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10 Lovely VRBO & Airbnb Apartments In Vienna

Airbnb in Vienna Vienna Opera House Blue Skies

Oh, Vienna. Home to opera, markets, cake and a functioning vintage fairground, Austria’s capital should be on everyone’s European bucket list. But where to stay? There are 23 districts and hundreds of studios, apartments, VRBOs and Airbnbs in this laidback city but not all are ideally located for visitors.

So let’s take a look at the best apartments and Airbnbs in Vienna to help you book the right apartment for your trip whether that be an overnight stay for business, a weekend with friends or an extended break.

We’ll look at the location, rental amenities, suitability and prices.

Schoenbrunn Palace December Vienna Austria

The Best Apartments, VRBOs & Airbnbs in Vienna

Vienna’s City Centre Apartments

Ideal Location Modern Apartment

This bright central apartment sleeps four with one master bedroom and sofa beds in the lounge area.

Amenities include lift/elevator, WiFi, and a fully equipped kitchen.

The apartment is in a well looked after building, guests comment on this in their reviews.

Located in the city centre, you can reach many of Vienna’s tourist attractions by foot.

  • Location: 1st District
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

Bright Studio – Heart of Vienna

These serviced apartments offer a comfortable home away from home in the centre of the city.

Guests love the high end furnishings.

Apartments are available for 2-4 guests.

Amenities include a kitchen, WiFi, TV and an elevator to the upper floor apartments.

  • Location: 1st District
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

Traditional Apartment With Contactless Facilities

With this city centre option, you can stay in a traditional style apartment with modern features.

Guests adore the decor and historic building.

There is no need to speak to reception, guests can check themselves into the property which is ideal for independent visitors.

Rooms are spacious and amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen cable TV, and a modern bathroom.

There is WiFi throughout the apartment.

You don’t have to go far for Viennese food, the restaurant in the same building serves it!

  • Location: 1st District
  • Beds: 1-2 bedrooms

About The Area – Innere Stadt

Innere Stadt, The First District, is where first-time visitors who are interested in visiting the Wiener Staatsoper/State Opera House, Rathaus Vienna/City Hall and Hofburg Palace may want to consider staying.

Naturally, Airbnbs in Innere Stadt is more expensive than those in further away districts.

Opera in Vienna

Affordable St Stephen’s Cathedral Apartment

Guests can rent this entire apartment, beautifully designed loft-space.

The apartment lies in the middle of the old town of Vienna, just opposite St Stephen’s Cathedral.

The main tourist attractions can all be accessed by foot.

The studio also has WiFi, air-conditioning, cable TV and a fully equipped kitchen.

An elevator is available.

Enjoy a drink on the 6th-floor ONYX bar at the Do & Co Hotel for views of St Stephen’s Cathedral at night.

  • Location: Stephansplatz, City Center
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

About The Area – Stephansplatz

St Stephen’s Cathedral is a 12th-century historically significant building with four towers and colourful tiles.

Stephansplatz is located in the city centre close to fashion shops, restaurants and the local coffeehouse, Café Hawelka.

St Stephens Cathedral Vienna

Apartments in Hip Neubau, MQ and Naschmarkt

Trendy Loft With Contactless Check-In

This ultra modem new apartment has one bedroom with a double and a spacious living-room.

The main highlight of this place is the space, guests love the layout of this renovated loft.

In house facilities like WiFi, kitchen, fridge, dryer are available.

Ideally located within a short walk from the MuseumsQuartier (MQ) with bars and restaurants in the vicinity.

The iconic St Stephen’s Cathedral can be accessed by a short five minutes metro ride or in 25 minutes by foot.

  • Location: Neubau Quarter
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

Quiet Apartment in Cool Naschmarkt With Roof Terrace

This 2-bed apartment comes with your own private sunny terrace or balcony.

The interiors are modern and stylish, there’s WiFi throughout and cable TV.

The kitchen is fully equipped so you can shop at the Naschmarkt and dine in.

Conveniently located in the happening Naschmarkt district, close to the subway, theatre, bars and other attractions.

The biggest shopping district of Vienna is just ten minutes walk away and the Opera House and theatres also lie in the immediate vicinity.

  • Location: Naschmarkt-district
  • Beds: 2 bedrooms

About The Area – Neubau, MQ and Naschmarkt-district

Neubau is the hip 7th District, this is where the young at heart hang out.

MQ (7th) and Neubau are the best areas for cool bars and interesting eateries.

Don’t miss a sunset drink at the 25Hours Hotel’s rooftop bar.

Street Art Passage Vienna

6th District

Contactless Apartment in 6th

If you prefer to not meet anyone else during your city break, consider this self-check in apartment in the 6th District.

Check in is 24 hours which is ideal if you plan to arrive early or leave late.

Public transport, bus and U-Bahn can be found outside of the apartment block.

Apartments are very modern, the beds are comfortable and the kitchenettes are great for snacks.

There are multiple wall sockets, great for the modern visitor with lots of tech appliances that require charging.

Rooms are very soundproof, perfect for city life.

Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

The Mariahilfer Shopping Street is only 1,000 yards away.

  • Location: 6th
  • Beds: 1-2

Apartments in Donau City

Lovely Danube Views Studio

Enjoy peaceful views over the Old Upper Danube while sitting at the apartment terrace.

The one-bed studio apartment has glass windows that look right onto the river.

There’s even a private dock.

The underground is a 10-15 minutes walk away and there are restaurants on your doorstep.

  • Location: Donau City/22nd District
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

Apartment With Pool And Free Parking

This one-bed furnished studio apartment offers access to an outdoors swimming pool and free parking.

The apartment has one bedroom, a flat-screen TV, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and a bathroom with a shower.

  • Location: Donau City/22nd District
  • Beds: 1 bedroom

Penthouse Studio With Balcony In Modern Donau City

This high studio apartment with a balcony next to the Austria Center and DC tower is another ten minutes from the city centre and the metro station.

Situated on the 34th floor, the apartment provides a grand view of the city.

All essential amenities are there like a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, elevator, WiFi, dryer etc.

There is one bedroom for hosting two guests at a time.

  • Location: Kaisermuhlen near Donau City/22nd District
  • Host: Ewald (photo credit)
  • Beds: 1 bedroom
Sachertorte, hot chocolate, Vienna

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About The Area – Donau City

Donau City or Vienna DC, is part of Vienna’s 22nd District Donaustadt.

This is a super modern area of Vienna with shiny skyscrapers and modern apartments.

In summer, locals head to Copa Beach, a man-made beach by the River Danube.

Here, you can drink, dine, paddleboard, do yoga and sunbathe.

Cafe Hawelka Vienna

Final Words

If you are planning to visit this gorgeous city, the time to do so is now. So what are you waiting for? Book your Vienna Airbnb rental, contactless check-in apartment or VRBO now – after all, looking forward to a cosy home to return to after a long day of exploration is the key to a good vacation.

21 Unmissable Things to do in Vienna [3 Day Itinerary]

What to do in Vienna in 3 days

Vienna – the city of music, dreams and really impressive buildings. This laid-back and bizarrely quiet Austrian city is one which I (Gemma) thought would be vanilla for activities but oh how I was wrong. I would argue that a weekend in Vienna is just not enough if you love eating, people watching, museums, music, drinking, dancing, markets, sunsets, street art, and architecture. Here’s your dazzling guide on what to do with 3 days in Vienna (the opera is optional, eating cake is not) as well as some of our fave tours.

And yes, you will have that song in your head for the duration of the trip. I’ve now been to Vienna twice, that’s a testament to how much I enjoyed these things to do in Vienna.

If you’re planning more than a few days, you might want to consider these Vienna day trips.

 Enjoy entry to 60 attractions and hop on/off bus with the official Vienna PASS 

What To Do in 3 Days in Vienna

Day 1 – Innere Stadt (First District)

Vienna is a city packed full of history (even its cakes have a story) and much of the history is free to look at on the streets.

The architecture of the city’s most important buildings is an incredible and massive throwback to times past.

The First District is linked by the Ringstraße (Ring Road), which is not quite a full ring.

