Post # 1
I’m planning to be in Vienna, Austria at the beginning of June and only have about a week. I’m clueless about this part of the world. Can you guys recommend must-see/do things? What about sidetrips? Would you recommend going to Salzburg and Budapest on the same trip? Do people generally speak English? Can I get by with regular German or do I have to learn Austrian German? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
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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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 # 5
Thank you, ladies– these are all great tips. Keep them coming!
Post # 6
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
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
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
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:
- Schonbrun Palace
- St. Peter’s Cathedral
- 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)
- Hapsburg Palace/Apartments (aka Hofsburg)
- Sigmund Freud Museum
- History Museum
- Secession Building (Different traveling displays but the real reason is for Beethovens Frieze by Klimt)
- Belvedere Palace
Eat at Centimeter, where you order all of the food in measurements of cm. Its near city hall or Rauthaus. =
Post # 10
Cool, thanks! I will definitely try to hit the palaces and boy’s choir (mass suggestion is a good tip, fizics) and eat tortes in metric!
We are going to do Vienna, Salzburg, and Budapest at breakneck pace (my travel companion is a bit of a drill-sergeant type)– so it’s good to know what can’t be missed!
Post # 11
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
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!
1630 – Arrive in Budapest, Check-in to Hotel
1800 – Hereos’ Square
1000 – Hungarian National Museum
1300 – Memento Park
0930 – Castle District via Funicular Railroad
1000 – Museum of Military History
1300 – Terror House
1000 – Tour of Parliament
1100 – St. Stephen’s Basilica
1300 – Royal Palace: Budapest City History Museum
1000 – Museum of Fine Arts
1300 – Royal Palace: Hungarian National Gallery
1530 – Matthias Church
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
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
0930 – Capuchin Church crypt (Hapsburg burial site)
1000 – Hofburg Palace: imperial Apartments and Treasuries (All day)
1000 – Schonbrunn Palace
Post # 13
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:
- 1630 – Arrive in Budapest, Check-in to Hotel
- 1800 – Hereos’ Square
- 1000 – Hungarian National Museum
- 1300 – Memento Park
- 0930 – Castle District via Funicular Railroad
- 1000 – Museum of Military History
- 1300 – Terror House
- 1000 – Tour of Parliament
- 1100 – St. Stephen’s Basilica
- 1300 – Royal Palace: Budapest City History Museum
- 1000 – Museum of Fine Arts
- 1300 – Royal Palace: Hungarian National Gallery
- 1530 – Matthias Church
- 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
- 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
- 0930 – Capuchin Church crypt (Hapsburg burial site)
- 1000 – Hofburg Palace: imperial Apartments and Treasuries (All day)
Post # 14
@dancer: I won’t have time for Mondsee on this trip, but it sounds like something I’d want to see the next time around. And I was totally thinking about the Sound of Music tour– totally love that movie.
@space: wow! I’ll have to check out your blog!
Post # 15
The Belvedere has the largest collection in the world of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Gorgeous in person.