City breaks are fantastic, and as you know from this site, we love them. Visiting a country’s larger cities is a great way to get a feel for that country.
One of the nicest places to visit in Europe is the Austrian capital of Vienna. This beautiful city offers visitors plenty to do and see. Here is a roundup of some of the highlights.
Take a ring tour
A great way to get your bearings and quickly visit some of the more interesting areas is to take a ‘ring tour’. The Ringstraß is a road that runs around the edge of the inner city area.
Many of the city’s most important buildings are located along this beautiful street, so if you follow it you will naturally end up taking in some of the best sights of the city. The Opera House, Hofburg Palace, City Hall and the Parliamentary building are all located alongside this road. This tour is a great way to get your bearings and learn more about the city.
Go to the opera
Vienna is world renowned for its culture, so if you love the arts it is the perfect place for you. There are some lovely art galleries and cultural buildings to enjoy while in the city. We would certainly recommend that you include visits to some of these on your travel itinerary, but the one thing you must do while in the city is to visit the Vienna Opera house.
This is a wonderful building with a long, rich and interesting history. We suggest that you take the 40-minute tour to experience the opera house from behind the scenes, as well as book yourself a ticket to see an actual performance.
Visit a museum
If you are visiting the city during the colder months, you may not want to spend all of your time outside. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor activities for you to enjoy.
Most cities have a few museums and Vienna is no exception. Currently, there are 118 located within its’ boundaries. There is a full list available here. A visit to museum is always a good way to while away a bit of time on a wet or cold day.
The thing we like about Vienna’s museums is that many of them are a bit different from the ones you find elsewhere. Two great examples are the Crime Museum and the tiny Third Man Museum.
Enjoy a short boat trip
If you have time, we recommend that you take the Twin City Liner cruise. It only takes 75 minutes to travel from Vienna to Bratislava. Once there, we recommend that you explore this other beautiful city rather than coming straight back.
Vienna is a small place, but the list of things to enjoy here is a long one, so if you really want to get to know this city, our recommendation is that you take several holidays here. There is always something interesting going on, so it is perfectly feasible for you to travel out of season and book yourself a low cost deal.