Coffee Culture in Vienna

If your hotel does not provide breakfast, consider kicking off day one in Vienna with breakfast and/or coffee at a traditional coffee house like Cafe Hawelka (Dorotheergasse).

We had the funniest of experiences at Cafe Hawelka.

Stereotypically the waiting staff in Vienna are a little grumpy so we were half expecting this kind of response from the server…

We asked for a menu and he replied ‘I am the menu’ while raising one eyebrow in a comedic way.

He then offered us apple strudel, cheese strudel, vegetable strudel or sausages.

We chose the sausages and he rolled his eyes.

Two orders of sausages with a bread roll, one coffee and one hot chocolate came to €22.

Order a ‘Schwarzer’ for a black coffee, ‘Brauner’ for a black coffee with milk or a ‘Melange’ for coffee with cream.

Sit back and enjoy the coffee shop environment which consists of wooden seating arrangements and interesting people to watch.

  • Address: Dorotheergasse 6, 1010
  • Note: Sausages come with a dollop of mustard (not to my taste)
Cafe Hawelka Vienna

Rathaus Vienna/City Hall

This neo-gothic building could be confused for a cathedral at first glance.

During the festive season, visitors will find one of the many festive Christmas markets in Austria built up in front of the City Hall as well as an ice rink.

Considering a trip to Vienna at Christmas? It’s a truly magical time to visit with holiday markets around every corner.

You can’t miss it but the address is Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria.

Vienna Rathaus Blue Skies

Parliament in Vienna

This Greek-inspired building was created between 1874 and 1883.

Remember to always look up in Vienna; can you see the Greek scholars that line the roof?

Vienna Rathaus Building

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Imperial Palace buildings at Michaelerkuppel make up one of the largest palace complexes in the world and the size of it is daunting.

Up until 1945 the palace was home to the Habsburgs monarchy but now houses the office of the Austrian president and cabinet.

Fans of the ‘most beautiful queen in Europe’ Empress Elisabeth Sisi, can view over 300 of her personal objects, including those dresses, at the Sisi Museum within the Hofburg grounds.

Reserve your preferred entry time and ticket here.

The oldest area is the 13th century Swiss Wing, previously known as the Old Fortress.

Wiener Staatsoper/State Opera House

This is a place of worship for those who want to experience a famously intense Viennese opera show.

Originally built in 1869, the Opera House was damaged during WWII then reopened in the 50s.

Every year the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball takes place and for a mere 2K euros you can hire a circle box.

There are a variety of options for seeing the Opera House such as a concert, dinner and even a Christmas show.

If you’d like to listen to a live Mozart Show it is possible at The Sala Terrena at Mozarthaus Vienna.

  • Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
  • Cheap seats sell out fast but standing tickets are available for under 10 euros
  • Fun fact: Ball season takes place every winter where dancers waltz in over 450 venues
Opera in Vienna

Burggarten (+ Lunch Stop)

Located at Josefsplatz, The Palmenhaus at Burggarten is a hotbed, literally as it is a glass house, for casual diners looking to enjoy a glass of Riesling and is a potential lunch stop.

This oasis in the city is also home to the Schmetterlinghaus, butterfly house, full of tropical plants and you guessed it, butterflies.

Palmenhaus Burggarten Things to do in Vienna

Otto Wagner–Pavillon (Karlsplatz)

This underground station turned museum is an absolute darling of a building and my favourite in Vienna.

Located at Karlsplatz, the art nouveau building covered in marble and gold was erected in 1898 and now houses the work of the architect Otto Wagner.

Enjoy free entry first Sunday of every month.

Otto Wagner–Pavillon | What to do with Vienna in 3 days

Food On The Go

A trip to Vienna would not be complete without trying a sausage at one (or two or three) of the city’s Wurstelstand AKA sausage kiosks.

These stands serve a variety of sausages chopped up or popped into a hollowed out bread roll and accompanied with condiments.

The sausages range from Käsekrainer (cheese-filled), Scharfe (spicy) to Waldviertler (smoked).

The Viennese take their sausages very seriously so don’t be surprised to see some of these food retailers queued out.

These stands also sell alcoholic beverages and you are allowed to drink in the street.

Vienna Restaurants

If you prefer a sit down meal consider a traditional meal at Figlmüller at Bäckerstraße, cute heated outdoor space at Griechenbeisl or an upmarket experience at Opus at Hotel Imperial.

Other options include Turkish food at Lokanta Oase, sushi at Mochi and burgers at Rinderwahn.

Weiner Wurstelstand

This is just a selection of the sights that Vienna’s 1st District has to offer.

Each can be reached by foot (approximately one hour with no stops) or via the efficient tram system or underground.

At the end point at Karlsplatz you are close to the hip and trendy MuseumsQuartier so if you wanted to pack even more in, you could swing by the Leopold Museum or mumok, modern art museum.

You could then have a sundown drink at the boutique and never boring 25hours Hotel rooftop bar.

If I only had 1 day in Vienna, I would waltz around District 1, eat sausage from a stall and catch a sunset drink at one of the rooftop bars (below).

Polaroid Tour in Vienna

Additional Option – Belvedere Museum

If you whizzed around the above route and wanted to leave the MuseumsQuartier for day two (below) you could squeeze in a visit to the 18th-century Belvedere Museums.

The complex is split into two Baroque palaces, Lower Belvedere (Rennweg 6) and Upper Belvedere (Prinz Eugen-Straße 27) divided by a beautiful garden.

Belvedere Klimt The Kiss

You can enter via the Lower palace and walk through the gardens to the upper to purchase tickets.

Expect very long lines, even in December.

Save time and preorder your ticket here.

The Upper Belvedere is home to the largest Gustav Klimt’s collection including the famous print The Kiss.

Up close my personal choice is Judith I.

Karl Platz to Belvedere takes around twenty minutes by foot.

Belvedere Klimt Judith I

Day 2 – Cake, History, Art and Views

If your accommodation does not offer breakfast, you definitely want to brunch out at one of Vienna’s cafes or why not taste one of Vienna’s famous cakes?

Cakes To Try in Vienna

In 1832, a teenager called Franz Sacher created the Sachertorte cake that fast became the hallmark of the celebrity sought after Sacher Hotel and a symbol of Vienna.

Today the recipe for chocolate sponge, apricot jam and a thick crust of hard dark chocolate casing continues and is sold in most of Vienna’s coffee houses.

Coffee culture is a big deal to the people of Vienna.

  • Tip: The most popular place to try Sachertorte is Café Sacher
  • Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010
  • Café Demel: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010

The cake advice does not stop here!

There was an actual cake war between Café Sacher and Demel over who owned the original Sachertorte.

The whisks were put down when Café Sacher was awarded the rights.

However, many still flock to Demel, the once bakery of the Royal Family and loved by the gorgeous Empress Sissi.

Café Central’s twist on the Sachertorte is also hugely popular and favoured by the intellects of the city such as Leon Trotsky and Sigmund Freud, the thinking man’s haunt. Food for thought…

  • Café Central: Herrengasse 14, 1010
  • Warning: These cafes have large lines out of the door, even in the quiet seasons

Strudel Tasting at Schönbrunn Palace

Double up on all things Wein but taking part in a traditional strudel tasting session at the striking Schönbrunn Palace.

Every hour at the court bakery of the Café Residenz, an entertaining guide talks you through how to make original Viennese apple strudel and then you taste test!

Sachertorte, hot chocolate, Vienna

4D History Tour

If you are keen to discover Austrian history but on a lighter note check out the Time Travel Vienna interactive museum.

Travel back in time and walk amongst the rats and the plague doctors, observe a beautiful Viennese ball before meeting Vienna’s famous composers and some royalty too.

This interactive experience is more than just the answer to what to do in Vienna on a Sunday.

  • Price: 15.90 euros (adult)
  • Address: Habsburgergasse 10A
  • Note: Tour in German with English translation speakers
Time Travel Vienna

St Stephen’s Cathedral

St Stephen’s Cathedral should be visited twice, once during the day and once at night to see it lit up.

The multi-coloured tiles are unique, making it a landmark of Vienna.

