Vienna in One Day: a Sightseeing Quickie

Posted by on 29 Feb 2012

One day of Vienna sightseeingVienna is full of great sights and things to see. BUT: if you are on a short trip, time might be scarce… SOLUTION: just take this list of our personal recommendations to explore the Austrian capital in just one day.

However, you will either have to get up early or be really quick. If you start at our wombats CITY Hostel “The Naschmarkt” and visit the items in the order listed here, than it shouldn’t be a problem. Go for it – Vienna is waitin’ for ya!

1. Naschmarkt
Head out of the hostel and enjoy the food stalls (and fleamarkets on weekends) of Vienna’s most popular market.

2. Secession
At the end (or the beginning) of the Naschmarkt you will find the Vienna Secession, an outstanding historic art centre and a masterpiece of architecture.

3. Karlsplatz and Karlskirche
Next to the Secession, have a look at the Charles’ Square (ger.: Karlsplatz) and the St. Charles’s Church (ger.: Karlskirche), one of the most outstanding baroque churches.

4. Vienna State Opera
After that, head over the Ring Street and see the Vienna State Opera (ger.: Wiener Staatsoper), one of the most important parts of the Austrian cultural heritage.

5. Kärntner Straße
Directly from the opera, have a walk along the Kärnter Straße, Austrias most famous shopping street, which leads you to the heart of the city.

6. Stephansplatz, St. Stephens’ Cathedral
This square is the geographical and touristy centre of Vienna. Here you find the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (German: Stephansdom), the most popular sight.

7. Graben and Kohlmarkt
These are two historic promenades and shopping streets, leading from Stephansplatz to the Hofburg Palace.

8. Hofburg, Heldenplatz
At the end of the Kohlmarkt you’ll enter the Hofburg Palace and the Heldenplatz. This is the place where you can immerse yourself in Austrian history: The palace used to be the centre of the Austro-Hungarian empire (k.u.k. monarchy), today it houses the President of Austrian. But beware: tourist factor 1.000!

9. Albertina
At the end of the Hofburg, you can find the Albertina, one of the most famous art museums of Austria (and the world).

10. Ringstraße
From the Albertina, have a decent 20 minutes walk along the famous Ringstraße boulevard, which leads you along the Austrian Parliament, the Burgtheater and the Vienna Town Hall.

WELL DONE – now you are through with the most important stuff in the centre. If you still have some time left, we would recommend you to take the U4 metro line to Schönbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Schönbrunn), one of the most important cultural monuments of Austria. You can either quickly have a look at the Palace or even spend hours in the beautiful gardens parks or visit the oldest zoo in the world.

If you have more time, don’t hesitate to ask our reception staff about more things to see in Vienna.

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