Things to do FOR FREE in Vienna
Wombats FREE Walking Tours
Wombats proudly presents to be the only company in Vienna offering FREE walking Tours for our guests. Meeting point/ departure times: depending on the season, ask at the reception and check information in the hostel! We are looking forward to show you beautiful Vienna by walking around!
See an opera at one of the most famous opera houses in the world.. Yes, believe it or not you can buy standing-room seats to world-class operas, if you show up 90 minutes before the show begins. Its not for free, but really cheap: 3 to 4 Euros/ per person. The ticket booth is around the left corner of the building. You will be placed high in the balcony, but the acoustics in this gem of a theatre are superb. Merely a glance at the interior is worth the price. Take U4 until underground stop “Karlsplatz”. Opening hours: check current shows at our information walls or ask at the reception. Shows usually start at 7.00 pm daily. Note: the opera is closed in July and August. www.wiener-staatsoper.at Dress up, (for you guys: something black will do – NO shorts!)
During summer, concerts and operas are shown on a large screen in front of the city hall. Free entrance, lots of drink and food stands.
Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
With this open air concert in Schönbrunn, the world famous Vienna Philharmonic wishes to provide all Viennese, as well as visitors to the city, with a special musical experience in the impressive setting of Schönbrunn Palace.
Take U4 until underground stop “Schönbrunn” or tram 58 until tram stop “Schönbrunn”, date- usually end of May/ beginning of June – for details ask at the reception, FREE entrance!
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
How to go there: MAK: U3 until underground stop “Stubentor”, cross the street Museums quarter: U3 until “Volkstheater or U2 until Museums quarter. Free Admission on Tuesdays from 6pm-10pm http://www.mak.at
Take your free welcome drink voucher
and check out our Wombars in our 3 hostels in Vienna, we offer you happy hours and cheap drink specials! Wombats The Base offers you a bar with a summer terrace, Wombats Lounge offers you a cosy cellar bar and Wombats Naschmarkt offers you a fancy bar next to the lobby area! Prost!
At U4 station Kettenbrückengasse, the Naschmarkt (from “asch” = milking pail) the famous farmer’s market opened in 1780 in the area above the Wien river, which now flows underground. Nowadays, loads of Falafel stands and hip Restaurants provide affordable lunch. Since 1977, a flea market (every Sat) has sprung up west of the Naschmarkt, where you can get your little brother the present he deserves. Monday through Saturday 9am – 6.30pm (restaurants until 11pm), Saturday > Flea market
Brunnenmarkt is in Brunnengasse between Thalia Str. and Ottakringer Str. parallel to the Gürtel. This market is just the opposite of Naschmarkt: it’s rough and everything but posh and designed. With its typical eastern European flair it gives the visitor an impression of everyday-life more than any other market in town does – the culture of the immigrants setting foot here. Its smaller and cheaper and has also some nice cafes around. Also here, the best-known Turkish restaurants in town: Kent – also in Brunnengasse – famous for huge and delicious meals, Breakfast until 4 pm. The market is on weekdays from 6 am – 6.30 pm, Sat. 6 am – 2 pm and every first Saturday of the month till 6 pm.Brunnenmarkt: tram 2 until tram stop “Brunnengasse”
Schönbrunn palace and gardens
are part of the World Cultural Heritage and Austria’s most visited sight – to see the beautiful Baroque palace with adjacent buildings and visit the vast gardens is for free. Entrance inside the palace with admission Take U4 until underground stop “Schönbrunn” or tram 58 until tram stop “Schönbrunn”. Park gates are open from 6am/ summer season and 6.30am/winter season and close depending on the season earliest 5.30pm in winter and during summer earliest 6.30pm also during main season (May-July) later at 9pm
The Burggarten (Palace Garden)
is located in Vienna’s 1st district — and is situated between the Hofburg and the Opera House. It´s a place directly in the city center, where a lot of peaple hang around to play some music, summer games, dancing and have a small picknick. Take U2 until undergorund stop “Museumsquartier”, U3 until “Volkstheater”, tram 1, 2 or D until “Burgring”. Opening hours: in summer 6am-10pm, in winter 6.30-7pm
[Zentralfriedhof and [28a] St Marx Cemetery
Death may come for free in other countries, but an Austrian who cannot afford a luxurious funeral is said to have wasted their life. There are no pyramids (not yet), but just about everything else. The Central Cemetery was opened in 1874 and is Vienna‘s largest burial ground by far. 2,500,000 people have been put six feet under during the last 139 years. There is a special section (Ehrengräber) where composers, writers, artists and politicians are buried, e.g. Brahms, Schubert, Strauss and Beethoven. Not as large, but more beautiful is the St. Marx Cemetery (Mozart is buried there). Take Tram 6 from Westbahnhof to Zentralfriedhof Tor 3 or catch tram 71 from Schwarzenbergplatz to direction Kaiserebersdorf – get off at Zentralfriedhof Tor 3.
Prater and Danube Island
The Prater fun-fair is a Viennese institution. Its landmark is the 65 meter high Giant Ferris Wheel, towering over the 200 booths, the ghost train, go-karts, grotto railways and the merry-go-rounds. There is a large park
behind it. 21km long and up to 250m wide, the Danube Island is a heaven for joggers and skaters, and sunbathers hang out on “Copa Kagrana” Beach. Summer evenings are celebrated with steak, wine and dance till dawn. Annual highlight is the Donauinselfest in June. Austria’s biggest open air festival, attracting three million visitors and some 2,000 artists each year – with all kinds of music performed on countless stages. Free entrance, but pricey food & drinks. It is ok to bring your own (no glass bottles for security reasons). Beyond the island, a new commercial area booms up around the Vienna International Centre and the United Nations building. Plenty dull straight lines for dull architects! How to go there: U1 until undergournd stop “Donauinsel” or “Alte Donau” , U6 until “Handelskai” or “Neue Donau”
is a popular destination for daytrips or an evening in a wine tavern (called “Heuriger”). You can get there with tram 38 from Schottentor (U2) or from Nussdorfer Str. (U6). Grinzing has preserved its small-town character (classified as a historic monument) and is surrounded by vineyards and posh villas; it is situated in a valley in the foothills of the Vienna Woods. You only need to buy the ticket for public transport.
From Grinzing (or from U4 Heiligenstadt), take Bus 38A to the Kahlenberg hill or further on to Leopoldsberg. Enjoy splendid views over the city!
Baden is an old spa town located 30 minutes south of Vienna. A blue tramway goes there directly from Karlsplatz. The medical springs were already popular with Romans 2000 years ago. More recently, Beethoven hoped to cure his deafness there. Baden became the summer retreat of the Habsburgs in the 19th century. The magnificent Biedermeier-style OldTown and vast parks date from that epoch.
You only need to buy the ticket for public transport.
For further informations please ask at the reception!