Vienna, Austria’s capital, is a city of grandeur, art, and history. With its imperial architecture, world-class museums, and vibrant cultural scene, Vienna is a perfect destination for a short but enriching visit. Whatever your reason for visiting, this guide will help you make the most of your 3 days in Vienna. Discover hidden gems, indulge in local culture, and create unforgettable memories in this magnificent city.

Vienna, often referred to as the “City of Music,” is a traveller’s delight. Its historic charm, coupled with modern attractions, makes it a perfect destination for a short trip. In this guide, we’ll take you through an itinerary that will help you experience the best of Vienna in 3 days. From iconic landmarks to lesser-known spots, get ready to explore this beautiful city.

Our 3 day Vienna itinerary covers all of the best things to do in Vienna, including where to stay, where to eat and all of the best of Vienna’s attractions. There are so many wonderful things to see in Vienna so let’s get started. We have it all covered for you.

Is Vienna Worth Visiting?

Absolutely, Vienna is worth visiting. This city, with its rich tapestry of history, culture, and modern vibrancy, offers an experience like no other. Before going to Vienna, we knew that it was going to be pretty. We weren’t, however, prepared for Vienna to leap-frog every other European city that we have visited and jump straight into the lead position of our favourite cities. Vienna is just so charming, with each street being prettier than the next. It is an absolute feast for the senses. Imagine a place where the echoes of Mozart and Beethoven float through the air, mixing with the lively chatter of people speaking a dozen different languages on every corner. This city is a mesmerizing blend of imperial elegance and vibrant modern life.

We savoured incredible music, indulged in heavenly cake, and tasted some of the finest wines Austria has to offer. And the coffee? Don’t get us started! From the bustling coffee houses (Kaffeehäuser) in the morning to the relaxed, soothing vibe of the evening wine taverns (Heurigen), Vienna pulses with an infectious energy that’s impossible to resist.

Tips for Visiting Vienna

Before visiting Vienna, here are some essentials to keep in mind:

  1. Language: German is the official language, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
  2. Currency: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Vienna.
  3. Public Transport: Vienna has an excellent public transport system, including trams, buses, and the U-Bahn (subway). Consider purchasing a Vienna Card for unlimited travel and discounts at various attractions.
  4. Climate: Vienna experiences four distinct seasons. Summers can be warm, while winters can be cold and snowy. Pack accordingly.
  5. Cultural Etiquette: Austrians value punctuality and politeness. It’s customary to greet people with a handshake and maintain eye contact.
  6. Dining: Try traditional Viennese cuisine such as Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte, and Apfelstrudel. Tipping around 5-10% is customary in restaurants.
  7. Sights to See: Must-visit attractions include Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg, and the Belvedere Palace. Also, explore the city’s numerous museums and art galleries. We absolutely loved this guided walking tour of Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. More importantly we got to skip the line!
  8. Music and Events: Vienna is famous for its classical music heritage. Attend a concert at the Musikverein or the Vienna State Opera. We went to experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concert in Karlskirche and it was such a treat. Look out for seasonal events and festivals, such as the Vienna Film Festival and Christmas markets.
  9. Local Laws and Safety: Vienna is a very safe city, but as with any major city, be mindful of your belongings. Smoking is prohibited in public indoor spaces, including restaurants and cafes.
  10. Electricity: Austria uses the standard European plug type C and F, with a voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz. Ensure you have the necessary adapters for your electronics.
  11. Travel Insurance: We learned the hard way never to travel without travel insurance.
  12. Stay Connected: Organise youe eSIM before you travel, so that you can always stay connected.

Being aware of these essentials will help you make the most of your visit to Vienna and enjoy all that this beautiful city has to offer.

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The Ultimate 3 day Vienna itinerary

Without a doubt it is one of the most elegant cities that we have been to, with architecture dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire that will take your breath away. There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous city and quite frankly it is hard to fit it all in. We are narrowing it down for you with our list of the best things to do in Vienna and covering it all in our ultimate 3 day Vienna itinerary.

Is 3 Days in Vienna Enough?

