If you ever get a chance to go to Vienna, stay longer than 24 hours but if you only get 24 hours here is what I think you should do.
- Go to the Opera House because obviously. Just kidding, but in all seriousness, this opera house is amazing. If the weather is great, then sometimes they’ll project live opera onto a big screen outside of the opera house and you can set in the chairs in a plaza and watch the opera. You can go grab food from street vendors or the restaurants and sit and enjoy the opera.
- Eat bosna. I’ve talked about this before, it’s a hot dog/sausage that you can get there and it is in a baguette type hot dog bun with curry powder, ketchup, mustard, onions and cilantro. It is by far one of the most amazing things I have consumed. After I finished it, I regretted finishing it as quickly as I did. (P.s. I think they consider this a sandwich…)
- Burger King in District 1. Yes this is weird. You don’t have to buy anything or eat here but it is an experience to check out because this Burger King is the fanciest Burger King I have ever been to. It is in an old converted opera house/ballroom. It’s worth it just to walk in and see how it is decorated.
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You can pay 5 Euros and go up to the top of the tower and look over the city. We did this at night and it was absolutely amazing to look out over the city. Plus you get a really good close up view of the intricate design on the roof of the cathedral. Do not do this if you are afraid of heights as the floor is grate and you can see straight down to the street.
- Vienna Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). This cemetery has about 3 or 4 train stops and is one of the largest cemeteries in Austria. There’s so much history here and it is an interesting experience to wander through. We went there to see all the composers and musicians that were buried there, but as we began to wander, it was fascinating and surreal to see some of the headstones. Graves of people who had died hundreds of years ago, abandoned graves, intricate headstones, etc. It really is an experience. If you go, try to go well before it closes otherwise it will force you to cut your time short there.
- Stadtpark. Take a walk through here and see the gold Strauss statue. When we went, it was surrounded by mass amounts of tulips.
- Burggarten. Take a walk through Burggarten park and see the Mozart statue. There is a flower treble clef in front of him that he overlooks. It’s absolutely beautiful.
- Belvedere Palace. This place has a museum and beautiful gardens to walk through. It is absolutely lovely to walk through the gardens at sunset and as you get up to the palace steps, you can see out into the city and see the sunset.
- Schnitzel. You must try schnitzel. It comes with a potato salad and a cranberry sauce. This is the number one thing you need to eat (even before the bosna).
- Frittaten Suppe. If you like soup, you should try this. I believe it is typically a chicken broth with thinly sliced crepes and some vegetables at the bottom. It is delicious. I’m used to crepes in full form stuffed with nutella or something savory but man to have it in the soup was a delightful surprise.
- Votive Church. This is actually a neo-gothic church in the center of Vienna. It is absolutely beautiful and incredibly intricate. I love gothic churches and so I was immediately drawn to this church. You can see it poking out from behind the buildings from all different parts of the city. I didn’t get a chance to go in but I’m sure it was beautiful. There is also a wonderful park right out front that you can hang out in. When the weather is nice, it is covered with people and students.
- The Danube Canal. At night, the main canal through the city opens up bars and people sit along the water drinking. It is a pretty awesome location to people watch and check out the graffiti.
Other than that, if you want to spend your time inside there are museums everywhere that you can check out. The various districts all have their own personal characteristics but realistically you’ll want to do all the tourist activities in the center district (district 1) which is also the most expensive.
Do you have anything to add to the list of things to do in Vienna?