10 Ways to Enjoy Vienna

10 Ways to Enjoy Vienna

I hate to admit it, but by the time we reached Vienna, I was pretty burnt out.

As the half-way point in our trip, I feel like I didn’t give Vienna a proper chance. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the city, but it just seemed to be missing that special something. Looking back I really can’t find any fault but my own.

I guess I was just tired.

I was sick of moving to a new hotel every day and really just needed to slow down. We had three days in Vienna but for the majority of that time I just wanted to sit on a park bench and do absolutely nothing.

That’s not to say I didn’t explore the city at all– because of course I did, but if I could, I’d do Vienna all over again. And properly.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite things we did in Vienna and also some things I’d love to do next time around:

Step one: Rent an Apartment

Like I said before, I was sick of moving from hotel to hotel. We found the hotels in Vienna to be expensive, and next time I’ll be looking for a quaint apartment to rent instead.

There are plenty of options to choose from; plus, apartment rentals are just a better value and more relaxed. Seeing as I didn’t really care for Vienna as a tourist, I think I’d love exploring it more like a local!

Lose your senses in the market

Vienna - July 2014

One of my favorite things in all of Vienna was the Nachtsmarkt. What can I say? I’m a sucker for markets!

With over 100 vendors and stalls, this is one of the area’s biggest markets and oldest– dating back to the 16th century. Filled with exotic fruits and spices galore, I almost felt like I was walking through the markets of Turkey or Morocco.

Enjoy a day at Schönbrunn Palace

We almost didn’t make it here. Oh how sad I would have been!

Bags in tow, we made a quick stop here before hopping on our overnight train to Venice. Because we were short on time, we only stayed an hour, but you could easily spend all day here. With our amount of time we didn’t even get to go inside the palace, but the gardens were worth the trip alone.

Listen to some music

Vienna - July 2014  Vienna - July 2014

Vienna is known for its history of music and its amazingly talented philharmonic. Unfortunately, they don’t perform at all in summer, and instead people sit out in the park watching past performances played on large viewing screens.

We sadly didn’t get to experience that either, but we did encounter lots of street musicians all over the city. So whether it’s the Vienna Philharmonic or just a unicorn playing the accordion, get out there and listen to some music!

Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

With its beautiful, multi-colored roof, this Cathedral has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Vienna. It is considered the country’s most important (and impressive) gothic building, and as such it draws tourists from all over.

If you’d like to get a good look inside before it gets too crowded or you’d like to climb its 343-step tower, make sure to arrive early.

Indulge at Demel

Vienna - July 2014

Established in 1786, Demel is one of the most prestigious patisseries and chocolatiers in Vienna.  Of course, no trip to Vienna is complete without indulging in desserts, so you might as well do so in style.

With so many delicious looking cakes and tortes in their window, it was hard to choose just one!

Explore the architecture

Vienna is rich with architecture originating from all different time periods. The city is home to over 1,700 bridges and even more statues.

Every time we turned the corner I continually found myself reaching for my camera. I found it to be, from an architectural standpoint, one of the most picturesque cities in Europe.

Take a horse and carriage ride

Vienna - July 2014

Vienna is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, and after running around, we were tired.

As we were wandering through the touristy areas, we kept seeing horse-drawn carriages passing by. So if you’re looking for a more leisurely way to explore the city, consider this!

Take a day trip outside the city

Of course there is plenty to do IN Vienna, but it also makes a great hub for day trips nearby.

During our trip, we had the pleasure of sailing down the Danube to Bratislava for a day and also got to explore the Sound of Music in Salzburg.

Stroll through the many parks

Vienna - July 2014

Vienna is such a beautiful city filled with green spaces and parks. All the ones we wandered through were meticulously manicured and filled with flowers.

Taking some time to actually stop and smell the roses, especially when we needed a break from tourist activities, was perfect.

Eat more desserts

So this might actually be number eleven– but who’s counting? Especially when it comes to desserts!

 

Have you been to Vienna? What are your favorite things to do there?

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70 Comments

  1. March 13, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Thanks for these great travel tips! I’ve been to Austria, but just Innsbruck and Salzburg (you can read about these trips on my blog, if you’re interested!). I really wanted to check out Vienna, but I just ran out of time. I’ll keep these tips in mind for when I am able to make it out there :)

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:17 am

      I hope you get to visit! I also went to Salzburg, but didn’t make it to Innsbruck! Would love to in the future though– until then, I’ll just have to live through your blog posts on it ;)

  2. March 13, 2015 / 12:20 am

    I would love to visit Vienna someday! Sounds like a great list of things to do there!

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:20 am

      There’s so much to do! Especially if you go in spring or fall.

  3. CourtneyLynne
    March 12, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Vienna sounds like such an amazing place to visit!!!! I just love the architectur all over Europe so I’m sure I would love Viennas just the same :):)

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:21 am

      Vienna has beautiful architecture! Some of my favorite in all of Europe.

  4. March 12, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Pinning! Vienna is on my list of places I want to travel so I am saving this for later.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:22 am

      Thanks for pinning! Vienna is beautiful!

  5. March 12, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    I would definitely love to go to the place one of these days – I have to tell my mom all about it.. she’ll love it there for sure!

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:40 am

      Vienna is a great city! I took my mother there actually and she really loved it.

  6. March 12, 2015 / 3:44 am

    Oh there are so many things to do when you’re in Vienna. I hope I can visit it someday.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:42 am

      There are! Even more so if you don’t visit in summer like we did ;)

  7. March 11, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Aww man I would love to go to Vienna. I want to travel so much but I have to wait until my kids get older.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:44 am

      Yeah, I can imagine traveling with children would be difficult– but I do know many who do it. It would be great to show them other parts of the world!