Three days in Vienna can be sufficient to experience the city’s highlights and get a good sense of its charm. No matter how much time you have in Vienna there is plenty to keep you entertained. Whether it is 3 days or 2 weeks we guarantee you will not be bored in this beautiful city. We had 3 days in Vienna and literally ran all over the city, packing as much in as possible to road-test the best things to do in Vienna, so that you can get the most out of your time there. It might not seem plausible but in one day we walked almost 60,000 steps! Ok it might have involved a slight detour to a golf shop for Ronan but we wanted to see it all so that we could tell you guys the best things to do in Vienna in 3 days. We really want this to be a comprehensive guide to Vienna, so that you can best plan your time in this wonderful city.

If you find yourself having a long layover in Vienna and don’t want to spend your time waiting in the airport, check out this guide on what to do during a long layover in Vienna.

What is Vienna famous for?

Apart from the most wonderful art and architecture, Vienna offers many unique experiences. From traditional coffeehouse culture, magical Christmas markets to vineyard hopping in the city itself! Where else can you find such a diverse range of things to do within a city?

A woman walks under beautiful arches in Vienna, Austria, on a 3-day trip.

How to get to Vienna?

By Plane:

Vienna’s central European location means that getting to Vienna couldn’t be easier. Vienna airport is approximately 9 miles outside of the city and many airlines fly directly there. To keep costs low we flew through Ryanair with Laudamotion but airlines such as KLM, AerLingus, AirFrance and Lufthansa all have direct flights there. I recommend using Skyscanner or Hopper to find your cheapest flights but book directly through the airline itself.

Getting to the city itself from the airport is easy. We took the City-Airport-Train (CAT) and found ourselves right in the city centre within 15 minutes.

By Train:

The train is a comfortable way to travel to Vienna from most European cities. The tickets issued by Sparschiene Österreich and Sparschiene Europa are a particularly affordable way to travel. As these tickets are released in blocks, they should be booked as early as possible (up to six months before departure).

Night train ÖBB Nightjet

Travelling overnight makes sure you don’t waste valuable holiday time. You can choose a standard seat, couchette or sleeper carriage and arrive in Vienna rested and ready to explore. Individual seats or entire compartments can be booked (e.g. a private compartment in the couchette car for a special price, particularly suitable for families).
Discounted Sparschiene tickets can also be booked on all night trains.

The Westbahn only offers connections for passenger trains between Vienna and Salzburg. People under 26 years of age can ride the train as often as they like with the Sommerhit ticket during the summer holidays. We especially loved this private tour of Salzburg by train and always use GetYourGuide to book all of our tours and excursions.

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By Car:

If you choose to rent a car and drive to Vienna or take the bus you can be assured a safe journey on Vienna’s network of motorways. As tolls are compulsory on all motorways and expressways in Austria, you will also need a vignette to use Vienna’s city motorways. You can find detailed information on the toll charges here. The route planner will help you find the best way to Vienna.

Where to stay in Vienna

We are about to recommend one of the most fun hotels we have ever stayed in! With a bright neon sign on the way in announcing “We’re all mad here” and bicycles lined up outside encouraging you to “ride it like you stole it”, we just knew this was our kind of place.

Exterior of 25 hours hotel in Vienna with neon sign that reads "we are all mad here".

Every room at the 25 hours hotel in Vienna is designed in a quirky circus theme that will heighten all of your senses. Everyone is welcome here and the daft and the curious are most definitely celebrated. You can choose your room size from M to XL. We stayed in a M and it was more than enough size wise. Some rooms even come with a bath on your balcony!

Woman in bed reading a book, in a circus themed hotel room at 25hours hotel Vienna.
Circus theme room at 25 hours Hotel
Circus theme bedroom at 25 hours hotel in Vienna Austria
Circus themed hotel room with outdoor bath at 25hours hotel in Vienna.
Circus themed hotel room at 25hours hotel Vienna.

The 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier lies directly between the Volkstheater and Town Hall on 1–3 Lerchenfelder Strasse and is only a four minute walk from the Volkstheater U-Bahn station. This means you can easily get to all of Vienna’s main sights. We thought it was a great location.

Reading nook at 25hours hotel in Vienna Austria
Reading nook at 25 hours Hotel
Pinball machine in 25hours hotel in Vienna Austria
Who doesn’t love pinball?
A pint of beer
Can we get an Amen!
Woman sitting on a couch swing in 25hours hotel Vienna the best place to stay for 3 days in Vienna
Did somebody say couch swing?
lobby of 25hours hotel in Vienna Austria
Lobby goals

Rooftop bar with views of Vienna at night at 25hours Hotel Museum Quarter.

