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Guide to 3 Days in Vienna

Vienna is simply a marvelous city. To me it was exactly what I pictured when I thought of a classic European city; the grandiose palaces and historic architecture with it’s classical music concerts and sausage stands.

Vienna is the quintessential European city, not overwhelming but with just enough going on to keep you busy and excited for your time there.

We spent  a few days there and covered a lot of different sites and parts of the city. There is so much to do in Vienna that we barely even grazed the surface but with a few days you can get a brief introduction into what the city has to offer. If you’ll be spending 3 days in Vienna make sure to visit the attractions listed below.

 

  • Nasch Market – This market is the oldest and most famous market in Vienna. You’ll simply be amazed by the variety of items on sale here and the international flare. The market is open everyday except Sunday and makes for a perfect lunch stop to start off a Vienna tour.

nasch market

 

nasch market

 

  • Belvedere – The Belvedere is a Baroque palace complex consisting of the upper and lower belvedere, the orangery, palace stables and gardens, and was the home of Price Eugene of Savoy. The Upper Belevedere houses an art museum which is what we visited before strolling through the beautiful gardens.

belvedere

 

belvedere

  • Hofburg Palace – The Hofburg Palace served as the home at the Habsburg dynasty – the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is currently the official residence of the President of Austria. This was the Habsburg family’s winter home.

hofburg palace

 

  • Freud Residence – Museum covered the life of Sigmund Freud. He lived in this house from 1891 until 1938, when he was forced to leave due to his Jewish roots, and fled to London.

freud residence

 

  • Jewish Monument – This is the memorial to the 65,000 Austrian Jews who died in the Holocaust. In the nearby Misrachi house there is a museum with a permanent exhibition and information area with names and dates of the murdered Jews and the circumstances that led to their persecution.

 jewish monument

 

  • Soviet Victory Monument – A monument built by the Red Army to commemorate 17,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the battle for Vienna in World War II. This is a controversial memorial which the Viennese attempted to blow up several times, always stopped by the police.

victory-monument

 

  • Karlskirche – This is a Baroque church dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, one of the great reformers of the 16th century. Admission includes panoramic elevator ride up to the dome where you can admire the artwork.

karlskirche

 

karlskirche

 

  • Schonbrunn Palace – As the Hofburg Palace was the winter home to the Habsburgs the Schonbrunn was their summer home. This 1,441 room Rococo residence is massive with the palace and the gardens equally impressive.

schonbrunn-palace

 

schonbrunn-palace

 

  • Stephansdom – Romanesque gothic cathedral in the old town of Vienna. After exploring the cathedral and catacombs go up to the top of the tower to get a great view of the whole city of Vienna.

stephansdom

 

  • Classical Music Concert – Vienna is a great place to spend an evening at a Mozart classical music concert. There are several venues to choose from including the State Opera, Musikverein Golden Hall, Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and the Vienna Konzerthaus. We saw a concert at the Konzerthaus and were able to purchase discounted student tickets.

listening-to-classical-music

 

  • The Sausage Stand – We frequently ate at this sausage stand located right in the center of the city, at  Albertinaplatz. Delicious sausage with rye bread and beer. A must visit. We saw all sorts of characters buying from here – even the local policemen.

sausage-stand

sausage-stand

 

  • Wandering around central Vienna – One of the best ways to get a feel for a city is just to get lost in it. Put away the map and just explore the various streets and alleyways that make up central Vienna. Stop for a coffee, try a local dessert, and just take in everything that Vienna has to offer.

central-vienna

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8 Responses to Guide to 3 Days in Vienna

  1. Vicky,

    these are fabulous pics, thanks for sharing them. Am glad you loved my hometown Vienna, and you seem to have covered off all the essentials. Have you been there lately? Last week was Prince Eugene of Savoy’s 350th birthday – he was the former owner of Belvedere Palace, and I think they do a special exhibition about him.

    I have been to the Sigmund Freud Museum two months ago, and was glad I had a lovely tour guide with me to fill me in on the whole story of Sigmund’s life and Vienna 1900.

    Btw, Bitzinger’s sausage stand is my favourite!

    Barbara Cacao October 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM Reply
    • We were there in July (we’re a bit behind on blog updates) and had a great time. Truly a beautiful city and it must be a great place to call home! Thanks for reading!

      Vicky October 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM Reply
  2. Vicky,

    Hi loved your article but I have 1 question that you didn’t mention about cost incurred during your stay. That will be helpful.

    Thanks for the article.

    Ankush Jaggi October 24, 2013 at 4:25 AM Reply
    • We spent an average a $74 a day each in Austria including all costs. We have a post coming up with a wrap up of our stay so stay tuned for that to see more of a cost breakdown and see more details.

      Vicky October 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM Reply
  3. Vienna is one of those places which always seemed to be left behind in my travel list… Great overview, will come in handy when finally deciding on a visit. Safe travels!

    Lunaguava October 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM Reply
  4. Great pics of a great city. Makes me feel nostalgic – I stayed in Wien for two years. You were able to see just the tip of the iceberg (or Eisberg, as they call it), but I’m glad it was a good trip for you. You even saw a concert! 🙂 I was wondering why people in the pics were in shorts and summer clothing, since it’s supposed to be cold there already, when I read later that you were there in July. Then it made sense. Yesterday (the 26th) was the National Feiertag (Holiday), and there are free entrances to museums and lots of exhibitions in the city center. I think this weekend they’re supposed to “fall back” to “winter time”. I hope you’re enjoying your stay in the UK (which, according to the Brits, and even most Europeans, is not really Europe). lol If/when you guys come to the Philippines next year, it would be so cool to meet! Cheers!

    Katie October 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM Reply
  5. Great read. Thank you for posting! Heading to Vienna for a few days at the end of this month. Looking forward to some cool weather, Christmas markets, sausage, beer and fingers crossed for snow. I’m looking forward to our stay as I’ve been to Salzburg several times, this will be a nice change. I keep reading now here to go and what to see. Feel a little overwhelmed but I think we’ll just play it by ear and go with the flow. Any tips on Christmas markets?

    Kristine November 12, 2013 at 7:19 AM Reply
    • Vienna is a great city with no shortage of things to see or do. Unfortunately we don’t know much about the Christmas markets as we were there in the summer but wish you a great trip!

      Vicky November 14, 2013 at 7:27 AM Reply

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