To-dos for a Weekend in Vienna

The best to-dos for a weekend in Vienna

In Vienna, the many sights, events and attractions are densely packed together, one after the other. From St. Stephen’s Cathedral to Mariahilferstraße, from the Vienna Opera House to the Mozartkugeln (small, round, dark chocolates filled with pistachio, marzipan and nougat) and Wiener Schnitzel, there are many things to experience, marvel at and eat in Vienna. To ensure that you experience as much of Vienna as possible during a shorter stay, we have complied a list of our favourite things to-do for a weekend in Vienna.




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Regardless of whether you arrive in Vienna on Friday evening or Saturday morning, travelling makes you hungry. How good that Vienna can offer many culinary highlights.

Vienna is home to a number of well-known culinary miles, such as the famous Taborstraße or Spitalgasse, but we can also recommend some great restaurants in both the upper and lower parts of Mariahilferstraße. Those who want to dine in a truly traditional manner, absolutely Viennese, should definitely visit one of the many Viennese Beisl (Viennese for a traditional inn).

But also for breakfast or brunch, all tastes are catered for. Why not try out OBEN, a roof top restaurant located in Vienna’s seventh district, which serves excellent food. There is also a bar that really comes to life in the evening. In OBEN you can combine delicious food with a fantastic view over Vienna.




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After your wonderful meal on Friday, you will be well prepared for an exciting day in Vienna. In the morning, the Viennese markets, above all, are well worth a visit. Here, in addition to national and international produce, meals, food to sample as well as bars and restaurants, there is one thing that is more than present: that very special Viennese flair. Go along to famous Naschmarkt, which is simply buzzing on Saturdays, or enjoy the hustle and bustle at the Karmelitermarkt.

If you prefer a more unusual experience, you can also book a tour through Vienna’s sewage system or whizz through Vienna in a motorised soapbox.

If you wander off the beaten tourist track, you will discover some quieter places, for example, the Bohemian Prater, the Danube plateau or also the numerous Heurigen (taverns at which local winemakers serve their new wine) in Jedlersdorf are an insider tip.

The Würstelstände (sausage stands) are also part of the well-known cityscape in Vienna. For a lunch snack, these are simply perfect. You really should try out an “Eitrige” – a sausage filled with melted cheese and served with bread and mustard.

There are also numerous vegetarian restaurants in the city, which ensure that all culinary tastes are covered.

In the afternoon you can, besides indulging in some sunbathing or going swimming at one of the many open-air pools in summer and visiting one of the numerous Christmas markets in winter, also visit Vienna’s Prater (the large public park in the city’s second district) or one of the many coffee houses.

A relaxed evening is guaranteed in one of the numerous cinemas or cocktail bars, while the best place to party is the Pratersauna or the Grellen Forelle.




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Sunday is museum day! And what better way to spend a day in the “museum capital” than by visiting one? The Natural History Museum, the Technical Museum, MuseumsQuartier, ZOOM Children’s Museum, Theatre Museum, MAK and MUMOK, … the list is endless.

And if you decide to visit Schönbrunn Zoo, be prepared for a full day of activity. For those who love walking and having picnics, the many parks, which are lovingly tended and ablaze with colour, especially in spring and summer, are the ideal place to spend a Sunday.

Even bad weather will not be able to spoil a holiday in Vienna, because, in addition to numerous theatre performances, there are also many alternative programmes to choose from.

Finally, a visit to a culinary insider tip and you will be (almost) ready for your journey home. With some unusual souvenirs, bidding farewell to Vienna will not be so difficult.


If you do not have so much time, can also enjoy a fast sightseeing tour through Vienna by tram. From the comfort of the tram carriage – with an audio guide available in eight languages – you will have the chance to marvel at the most important sightseeing attractions of Vienna within a short period of time, namely 25 minutes!


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