25 Hours (the extra hour is for party!) is a hotel that boasts both a Mermaid’s cave and the best rooftop bar. This hotel is most definitely an experience and one that we highly recommend.

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How to get around Vienna.

Vienna is more than just Schnitzel and Sachertorte, although let’s admit it both of those things alone are reason enough to visit Vienna. Vienna’s top attractions are easy to get to because the city is relatively small. We mostly used the city’s public transport to get around and with the Vienna Pass you will also get discounts to some of Vienna’s museums and attractions.

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The four main forms of transport are U-Bahn (subway), Schnellbahn or S-Bahn (local train), Straßenbahn (tram) and Autobus (bus). Vienna works on an honesty system with no ticket barriers at stations and no formal, permanent ticket checks on the subway, local trains, trams and buses. You just hop on and off without inspection. You still need to buy a ticket however! We had a scary experience in Prague where we had bought our ticket for the tram but didn’t realise that you had to validate it. Within seconds we were being dragged off the tram by two burly tram ticket inspectors with threats of being brought to a police station unless we payed a really hefty fine. It is a mistake we will never make again!

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So a lack of ticket inspection in Vienna doesn’t mean that there is zero ticket inspection, so avoid the embarrassment and the large fine by always purchasing (and validating if neccessary) your ticket. You can buy your tickets from ticket offices in the main stations, ticket machines in stations, the Wiener Linien online store and (for some basic tickets) from Trafik newsagents/tobacconists.

What to eat in Vienna

The best way to experience a city is through its food in our opinion. Here’s a quick look at some of the must-eats during your 3 days in Vienna:

Sacher-tort – This famous chocolate cake is one of the most decadent desserts and is shipped all over the world.

Schnitzel – you can’t go to Vienna without a wiener schnitzel. The most famous is Figlmüller Bäckerstraße but there are plenty of restaurants around that serve this dish.

Finger sandwiches – These little sandwiches are the perfect light lunch or snack. Be sure to stop by Trzesniewski, who made these sandwiches popular, to sample some.

Apple strudel – Sweet, cinnamon and apple filled pastry. Need we say any more?

Coffee – If you have been here for a while you will know that we like our coffee and enjoying a coffee in Vienna is a must. Café Central is a gorgeous place to soak up the grandeur of Vienna with some amazing coffee and sacher-tort .

Sacher tort and coffee in Vienna Austria

How to Spend the Best 72 hours in Vienna

So without further ado here are the best things to do in Vienna in just 72 hours. We were able to visit all of these attractions during our 3 days in Vienna so feel free to choose as many of these spots that you would like to visit in your 3 days in Vienna.

Day 1: Discovering Vienna’s Historic Heart

Morning: St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Historic Centre

Start your 3 days in Vienna with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Located in the heart of Vienna, this Gothic masterpiece offers stunning views from its south tower. After exploring the cathedral, take a stroll through the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the narrow streets and discover charming squares, shops, and cafes.It was our first stop, partly because it was the first spot listed on our Google map and partly because we just had to see those colourful tiles.

This beautiful Gothic Cathedral was completed in 1160 but was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in the 14th century. It is one of the most impressive Cathedral’s in Europe. If it is good enough for Mozart to get married in, and for Haydn to sing as a choir boy, then it is good enough for us!

Rooftop view of St Stephens cathedral in Vienna: 3-Day Sightseeing Itinerary

One of our favourite features is the beautiful mosaic tiled roof. To enjoy the view you can go to the top of either the North or South tower. The climb to the South Tower is 343 steps and remains the highest viewpoint in Vienna. The North Tower has a lift which is refreshing to see for traveller’s with some disability or for those, like Nicola, travelling with chronic illness. Often we have to miss out on the view because we cannot make the climb. And here it would really be a shame because this view does not disappoint.

The mosaic-tiled rooftop of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the best places to visit during 3 days in Vienna.
Aerial view of the mosaic-tiled roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral and the square below. How to Spend 3 Unforgettable Days in Vienna.

Don’t miss out on the beauty inside the Church. While we were visiting, there was a beautiful exhibition by Peter Baldinger who transformed the central nave of the church into a sky of stones. The choice of stones was deliberate, referring to St. Stephen, the patron saint of the Cathedral, being stoned to death for his faith.

