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Vienna beckons Billy Joel fans and European travelers alike. Pour moi, I have been planning my weekend in Vienna since I moved to Paris. The typical day trips from Paris include Amsterdam, Brussels, Marseille, etc. but save Vienna for a long weekend. Here is a 48-hour itinerary for the city that waits for you…
Look for a hotel in Innere Statd, it will be the most convenient and picturesque for seeing the sights and accessing public transportation (which is for the most part, free!). Hotel Marc Aurel was a fantastic accommodation right in the city center and within walking distance from all of my destinations. If you’re looking for something luxurious, try Imperial Residence, or the Arthotel ANA Amadeus.
Catch an early morning flight to Vienna and take the CAT train directly into the city to drop off your bags before you head to start your walking tour.
Grab a quick coffee to start from one of Vienna’s many alternative cafes. Herbarium Officinale has the best vegan products, including a coffee bar with local matcha and chaga lattes.
Head off to The Ring, the main roads that surround the city, all lined with its most famous monuments and must-see attractions. Start with St Stephens Cathedral and be sure to walk inside to see the “Stairway to Heaven”. Then walk down Herengasse for the scenic route to the Vloksgarden and the Hofburg.
Grab Lunch at Café Central, Freud and Trotsky’s old meeting place. Be sure to order a local specialty, the Viennese style soup, and plenty of their famous pastries.
Wrap up that day with a museum tour of the Imperial Apartments and a traditional Austrian schnitzel for dinner.
For nightlife, Innere Statd holds a range of bars and pubs from sophisticated 1930s-themed speakeasies to classic Austrian breweries. My favorites were Kleinod, Loos American Bar, and Josef Cocktailbar.
For day 2, take the 1 tram along the edge of the city in between museum visits for a scenic commute. The must-see museums of Vienna are the Freud Museum, the Leopold Museum, and the Jewish Museum. Try and fit two of the three in while you are there. The Jewish Museum especially has been recognized for its incredible curation of objects and stories that encompass the Jewish-Austrian enclave and its history.
Grab lunch at ULRICH (or its sister café, ERICH around the corner) next to the Sankt Ulrich Pestsäule but be sure to make a reservation to avoid the line. While you are in the area, go shopping in Neubau, and do not miss the Burggasse 24 Vintage Shop for some of the best consignment shopping in the city.
Grab a quick dinner at Mozart café so you can make it to the Opera on time! Tonight, get dolled up to take in Vienna’s State Opera House. Vienna is known for its orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. Book tickets well in advance to see these renowned performances- even in the higher seats.
Wrap up this fantastic weekend with some gelato in Hoher Market, and maybe grab a quick bite at the many bratwurst stands if you’re feeling peckish after the show.
With any extra time you have, visit the Belvedere Palace to see the beautiful baroque architecture Vienna is known for.
Hotel Marc Aurel: Marc-Aurel-Straße 8, 1010 Wien, Austria
Imperial Residence: Neuer Markt 8, 01. Innere Stadt, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Arthotel ANA Amadeus: Wildpretmarkt 5, 01. Innere Stadt, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Herbarium Officinale: Hoher Markt 5, Ecke Tuchlauben 1010 Wien
St. Stephen’s Cathedral: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
The Hofburg: 1010 Vienna, Austria
Café Central: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
Imperial Apartments: Michaelerplatz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Kleinod: Top 48-50, Singerstraße 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
Loo’s American Bar: Kärntner Durchgang 10, 1010 Wien, Austria
Josef Cocktailbar: Sterngasse 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Freud Museum: Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien, Austria
Leopold Museum: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
Jewish Museum: Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria
ULRICH: Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
ERICH: Neustiftgasse 27, 1070 Wien, Austria
Burggasse 24 Vintage Shop: Burggasse 24/8, 1070 Wien, Austria
Mozart Café: Albertinapl. 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Vienna State Opera: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
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