Wien is one of my favorite cities in Europe!
I find it romantic, clean and very aristocratic. People speak German and not that much English, but if you try then you’ll find someone available and wanting to help you.
What I disliked about Wien?
People seemed called and not willing to help whatsoever. I had tried to ask for directions older people and younger ones and it seems that the best way to go around is by having a map and GPS 🙂 Or maybe you should make a local friend before heading there. Other than that, everything was perfect.
What I loved the most?
I was traveling by train to Bucharest and on the way it happened that in Budapest a national strike was happening in that moment and no trains were running. Being stopped in Wien I took the chance to have a glimpse of what this city has to offer.
I had not enough time to explore it, but what I saw made me fall in love with this city 🙂
Therefore, this is my top 5 must see places in Wien:
- Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek) – it’s an old and impressive library. It has a rich collection of books and arts. If you’d love to have some quiet time this is the place to go. More info about the library, here.
- Rathaus – if you go around Xmas, then take some time and explore the Christmas market. It’s placed just in front of the Rathaus, you cannot miss it. There you can find souvenirs and items that are made in Austria and not only. There are stalls with local foods, sweets and drinks but also stalls or wooden houses that imported goodies.
- Kunsthistorisches museum – has very nice exhibitions and the architecture is amazing. Worth your time and money. More information about opening hours and tickets you can find it here.
- State Opera House – I would have loved to attend one of the performances there! The building is very elegant and I can only guess how beautiful are its corridors and the concert hall. For those of you who stay at least one night in Wien, I will suggest to check, as a diversity to your daily program, this page, where you can find information about schedules, tickets and Opera House’s history. One remark here: if you know that you want to see one of the performances at the Opera House, book your tickets in advance, otherwise you’ll not have a ticket or the ones that are still available will be the most expensive ones. The price of a ticket starts as low as 6 Euros (it depends on the performance) and it goes up to 250 Euros! If you’re curious about prices and availability, go here.
- Imperial Palace (Hofburg) – Hofburg was the centre of the Habsburg empire, today the palace houses three museums which afford historically authentic insights into the traditions and everyday life of the imperial court: The Imperial Apartments with their original furnishings and decoration, the Sisi Museum with its sensitive staging of the empress’ life, and the Imperial Silver Collection which contains a comprehensive range of tableware and other utensils used at the imperial court. If you want to visit it, then you have 2 options:
- a. To buy a ticket for 11.5 euros, children 7 euros and visit Sisi Museum + Imperial Apartments + Silver Collection, or
- b. For 25 euros and respectively 15 euros (free entry for children up to 6 years of age), you can visit Schönbrunn Palace + Vienna Hofburg + Hofmobiliendepot.
More details about terms and conditions, opening hours and more you can find here.
If you don’t have a day or more and only a couple of hours, then you must walk around the Historic Centre of Wien.
I cannot tell you where to eat or sleep, but I have found some nice pages from where you can get some recommendations.
One of the most luxurious, select and romantic events is the Austria’s ball. It’s almost sure that there are no tickets left, but you can try to find a couple for the last one that’s held on March 3rd.
Once you get there, you’ll forget about time, weather and even that it’s time to have a dinner! 🙂
Travel safe and wise!