Interior shot of St Stephen's cathedral in Vienna, Austria

A fun thing to find in St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the “Freedom handle”. When facing the front of the cathedral from the street, on the left hand side there is a small metal handle known as the freedom handle. Police can’t arrest anyone inside the Church because it is a sanctuary, so criminals would come for protection. Because of the criminals looking for santuarythe priest decided to close the Church. Rumour has it that the handle was inserted after it closed. If a criminal holds the handle, they are still considered to be in the Church, so can’t be arrested. We are not sure how true this is, but it makes for a fun story.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna so make sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid having to queue when you get there. These tickets will also give you access to the Cathedral Museum and its catacombs. If you would prefer a more indepth guide away from the massess of tourists and with access to areas of the Cathedral normally inaccessible to the public, like the attic, then check out this Secterts of St. Stephens Cathedral tour. You even get to skip the line through a separate entrance!

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Rooftop views of St Stephen's cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

Austrian National Library

Nicola is a big book nerd, so the Austrian National Library, one of the largest Baroque libraries in Europe, was one of her favourite places that we visited during our trip. It is so beautiful inside but gets pretty crowded so it is worth trying to make it here just as it opens at 10am. We came here straight after St. Stephen’s Cathedral as it is close by.

Austrian National Library, one of the best places to visit during 3 days in Vienna.

The former Court Library was created in the first half of the 18th century as a private wing of the Hofburg Imperial residence. Standing here under the beautiful fresco ceiling we were in our element. It costs €8 to enter the library which, in all essence is only this room. To us it was worth every penny to be here and imagine what it was like in times gone by.

Austrian National Library.
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Among the exhibits are two exquisite Venetian baroque globes: one for the earth and one for the sky, each with a diameter of more than one metre.

Woman looking at a globe in Austria National Library in Vienna
The interior of the Austrian National Library with its impressive painted ceiling. The perfect place to visit in Vienna in a Weekend: 3-Day Itinerary

Walk in the footsteps of Mozart

You can’t come the whole way to Vienna without learning at least a little bit about Mozart. Mozart was actually born in Salzburg, Austria but he has become the adopted son of the city of Vienna and his presence can be felt everywhere. If you are going to have a Mozart museum, then where better to put it than in the house he once lived in? You can almost smell the history in Vienna’s Mozarthaus, which offers insights into the man, his music, and the city around him.

If you have more time in Vienna, it is worth taking a day trip and spending one day in Salzburg, just to see the house where Mozart was born.

Mozarthaus is the only Mozart apartment in Vienna that survives today and you can find it located on Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien. Explore the only Vienna apartment of Mozart’s that has been preserved, where he composed more music than anywhere else! Experience the musical side of Vienna and get a combined ticket with Haus der Musik, Vienna’s interactive Sound Museum.

Mozarts Geburtshaus in Salzburg
The house where Mozart was born in Salzburg
Mozarthaus on Domgasse street in Vienna Austria
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Afternoon: The Hofburg Palace

Next, head to the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial residence of the Habsburgs. This vast complex houses several museums, including the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and the Imperial Silver Collection. Spend your afternoon exploring the opulent rooms and learning about Austria’s royal history.

Standing outside Hofburg Palace was when we really felt like we were in Vienna. This is the image of Vienna we all see when we think about this beautiful city. It is right next to the Austrian National Library and the Spanish Riding school so it makes sense to visit these all on the same day.

As a result, it gets very busy here as tourists flock to see the iconic Hofburg Palace for themselves. Get your skip the line tickets to Hofburg Palace in advance to avoid wasting time queueing while you are there. Not only will you have a tour of the Palace and Gardens, you will also have access to the Sisi Museum. This is one tour you do not want to skip and one we highly recommend taking during your 3 days in Vienna.

Woman walking around the grounds of Hofburg Palace in Vienna Austria the perfect thing to do during 3 days in Vienna.
Woman standing in front of a horse and carriage at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Horses outside Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

Visiting Hofburg Palace is one of the best things to do in Vienna during your 3-day Vienna itinerary. Another residence of the Habsburg Empire are The Imperial Apartments. You can really get a sense of what it must have been like to live here by visiting . Other highlights include The Sisi Museum, The Spanish Riding School and The Hofburg Treasury.

