Flexible 1-3 days Vienna Itinerary
Here is a planned itinerary to help you schedule your days in Vienna. Learn more about each of the sites: The top 12 places to visit in Vienna! (including food, transport and other tips)
Don’t forget to read the Vienna Public Transport Guide which details into the best way to save some money and also helps you choose the right way to buy transport and entrance tickets.
If you have 3 days in Vienna …
1) Start the day at Schönbrunn Palace
🕕 9:00 am - 11:00 am (2 hrs)
Summer residence of the most powerful and longest ruling royal family of Austria - the Hapsburg’s. Extremely luxurious and royal decor. Humongous building complex with 1,441 rooms, of which 45 rooms are open to the public. Complex also houses the Great Parterre, Neptune’s Fountain, Palm House and the zoo.
2) Visit the Schönbrunn Zoo
🕕 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (2 hrs)
World’s oldest zoo - often considered as the best zoo to visit in Europe. 700 species of exotic animals, birds and insects - elephants, cheetahs, leopards, penguins, flamingos, crocodiles, polar bears, tigers, rhinos, giraffes and zebras to name a few! Star attraction: Giant Pandas.
💳 Cost per person : 20 €
⌚ Timings : Open all days : 9 am - 4:30 pm(Winters); 9 am - 6:30 pm(Summers)
🎫 Tickets : Skip the line tickets for 20 € : Schönbrunn Zoo Tickets
3) Grab late lunch at Naschmarkt
🕕 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (1.5 hrs)
Historic 16th-century food market in the city - unique bite-sized items like sardine olive sticks, cheese wrapped bacon, grilled zucchini, cheese-stuffed jalapenos and whatnot! A street filled with permanent and temporary eateries selling traditional and non-traditional food and beverages.
💳 Cost per person : ~10 - 15 €
⌚ Timings : Mon - Sat 6:30 am to 7 pm. Closed on Sundays.
4) Next stop : Museum of Illusions
🕕 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (1.5 hrs)
An interactive museum filled with uncanny and mind-boggling gravity-defying illusions, puzzles, and mirrors. 70 exhibition pieces present new dimensions of perception including inclined rooms, human size-altering space, serving the head of a visitor on a tray & entering an infinite room.
💳 Cost per person : 12 €
⌚ Timings : Open all days 10 am - 6 pm
🎫 Tickets : Skip the line entry for 12 €: Tickets
5) End the day by catching a show at the Vienna State Opera
🕕 6:30 pm onwards (2-3 hrs - show dependent, most shows take place in the evening)
Century old world-famous opera house. Programs range from premieres, new stagings and productions to Opera and Ballet performances. Compositions by Mozart and Beethoven with performers in traditional costumes are most popular.
💳 Cost per person : 50 - 100 €
⌚ Timings : Show dependent - most shows are organised during evening times.
🎫 Tickets :
Mozart Concert in Historical Costumes for 55 € : Tickets
Mozart Evening with Gourmet Dinner and Concert for 100 € : Tickets
1) Start the day at The Hofburg
🕕 9 am - 11:30 am (2.5 hrs)
Winter residence of the royal Hapsburg family. Currently the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
Comprises 18 groups of buildings, 19 courtyards, and 2,600 rooms! Main attractions are : The Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection and the Imperial chapel.
💳 Cost per person : 15 €
⌚ Timings : Open all days from 10 am to 5 pm
🎫 Tickets : All in one tickets to the above mentioned sites can be bought for 15 € here : Tickets
2) Check out the shopping center of Vienna - Stephansplatz Square
🕕 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (1 hr)
Graben and Kärntner Straße are the 2 main shopping streets of the city lined with high end retail stores, restaurants, food stalls and a llooott of people! Good pit-stop for lunch.
💳 Cost per person : 10 - 15 €
⌚ Timings : Open 24*7
3) Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral
🕕 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (1 hr)
The mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. The cathedral has 4 towers with the south tower being the tallest at a height of 136 m. Visitors are allowed to climb this tower.
