Vienna is one of my most favorite countries in Europe I have visited! It was my Pinterest aesthetic dream. I took a train to Vienna alone from Munich and my cousin Anna met me here a couple days later, where we explored the Belvedere Palace together and took a train to Bratislava, Slovakia for a few hours! I also did a day trip from here to Budapest, Hungary one of the days during my stay. A couple facts about Vienna you may not know:
Where I Stayed
In Vienna I stayed at another Adina Hotel, The Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere. I loved the location of this hotel, because it was quite literally across the street from the train station, where I took trains from Munich, Budapest, and Slovakia. It was SO convenient and it was also walking distance from the Belvedere Palace. The breakfast (again) did NOT disappoint and I really enjoyed my stay here. My room was so spacious with its own washer and dryer, kitchen, living area, and bedroom. Watch my YouTube Video for the full room tour!
Things to Do in Vienna
1. The Belvedere Palace + Museum
I was so happy that our hotel was close by, because this was one of my favorite parts of Vienna. The palace is so stunning, with exquisite gardens and intricate details in every corner. The palace was built in 1712 as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. There is lots of art here in the museum as well that is really quite interesting. There is also a nice cafe outside of the palace called Schlosscafe where you can try their special Belvedere Coffee (hint: it contains alcohol) and Kaiserschmarnn mit Zwetschkenroster which is a thick gooey pancake! It reminds me of a cross between pancake and gooey butter cake.
Travel Hack: You don't need to buy the really expensive ticket online that includes the Upper Level, Lower Level, + Museum. It is all the same. You only need to buy one of the tickets. You can purchase tickets here.
2. See A Show at the Opera
The Vienna Opera is iconic and I am so sad that it was closed the few days I stayed in Vienna! The Vienna is one of the world's leading opera houses, known especially for performances of works by Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Richard Strauss. If you can catch a show here, you don't want to miss it!
3. Have Coffee + Sacher Torte at a Cafe
Coffee has been a strong part of Viennen culture all the way back from 1683. Vienna is famous for coffee, originating when the Turks tried to capture the city in 1683 and left bags of coffee beans behind. Now, coffee house/cafe culture is still a big part of Vienna. Sacher torte also originated in Vienna, where you can get the original at Hotel Sacher.
Right next to Hotel Sacher and across from the Albertina is Cafe Mozart. This one was one of my favorite and definitely a place to check out for your morning coffee + breakfast, or you can stop by in the evening for a drink!
Albertina is a famous museum to check out in Vienna, and the Albertinaplatz showcases one of the most stunning views in the city!
4. Shonbrunn Palace
SchÃ¶nbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Austria's most visited tourist attraction. The palace served as a summer home for the Hamburg's for centuries. To go inside the palace, you need an admission ticket (I just bought mine there but you can also purchase online here) but the park and gardens are free. This place is absolutely MASSIVE!
The pics I snuck... watch my vlog for the drama on photos inside the palace
5. The Spanish Riding School
Located at the famous Hofburg Palace, the Spanish Riding School is on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity. It is the only institution in the world that has practiced for more than 450 years. You can get tickets for the performances, training, or tours here. Outside of the palace, there are horses lined up for horse carriage rides, and it is a beautiful site to see!
6. St. Stephens Cathedral
St. Stephens Cathedral is a significant landmark and historical piece of Vienna. You can go inside the cathedral for free, but to see the tower or catacombs, you can get tickets here.
Rathaus, or the Vienna City Hall is an absolutely stunning landmark. The city hall looks down on to the central square as one of the tallest buildings in Vienna. It is something you will see when walking around!
8. Vienna Natural History Museum
The Museum of National History in Vienna is also something really cool to do in the city. You can get your tickets for you visit online here.
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