St Stephens Cathedral Vienna

This romanesque and gothic building at Stephansplatz can be viewed, with a drink, from the 6th-floor ONYX bar at the Do & Co Hotel or Lamée Rooftop.


Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a neat collection of museums such as Architecture Center Vienna, The Kunsthalle Wien (contemporary art), mumok (modern art) and the beautiful Leopold Museum collection.

MuseumsQuarter is a cool place to hang out, people watch and grab some Schnitzel for dinner.

These galleries are surrounded by the edgy Street Art Passage for fans of graffiti.

Street Art Passage Vienna

Hip District 7th

My hipster radar gravitates towards the area of each city that offers alternative bars, music, and people, and for Vienna, this is the 7th District. You will find bars with cool artwork, disco balls and vintage photos dotted along the main drag.

A nightcap at my spirit hotel, 25Hours Hotel rooftop bar, The Dachboden Loft is a must for things to do in Vienna at night if you can elbow your way in amongst the locals admiring the city views.

  • Website
  • Address: Lerchenfelder Strasse 1-3


If you are not planning on taking a food tour which passes through Naschmarkt you should dedicate a lunch stop to taste the fresh, seasonal produce on offer at the market.

  • Address: 1060 Vienna, Austria
  • Public Transport: U4 Kettenbrückengasse or thirty-minute walk from MuseumsQuartier
  • Note: Closed on Sundays, take note if spending a weekend in Vienna

A Vienna Food Tour

One of our recommendations for every city guide is to take some kind of tour on day one to get your bearings and to steal tips from someone who actually lives and breathes the city.

Although one of the pricier types of city tours, Vienna food tours come packaged with enough edibles and drinkables to stuff you full for the three days and what better way to get to know a city’s past and present than through its produce.

Kicking off with a visit to Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt to sample seasonal Austrian produce and find out what goes on behind the scenes.

Day 3 – More Museums, Walks and the Wheel

The Vienna attractions on the following itinerary are a little more spaced out and may require public transport to get to each.

City of Dreams

Head to Sigmund Freud’s house (Berggasse 19, 1090) to see why Vienna is known as the ‘city of dreams’.

This self-guided museum takes you through the rooms of Freud’s home, which was also his office, with an audio guide and numbered artefacts.

You really don’t need to set aside much time for this item on your Vienna itinerary and discount is included with the Vienna City Card.

Freud Museum Vienna

The Whacky Museum Hundertwasser

Jump on the tram to Vienna’s first green, Museum Hundertwasser.

A shrine to one of Austria’s most important artists,  Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this three-story museum displays Hundertwasser’s work (including his Teletubby style dream housing project) and the changing exhibition on the third floor.

Again, this is a quick stop for Vienna’s places to visit.

  • Address: Kegelgasse 37-39, 1030 (forty-minute walk from Sigmund Freud’s house)
Hundertwasserhaus museum Vienna_


A few streets (about five minutes apart) away you can visit ‘a house in harmony with nature’, Hundertwasserhaus – home to the unique artist.

  • Address: Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 (short walking distance from above)
  • For lunch grab a kebab or dine at one of the local cafes
Hundertwasserhaus Vienna_

Danube Canal

Now it’s time to get some fresh air and stretch the legs.

Head to the city’s Donau Canal for a stroll along the water and to check out the vibrant street art.

Get High at this Vienna Rooftop Bar!

Our second rooftop recommendation is sleek and stylish.

Take the elevator to Das LOFT at Hotel Sofitel Vienna (Praterstrassse 1, 1020) to watch the sunset through the 360 (well, nearly) glass windows of the rooftop bar.

Absolute bliss. You can see the striking St Stephens in the skyline from here.

Prater Fairground

Our final stop on our Vienna three-day itinerary is the fairground!

As night falls, ride the 64.75-metre-high Wiener Riesenrad, eat Langos (without the sour cream, sadly) or win a teddy at this throwback fairground. A true step back in history.

If you want to avoid the crowds you can purchase this line skip for the Ferris wheel.

  • Address: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria
  • Opening times: 9am-11:45pm
Prater Fairground Vienna

For two days in Vienna itinerary, I would select to suit your own travel needs and consider the hop on/off tour if you are pressed for time.

Definitely eat cake, visit a museum and see the fairground for some nostalgia.

Day 3 Alternative

There really is so much to pack into your perfect trip to Vienna that you could extend it by another day or two.

Schönbrunn Palace

This impressive Baroque palace was the summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph and Sisi. The palace has over 1400 rooms spanning over three centuries of differing decor!

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Statue Dusk

Quick Q+A

How many days in Vienna?

I would argue that even three days in Vienna is a tough gig. I felt I missed out on so many of the museums during our stay and that was even without dancing at a ball. Use the above itinerary as a pick and mix of activities to help build your own to suit your holiday needs.

Is Vienna expensive?

To drink and dine in Vienna is certainly not Hungarian prices. Over three days we spent the following.

Totals for 2:

  • Food: £100 (food tour included in activities)
  • Taxi: £22.71
  • Transfers: £48
  • Activities: £334
  • Socialising: £141.92 (£4-6 glass of wine)
  • Disclaimer: Vienna’s tourist board gave us two City Cards, thank you

Is Vienna worth visiting?

Yes! I had my reservations about visiting Vienna.

It has never been top of my bucket list or even on my radar if I am honest but I was mighty impressed with the architecture the cool 7th and the helpfulness of the locals.

What to See in Vienna Bucket List

  • First District Architecture
  • Austrian waiter stereotype at a cafe coffee
  • Hofburg Palace
  • Wiener Staatsoper Opera House
  • Burggarten Garden Cafe
  • Otto-Wagner Pavillon
  • Wiener Wurstelstand
  • Belvedere Museum – give Judith a wave for me
  • Naschmarkt
  • 25Hours Hotel Rooftop
  • Cafe Sacher or Demel
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Time Travel Vienna
  • MuseumsQuartier
  • Cool bars at 7th District
  • Freud’s Home Museum
  • Hundertwasserhaus Museum
  • LOFT at Sofitel Rooftop
  • Prater Fairground

Vienna Card

The Vienna PASS offers visitors free entry to over sixty of Vienna’s top attractions as well as line skipping and free passes to the Vienna hop on/off tour.

Where We Stayed in Vienna

The 4-star Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel (Am Heumarkt 35-37 1030) offers quiet rooms close to Karlsplatz and other city centre attractions.

Rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, toiletries and an in keeping image by Gustav Klimt above the bed.

I always judge a hotel by its breakfast and the Konzerthaus offers a Frühstück of kings.

Staff are friendly and can point you in the right direction of the closest Wurstelstand for a midnight snack.

We’ve also stayed at 25Hours Hotel Vienna but I wasn’t as impressed with the experience as I was with Sofitel which is a shame because I was really excited about staying there.

Getting to Vienna

Flights leave with from Edinburgh, London Stanstead and Manchester airport in under three hours.

Vienna Airport to Vienna city

The airport and city are very well connected by train. The CAT journey takes under 20 minutes for €11 one way.

 Heading to Budapest next? Check out our Hungary guide.

Getting around Vienna

You are never more than 40 minutes away by foot in between Vienna’s biggest city attractions, however, the city can boast of great transport links served by trams (remember to time stamp the card), buses, underground, taxis and Über.

There are a number of tours which will take you to the main attractions by foot or bike. There’s even a private motorised cart tour which you can read more about here.

Vienna Parliament Building and tram

Vienna Tours

In my opinion, the best way to get to know a city is by taking a tour with a local. It’s always one of the first things I do for three reasons.

Firstly, you get to see the city’s top attractions and learn more about them.

Secondly, tours help you get your bearings.

Finally, I like to bombard the local with lots of questions about their lives and local tips!

Check out these Vienna tours as you build your itinerary.

Vienna Packing List

  • Cute dresses that can be layered with tops.
  • 1 x jeans/pants.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Leave the umbrella at home, invest in a decent but stylish waterproof like my brilliant Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK.
  • 1 x comfortable waterproof boots (I love Salomon US / UK.).
  • 1 x eco water bottle such as TreeTribe which keeps hot drinks hot and cool drinks cold (international shipping).
  • Electrolytes US / UK. for the schnapps hangovers.
  • Phone battery pack like our US / UK.
  • Camera, charger and SD card.
  • If you find a missing yellow scarf, it’s mine!

