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Vienna in One Day: a Sightseeing Quickie

Vienna is an excellent city for sightseeing, but if you're on a short trip and time is scarce, we've got just the thing. Check out this list of our personal recommendations and explore the Austrian capital in just one day.

Keep in mind, you'll 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. So go get your sightseeing on – Vienna is waitin’ for ya!

1. Naschmarkt

Head out of the hostel and enjoy the food stalls (and flea market on Saturday) 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 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 Austrian cultural heritage.

5. Kärntner Straße

Directly from the opera, have a walk along the Kärnter Straße, Austria's most famous shopping street, which leads you to the heart of the city.

6. Stephansplatz, St. Stephens’ Cathedral

This square is the geographical and tourist centre of Vienna. Here you find St. Stephen's Cathedral (Ger: 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 Austria. 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 to 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 (Ger: 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 garden parks or visit the oldest zoo in central Europe.

If you have more time for sightseeing, don’t hesitate to ask our reception staff for more recommendations.

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