose.
Vienna like any other city in Europe offers different types of restaurants, but since you are there my recommendation is to try the popular dishes in Vienna, Austria. First, you should definitely try the well-known wurst mit Brotund bier (sausage with bread and beer). Second, the most popular Winner Schnitzel (veal coated in breadcrumbs and fried) is a must-try. And last but not least, try the Tafelspitz which is basically boiled beef. If you are into sweets then you should definitely try the Apple strudel, as well as the famous Sachertorte.
If you book a hotel near the center of Vienna, the first thing you should go and see is the St. Stephen Cathedral. This cathedral is located on the Stephensplatz, and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches. Also the architecture style of this cathedral is Romanesque and Gothic. Near the cathedral there are many restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques with the famous brands such as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, etc.
Second, at the end of the main pedestrian street filled with shops and restaurants you will see the magnificent Vienna State Opera House. The Vienna Opera House is one of the most well-known landmarks in this city. This particular building is known for many different events including The Vienna philharmonic New Year concert, different operas, ballet and even balls. Also, I think that every day the Opera House is open for tours. If you visit Vienna, you should definitely make time to see a show, and also take a tour of the Opera. The tour of the opera is not expensive and you can hear many cool and real stories about the opera, about the performances, the clothes that the performers wear, etc. As I remember correctly some of the rooms of the Opera House can be borrowed for birthday parties. In addition, there was a story about one performance I can’t remember if it was an opera or ballet, but one of the performers had to “die” and jump on a mattress behind the scenes, but it came back up and all the people were surprised. The next day the whole city was talking about it, but the people accepted it well. It was a hilarious story.
Third, the next place that should go and see is The Hofburg Imperial Palace.Today this Palace it’s the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna. Also, here you should visit the Sisi museum. The Sisi museum is about Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria. If you are a big history fan like me, this museum is the perfect place for you. I liked the concept of the museum every room is with photos, clothes and other different stuff that belonged to Elisabeth. On every photo there is a number that you can insert on your gadget and with the help of a headphone you can hear the story of that particular photo. It is a deep insight into Elisabeth’s life. It starts with her early life adventures, then the marriage with Franz Joseph I, her life, her family, her thoughts, her traveling and her tragic death at the end. She was the longest serving empress of Austria.
Now the next two places are not that near to the center, so you need to buy a ticket for the bus to go there. But don’t worry, it’s easy to find the right buses for the palaces.
Additionally, the next place you should go and seeis the Schönbrunn Palace.This palace is a former imperial summer residence and it is one of the most important cultural, architectural, and historical landmarks in the country. There is a beautiful garden between the palace and the Sun Fountain. Also the garden contains a maze among other things. All in all, it is a magnificent palace and a must-see attraction.
On the other hand, there is the Belvedere Palace.This is a historic building complex of two Baroque palaces and a big Baroque park between them called: Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere, and also there is the Belvedere museum. Both palaces are magnificent, but since you are there definitely go and see the Belvedere museum. The world’s largest art collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings lies in this museum located in the Upper Belvedere. The museum highlights are Klimt’s most famous paintings, The Kiss and Judith, and also other paintings from other painters as well.
Furthermore, you should take a break from exploring the cityand gorelax inthe Vienna Naschmarkt.It is Vienna’s most popular food market, with various restaurants and markets. Here you can find all kinds of cuisines, Austrian, Italian, Chinese etc.
And last but not least, if you have extra time, go visit the restaurants, coffee shops near the Danube Canal and the Prater Park. If you are with family the Prater Park will probably be a fun place for the kids. I personally wasn’t a big fan of the park, maybe because I’ve seen too many parks in my life. There was one thing that caught my attention and that was the Ferris wheel. So basically from there you can see the whole city, it was amazing.
At the end, these are most of the places that are must-see, there are probably a few more but there wasn’t enough time to see everything. Go check them out.