Final words

Whether you are waltzing through Vienna in a day or visiting for a long weekend, since it is home to over 100 museums and events change seasonally, there will be a reason to return to tick off more of these places to see in Vienna.


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7+ Best Hostels in Vienna/Wien Under $25

Hostels in Vienna Wien, Alte Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.jpg

Austria’s Vienna (Wien) is not the cheapest of European cities to stay in but that does not mean you should remove it from your backpacking bucket list!

This guide to the best hostels in Vienna will not only describe what each hostel has to offer, it will also identify the most popular districts for things to do. Looking for hotels? Click to read our guide.

» Short on time? Click to book one of Vienna’s top-rated hostels

Districts in Vienna

Vienna is a city broken into districts and there are 23 in total.

The most central district is the 1st also known as Innere Stadt.

Here you will find Ringstrasse, Vienna’s Ring Road, and many of the tourist attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, Rathaus (town hall) and St Stephen’s Cathedral. During winter one of Vienna’s biggest Christmas market is set up just in front of the Rathaus.

You won’t be surprised to hear that the closer you are to the heart of Vienna, the more expensive accommodation gets.

Luckily for affordable travel lovers, the 1st District is not the only district that visitors stay in and Vienna has an awesome public transport network connecting the outer districts with the top attractions.

If you are in Vienna to hit the bars, you might want to consider booking a hostel close to the cool 7th District, Neubau.

You can work out a hostel’s district location by looking at the middle two numbers so if the code says 1020, the accommodation is in the 2nd District, Leopoldstadt.

Public Transport in Vienna

We like to burn off the strudel and sausage calories by walking in Vienna and find that the 90% best things to do are less than a 40 minutes walk away from each other.

If you prefer to take public transport, or are short on time, there is a comprehensive network of buses, trains, trams and metro in Vienna.

Uber also runs in the city and taxis are widely available. You can also pick up an e-scooter on the street (once you download the app) to get to your next destination faster.

» You may also like: our popular post on things to do in Vienna

Vienna Rathaus Blue Skies

Vienna Hostels/Wien Hostels

Unless I mention it is not available, WiFi is included in the below hostels.

Personally, I feel guests have a right to this for free.

Many of the advertised hostels in Vienna aren’t actually hostels. We have selected affordable accommodation which has private, shared dorms and some kind of social space as to us, that is what hostel travel is all about.

Wombats City Hostel Vienna, The Lounge $$ – Modern Hostel 

Wombats is a popular hotel chain which has great reviews throughout Europe. They have two in Vienna, one at Naschmarkt (see below) and this hostel at Westbahnhof.

Wombats City Hostel is located on Mariahilferstrasse, Vienna’s longest shopping street and close to Westbahnhof station.

The property has an on-site bar for those looking get to get social with the occasional live band. Some guests have highlighted the lack of social events, especially on a Saturday night. Regardless, staff are said to be friendly. The hostel also has a common area lounge for chilling out in.

Rooms are quiet, clean (two awards), spacious and the best are comfy. Smartcards operate the bedroom doors and personal lockers.

Kitchen is well stocked (free pasta, tea/coffee and spices) and buffet style breakfast is worth the additional cost.

√ Pros: Modern, location, social areas.
× Cons: WiFi continually reported to be weak.
» Address: Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien.

» » Check the best rates here « «

Wombats City Hostel Vienna

» Hotels more your thing? Here’s our hotel guide to Vienna, by district

Wombats City Hostel Naschmarkt $$ – Top Rated on Hostelworld 

The location of the Wombats City Hotel Naschmarkt is one of the best out of all the hostels in Vienna as it is close to the famous Naschmarkt.

Top attractions such as Hofburg and the Vienna State Opera are less than 25 minutes walk away.

The hostel property is clean and safe. Although it is big, guests say it is easy to make new friends and that the hostel bar prices are cheap. A free welcome drink for every guest to help lubricate and build confidence if required!

Free walking tour, free maps and for an additional fee, ‘all you can eat’ breakfast which sounds like a challenge!

The rooms are spacious and each room has its own bathroom which guests appreciate. Many mention the excellent water pressure in the showers too. Use of laundry room and lockers on site.

Kitchen use is encouraged and there are grocery stores close to the hostel.

Overall ‘no curfew, no lockout and no stupid rules’.

√ Pros: Cool layout, great place to make friends, location, all ages.
× Cons: Pricey, no nightly social events (but there is a bar).
» Address: Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Wien.

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Wombats City Hostel Vienna Nashchmarkt common room, people, bike

Hostel Ruthensteiner $$ – Great Outdoors Area 

Hostel Ruthensteiner is (friends and) family run hostel renowned for its garden and music area which includes a guitar, piano and drums.

Location wise, Hostel Ruthensteiner is set between the city (30-minute walk) and Schönbrunn Palace (30-minute walk).

Westbahnhof train station is close by, connecting guests to all of Vienna’s attractions if they decide to leave.

The hostel also has bikes for rent if you prefer to pedal to Vienna’s hotspots. Cyclists welcome, large storage area for bikes. 

Guests are invited to use the well-stocked communal kitchen and BBQ area. Buffet breakfast available at an additional cost.

There is also a bar on site which sells the hostel home-brewed beer. Just thirsty? Free homemade lemonade for all guests.

Spacious rooms have lockers and good plug outlets for charging electricity.

Staff couldn’t be friendlier!

√ Pros: Great atmosphere, garden area, bar.
× Cons: Some remarks about cleanliness although overall, guests say it is clean.
» Address: Robert-Hamerling-Gasse 24, 1150 Wein.

» » Check the best rates here « «

Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna Wien Bedroom

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MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz $$ – Family Friendly

If you prefer a hotel feel with a social vibe, MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz is the right hostel.

Located in the 2nd District (Leopoldstadt), the 1st District is in walking distance.

Alternatively, Schottenring U-Bahn station is close by.

Modern rooms have lots of space and a private bathroom. One review stated that a dorm bed may be two beds next to each other which means sleeping next to a stranger.

Kitchen use available and breakfast is served as an ‘all you can eat’ for an additional charge.

This is a family and pet-friendly hostel.

There is a games room with a snooker table for those who wish to meet others.

√ Pros: Modern amenities, communal kitchen.
× Cons: Free WiFi in public zones, not clear about bedrooms. Young children on the premises.
» Address: Rembrandtstraße 21, 1020 Wien.

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MEININGER Vienna Downtown Franz

MEININGER also has a more central hostel based on Favoritenstrasse shopping mile. Click here for more details.

HI Hostel Wien Myrthengasse $ – Cool Area

A basic but clean HI Hostel located in the hip Myrthengasse area of Vienna.

Breakfast is included in the price making it a great budget option for Vienna.

Lots of cute cafes nearby and access to the city via public transport.

Garden courtyard, billiard room and lounge for all guests to use.

Like all HI Hostels, members receive a cheaper rate than non-members.

√ Pros: Price, cool location, bicycle storage.
× Cons: Lack of electricity points.
» Address: Myrthengasse 7, 1070 Wien.

» » Check the best rates here « «

HI Hostel Wien Myrthengasse

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A&T Holiday Hostel $$ – Women Only Floor

A&T Holiday Hostel is a big hostel with spacious rooms.

Each room has its own bathroom and the showers are said to be awesome. Lockers are available for guests.

There is a floor for women only too.

There is an on-site bar, vending machine and dining room. Breakfast is not included.

√ Pros: Showers, price, staff, elevators.
× Cons: Location, WiFi in selected areas, no kitchen.
» Address: Leibnizgasse 66, 1100 Wien.

» » Check the best rates here « «

A&T Holiday Hostel Bar

Youth Hostel Hütteldorf $ – Vienna’s First Hostel (Cheapest)

Youth Hostel Hütteldorf is Vienna’s first ever hostel with sixty years experience under its belt.

It is located a ten-minute walk to Hutteldorf station which is twenty minutes ride to downtown.

If you prefer to be amongst nature, this hostel is right next to a forest with walking trails.