  8. March 11, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I can only imagine how tired you must have been though, so that’s understandable. That market would have had me lost for hours! lol

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:44 am

      Haha, the market was so great though! But yes, very tiring!!

  9. March 11, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    This looks like some great tips. I will have to try them when I get out to Vienna one day.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:46 am

      Yes! I hope you make it there. It’s also very easy to visit other parts of Europe from there as well.

  10. Ann Bacciaglia
    March 11, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I have never been to Vienna before. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I will have to do some more research on Vienna.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:47 am

      You should! It’s a fascinating city.

  11. March 11, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    I think Vienna is absolutely beautiful. It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited, with an amazing amount to do, and also the most fantastic cakes. I’m glad it won you over….

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:54 am

      Oh the cakes…. ;)

  12. March 11, 2015 / 10:44 am

    The architecture in Europe is definitely something that is a must-see. I would love to visit Vienna someday – if I get lucky to win the lottery. LOL.

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:54 am

      It’s actually much more affordable than people may think– especially with the Euro now dropping.

  13. March 10, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Oh flowers! I miss the sight of flowers and grass, that garden looks like a beautiful place to go for a walk right now!

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 4:59 am

      That’s how I felt living in Hong Kong!! I really missed seeing grass, haha.

  14. March 10, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    One day…oh yes, one day, I have every intention of going to Vienna. It’s been on my top 10 places to see since I was a little kid

    • Beth Williams
      April 8, 2015 / 5:00 am

      That’s awesome!! Since you’ve wanted to go so long I really hope you make it there soon!

  15. March 10, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Of all the places I visited while living in Europe, this one I missed! I totally regret it now!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Aw, I hope you get to go back someday! That’s so awesome you lived in Europe– where abouts?

  16. March 10, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    “Established in 1786, Demel ” Any place like that is a dream come true for me. I would love to visit places and travel more of the world someday.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      I hope you get to travel more in the future!

  17. March 10, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I have always wanted to explore Vienna and all of Europe. The desserts sound so good. Save me one!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:19 pm

      The desserts were amazing!!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:20 pm

      I hope you get the chance to go someday!

  18. March 10, 2015 / 6:08 am

    It is my DREAM to go to Vienna!!! I really loved this post and now I really want to spend all of my money and go haha!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:33 pm

      Vienna is lovely!

  19. March 10, 2015 / 2:55 am

    This is wonderful – saving this post in one of my Flipboard mags! I am toying with the idea of renting an apartment in my next trip ( it’ll be in Osaka ) … it seems like it’s the way to go because it’s convenient and would really give me that ‘local’ experience. It is prolly super safe in Vienna. I’m definitely going to try Demel.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      I keep hearing about Flipboard… what is it?! Also, Osaka would be a great place to rent an apartment!

  20. March 10, 2015 / 12:37 am

    I’m sorry you didn’t get to enjoy Vienna on your way through, but I probably wouldn’t have either given the circumstances. If I’m able to go one day, I hope to be able to scroll through the local market. Going through market places has always been a favorite pass time.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Wandering through markets is my all time favorite!

  21. Elizabeth O.
    March 10, 2015 / 12:31 am

    I’d love to go back to Austria! Even the supermarket is a tourist spot, right?

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Pretty sure everything there is touristy :)

  22. March 9, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    I have never been there before, but it sounds like a lovely place to visit! I’ll have to add it to my travel bucket list. :)

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      It was very lovely! I hope you get the chance to go.

  23. March 9, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    That market looks so insane, all those spices!? How could you even decide?

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      I know, right? I don’t think I even knew what half of them were!

  24. Daniela
    March 9, 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Wow. Vienna looks so beautiful (not to mention that cake)! I will have to add it to my “to visit” list!

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:50 pm

      Vienna had the best desserts ever!

  25. March 9, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Such loveliness! Your posts always provoke my wanderlust!

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:50 pm

      Thanks Erin! I hope you get to travel somewhere soon :)

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:51 pm

      Vienna was a fun city. I hope to revisit it so I can enjoy it more next time around!

  26. March 9, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I would absolutely enjoy a trip to Vienna. I could make sure to try as many different things as I could fit in my schedule.

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      I’m sure you’d have an excellent time!

  27. March 9, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    Oh how I would LOVE to visit and explore Vienna. How amazing. This is a great post. I’ll have to remember if I ever get there!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      I hope you make it there!

  28. March 9, 2015 / 4:54 pm

    The cathedral would be a huge draw for me – I would love that. But the markets, I might not even come out of! How exciting, I love shopping in market places!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:39 pm

      The markets were the best part…
      But the cathedral was also pretty cool! :)

  29. michele d
    March 9, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit there. Your information has made my mind up to book sooner than later. I’m looking forward to a wonderful vacation there.

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:52 pm

      I hope you make it there!

  30. March 9, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I’d love to visit Austria. From the buildings to the pavers, the architecture is just amazing. It’s so beautiful!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:39 pm

      It was a lot more beautiful than I expected!

  31. March 9, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    We took a horse and carriage ride when we visited Jejudo in South Korea and it was fun! I ride of the same in Vienna would be nice!

    • Beth Williams
      March 10, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      That sounds so fun! I’ve never been on a horse and carriage ride.

  32. March 9, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Vienna looks gorgeous! I’d love to visit and see all the lovely architecture. Thanks!

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:52 pm

      The architecture was simply stunning!

  33. March 9, 2015 / 11:20 am

    I would love to go to Vienna. My aunt and uncle go every year and they say it’s fabulous.

    • Beth Williams
      March 9, 2015 / 10:52 pm

      Jealous that they get to go so often!