When you arrive at the airport, don’t follow signs for the trains to the city. Instead, head to platforms 1 or 2 to take the local S Bahn. Although this takes ten minutes longer than the airport train, it is much cheaper. Once in the city itself, don’t be tempted to take public transport for short trips. The city is fairly small, so save money by using your own two feet instead. Its size also makes it perfect for a walking tour, but be careful not to step into the bike lanes while wandering around the city, unless you want to become roadkill!
Vienna is notoriously expensive, so it’s worth researching discount cards, like the Vienna Pass, before you go. Be sure to check the details thoroughly, as these are only worth purchasing if you plan on visiting lots of attractions. Keen to see the city’s museums and galleries? The good news is, you can get into most of them for free if you’re under 19, and many remove entry fees on the first Sunday of every month, including the Wien Museum and Military Museum.
Vienna has a range of high-end malls and concept shops for shopaholics, but it’s also worth exploring the city’s bustling markets. Riesenflohmarkt Wienerberg, for example, takes place each Sunday on the outskirts of town. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, as you have to trawl through piles of clothes and household items, but you can find a real bargain with a little haggling. Nashmarkt, meanwhile, is a popular flea market in the center. You can get your hands on jewelry and handbags, alongside great food, including oils, spices and handmade chocolates.
Speaking of food, don’t be tempted to only eat Vienna’s famed dishes while in the city. There are plenty of other Austrian delicacies you should try while in the city. Don’t miss out on the street food stands selling Kasekrainer, a bratwurst made with pork and beef, covered in melted cheese. Be sure to wash it down with a glass of local wine, made in Vienna’s own wine region, the Heurige.
If you’re visiting Vienna during the summer, you must take a dip along the Danube. Strandbad Gänsehäufel is one of the most popular riverside beaches; however, you have to pay an entry fee. Romaplatz, meanwhile, offers free entry and is much more relaxed, with its scenic, shady park setting. Whichever beach you choose, you’re bound to find great swimming spots, volleyball courts, and watersports including kitesurfing, sailing and water skiing. Remember: nudist beaches are popular in Vienna, so don’t be surprised if you see a little more than you were bargaining for.
Are you dreaming of a perfect walking tour in the City of Dreams? Our professional guides will show you the ins and outs of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Whether you’re interested in learning more about the Vienna’s classical music legacy or simply want to take in the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, you will not be disappointed on our tour. With all of the walking tours available these days though, why should you choose ours? Here are only five of the many reasons why you should join the Good Vienna Free Walking Tour.
From Belvedere to Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna has a whole host of beautiful landmarks. Once you’ve taken a walking tour and seen all that Austria’s capital has to offer, you might be in the mood to escape the city and explore its surroundings! Not sure where to start? Check out our tips for the best places to spend the day outside of Vienna!