Kitchen facilities are limited to a kettle and microwave.

Social areas include a garden with outdoor table tennis and an indoor lounge with TV.

√ Pros: Parking, price.
× Cons: No kitchen with stove, location is quite far out.
» Address: Schloßberggasse 8, 1130.

Apartments in Vienna

The average price for an apartment is 120 euros however here are some rentals for as low as 45 euro. Private rooms are more affordable averaging at 68 euros but going as low as 24 euro.

Vienna Travel Essential Information


Vienna uses the Euro and you can check the best rates here.

Vienna Airport to Vienna city

The airport and the city are very well connected by train. The CAT journey takes under 20 minutes for €20 one way, here before you go.

Vienna Packing List

  • In Europe, it is all about the layers. Tops with sweatshirts and cardigans.
  • 1 x jeans or trousers.
  • Sunglasses to hide the Schnapps eyes.
  • Leave the umbrella at home, invest in a decent waterproof like my brilliant Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK.
  • 1 x comfortable waterproof boots/shoes.
  • 1 x eco water bottle like the TreeTribe US / UK. It keeps hot drinks hot and cool drinks cold.
  • Electrolytes US / UK for the Schnapps hangovers.
  • Phone battery pack like our Anker packs US / UK.
  • Camera, charger and SD card.

Final Words

Vienna is a beautiful city packed with museums, bars and palaces! Although many of the attractions are located in or near the 1st District, the efficient transport system connects all of the districts so you can save money by staying further afield but not miss out on the fun. Do tell us which Vienna hostel you book in the comments below and let us know how you enjoy Vienna.

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Where is the Best Area to Stay in Vienna?

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Where to stay in Vienna? A challenging question for the ‘city of dreams’ with so much choice! Austria’s capital is divided into districts and each area comes with its own price point and appeal. Whether you are visiting Vienna to muse over the many museums or during winter to check out the twenty Christmas markets, our guide to the best places to stay in Vienna will help you choose the right accommodation for your trip.

» Short on time? Click to see our preferred hotel: Hotel am Konzerthaus

Why Trust Us?

We love Vienna. I have now visited Vienna (Wein) twice. Once for a romantic city break with my husband, Craig. The second time in December to drink glühwein at the Christmas Markets with my mum!

Prefer to stay in Airbnb? Here’s our guide. On a budget? Check out Vienna’s hostels.

» You may also like our popular 3-day Vienna itinerary

Opera in Vienna

Vienna Districts

There are 23 districts (bezirk) in Vienna and you won’t be surprised to hear that each has its own attractions, lifestyle and affordability calculator.

However, as a first or second-time visitor to Vienna, you don’t have to contend with all 23 districts as this guide to the best places to stay in Vienna will highlight the most popular areas for visitors.

During our first stay we opted for being close to the heart of Vienna (District 3, Landstraße), During sightseeing, I stumbled across, what I thought was, my spirit hotel at the  MuseumsQuartier (7th District) so that is where I stayed during my winter trip to Vienna.

When you are out and about you can identify which district you are in by looking at the street sign and working at the two numbers in the middle of the four numbers on the sign (cryptic!)

The Best Area to Stay in Vienna

When looking for the best place to stay in Vienna, consider the reason for your trip.

  • Close to top attractions: 1st District (Innere Stadt)
  • Less touristy and cheaper alternative: 2nd District (Leopoldstadt), 3rd District (Landstraße)
  • Hip area with lots of bars: 6th (Mariahilf), 7th (Neubau), 8th (Josefstadt)
  • Hotels near the airport: See below options

Getting Around Vienna

You can get around Vienna very easily on foot.

We found we were no more than 40 minutes away from any attraction, excluding Schönbrunn Palace which is quite far out.

Prefer to save time and your poor feet?

Vienna has an awesome transport system compromising of buses, trams, trains and a metro.

Taxis and Uber also operate throughout the city.

For the more adventurous, there are now e-scooters dotted around the streets which you can ride via an app set up. Nifty!

Now that we’ve got our bearings, let’s take a look at the affordable Vienna hotels most popular districts for visitors.

Vienna Parliament Building and tram

Best Places to Stay in Vienna

Unless I mention it is not available, WiFi is a free amenity offered by all hotels in this guide. Regardless of its beautiful historic architecture, Vienna is a pretty modern city.

1st District: Innere Stadt (1010)

The Innere Stadt (Inner City) is the heart of Vienna and the other 22 districts wrap around it. The Ringstrasse is a large ring road which is located at Innere Stadt.

Due to its architectural beauty and historic significance, the Ringstrasse (and the rest of the area) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lots of the top Vienna attractions can be found in the 1st District such as the Vienna State Opera, Rathaus (town hall), St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Austrian Parliament Building.

As to be expected, hotels in the First District come at a premium price!

Hotels in Vienna City Center

  • Best Seller $$
    Appartement-Hotel an der Riemergasse is one of the most popular affordable hotels in Vienna, so you may have to book fast. Visitors love the suite/studio feel, the size of the comfortable rooms and its proximity to St Stephen’s Cathedral and Kärntner Straße shopping street. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.
  • Boutique $$
    Boutique Hotel Das Tigra is a modern, family-run hotel on a quiet street ten minutes walk from St Stephen’s Cathedral. Rooms have air conditioning, TVs and safes. A very special guest used to live in this building! Mozart and his family resided in the historic part of the building in 1773. Breakfast on site is available each morning. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.
  • Luxury $$$
    Grand Hotel Wien is a traditional hotel and perfect for those celebrating something special in Vienna. Guests enjoy the very central location, five restaurants, two bars, spa and a rooftop terrace which offer panoramic views of the city. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.

√ Pros: Smack bang in the middle of attractions, lots of restaurants around.
× Cons: Touristy and can be expensive.

2nd District: Leopoldstadt (1020)

Leopoldstadt is still a central option for Vienna accommodation with the added bonus that you can avoid the busloads of tourists in the 1st District.

The most famous landmark in Leopoldstadt is the vintage, Wiener Prater fairground, Ferris wheel included! Some of the hotels in Leopoldstadt overlook the Danube Canal, a winning choice at sunset.

So if you are looking for cheap hotels in Vienna that are conveniently located near public transport, the 2nd District may be for you.

2nd District Hotels

  • Wow Factor $$$
    Love, love, love the SO/Vienna super modern hotel overlooking the Danube Canal. We spent an evening enjoying sundown drinks in the extraordinary (and I don’t use that word often) Bar Das LOFT on the 18th floor. The aesthetics, the music, the drinks, the staff, just perfection. Guests also love the air-conditioned rooms, bathtub and rain shower. St Stephen’s Cathedral is only a 10-minute walk from SO/Vienna. Book here. Read TripAdvisor reviews
  • Budget $
    Motel One Wien-Prater is great value for money for visitors who don’t mind a bit of travel. We’ve stayed with the Motel One before and always find their rooms super modern in decor and the breakfast extensive. Reviews at Wien-Prater state the same. Messe-Prater Underground Station (line U2) is only 200 yards away. Book here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.

√ Pros: Cheap hotels in Vienna, close to Prater, Messe-Prater Underground Station (line U2).
× Cons: Large area so can be further away from central attractions.

Das LOFT Hotel Sofitel Vienna

» Looking for something more affordable? Check out our Vienna hostel top picks

3rd District: Landstraße (1030)

This is where we stayed in Vienna during our first trip and I would have never known that we weren’t in the 1st District location wise.

Landstraße (Country Road) does have a more local feel which is down to the fact that locals do reside and work in this district.

This area is home to the outrageously grand, Belvedere which house the famous Klimt’s The Kiss and my personal love, Judith (a bit cheekier!)

3rd District Hotels

  • Recommended $
    Hotel am Konzerthaus is a comfortable hotel close to the action but not in the action. Each room is elegantly decorated with a nod to Austria’s Gustav Klimt. All rooms have air conditioning, a safe and a TV. A breakfast fit for a king is served each morning on the bottom floor. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.

√ Pros: Very close to the heart of Vienna and Belvedere.
× Cons: Fewer hotel choices.