Hofburg Palace Vienna

Catch a performance at the Spanish Riding School

We reccommend catching the world-famous performances of the Lipizzaner, the “Ballet of the White Stallions”, on day 1 of your 3 days in Vienna. Performances take place in the magnificent baroque winter riding school in the Hofburg Palace, built under Charles VI from 1729-1735. The demonstrations are the result of many years of training and intensive work by the riders and their Lipizzaners. It is an incredible atmosphere and a wonderful experience to see the performance of these skilled riders accompanied by classical Viennese music!

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Soak in Rooftop views at Lamee Rooftop Bar

After all that sightseeing it is time for a well deserved break. We visited Lamee Rooftop bar for a drink and a spot of food. With the best views of the city, Lamee Rooftop Bar at Lichensteg 2, 1010 Wien, is the perfect place to take a minute to soak it all in.

Woman drinking a glass of wine at Lamee rooftop bar in Vienna
Stunning architecture in Vienna, Austria.
Woman holding a glass of wine to the skyline of Vienna at Lamee Rooftop bar

Explore MuseumsQuartier

In the afternoon head back towards your hotel (if you decide to stay in 25hours Hotel) to explore MuseumsQuartier. Spread over 90,000 square metres in central Vienna and including 60 cultural institutions, the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna is one of the largest districts for contemporary art and culture in the world. The sky is the limit at the MuseumsQuartier. Historic architecture meets contemporary design. High culture meets subcultures.

The spectrum ranges from fine art, architecture, music, fashion, theatre, dance, literature, children’s culture, game culture, and street art to design and photography, so there is sure to be something for everyone. The good news is that you don’t have very far to stumble back to your hotel after day 1 of your 3 days in Vienna to enjoy some good food and rooftop views of the city from the hotel bar.

MuseumsQuartier Wien

Evening: Naschmarkt and City Parks

In the evening, explore Vienna’s vibrant Naschmarkt, an open-air market that has been operating since the 16th century. Sample local delicacies, shop for fresh produce, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Vienna is best known for its iconic cafe scene and trendsetting restaurants but nightlife? When you think of good nightlife in Europe you think of cities like Bucharest and not Vienna, right? But Vienna’s nightlife is something that needs to be experienced. It offers everything from grimy rock bars to shimmering cocktail joints and rooftop bars with unparalleled views of this most beautiful city? 

One of our favourite spots is Donau. The biggest river in Europe gives its name to a hidden techno bar. Tucked behind a metal door between Mariahilferstraße and the MuseumsQuartier, this inconspicuous club’s neoclassical arches are lit with stunning daily-changing projections. It draws underground electro, house and techno DJs but we go more for the atmosphere than the music. Drinks are relatively cheap, and the club has its very own Würstelstand for after-hours snacks.

Check out Naschmarkt Deli when the sun goes down in Vienna. Enjoy the stimulating atmosphere of little Istanbul, a vibrant and colourful hangout. It is the place to go not only around midday, but also at night. A huge crowd is attracted by the break beats and easy listening provided by Viennese DJs as well as occasional “guest stars. If you are not in the party mood you can have just a snack, a leisurely meal (often inspired by Asiatic cuisine) or a quick espresso.

Or enjoy a more sophisticated dining experience with live music at Calea Dinner Club. The exclusive dinner club surprises with an urban jungle and offers live music regularly. Walking down into the underground Calea Dinner Club you will be amazed. An urban jungle is waiting for you here. Artistically designed walls of moss bring nature indoors and is honestly breathtaking

Afterward, take a relaxing stroll through one of Vienna’s many parks, such as Stadtpark or Volksgarten, and unwind after a day of exploration.

Day 2: Art, Culture, and Green Spaces

Morning: Belvedere Palace

Begin your second day with a visit to the Belvedere Palace. Another beautiful Baroque style building by architect Johan Lucas Von Hildebrandt, the Belvedere was used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Belvedere Palace is one of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks. This complex, which is comprised of the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today the Belvedere houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day, complemented by the work of international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Max Beckmann. Highlights from the holdings Vienna 1880–1914 are the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings including the world renowned The Kiss.

Another popular spot so get your skip the line tickets here.

Belvedere Palace Vienna

Enjoy the quirky architecture of Hundertwasser House

The colourfully decorated exterior façade of Hundertwasser House in Vienna draws attention to itself almost magically. Designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, residents of this private apartment block are allowed to decorate the façade around the windows however they like. It is a beautiful backdrop for your Instagram photos but be sure to bring your wide angle lens as it is difficult to capture with a standard one.

