(Closed) Have you been to Vienna? Suggestions, please

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Congrats on having the chance to go on such an amazing trip! I was in Vienna 5 years ago and the city is lovely.

As far as things to do, here are some of the things that are very memorable for me!

  • Have Sacher Torte (a dense chocolate cake) at the Sacher Hotel
  • Visit the Upper Belvedere Palace for their amazing art and gardens
  • Catching a show at the Opera House if you like Opera – There are standing room only tickets available if you just want to go in and see what it looks like.
  • Hear a performance of the Vienna Boys Choir – they are amazing!
  • Wander around the city and look at the great architecture
  • Visit the Mautenhausen Concentration Camp – very emotional experience

From what I remember, we were able to get around with english a great deal and the people were very nice.

Have fun planning your trip!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

Vienna is absolutely beautiful. You’re going to love it! I was there about 10 years ago (eep!), but I remember everyone being very friendly, and most everyone speaking English. Germany and Austria stand our as the friendliest European countries I’ve ever visited, actually.

Anyway, everything Ms. Peachy suggested is fantastic. Salzburg is also really fun. You could do a tour of the salt mines there, which is really quirky and fun.

You could also pop over and visit Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagles Nest, which was Hitler’s home in the German alps. Breathtaking view.

Have a great time! 🙂

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you have time, a trip to Schobrunn Palace would be very worthwhile.  I think we took a train from Vienna to get there.  As far as language is concerned, we were totally fine speaking English, and I assume regular German would also be fine.  Have a great trip!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I’ve been to Vienna twice in the last 6 months and you absolutely don’t need to speak German, esp. Austrian German…in the areas you are in most everyone will speak English. I’d definitely recommend that you see Salzburg and you should have the time. A week is too long for just Vienna and a week is too long for just Budapest, but a week isn’t enough time for both Vienna and Budapest unless you are doing it at breakneck speed, so I recommend you stick with Vienna and Salzburg

The above suggestions for Vienna are good. You should also see Schonbrun palace. It is about a 15 minute subway ride outside of Vienna and will take a full day to really explore, but it’s a great day!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second the Vienna boys’ choir.  You can purchase a standing-room only "ticket" to one of the masses.  This is beautiful regardless of your religious beliefs.  I can’t seem to recall the Cathedral, but I think it should be in any guidebook.  Just remember that it *is* a religious service…when I went there was a couple of other people who were extremely disrespectful treating it like a regular concert which definitely irked the staff.

Learning a bit of German would be helpful (basic phrases), but most people also speak some English as well.

I don’t know how much you want to travel beyond Vienna, but I hear Budapest is lovely and not too far though I’ve never been.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

If you can go to Budapest or Prague!  It really depends on your mood or interest as to which city would be better suited for you, but Prague is the more "romantic" of the two.

Things to do in Vienna:

  1. Schonbrun Palace
  2. St. Peter’s Cathedral
  3. St. Charles Cathedral (A year ago they were renovating the frescos and you could go up scaffolding to the top of the church, a couple of feet away from the ceiling. It was truely impressive to see all of the gorgeous paintings so close)
  4. Hapsburg Palace/Apartments (aka Hofsburg)
  5. Sigmund Freud Museum
  6. History Museum
  7. Secession Building (Different traveling displays but the real reason is for Beethovens Frieze by Klimt)
  8. Belvedere Palace

Eat at Centimeter, where you order all of the food in measurements of cm.  Its near city hall or Rauthaus.  =

Happy Planning!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

Schonbrun Palace is beautiful and you can also attend concerts there.  The Opera House is also a great stop for a short tour.  Sacher Torte is a must as is a trip to Salzburg.  You can cover a lot of it in a day – it’s a very small, walkable city.  On the way there, you should stop in the town of Mondsee – it looks like a fairytale village, and the strudel at Cafe Braun is delicious!  Also, if this is something that interests you, you should try and take the Sound of Music tour – very cool.  Vienna is beautiful – have fun!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

rzbln –

Here is an itinerary from one of the trips that I took over there.  It was a great trip and I felt like I was able to see enough of both cities.  Obviously you can modify according to your taste but it at least gives you an idea of what can be done!

Day 1

1630 – Arrive in Budapest, Check-in to Hotel

1800 – Hereos’ Square

Day 2

1000 – Hungarian National Museum

1300 – Memento Park

Day 3

0930 – Castle District via Funicular Railroad

1000 – Museum of Military History

1300 – Terror House

Day 4

1000 – Tour of Parliament

1100 – St. Stephen’s Basilica

1300 – Royal Palace: Budapest City History Museum

Day 5

1000 – Museum of Fine Arts

1300 – Royal Palace: Hungarian National Gallery

1530 – Matthias Church

Day 6

0830 – Transfer to Vienna via Coach

1230 – Arrive in Vienna, Check-in at hotel

1400 – Vienna City History Museum

1600 – Secession Building

1630 – Walking tour of Vienna

1830 – St. Stephan’s Cathedral

Day 7

0900 – Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Military History Museum)

1130 – Upper Belvedere (19th & 20th Century Art)

1400 – Museums Quartier: Museum of Modern Art Leopold Foundation

1600 – Kunsthihistorisches Museum & Natural History Museum

Day 8

0930 – Capuchin Church crypt (Hapsburg burial site)

1000 – Hofburg Palace: imperial Apartments and Treasuries (All day)

Day 9

1000 – Schonbrunn Palace

Afternoon Free

Day 10

Depart Vienna

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

You know what maybe third time is a charm.  This is a snippet from my blog with the hyperlinks removed, I can PM you with hyperlinks included.  This is an itinerary of a trip I took to Budapest and Vienna.  It was fun, jammed pack with things to do and relaxing at the same time.  Hope it helps:

Day 1

  • 1630 – Arrive in Budapest, Check-in to Hotel
  • 1800 – Hereos’ Square

Day 2

  • 1000 – Hungarian National Museum
  • 1300 – Memento Park

Day 3

  • 0930 – Castle District via Funicular Railroad
  • 1000 – Museum of Military History
  • 1300 – Terror House

Day 4

  • 1000 – Tour of Parliament
  • 1100 – St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • 1300 – Royal Palace: Budapest City History Museum

Day 5

  • 1000 – Museum of Fine Arts
  • 1300 – Royal Palace: Hungarian National Gallery
  • 1530 – Matthias Church

Day 6

  • 0830 – Transfer to Vienna
  • 1230 – Arrive in Vienna, Check-in at hotel
  • 1400 – Vienna City History Museum
  • 1600 – Secession Building
  • 1630 – Walking tour of Vienna
  • 1830 – St. Stephan’s Cathedral

    Day 7

  • 0900 – Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (Military History Museum)
  • 1130 – Upper Belvedere (19th & 20th Century Art)
  • 1400 – Museums Quartier: Museum of Modern Art Leopold Foundation
  • 1600 – Kunsthihistorisches Museum & Natural History Museum

Day 8

  • 0930 – Capuchin Church crypt (Hapsburg burial site)
  • 1000 – Hofburg Palace: imperial Apartments and Treasuries (All day)

Day 9

  • 1000 – Schonbrunn

Day 10

  • Depart Vienna

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

The Belvedere has the largest collection in the world of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Gorgeous in person.

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