Hotel am Konzerthaus Vienna Hotel Room Klimt Image Bed

7th District: Neubau (1070)

Hipster bars, independent shops, art galleries and traffic lights with same-sex couples. Welcome to the hip 7th District. Home to the MuseumsQuartier, 7th attracts a younger crowd with disposable income and a conscious.

7th District Hotels

  • Edgy and Trendy $$
    25hours Hotel MuseumsQuartier is worth a visit even if you don’t stay here. The decor and people watching at 25hours Hotel will keep you occupied for some time and the views from

» The Dachboden rooftop bar is worth noting. Warning, it gets insanely busy at the weekends here so don’t expect speedy service. Rooms are kitted out in quirky decor with a circus theme. There is also a spa on site but annoyingly it doesn’t open until later which they don’t tell you at checkout.

» In all honesty, I thought it was a cool looking hotel but the staff just vibe off its success and don’t really try to be hospitable.

» Some may say that’s just the Vienna way when it comes to customer service but our experience at Hotel am Konzerthaus was stellar so I’d argue against that sentiment. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.

  • Budget $
    Pension Primavera is a modern affordable option in 7th close to Neubaugasse Underground Station. Situated on the third floor of a historic building, guests love the local feel close to a market, cafes and public transport. Rooms are clean and the staff are super friendly. Pension Primavera. Read TripAdvisor reviews.

7th District is also very close to 6th (Mariahilf) where you will find the famous Naschmarkt and street art murals and 8th (Josefstadt) where many students from the University of Vienna live.

√ Pros: Very cool area, nightlife, close to museums, walking distance to 1st District.
× Cons: Some hotels can be pricey.

25Hours Hotel Vienna room, circus print, bed

Airbnb in Vienna

Airbnb is available in Vienna for those on a budget.

The average price for an entire apartment is 120 euros however here are some I’d classify as liveable as low as 45 euro. Private rooms are cheaper averaging at 68 euros but going as low as 24 euro.

Hotels Near Vienna Airport

Vienna International Airport is located in Schwechat. The CAT train journey takes under 20 minutes for €20 one way, book here before you go.

  • MOXY Vienna Airport ($$) is one of two airport hotels only 200 yards from the terminals. The modern and charismatic chain offers air-conditioned rooms with TVs and soundproof windows. There is a 24/7 bar on site. Check availability here. Read TripAdvisor reviews.
  • NH Vienna Airport Conference Center ($$) is the second hotel at the Vienna Airport and it is situated across from arrivals so ideal for early flights or late arrivals. Air-conditioned rooms are clean, modern and guests enjoy the coffee machine. Breakfast is available, this includes an ‘early riser’ option, and guests are offered a free welcome drink at the hotel restaurant.
    Check availability here.  Read TripAdvisor reviews.

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Final Words

Vienna is big and many of the top things to do are located in the heart of the city. However, not all of the best hotels in Vienna are found there too.

Don’t be afraid to consider some of the other districts, letting your style of travel dictate! The best area to stay in Vienna may be the 7th District if you love to party or the 3rd if you want to be central without paying tourist prices. Tell us in the comments below where you book to stay.

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12+ Easy Day Trips From Vienna [Trains, Tours + Boats] 

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You’ve had coffee and cake, marvelled at the museums and maybe even visited one of the twenty Christmas markets but now it is time to get out of the city! Our guide to day trips from Vienna will have you filling up your itinerary with tours to Austria’s top attractions and side trips to countries close by. Chosen by professional travel writers so you can be assured, these are the best Vienna day trips that tourists just can’t miss.

» Don’t miss our essential Vienna city travel guide + accommodation guide

Vienna Day Trips

1. Vienna to Salzburg

The Vienna to Salzburg day trip is the most popular of all Vienna excursions.

Welcome to Salzburg or Salt Castle if you go by its literal meaning! Austria’s fourth-biggest city is so The Sound of Music but also so much more than that.

One Day in Salzburg

Sound of Music Fans who want to follow in the footsteps of the Trapp family, check out Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus Fountain, Nonnberg Convent, Schloss Leopoldskron and Hellbrunn Palace which are all within two hours of each other by foot.

Further afield filming locations include St. Gilgen and Mondsee Basilica which you may need a Sound of Music day tour for.

Next, you will want to head to Hohensalzburg, also known as Salzburg Fortress.

This is one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe.

To get to the castle, you can ride the one-minute historic funicular.

Walking up the hill by foot takes around 20 minutes.

Built in the 11th century at an altitude of 506m, Hohensalzburg not only looks good in your pictures, but its location also offers stunning landscape photography of the city.

For food on the go, head to the daily market at Grünmarkt on Universitätsplatz which has been running since 1857.

Stalls sell fresh food like fried cheese. How typically Austrian!

Smack bang in the middle of the market is the Mayer Delikatessen where you can pick up sandwiches and Austrian pretzels.

End the day on Getreidegasse for a spot of shopping and if Mozart’s life story interests you, pop into his birthplace home, one of the most visited museums in Austria.

If you are visiting during winter, there are lots of Christmas markets to explore.

The oldest, Salzburg Christmas Market, is located at the foot of the Hohensalzburg fortress on Cathedral and Residenz Square. Just follow the smell of punsch and gluhwein.

How to Get to Salzburg from Vienna

Salzburg can be reached from Vienna by train. The journey takes two to three hours. One of the most popular day trips from Vienna by train. 

Salzburg with traditonal horse-drawn Fiaker carriage and famous Hohensalzburg Fortress

» Driving? You may also like our guide on what to pack for a road trip

2. Vienna to Bratislava

Bratislava in Slovakia is an ideal option for a day trip from Vienna, Besides being a beautiful and interesting city it is only 80 km from Vienna.

One Day in Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia has a cute city center full of surprising statutes, and a huge castle overlooking the city from a hill.

As the city center is relatively small you can visit the Bratislava main attractions in one day.  

Visiting the medieval Bratislava Castle is absolutely recommended but be aware that the Castle is closed on Mondays.

The Castle is surrounded by gardens and from the walls, you can view the city and the Danube.

This is a perfect Instagram spot in Bratislava.

Next, visit the art nouveau Blue Church at Alžbety, Bezručova which is, unsurprisingly, blue!

This fairytale-like building is in the east of the city.

In the west of the city, you can visit St Martin’s Cathedral. This three-nave Cathedral is open seven days per week, with a delayed opening for tourists on Sundays.

The city is also a good place to eat very cheap food in generous quantities.

Try traditional food such as Bryndzové halušky (potato dumplings with cheese and bacon), Zemiakové placky savory pancakes or fried cheese!

How to Get to Bratislava from Vienna

The Vienna to Bratislava train takes one to two hours, making it one of the best places to visit near Vienna. The bus, which is cheaper, takes three hours in total.

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Bratislava, Slovakia. View of the Bratislava castle, St. Martin's Cathedral

3. Vienna to Budapest 

One of the best day trips from Vienna (I’m biased, we’ve spent a lot of time in Pest) is a trip to Hungary’s capital city, Budapest.

One Day in Budapest

Highlights for 24 hours in Budapest include eating langos (pastry, sour cream and cheese) at Central Market Hall, having a dip in one of Budapest’s many spas (the most popular spa is Széchenyi, the yellow one) and doing the short hike to Gellért Hill.

Breathe in those views of the Danube!

If you were to extend your stay you should visit the House of Terror to learn more about Hungary’s horrific past, have drinks at one of the ruin bars in the Jewish Quarter (Szimpla Kert is the most popular) and visit Buda Castle on the other side of the river. Check out our guide on how to spend a few days in Budapest.

Your Vienna to Budapest day trip should be filled with food as options are plentiful!

Head to Karavan for street food trucks, eat soup at Bors GasztroBár, have lunch at the Belvarosi Disznotoros butcher shop then indulge in Eszterházy and Dobos Cake. 

» You can find out more about Budapest’s best restaurants here.

Budapest Baths

How to Get to Budapest from Vienna

The best and easiest option is to take the train to Budapest from Vienna Central Station. The journey lasts 2.5 hours.

