Guide to the city of Vienna in Austria
Let's talk a little about one of the oldest capitals in Europe and with a cultural heritage that astonishes its own and travelers.
Vienna has been summit of music during the nineteenth century and capital of political debate and philosophy throughout the twentieth century. Thanks, to these centuries Vienna was the residence of many characters that have gone down in history as Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss, Karla Popper, Sigmund Freud, or Viktor Kaplan among others.
But not everything is their community of intellectuals, musicians or philosophers. Vienna was city of emperors, and its palaces, cathedrals and churches They are architectural gems that make this city one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Its historic center was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site and only last year it received some 13 million travelers.
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Featured accommodations where to sleep in Vienna at this moment
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What are you going to find in this article?
- 1 I'm going on a trip to VIENNA (Austria) in 2019
- 1.1 Guide to the city of Vienna in Austria
- 1.2 Featured accommodations where to sleep in Vienna at this moment
- 1.3 Weather in Vienna
- 1.4 Best areas to stay in Vienna
- 1.5 How to get to the city of Vienna by plane
- 1.6 How can you move around the city of Vienna
- 1.7 Brief history about the city of Vienna
- 1.8 Knowing "free" the city of Vienna
- 1.9 The best thing you can see and do during your stay in Vienna
- 1.10 Other must-see of Vienna
- 1.11 Testing Austrian food
- 1.12 OTHER DESTINATIONS FROM AUSTRIA THAT COULD INTEREST YOU
Best areas to stay in Vienna
It is without a doubt the most expensive area to sleep in Vienna, although also the most comfortable, not in vain, we are talking about the old town. The average nightly rate in a downtown hotel it's usually around the 100 €, although in advance you can also find discounted hotels.
In this district, a large part of the tourist attractions from the city. In it is the Cathedral, the Opera, the Habsburg Palace, the Albertina, the National Library, the City Hall or the History of Art and Natural History museums to name a few.
When it comes to restaurants and shops there Fast-food restaurants like McDonalds or fancy restaurants and with more class.
This district has dozens of streets dedicated exclusively to pedestrian traffic, including the Kärntnerstrasse, and the luxurious Graben. It is an area eminently tradel that is characterized by its elegant buildings, their neatness, and their security.
If you do not want to be in the center, another good area to stay is in Leopoldstadt, a zone adjoining the 1 district, which can even be reached on foot, and where we will find an average of price of hotels more accessible that the center, also has much quieter streets, but that does not stop having interesting tourist attractions.
Leopoldstadt is well connected by metro and from areas near the canal It takes 10 minutes to get to the Cathedral on foot. You just have to cross one of the bridges that connect it to the center. In addition the airport bus stop stops at Morzinplatz, located on the bank of the canal on the side of the Innere Stadt.
In this area is the Prater, and is characterized by its large green areas.
Today Leopoldstadt is an area in the process of being remodeled to become a neighborhood highly valued by young professionals and young creative. The constant opening of cafes and restaurants, and the dynamism of the neighborhood have made it one of the most desirable areas of Vienna to live.
Wieden, together with Mariahilf and Neubau, is one of the favorites to sleep in Vienna. It borders an area of the old town very close to the great attractions of the city such as the Opera, the Museum Quarter or the Hofburg.
La location is pretty good: very close to Belvedere Palace, one of the main tourist attractions and about 20 minutes walk from the center of Vienna. Also you have very close the Wien Hauptbanhof (central station), so it is a very well communicated area.
Kärnerstrasse, the main boulevard in the center of the city, becomes Wiedner-Hauptstrasse when entering this district, and the Südbahnhof railway station, one of the two main ones, is at the southern end. This district is one of the best options for stay in Vienna.
In this area the accommodation can leave you below what it would cost you to pay in an apartment or a pension in the Viennese center.
Landstrasse is located southeast of the historic center. It is characterized by elegance of the architecture of their buildings. In it there are tourist attractions such as the Palace gazebo, the Schwarzenberg Palace, the Hundertwasserhaus, and the Konzerthaus, in addition to the one known as the diplomatic quarter, a small area that hosts several embassies.
