Vienna is an absolutely stunning city. It is beautiful and full of so much colorful history, and yet it is so wonderfully preserved and modern. Some of the greatest minds of the 19th century studied or lived in Vienna, and there are tributes to each of them around the city.
Vienna has gorgeous sites, incredible museums, amazing coffee, and a shockingly fun nightlife. It is also surprisingly affordable to visit. I had a beautiful trip and I am so excited to share my favorite places in Vienna!
Vienna is also very close to Budapest and Prague, so it is quite easy to travel from one to the other. It's just a short train.
In this Vienna travel guide you will find:
Breakfast and Cafes
Vienna is known for its beautiful Viennese cafes! Coffee house culture in Vienna has been recognized by UNESCO as a central part of the city’s heritage. Definitely check one out during the day for some delicious coffee and gorgeous views.
A classic Viennese café with beautiful ceilings and great pastries. Cafe Central was founded in 1876, and it was known for patrons such as Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotsky.
It’s the perfect place to try the afel straddle. Make sure to ask for heavy cream. There is sometimes a line, but it moves quickly. Good atmosphere.
Cafe Landtmann dates back to 1873, and it is known for being one of Sigmund Freud’s favorites. Food-wise, the breakfast is great and they have pastries and coffee. We recommend the Eggs Hemingway.
Palmenhaus is absolutely beautiful. It’s inside of a large greenhouse with a view of a park and the Albertine museum. It’s a great location to start your day. The food was yummy and surprisingly affordable. If you go, try to get a table inside.
Important note: Double check the address because “palmenhaus” translates to greenhouse, and uber sent me across town to a greenhouse in a park. Whoops.
Dinner and Breweries
Must have Kebab while in Vienna. There are stands all around Vienna. Everyone has a stand that they believe is incredible and will fight to the death for.
Perfect brewery. Order a Wiesse beer if you want something similar to a Blue Moon.
Looking for a good burger and milkshake? Also don’t forget the sweet potato fries. Peanut butter oreo milkshake anyone?
Great Italian food at very fair prices. A chain, but you would never know. We had a great big group night here
Things to Do
Vienna is drop-dead gorgeous. It is wonderful to just walk around and just stumble into museums, cafes, or other sites.
Go to the opera
The opera is absolutely AMAZING! If you are a fan of the arts at all, this is an absolute must-do. Also, it's shockingly affordable. We went for only 3 euro.
Quick tips for going to the opera, the line starts moving around 6:45 so I would aim to get there around 6. The line was intimidatingly long, but we were pretty close to the back and still managed to get tickets for a pretty good spot. We chose to go to the standing seats in the balcony.
Awesome to tour around Monday-Saturday. Open air market with great food options. The outdoor seating has heat lamps on colder days. This is in one of the oldest districts, so walk around the surrounding streets too.
I loved walking around and even got a snack. While I was there I purchased my obligatory patch and these amazing pants that I still wear all the time.
Palace on the outskirts of the city. Worth getting a ticket and walking through the rooms. Tons of history here. Also walk up to the white structure for a great night view of the city. If you are buying tickets for something, this is the place to go.
The city center with the ancient cathedral. There is an ancient chapel that was discovered when building the subway directly below the square. Not really worth the price of admission, but cool to stick your head into and look down. Free some days of the month.
Walk through the palace grounds, nothing you really need to go into.
The Vienna is brimming with history. From art to music to psychology to literature, there is a museum or a genius for any topic you could possibly want.
In the Belvedere Museum you can see the famous painting, “the Kiss.” There are also Monet and Picasso pieces in the museum, and the structure itself is an old castle that is truly breathtaking.
I’d recommend going to Belvedere during the day so you can walk around the property and admire the structure itself.
The Albertina is between the Austrian National Library and the Vienna opera house. There are so many beautiful pieces of art from artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Kandinsky. There's even an entire floor dedicated to Banksy.
Vienna is home to wonderful bars and even better beer. If you do plan on clubbing (scroll below!), odds are you will still have plenty time to hit a bar or two before going out. Opt for both to experience as much as possible.
Cheap beers every night and even cheaper on weekdays. Big sitting areas and good for a pregame group
50 varieties of beer and right in the same area as Dick Macks. This area is referred to as the Bermuda Triangle because there are so many bars and that it is easy to get lost.
There’s a beautiful view at this rooftop bar! It’s very trendy with lots of places to take photos and art in the lobby of the hotel.
25 hours was fun and full of young people when we visited. It was hard to find a seat but fun to walk around and mingle.
This was another rooftop bar, closer to our Airbnb. We kinda stumbled upon it on our walk just because it looked really cool. It was a nice view of the city, it was full of young people, and they had pretty graphics above the bar.
The Praterdome gets its name because it is under the Prater, Vienna’s theme park. It’s a very fun walk to get there and just kinda fun in general that it’s under the ferris wheel. The line is long, so the earlier you go the better
This was one of my favorite clubs I went to in Europe because it was huge and super super fun. There is a massive dance floor in the middle that even has a waterfall, and there are smaller bars and dance floors with different themes scattered around the club.
Fun club with varying themed nights. Saturday night this is the place to be. 10 euro cover and 2 euro coat check—standard for most clubs
Very cool atmosphere. Supposed to be best in warm months, we have just been once, but have heard Fridays are fun here