4. Vienna to Hallstatt

Wow. If you are looking for clear waters, dwarfing mountains and cute houses then Hallstatt in Austria’s Salzkammergut Lake Region is the Vienna day trip for you.

One Day in Hallstatt

Much of your day will be spent getting to Hallstatt but they say that travel is about the journey and not just the destination! You won’t be alone, thousands of tourists visit this tiny Alpine town every day. 

Relax and enjoy the scenic views from the train and then the open air on the ferry once you arrive in Hallstatt.

In Hallstatt, wander through the narrow streets, take photos of the Dachstein mountains, hire a boat or walk through the Echerntal trail.

Want to find out more about the town’s wealth? Take a tour of Hallstatt Mine.

How to Get to Hallstatt from Vienna

It is actually quicker to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg if there was time to fit a road/rail trip into your itinerary.

However, there are connecting trains which run from Vienna to Hallstatt. You do change to another service and the journey takes around three hours.

Once in Hallstatt, you need to take the ferry from the end of the river to the other. What an entrance!

Alternatively, consider a small group Vienna to Hallstatt tour picking you up from your accommodation and returning you 12 hours later.

This full-day tour also stops off at Sound of Music locations as well as other Lake Region attractions. Click here to check for availability.

Hallstatt Austria

5. Vienna to Prague

Prague was the first stop on my very first backpacking trip around Europe. The capital city of Czechia (previously the Czech Republic) has grown in popularity since then and I don’t just mean with British stag parties.

One Day in Prague

The first stop on many visitors bucket list is Charles Bridge. It is touristy but for a reason, the bridge really is a beautiful part of the Prague landscape.

Tourists can be seen touching the St John Nepomuk plate, this is not actually a local tradition apparently. During the summer months, artists offer to paint your picture, a typical touristy activity in Europe.

You can get a good look at the bridge from a river cruise or by hiring a rowboat.  

Make sure you are in front of the Astronomical Clock on the hour to see the apostles mechanically stop by as the bells ring.

Head to the top of the Old Town Hall for panoramic views of the city.

There is an elevator for those who prefer not to take the stairs.

For local food (long lines at times) check out Lokal Dlouhaaa. Expect goulash, dumplings and a lot of meat and beer.

After your food coma has subsided, use that energy to power around Prague Castle.  

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world with standing structures ranging from the 10th to 14th century.

For those who have visited Ljubljana in Slovenia, you may be familiar with one of the architect’s names, Josip Plečnik.

You can join a small group tour around the castle which lasts three hours (includes a skip the line pass) or take a self-guided tour of the grounds and gardens.

See if you can fit in (literally) Prague’s narrowest (and unnamed) street near U Lužického semináře. Respect the traffic lights or you may cause a traffic jam!

How to Get to Prague from Vienna

This is one of the longest train routes for Vienna’s day trips at three to four hours.

Prague Scenic view on bridges over Vltava river in Prague city. Charles bridge (Karluv Most) and old historical buildings, Czech Republic

6. Vienna to Brno

Prague is not the only Czechia city you can visit from Vienna!

One day in Brno

Brno is probably not the first destination that comes to mind as a day trip from Vienna since it’s in a whole different country. But it’s an easy 1.5-hour train ride away, and there are some great things to do and see in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic.

At the same time, Brno is a compact city and can easily be explored on foot. Even on a short day trip, you’ll be able to experience all the city’s main highlights. It’s also a much more authentic Czech experience than Prague, which is overrun with tourists.

One of the top sites is the Špilberk Castle, perched up on a hill looking over the city. Back down in the city center, you won’t want to miss the Cabbage Market, known as Zelný Trh in Czech.

This medieval square has been operating as an open-air produce market for hundreds of years, ever since the 13th century.

Grab a cone of vegan ice cream from the Tutti Fruitt truck that’s usually parked here. Then take a stroll past the many colorful stalls.

If you’re into dark tourism, the city also has several unusual, rather macabre attractions.

These include the ossuary underneath St. James’ Church with the bones of more than 50,000 people and the nuclear bunker known as the 10-Z Fallout Shelter.

The latter was built during the Communist era to protect the city’s politicians and bureaucrats (but not the rest of the population) from a nuclear attack.

How to Get to Brno from Vienna

The train journey from Vienna to Brno is 130 km, and trains leave frequently from the Hauptbahnhof station in Vienna throughout the day.

The ÖBB Railjet train is direct, whereas if you take the EuroCity train you will have to change in Breclav. The journey takes around two to three hours.

There’s also a FlixBus that runs this route, but it takes a lot longer than the train, and you only save a couple of euros.

Brno old town and Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul in Brno, Czech Republic

7. Vienna to Linz

A day trip from Vienna to Austria’s third-largest city, Linz, offers everything you want from a European city!

Expect oodles of history and culture, a picturesque town square, a famous local cake, and a hilltop castle!

Linz is often overlooked because it is lesser-known, industrial and carries the burden of being considered Adolf Hitler’s home city.

For those with an interest in history, this may be a drawing factor and a tour of the city is recommended to find out more about Hitler’s life in Linz.

One Day in Linz

Linz is perfect for a day trip from Vienna thanks to its size – it’s easy to walk almost everywhere.

Things to do in Linz include visiting the Old Quarter’s narrow medieval streets lined with pastel-painted Baroque houses, visiting the city’s two cathedrals and snapping a picture from the castle on the hill with the city rooftops and River Danube in the backdrop.

Linz was named a European Capital of Culture in 2009, a credit to its art and music scene. Check out the LENTOS Kunstmuseum (modern art gallery) and the Ars Electronica Center (AEC) for exhibitions.

Both galleries are futuristic in design and content. Into street art? Head to the Harbor to see the Open Air Gallery Murals.

For food and drink in Linz, enjoy a slice of the famous Linzer torte at Hauptplatz. This is a dried fruit cake and is believed by many to be the oldest cake in the world.

Dine or have a drink at Cubus restaurant in AEC for views of the Danube River.

Why not time your visit with one of Linz’s festivals such as NextComic Linz, Ahoi at the Harbor or Black Humour Festival?

What I personally like most about Linz was how it marries opposites well.

Old and new architecture stand side-by-side, student bars and music venues are found next to up-market restaurants and luxury cruises sail pass the steel factories along the Danube.

Linz has not ignored or denied its past. In the 1990s the city embarked on an award-winning project to account and apologise for its role in the Second World War.

Today, you see a city that focuses on the future of creativity through its vibrant arts scene which fuses music, art, technology, science and industry in a way that is true to the city’s roots.

How to Get to Linz from Vienna

The train from Vienna to Linz is a speedy two-hour journey. It is a comfortable and scenic route which provides lots of eye candy for landscape lovers.

Expect to pass Austria’s green countryside, a big difference from the snowy mountains we are accustomed to seeing in Austria!

8. Vienna to Melk Abbey, Wachau

Part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage, the bright yellow Melk Abbey sits majestically on a rock overlooking the Danube, in the Wachau region.

Don’t miss Melk Abbey’s beautiful European Baroque architecture when visiting Austria. 

One Day at Melk Abbey

Since 1089, the Benedictine monks have been living and working in Melk Abbey. Following the rules laid down by St. Benedict, they pray and work and learn – they glorify God in all things, not only through their prayer but also through their work and their daily willingness to learn every day.

Melk Abbey was established as a fortified Benedictine abbey in the 11th century, it was later destroyed by fire. What you see today is 18th-century Baroque style architecture.

When visiting the monastery pay attention to the Imperial Corridor, the Imperial Staircase, the abbey museum, the Marble Hall with a beautiful ceiling fresco, the library that holds about 16,000 ancient books some of which are 500 years old and the abbey church with its 200-foot-tall dome, gilded pulpits and marble columns.

There is a lovely abbey park with roses, a beautiful pavilion and a café where you can get lunch or some refreshments.

The yellow archways are photogenic and so is the panoramic terrace from where you can see a scenic stretch of the Wachau Valley.  

How to Get to Melk Abbey

The best way to get to Melk Abbey is by car. The journey is a mere one hour away from Vienna. We visited during our road trip driving through Austria and Switzerland on our way to Salzburg from Vienna.

