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afterall Apr 7th, 2008 01:06 AM

how to spend one day in Vienna

I hadn't planned on stopping in Vienna, even though it's somewhere I've always wanted to see. Now I am, and realise I'm totally clueless about what the highlights of the city are. I will get hold of a guidebook, but in the meantime it would be lovely to hear from people with experience of the place.

I'll be arriving quite late on Sat evening and leaving on Monday morning. Haven't got anywhere to stay yet; do have tix for a concert Sunday night.

So how would you spend your day? Is it worth finding a/the tourist office? Do they have good literature (eg leaflets for self guided walks, maps). Is it a walkable city? Are there group tours you can join? Or do you recommend just getting a map and a travel pass (assume there is one) and doing my own thing?

If the latter, what would you put on your list?

All suggestions welcome if you can spare the time.


yk Apr 7th, 2008 09:37 AM

Vienna is very walkable. You can just tour it on your own.

To start would be taking either Tram #1 or #2 to go around the Ringstrasse. Both trams take the same route, except one goes clockwise and one goes counter-clockwise. Along the Ringstrasse, you can see many of Vienna's majestic buildings.

After that, you can walk to St Stephen's cathedral, climb up the tower. You can also visit the Hofburg Palace.

If you remotely like art, you should not miss the Kuntshistoriches Museum. If you are a Klimt fan, then go visit the Belvedere.

danon Apr 7th, 2008 10:15 AM

agree with PP.
Vienna ( inside the Ring) is very
easy to walk around ( the metro system is very good, too).
Try to stop at some of the famous cafes - the coffee and deserts are fantastic !!!!

Nuttela Apr 7th, 2008 12:14 PM

I will chime in also, Vienna is perfect for walking around and seeing the sites. I was also told a few years back when I was planning my trip that if you have a short time in Vienna to take a tram around the ring.

tcreath Apr 7th, 2008 12:39 PM

I agree with the above. With only a day, I personally would do a walking tour of the city. The architecture in Vienna is beautiful and it is extremely walkable. Definitely climb up St. Stephens for a wonderful view of Vienna. There are great cafes everywhere.


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