Vienna Travel Guide

Vienna Travel Guide

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There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Vienna: the majestic architecture; the imperial presence in the streets of the Innere Stadt... Read More

There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Vienna: the majestic architecture; the imperial presence in the streets of the Innere Stadt (the First District); the music, literature, and art. Best of all, the city has a longstanding tradition of allowing music, opera, and philharmonic orchestra to remain available to everyone from students to royalty. Tickets range from three euros for standing room to hundreds of euros right up front. In the last few years, a new energy has trickled into city, reinvigorating the food, the art, and even the hospitality industry.

Vienna is among Europe’s most walkable cities, and each district has its own distinct vibe. The ancient paths of the First District give way to the Donaukanal—the branch of the Danube that runs through the city. Take a tram around the Ringstrasse, which circles the inner city, to see the breadth of the architecture or stop at an iconic café for a coffee and a strudel. Across the river, you’ll find the newly vibrant Second District, Leopoldstadt. Once primarily home to a Jewish population and immigrants, in the last decade it has become a haven for artists and bohemians who have opened new restaurants, revitalized the Karmelitermarkt, and rediscovered the Prater amusement park. In the Fifth, the sprawling Naschmarkt is a weeklong draw for foodies and chefs. On Gumpendorfer Strasse, fans of Midcentury Modern will fall in love with the furniture wares. In the Seventh, Neubau, the small streets house some of the city’s quirkiest boutiques. And smack in the middle of the city is the glorious Museums Quartier—former Hapsburgs stables turned into an art mecca. Read on for our guide to planning a trip in Vienna.

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Best Time To Go

Vienna can be glorious in any weather, but it’s best in the spring and fall. Visit in May and June or September and October for ideal temperatures.

Transportation

Vienna has some of the best public transportation in the world, with a well-run system of underground trains and above ground trams. Passes, which are good for unlimited travel on all forms of transit, are good for up to 24 hours (for 8 euros) to a full week (16 euros) and can be purchased at electronic kiosks in U-Bahn stations or online. Be sure to check your timing when purchasing online, as you can adjust the date on which your pass begins.

Weather

July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 66°F (19°C). January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 30°F (-1°C).

Know Before You Go

Austrians place a lot of emphasis on family and improving the lives of workers. That means many shops, particularly grocery stores but also other retail places, are rarely open as late as their American counterparts. While most grocery stores now stay open till 7:30pm (a relatively recent change), the majority are closed on Sundays.

Language

German

Electric

Type E (two-prong plug)

Currency

Euro (€)

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