If you don’t have a car you can still get to Melk Abbey through one of the many day tours available from Vienna.

  • By Priya Vin | Outside Suburbia

Melk Abbey Austria

9. Durnstein in the Wachau Valley

One of the most popular day trips from Vienna is an hour west to the quaint village of Dürnstein in the scenic Wachau Valley.

One Day in Dürnstein

When you reach Dürnstein, the main cobbled street into the town is just a short walk away. This is a pedestrian-only area which protects its 16th-century residences, shops and cafes.

Remember, this is perhaps the most visited town in the Wachau Valley and can be very crowded with busloads of tourists.

Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in the Wachau Valley.

Two hiking trails lead up to the ruins of Schloss Dürnstein (Castle Dürnstein) where King Richard the Lionhearted was held captive in 1193.

It’s roughly a 30-minute climb up the steepest trail but you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view. The view from the castle ruins is the best Instagram spot in the Wachau Valley.

Fall is the season for all things apricot, so be sure and try them fresh.

Our favorite is Drunken Apricots — fresh apricots infused in Schnapps.

The Wachau Valley is known for producing their famous Austrian white wines and you can try them here at several vinotheks along the Danube.

During harvest time in the fall, vintners will hang a straw wreath outside their door as an invitation to stop in and taste their first pressing, called sturm.

For dinner, try the local specialities like schnitzel and dumplings at a charming restaurant before heading back to Vienna.

Be sure and pack comfy shoes or hiking boots if you plan to climb to Schloss Dürnstein.

It is well worth taking the 15-minute detour to see Aggstein Castle ruins (below). 

How to Get to Wachau Valley from Vienna

By far the easiest way to get there is to rent a car and take in the scenic beauty along the drive.

It will cost a bit more (around $60 USD/53 Euro), but it also gives more freedom to slow travel the Wachau Valley, not bound by train schedules.

A ferry boat sounds romantic but takes too long for a day trip since you’re going against the current of the Danube.

Aggstein castle ruin and Danube river at sunset in Wachau, Austria

10. Vienna to Graz

Graz, so close to Vienna yet so different. With only 200 km between the two, a day trip to Graz is an easy one to make.

Graz in One Day

Like Vienna, Graz has beautiful architecture and cobbled stone streets but it is less touristy than the capital. Graz is also known for its foodie scene so arrive with an empty stomach. Fill up on a hearty meal at the traditional but yet cool Speisesaal.

Next, walk off the calories by simply strolling through the city and making your way up to Schlossberg for a perfect view of the city.

Art lovers! Head over to Kunsthaus Graz and enjoy the galleries.

How to get to Graz from Vienna

To get from Graz to Vienna, you can simply take the train and you’ll be there within 2.5 hours.

Graz with famous Grazer Uhrturm clock tower

11. Lednice Park, Czechia

When taking a day trip from Vienna, why limit yourself just to Austria, when there are so many country borders close by?

For instance, if you drive just over an hour north to the Czech border, just across it you’d find the glorious park landscape of Lednice Park.

One Day in Lednice Park

Lednice Park wasn’t always part of the Czech Republic!

Up until WWII, it belonged to the ancestral home of the Liechtenstein family, who now rule the small country at the other end of Austria.

However, after being confiscated by the Nazis when they invaded the region, it was later absorbed into the newly formed Czechoslovakia, a country that wasn’t too keen on returning ancestral chateaus to aristocratic families.

The park is most popular with visitors in summer, enjoying the green space and multiple islands set within the artificial lake.

But the park is open year-round, and I found it delightful when I visited in late October, with the leaves a riot of colours.

Some of the most beautiful spots to snap for Instagram include the neo-gothic chateau itself and the views across the lake to the Minaret-style watchtower.

During the warmer months of the year don’t miss the French formal garden near the main entrance (it lies dormant over the winter), or make your way to John’s Castle, a mock medieval ruin.

There’s a small cafe on site, next to the boathouse, plus plenty of restaurant options in the village itself.

How to Get to Lednice Park from Vienna

Lednice Park is best reached by car, with ample parking places available on site. Entrance to the park itself is free, while guided tours of its chateau, entrance into many of the buildings and boat rides on the waterways cost extra.

12. Rogners Bad Blumau

Wellness day-trippers from Vienna can head Rogners Bad Blumau, one of Europe’s most unique hot springs spas.

Designed by the renowned Austrian architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Rogners Bad Blumau is located in the Austrian state of Styria.

One Day at Rogners Bad Blumau

Styria is approximately 130 km from Vienna, and is an exuberant tumble of colors, spirals, walking paths and pools, with architecture that feels like a crazy love triangle between the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, Spain’s Antoni Gaudi and Dr. Seuss.

Following a philosophy of living in harmony with nature, the spa complex has thermal water springs, and the result is an upscale wellness playground designed to bring out both your inner child and your spiritual self.

In addition to bathing in the thermal pools, you can get a massage at the full-service spa, have a sauna or relax in the salt grotto. Day tickets (excluding spa treatments) start at € 45 for adults, € 54 on weekends, and include bathrobe and towels.

How to Get to Rogners Bad Blumau from Vienna

By car, Bad Blumau is about 90-minutes. The nearest train station is Bad Blumau, two km from the spa, and free transfers from the station are offered.

Bad Blumau photo credit Carol Perehudoff

Vienna Day Tours

Want to let someone else do the driving? There are a number of day tours from Vienna to consider.

  • Wachau and Danube Valleys tour – this day tour includes a visit to Benedictine Abbey of Melk and a Danube river tour (duration 8.5 hours). Book here.
  • Vienna to Bratislava tour – Visit Slovakia’s capital by bus, spend time in the city and then depart back to Vienna via boat passing the Danube-Auen National Park on the way (9 hours). Book here.
  • Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg – hit three of Austria’s highlights in one day with this private tour (12 hours). Book here.

Day Trips from Vienna in Winter

It is hard to pull yourself away from Vienna at Christmas because the city is in full festive swing with its 20 Christmas markets, inner-city ice skating and Christmas concerts.

However, if you have ample time and want to get out of the capital do consider the following winter day trips via rail from Vienna. The emphasis is on train trips as snow outside of the city (it does not actually snow often in the city) can cause delays.

  • Vienna to Salzburg – check out Salzburg’s Christmas markets, the Sound of Music tours and the city where Mozart was born.
  • Budapest – skip over to another country to see how they celebrate the festivities. A Vienna and Budapest (Vorosmarty Square) Christmas market combo is a popular choice of those who love the season. Chimney cakes, palinka and 40 degrees baths while snow falls, yes, please!
  • Bratislava – Visit one of the most beautiful modes of transport in Europe, the Christmas tram. Image below. 

» You may also like: our review of things to do in Vienna in winter

Bratislava main square and Christmas market in historical center of Bratislava city, Slovakia_

Vienna Day Trip Packing List

It’s all about the layers in Europe! Expect two to four seasons in one day during the shoulder seasons.

  • Cute dresses that can be layered with tops or worn with tops.
  • 1 x jeans. Jeans are heavy, try to replace with a lighter material.
  • 1 x black gym pants. Great for hikes or dressing up as disco pants.
  • Sunglasses. For shade and tired eyes.
  • A waterproof coat like my Marmot Precip US / UK
  • Or for something heavier in autumn/winter – Mountain Equipment Rupal US / UK
  • Comfortable shoes/boots – I swear by Salomon US / UK 
  • Camera + battery
  • Anker battery packs for devices US / UK
  • Osprey bag cover for rain US / UK
  • Eco water bottle – Tree Tribe US / UK
  • Or Water to Go Water To Go [quote TSA15 at checkout for 15% off]
  • Bamboo cutlery set US / UK
  • Skross universal travel adaptor with USB slots US / UK
  • Pacsafe safety net US / UK
  • Hydration tablets US / UK if participating in some schnapps tasting!

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Final Words

From The Sound of Music to soothing spas, marvellous markets to majestic mountains, our guide to the best day trips from Vienna offers a jam-packed itinerary for those visiting Vienna then looking to leave.

Whether you plan to take these day trips individually or to combine the route as a road trip, have an incredible time and let me know how it goes in the comments below.   

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