It is located on Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien and is, unfortunately, not located close to a metro station. To reach the nearest metro station Landstraße Wien Mitte you have to walk about 900 metres. If you prefer to avoid this walk, you can ride with the metro U1 or U4 to the station Schwedenplatz. Change there to the tram line 1 towards Prater Hauptallee. The tram line 1 stops approx. 100 metres in front of the Hundertwasser House at the station Hetzgasse. From there you just have to go approx. 100 metres in the driving direction along the Löwengasse to the corner Kegelgasse and you will have found the alley where the apartment block is located. To be fair when you get close you can’t miss it! The quirkness of the area of Vienna is very popular with tourists so we are suggesting to get there early on day 2 of your 3 days in Vienna to really get to enjoy the area and capture photos without people in them (damn do we wish we had a wide angle lens!)

Hunderwasser Haus in Vienna, Austria.

Across from Hundertwasser House is Hundertwasser Village. An eco-friendly “shopping centre” converted out of an old tyre workshop. Here you will find a bar, cafe and some souvenier shops. If you need a bathroom break it is worth the 80 cent entrance fee to hear the running commentary in both German and English of what Hundertwasser himself thought of organic waste and what his design process involved.

Afternoon: Visit the iconic Vienna Opera House and Albertinaplatz

Head first to Abertinaplatz where you will get the best view of the magnificent Vienna Opera House. This busy square is located directly below, and in front of, the Albertina Museum which sits in an elevated position above the surrounding buildings. It is accessed by quite a wide and long staircase but there is also an escalator for those of you with energy limitations. Nicola still struggles with stairs after Lyme disease.

Vienna Opera House at Albertinaplatz. The best things to do in Vienna in 3 days.
Best place to capture Vienna Opera House

There are some really cute shops in this area such as Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe that really deserve a visit. It is a hidden gem in Vienna and one of the few businesses that have survived the 20th century. The mere fact that these businesses made it through this period must be considered a remarkable achievement as in many cases the world, quite literally, collapsed around them.

 Today, entering Jungmann & Neffe is a bit like stepping back in time as the interior design reminds one of the time when the Ringstraße (Ring Road) was built. It is only when you step inside and see the grandeur of the decor will it be evident that they were suppliers to the Royal house. They are still a family owned business and sell high quality fabrics.

Shop front at Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe in Vienna Austria

At the bottom of the steps of The Albertina Museum is a sausage stand that sells the most sought after sausage in town. The queue for Bitzinger Würstelstand can be up to one hour long but trust us, it is entirely worth it.

Bitzinger Würstelstand in Vienna, Austria.

Evening: Vienna State Opera and Kärntner Straße

In the evening, treat yourself to a performance at the Vienna State Opera, one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Although we know it as Vienna’s Opera House it is actually called Wiener Staatsoper and it is one of the leading opera houses in the world. Its past is steeped in tradition. Its present is alive with richly varied performances and events. If opera isn’t your thing, take a leisurely walk along Kärntner Straße, Vienna’s main shopping street. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Viennese restaurant and soak in the city’s elegant atmosphere.

Each season, the schedule features 350 performances of more than 60 different operas and ballets. Every night, you can witness world-class artists alongside the permanent ensemble members on the stage accompanied by a unique orchestra. The members of this orchestra also make up the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. What an amazing thing to experience?

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If you don’t have time to catch a show you can still take a guided tour of this impressive building and we highly reccommend that you do. During a 40-minute tour, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of the opera house, its architecture and in fact the opera business. From the foyer, you will walk up the grand staircase through the state rooms (Tea Salon, Marble Hall, Schwindfoyer, Gustav Mahler Hall) and then on to the magnificent auditorium (with a view of the stage). You will get behind the scenes information that regular opera goers aren’t privy too so it was one of our favourite things to do during our 3 days in Vienna.

Exterior of Vienna Opera House
Steps with red carpert at Vienna Opera House

Have your own Jesse and Celine moment in Kleines Cafe

Finish your evening by having your own Jesse and Celine moment in Kleines Cafe (if you know,you know). Kleines Cafe, nestled in Vienna’s charming Franziskanerplatz, is a quintessentially Viennese experience. This tiny, historic café exudes an old-world charm with its cosy interior and inviting outdoor seating. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, it offers a serene escape from the bustling city. It stays open until 2am so you can end day 2 of your 3 day Vienns itinerary by savouring a glass of Austrian wine. Kleines Cafe embodies Vienna’s timeless café culture, making it a must-visit spot for an authentic taste of the city’s laid-back elegance.