Several embassies are located in a small section of Landstrasse known as the Vienna diplomatic quarter. The railway station Wien Mitte and the city's air terminal are also here. This is one of the most practical districts for to stay in Vienna.
In this district you can see more of the imperial charm of Vienna. The streets are dotted with churches, monuments and palaces, such as the great palace of Schwarzenberg and the Konzerthaus (concert house).
The bad thing about this area is that there is not as much offer as in the other areas, so you have to Search well and in advance.
How to get to the city of Vienna by plane
Getting to Vienna by plane is usually the most used option. Getting to Vienna by plane is quite easy as Vienna has even its own airline (Austrian Airlines) which has flights from different parts of the world. If you travel to Vienna by plane, you will arrive at Schwechat airport, which is the international airport of Vienna.
Our recommendation is that use a good flight comparator to locate the flight that best suits your needs, here we leave one to facilitate the work of looking for.
Move from the Vienna airport
The airport of Vienna is one of the best communications in Europe and presents many options to go to the city. According to budget we have 4 means of transport:
CAT or City Airport Train: The CAT is the train that goes from the airport to the city, stop Landstrasse - Wien Mitte, from where you can take a subway. The journey is about 16 minutes and does not make stops, also passes each 30 minutes and the price is quite cheap.
El bus: The airport bus is great because the journey takes about 20 minutes and stops at many points in the city.
El S-Bahn: This means many tourists use it. It is a commuter train that stops at several points in Vienna. It leaves you at the Landstrasse station but the good thing is that the ticket includes metro.
Taxi: it is the most expensive means to go from the airport to the city. The journey usually lasts about 30 minutes.
Arrive to Vienna by train
It is also possible to get to Vienna by rail, of course, from anywhere in Europe, since Vienna has rail lines that connect it to many of the European cities. The most frequent and most habitual rail journeys in Vienna are those that arrive from Venice y Paris.
Reach Vienna by car
Arrive to Vienna by boat
It is possible to get to Vienna by boat, but only in the months of April to October and reach the Danube from Bratislava, Wachau or Budapest, disembark at Danoudampfschillsgesellschft. There are many cruise companies that offer trips to Vienna.
How can you move around the city of Vienna
If you are traveling to Vienna, it is advisable that in order to make transportation in the city more economical, you will acquire the Vienna Pass, which will also serve you to enter Museums and other tourist sites. You can buy it in hotels and tourist information stands and it is valid for 4 days.
Moving in Vienna is usually quite simple, since Vienna has very good public transport, in good condition, with schedules from the 5 am, to the 12 am.
Getting around Vienna by metro
As in all cities you can move by bus, taxi, tram or on foot, but one of the most important transports in Vienna is its subway or Ubhan-Sbahn. Within each station you can get a complete map of the lines to move around the city.
In all metro stations there are machines that are usually red and you can buy tickets, you can also select the language so it is much easier not to make mistakes. You have all kinds of tickets: individual, 24h, 48, 72h and even weekly.
These tickets are used for buses, for the tram and for the meters, so it is the best option if you are going to visit Vienna and want to go to many places.
Once you buy, you have to go to validate it to other machines inside the stations, which are usually yellow or blue. Remember that, if a reviewer catches you with the ticket without validating it is a 100 € the fine that you can get and the Austrians take it very seriously.
The only thing that must be taken into account, that the tickets that go for hours, for example the one of 24h begins to count from the hour that is worth it, so if you validated it to the 11 it will be worth until the 11 am of the following day, and not all the following day as many people think.
Getting around Vienna by Tram
Vienna has the longest tram lines in the world. The trams are red and white, and these have been disappearing, but they are still quite used, especially by tourists. It is said that the 1 and 2 lines are the most used by tourists.
Moving port Vienna by Bus
It is easy to get around in Vienna by bus, but it is not recommended, not because of poor quality of service, but the trams and metro covers many corners that cover buses and the price and quality often tend to be better. You can find the night buses very useful, those that run from the 12: 30 am to the 5 am. Timetable in which the subway and the tram do not circulate.