💳 Cost per person : Entrance to cathedral is free. 6 € to climb the tower can be bought on the spot
⌚ Timings : Mon - Sat 6 am - 10 pm, Sun and public holidays 7 am - 10 pm
🎫 Tickets : Guided tour of the cathedral for 39 € : Tickets
4) Head over to Hundertwasser House
🕕 4 pm - 5:30 pm (1.5 hrs)
Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s ideas of man co-existing with nature comes to life in the form of trees, shrubs & grass growing within human living spaces. Unusual, pleasant and colorful set up of rooms with limited straight lines.
💳 Cost per person : 11 €
⌚ Timings : Open all days 9 am - 7 pm
🎫 Tickets : Skip the line tickets for 11 € : Tickets
5) Spend the rest of the day at the Prater
🕕 6 pm - 9:30 pm (2-3 hrs)
An enormous park area with Wurstelprater (A large amusement park with adrenaline rushing rides), Schweizerhaus (A traditional inn in the Prater with a huge beer garden and trademark roast pork), Madame Tussauds (80 wax figures and an interactive experience with the cult Empress Sisi), planetarium, a museum, a miniature railway ride and acres of lush greenery.
💳 Cost per person : Ride and attraction dependent
⌚ Timings : Open all days 9 am - 5 pm; Amusement park is open till 10 pm
🎫 Tickets : Entry to the park is free. Charges are applied per ride.
1) Start the day at Belvedere Palace
🕕 9 am - 12:30 pm (2-3 hrs)
Summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Consists of two Baroque palaces (the Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, palace stables and lavish gardens. Houses an impressive collection of Austrian art.
💳 Cost per person : 13 €
⌚ Timings : Open all days 10 am - 6 pm
🎫 Tickets : Skip the line tickets to Belvedere Palace for 13 € : Tickets
2) Visit St. Francis of Assisi Church post lunch
🕕 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm (30 mins)
Was built to celebrate the successful 50th year of leadership of Austria’s longest-reigning emperor - Franz Joseph I. Its castle-like design was chosen based on a competition and is impressive!
💳 Cost per person : Free
⌚ Timings : Open all days 9 am - 5 pm
🎫 Tickets : Entrance is free of cost
3) Visit Prater and complete the spots missed last night
🕕 3:00 pm - 5 pm (2 hrs)
4) Check out Vienna’s nightlife
🕕 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (4 hrs)
From jazzy nightclubs to quaint bars, there’s nothing that this city doesn’t offer to night-crawlers, party-goers, and those looking for a peaceful night out. Some top spots to checkout are:
💃 Flex - Canal side live music club hosting concerts & DJ sets, with a huge outdoor terrace. Timings: 8 PM – 6 AM
💃 Celeste - Local DJs, regular karaoke and jazz nights throughout the week. Groovy music! Timings: 4 PM – 2 AM (till 6 AM from Thursday to Saturday)
💃 WhyNot - Vienna’s oldest and best-known lively 2 floored gay nightclub offering 3 bars, free Wi-Fi & fun theme nights. Everyone’s welcome. Timings: 10 PM – 4 AM
Standard prices :
💸 A pint of beer (domestic & imported) : 4 €
💸 Coffee (Espresso or Cappuccino) : 2.7 € - 3 €
💸 Filling meal for 1 person in a non-touristy location : 10 €
💸 Filling meal for 1 person in a touristy location/pub : 20 €
If you have 2 days in Vienna …
📌 Start the day at Schönbrunn Palace
📌 Visit the Schönbrunn Zoo (Located in the palace complex)
📌 Grab lunch at Naschmarkt
📌 Check out The Hofburg
📌 Head over to the Museum of Illusions
📌 Enjoy a live concert at the Vienna State Opera
📌 Start the day at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
📌 Wander about at Stephansplatz Square
📌 Head over to Belvedere Palace
📌 Have lunch
📌 Check out Hundertwasser House
📌 Visit St. Francis of Assisi Church
📌 Spend the rest of the day at Prater
If you have just 1 day in Vienna …
Try to have an early start and get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral first by 8am. Grab breakfast at Stephansplatz Square and head over to Schönbrunn Palace. Checkout the palace and zoo and grab lunch at the restaurant within the Schönbrunn complex. Checkout Belvedere palace next and spend the rest of the day either attending a ballet/musical performance at Vienna State Opera or have an adventure at the Prater!!
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