Depending on what time of year you visit, there are countless things to do with your free time. Beside the classic museums, buildings of imperial architecture and the main city attraction spots, some "must-sees" we also recommend are the Schönnbrunn Castle, The Museums Quartier (MQ), and The Donauturm.
There are also many less widely-known places of interest that are enjoyed by the locals.
From May to October, Vienna is a lush green city with millions of square metres of parks dotted around the city and a giant nature park called Prater, famous for the wheel, in the 2nd district near the Danube.
Whether you hire a bike or just walk, you can visit the cool Naschmarkt , the Wienfluss (the river crossing the centre), the beautiful Alte Donau (old Danube) or the Donauinsel reservoir (northeast of the city centre), or simply hang around the hundreds of bars, cafes and restaurants in town.
The Wienerwald, is an immense nature hub of woody hills just 20 minutes west of the city centre, which is a must-do for a relaxing hike in the woods.
Don't forget to visit the manyHeurigen, especially in the 18th and 19th districts, as well as the 21st district further north. These "Osteria" serve family food and excellent white wine from local vineyards at very reasonable prices.
In the summer, the Viennese cool off in hundreds of pools or swim in the Alte Donau, while visiting the island of Gänsehäufel, for instance. You can enjoy a fun meal on a small restaurant boat, or paddle-board across the Alte Donau.
At night, you can hop by the Summer Stage on the river, enjoy excellent food and drink, maybe during a TV sport event, visit The Rathaus (The Town Hall), or simply go for a meal in your favourite place in town. Beside the excellent Viennese and Austrian fare, food in Vienna is extremely international and varied. Don't forget to try a Schnitzel before you leave!
In winter, you can enjoy the legendary Christmas markets from around mid-November and sample exquisite punch, mulled wine and traditional food, as well as see the Rathaus night lights. Historical cafes are a must, with incredible cakes and treats. Take a walk in Graben in the heart of the city and sneak into the celebrated tartine maker, Trezniewski , for a tasty treat washed down with prosecco.
Vienna architecture is in many ways attractive. The tour of the Ring, the belt around the city center, is a must , either via tram or car, or walking from the very center , through the Hofburg, to the parliament and the Rathaus, the Town Hall. You can admire Klimt's world-famous "Kiss" and Dürer's "Hare" in Vienna's best museums, or visit the world's largest Bruegel collection.
Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. More
The famous Christmas Markets are something you don't want to miss if you happen to visit between Half November and December 23rd. Less celebrated but sometimes more exciting activities that the locals love, are visiting the vineyards and woods, go for a hike in summer and fall, or spending time in the cozy Spittelberg area (at walking distance from the studio). Vienna is one of the cities in the world with the largest number of green and recreational park areas. In summer, you could swim in the Alte Donau, or chill around the 20 km of green reservoir of Donau Insel, in the middle of the Danube, or at the huge Prater, the city main natural park. More
Vienna's architectural displays represent a wide array of time periods and styles. The popular Art Deco style, or Jugendstil, impresses visitors with its bold design and façade. This walking tour will introduce you to some of Vienna's modern buildings of the 20th century. More
Enjoyment of Art and Joie de Vivre: With about 70 cultural facilities, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world. The many courtyards, cafés, and shops throughout the complex lend it the additional quality of being an urban living room and an oasis of calm and recreation in the middle of the city. Historic buildings from the 18th and 19th century and contemporary museums form a unique architectural ensemble and create a special ambience. MQ
Our favorite historical cafes:
Modern and Interesting Bars and cafes:
Some or our favorite food (affordable, fair):
Summer Stage , Neni at Naschmarkt , Orient Occident , Naschmarkt Deli, Suk Sushi Bar , So Und Jezt, Teka Sushi , Rebhun, Strand Beisl am Alte Donau...Mas, Maschu Maschu, Hausl am Stoan (in the Viennese woods ...
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