Kleines Cafe Vienna
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Day 3: Beyond the City Centre

Morning: Explore Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

No trip to Vienna would be complete without a visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs. Spend your morning touring the opulent state rooms, exploring the beautiful gardens, and visiting the Gloriette for a panoramic view of the palace grounds. From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors including the very beautiful Sisi. You really can’t go very far in Vienna without hearing about Sisi and we urge you to learn more about her fascinating life while you are there.

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna, one of the best places to visit on a 3 day trip to Vienna.
Schönbrunn Palace

How to get to Schönbrunn Palace?

This magnificent palace is a little outside of the city center but it is easy to get a tram directly there. The palace is on tram lines 10 and 58, bus route 10A, and U-Bahn (Subway) route U4, all of which stop at Schönbrunn station.

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It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its gardens, the site of the world’s first zoo in 1752, it is a wonderful example of Baroque architecture. Inside you will find over 1,400 majestic rooms.

Woman standing at Gloriette in Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

We only had a short time to explore and we knew that if we went in to see those beautiful rooms we would never leave. Despite the incessant rain we decided to explore the gardens and Palmenhaus instead. Probably not the best idea considering how wet we got and that we were meeting friends for lunch. The rain did make it difficult to appreciate these gardens and we can only imagine how beautiful they are in full bloom in the Summertime.

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People walking in the rain at Gloriette in  Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
It was REALLY wet !
Woman walking in the rain in the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace
The beautiful Palmenhaus at Schonbrunn Palace

Afternoon: Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel

In the afternoon, head to the Prater, a large public park in Vienna. The highlight of the Prater is the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad), one of Vienna’s most famous attractions. Enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel for stunning views of the city. Skip the cashier queue by getting your tickets in advance. The ride lasts 20 minutes. Afterward, explore the park’s other attractions, including amusement rides, cafes, and walking trails.

Evening: Grinzing and Traditional Heuriger

End your 3 days in Vienna with a visit to Grinzing, a charming district known for its traditional wine taverns (Heuriger). Enjoy a leisurely evening sampling local wines and hearty Austrian dishes in a cosy, rustic setting. The ambiance of Grinzing provides a perfect conclusion to your Viennese adventure.

Hidden Gems in Vienna

While the main attractions are a must-see, Vienna is also home to many hidden gems that offer a unique glimpse into the city’s character.

Find Vienna’s Cute Traffic Lights.

A fun thing to do in the city is to find all of Vienna’s cute traffic lights. You will find them all throughout Vienna. There are three individual symbols to find both in red and green. All couples representing a male couple, a female couple and a male/female couple and they are so frickin cute. They even have names “Let’s go together “, “Feeling” and “The voice of love”. They were designed at the time Vienna hosted the Eurovision to highlight the city’s views of inclusivity.

Vienna Traffic Lights
Vienna traffic lights

The Third Man Museum

Film enthusiasts should not miss the Third Man Museum, dedicated to the classic 1949 film set in post-war Vienna. The museum offers fascinating insights into the movie, as well as the history of Vienna during that era.

Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery)

Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe and the final resting place of many famous composers, including Beethoven, Schubert, and Brahms. The cemetery’s serene atmosphere and beautiful monuments make it a peaceful place to explore.

Café Central

Vienna is known for its coffeehouse culture, and Café Central is one of the city’s most historic and elegant cafes. Enjoy a coffee and a slice of Sachertorte while soaking in the café’s grand interior and literary history.

Vienna is a city that effortlessly blends imperial history, vibrant culture, and modern charm. With its stunning architecture, world-class museums, and elegant streets, it offers a perfect setting for a short but memorable trip. In just 3 days in Vienna, you can explore historic landmarks, indulge in the arts, and discover hidden gems that showcase the city’s unique character. Have you experienced Vienna’s magic? Share your favourite spots and tips in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!

Vienna really surprised us by how much we fell in love with this city and we know that we will most definitely be back. We can only imagine how beautiful the Christmas Markets in Vienna are. Hopefully next time, we will have more time so that we can take it at a slightly slower pace. We still get raised eyebrows when we mention our 60,000 steps in one day, but two different step counters don’t lie.

By following this itinerary, you can make the most of your time and create lasting memories in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy your visit and happy travels!

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