Nestled on the banks of the Danube in the shadows of the Alps, Vienna is perfectly positioned to enjoy a weekend getaway. If you don’t want to travel far, you can stay within Austria and visit some beautiful nearby towns and villages in just a couple of hours by train. Or if you’re up for a bit of a journey, you can venture further and visit some incredible cities in neighbouring countries, such as Budapest in Hungary or Prague in Czechia.
With so many incredible buildings to admire, cafes to visit and concerts to experience, you could easily spend months in Vienna and never do the same thing twice. But since months-long holidays are a luxury most of us can only dream of, sometimes we have to squeeze as much as possible into a single weekend. If you’re planning on spending a couple of days in Vienna and want to make the most of your fleeting visit, here’s how we recommend you use your 48 hours.
From the city’s oldest green space which guards one of Austria’s most photographed statues to lesser-known gardens where flowers bloom as far as the eye can see, here are the best parks in Vienna to enjoy this spring.
9 Fascinating Facts About Stephansdom to Inspire Your Visit
Being almost a millennia old, Stephansdom is a treasure trove of secrets. If you’re planning on stopping by during your trip to Vienna, here are some interesting facts about the cathedral guaranteed to inspire you and get you excited about your visit.
One of the most beautiful Baroque complexes in Europe, Schönbrunn Palaceused to be the summer residence of Habsburg rulers up until the 1950s, when it was transformed into the major tourist attraction we know it as today. The regal palace and vast gardens span over 300 years of history, reflecting the progressive interests, tastes and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
Exploring the Magnificent Hofburg Palace in Vienna
Also known as the Imperial Palace, Hofburg Palace covers an astonishing 59 acres, making it one of the largest and most spectacular palace complexes in the world. Often considered to be a city within a city, the palace is made up of 18 collections of buildings, 19 courtyards and a staggering 2,600 rooms.