One most beautiful cities in Central Europe, the capital of Austria – the magnificent city of Vienna (Wien) is one of my favourite cities in Europe as it is beautifully rich in art and culture. Moreover, Austria also shares boarders with other 8 countries making Vienna one of the top cities to visit and a stop-by destination in Europe.
A good one or two days is necessary to visit the main attractions of Vienna. You can complete the list in one day like I did depending on how long you would like to spend visiting each place especially the museums.
Since we’ll be spending only one day (and one night) here in Vienna, let’s waste no more time… let’s go!!
1. Schönbrunn Palace (Schloß Schönbrunn)
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most prominent landmarks of Vienna. It is located further away from the city centre to the Southwest of the city. There is a direct underground train here to Schönbrunn station.
I must say that this place is HUGE. There is the main palace which is a museum showcases amazing amazing interior and furniture (no photos allowed inside unfortunately) and is a must-do so if you’re short of time I recommend to choose to do only the palace only.
There are also other maze gardens, flower gardens, pavilions and many other small hills around the castle area. I recommend to give 1 hour for the main palace museum and 2-3 hours for other things at the least.
2. KUNSTHISTORISHCHES MUSEUM (THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS) & NATURHISTORISCHES MUSEUM (The Museum of Natural History)
These two museums are totally optional and open for you to decide as both require a bit of entrance fees. The two museums are across each other yet their contents are so different as the name suggested. My recommendation would be to go what you prefer, Kunsthistorishches Museum contains various paintings and statues while Naturhistorishches Museum displays numbers of animal skeletons and bodies.
3. TOWNHALL (RATHAUS)
Rathaus is basically town hall in German-speaking countries. They look so much different in each country yet so beautifully done. It is worth the time to come here if you appreciate architecture and building designs. It is another can’t-miss landmark of Vienna. You can reach here via Rathaus underground station.
4. YELLOW FOG BY OLAFUR ELIASSON
Now walk for about 10 minutes towards our next destination in Stephansplatz underground station which is where one of the major cathedrals St. Stephen of Vienna is located, you’ll pass this interesting yellow fog area along the way, it is worth to stop by. The fog comes every 30 seconds and lasts for another 30 seconds.
5. ST. STEPHEN’s CATHEDRAL
Located in Stephansplatz square, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the top tourist attractions in Vienna due to its amazing design especially the interiors. Unfortunately it was closed by the time I got there in the evening so I don’t have any pictures inside so please do Google it if you’re interested.
6. WIENER PRATER
A perfect way to end your evening is to come to one of the biggest public parks in Vienna. It is at the Praterstern Bf Underground station. It has Madame Tussauds wax museum and the Vienna ferris wheel (Wiener Riesenrad) at the entrance of the amusement park. It has many rides and activities to do such as roller coasters, haunted house and much more. The park opens 24 hours, Madame Tussauds last entry at 5pm/6pm and most of the rides in amusement parks open until midnight!
I you’re looking for something to fill you up there are a number of cafés and restaurants around the park so no need to worry :)!
All in all, one day in Vienna has been an experience for me! I absolutely recommend you to come visit this beautiful city! However, Vienna is not the only my favourite city in Austria. About 3 hours away (direct train) from Vienna locates one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the UNESCO World Heritage village of Hallstatt surrounded by the Hallstatt lake and the Dachstein mountain range. I know 3 hours is quite a long time but I can guarantee that it’s totally worth it!
That’s all for today guys and girls, I’ll see you again with new and exciting amazing destination next week! Stay awesome!
Kasidit Vongvatanapuntu (Kay)