Move around Vienna
Anyway, if what interests you is move and visit the surroundings, rent a car, we leave you next a car rental comparator so you can see the best offer in the city.
Brief history about the city of Vienna
El name of the city of Vienna is a derivative of previous names that at the end made reference to the name of Celtic origin with which the Romans baptized it: Vindobona, that means white city.
The city is founded thanks to a large Roman camp which was located in what is Vienna, the camp was strategically placed by the Romans, who were trying to control the Panonio region, then it was used as a military defense point and so it lasted for several centuries.
In the Middle Ages Vienna suffers some Barbarian invasions, but its power is recovered by the great Charlemagne, afterwards it was a city totally committed to the war of the crusades and for that reason it was storage of provisions and weapons that were used for the war.
After the religious war, Vienna did not have much peace After that came the Napoleonic Wars and different conflicts that were generated by the interest of conquest of some empires such as the Ottoman and Turkish. In 1938 suffered the Nazi invasions by the Furher and in 1955 when Austria regains its independence Vienna becomes its capital.
Knowing "free" the city of Vienna
Vienna is divided by districts like Paris, it goes from the 1 district to the 23, being the 1 what is considered the old part of the city. You're not going to make a mistake because it always comes out on maps surrounded by a yellow ring called Gürtel or Ring.
One of the best proposals to know the city of Vienna are the famous free tours.
The guides of free tours are usually quite entertaining and fun, since their tips are played more or less high.The good thing about these is that you pay according to your experience and always when the visit ends.
In this way, you can get to know the city and the tip that is usually paid for a free 2h tour is approximately 10-15 € per person.
We recommend you Guruwalk, international free tours platform where you can see ratings of travelers who have already done the free tour and choose the best free tours for this beautiful city.
The best thing you can see and do during your stay in Vienna
Other must-see of Vienna
Stadpark: Nice park in the middle of the city with an English style and where you can find the golden statue of Strauss, with which he pays homage to the Austrian composer. In addition this park dates from 1862, it is recognized as one of the oldest parks in the city.
Eis Gleissler ice cream parlor: It is one of the first "bio" ice cream shops in the city and its ice creams are handmade. The queues are very long but it is worth eating a good Eis Gleissler ice cream. Located next to the cathedral, but not for it is an expensive ice cream shop, in fact it is one of the cheapest in the city and has a great assortment of flavors.
25 Hours Hotel: It is one of the hotels in the city of Vienna, but the famous is the roof top, where you can have a drink, relax and enjoy the wonderful views of the Austrian capital.
Donaukanal: Walk along the canal, seeing graffiti on its streets that are also legal and a whole work of art. The channel can be reached from thousands of different points, but in summer near the Schwedenplatz you can enjoy its terraces and its music. We recommend one of the Vienna's most famous free tours, where they teach you all the graffiti art of the city.
Testing Austrian food
The gastronomic culture of Austria is quite extensive but we want to tell you the dishes that you have to try before leaving Vienna.
Schnitzel: This dish is super typical in Austria, it consists of a chicken breaded but macerated with many spices and it is incredible. One of the best restaurants where they make schnitzel is the "plachutta". The portions are giant, so you can ask for it to share, in addition they always accompany it with the karttofelnsalat or boiled potato salad.
Würlst: This dish comes imported from Germany, although in Vienna they make them very good. These sausages are usually eaten in a hot dog and we advise you to ask them for the stands that are on the street since they are the ones that do it best.
Tafelspitz: It is a very typical Austrian dish not as well known as the Schnitzel, although delicious. It is a pot where they make a soup with meat and vegetables. They serve it all together but it is usually eaten separately, a kind of forceful stew. For the cold months it's great, it warms you from top to bottom.
The Sacher cake: If the Schnitzel is famous, this cake is already international. It is an incredible chocolate cake that hides a layer of jam inside and that also serve you sprinkled with whipped cream. There are no words to describe its flavor.
Krapfen: Another typical and authentic post. A bun type donuts but without hole and that is also filled with jam, terrific.