I love any excuse to go back to Austria. It’s one of my favourite places to visit in Europe. I tend to go during the colder months or the shoulder season. There’s just something special about sitting in a thermal pool while it’s snowing (we did this in Graz) or wrapping up warm and enjoying a hot apple strudel from the Christmas Market. I wouldn’t rule out visiting during the spring and summer months, actually it’s something I’d like to do next year. Austria is one of those places that always looks beautiful and there’s just so much to do see and do.
The capital of Austria is famed for its rich history, imperial sights and lively coffee houses. Vienna is also the city of music. You’ll find concert halls and opera houses offering up a wide range of live music experiences throughout the day and night. It’s the perfect city to visit with a group of friends, as a couple or even for a solo trip. There’s something for everyone and the food is always delicious.
Today I’m sharing 4 things to do on your first trip to Vienna. There are, of course, many more things you should do and see but I hope this list gives you a starting point.
Visit the Belvedere Museum
It’s one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque landmarks and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. Some simply go for a stroll around the grounds (it’s free to do this) while others are all about the art. Just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes, there’s a lot to look at. However, you like to spend your time is up to you but the Belvedere Museum won’t disappoint.
Order the Apfelstrudel
The Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) is one of the traditional dishes of Vienna. It’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. They’re often made with a thick, sweet pastry and then filled with apples, cinnamon, raisins and sugar. If you’re keen to try other local dishes then order the Wiener Schnitzel. It’s a thin piece of meat, usually veal and covered in breadcrumbs.
Go to a concert
Vienna is known forits history of music and musicians and was the home to Mozart and Schubert. You can visit their homes during your trip, long-term fans will be keen to do this. There are so many classical concerts in Vienna, it would be a shame not to experience one. They’re housed in the most beautiful buildings and it will truly be an evening to remember.
Climb to the top of St Stephen’s Cathedral
It’s always nice to get a view across any new city you’re visiting. Heading to the cathedral is a good place to start. The South Tower offers the highest views but you’ll have to brave the 300 stairs to get there. If you’re not feeling the stairs then take the lift up to the top of The North Tower and enjoy the view.
There’s something for everyone in the beautiful capital of Austria.