Four things you should do in Vienna in May!

The spring is a fantastic time to visit Vienna, and May is the nicest of the three spring months. It is warm in the air, but not too warm. It might rain a little bit, but not much, meaning that you can normally spend your days outside without worrying about dark clouds and getting wet (you should check the weather forecast just to be sure). Are there any special activities that you should enjoy as you come to Vienna in May?

We have compiled a list of four activities that you should try in Vienna in May. The list could have been much longer, but since we know that our generation is used to TikTok and short videos, we decided to make the article shorter so that you will not leave the article before you have read about our four recommended activities.

Do not forget that these activities are fantastic all year around (mostly), but they are even nicer on a sunny day in May. If you want more recommendations about what to do in Vienna, look at our list of activities and attractions in Vienna. If you want to read more about upcoming concerts, events, exhibitions, festivals, and running competitions in Vienna, look at our page what “What’s happening in Vienna.”

You should do the following if you come to Vienna in May!

Here you have some suggestions. I must admit that my palm is sweating a little bit right now, because the first activity is awesome if you like heights. If you don’t, then your palm might start to sweat soon even thinking about this activity.

Prater Tower – Enjoy the view sitting in a chair 117 meter above the ground.

Doesn’t it sound fantastic to sit in a chair 117 meters above the ground enjoying the view of Vienna? Honestly, it doesn’t sound nice to me, because it sounds terrifying. Still, if you like heights and the adrenaline, then this is a perfect way to get one of the must stunning views of Vienna from above at one of the coolest places in the city. Prater is an area very similar to a typical amusement park, but you can enter the area for free… you only pay for the activities that you want to use.

Prater Turm
It doesn’t look that scary from below, does it?
View from the top.
Not the best quality here, my palms are sweating! But, you can enjoy a fantastic if you decide to try this activity.

I guess there are two kinds of people reading this article right one. Some are thinking that this looks awesome, while the other group is saying that they will never ever try this. No matter what, there are lots of other, much “nicer” activities waiting for you in Prater, so look around, and you will find something suitable for you. Another activity with a less impressing view is the famous Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel) which was featured in a James Bond movie many, many years ago.

Let’s get back on the ground and look at the three other activities you should try in Vienna in May!

Take a break in Hofburg / Volksgarten / Burggarten.

As you walk up and down the streets of Vienna, you need to have a break. Why don’t you stop as you come to Hofburg? Hofburg is surrounded by two parks and those are both beautiful if you want to relax, look at beautiful flowers, or eat a picnic outside. Nowadays many people play Spikeball, also referred to as “round net”, in these park areas, but it is also perfect if you want to play cards or read a good book. The beauty of it all is that while you are in Volksgarten you can enjoy the view towards the City Hall and Hofburg (and much more), giving you a majestic view while hiding from all the traffic and the busy people of Vienna.

I should also mention that these green areas are in the center of Vienna. You don’t have to walk for hours to get to these parks, but they are places you will walk by as you discover the city center of Vienna no matter what. So why don’t you stop by a grocery store to buy some snacks and something to drink and spend some hours outdoor just lying down in the grass, eating, reading, and having a good time?

The view towards Hofburg from the entrance to Volksgarten.
The view towards Hofburg from the entrance to Volksgarten.
People playing Spikeball (the picture isn’t from Vienna).

Now you have even more to look forward to. Which are the two remaining activities we recommend you to try in Vienna in May?

Explore the city after sunset!

Vienna is a city with beautiful buildings and that is why it is a joy to walk in the city center during daytime to see historical palaces and other important buildings. But, even though the sun goes down doesn’t mean that it gets boring… rather the opposite. There are numerous buildings in Vienna that is bathing in lights in the evenings after sunset, making the city even more gorgeous. As a result, you shouldn’t go to bed early, instead you should put on some good shoes and walk around the city. A great place to start is by Belvedere, and then walk towards the city center and look at all the beautiful buildings and famous attractions as they are illuminated. You should be happy that you no longer travel with the old-fashioned camera with which you could only make 24 or 32 pictures per film, because it would get full quickly as you discover how beautiful the city of Vienna is by night.

Above you can see some pictures portraying Vienna by night, all from Pixabay. One of the pictures portray what the City Hall is like in November and December during the annual Christmas markets. The building is beautifully illuminated all year around in the evenings, but it is even more fantastic in the last months before Christmas. You can also see the Gloriette from Schönbrunn in one of the pictures, the mighty Karlskirche, the Belvedere palace, and the well-known Wiener Musikverein, the location of the annual New Year’s concert in Vienna.

Which is the last fantastic activity waiting for you in Vienna in May?

Spend a day in Schönbrunn!

Schönbrunn is one of the most popular places in Vienna, and that is for a reason. The castle itself is a beauty and if you want to get a glimpse of royal life in Austria, this is a spectacular place to go. There are tours available that will take you inside the castle, and there are other programs in which you can eat traditional Viennese strudel and other delights inside the palace. But, on a sunny day, why spend so much time inside when the palace has a beautiful park?

A great way to get an overview of the park is by traveling with the Panoramabahn. If you like to walk a lot, then you can skip the train, but if you like the sound of being transported around the park area to get an overview, the train is a perfect way to get an introduction to the park. You can listen to an audio guide in German, English, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Polish, and French to learn more about what you see along the way.

As you can see, it isn’t a real train, but it is still a fantastic way to visit the different corners of the park. When you are finished, you can start exploring on your own. One of the nicest areas in the Schönbrunn Park on a day in May is the zoo. This is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Europe, and you can see rare animals, walk surrounded by bats, and do other cool stuff as you walk around. Are you more interested in flowers? The park is taken well care of, so you will feel like in a botanical garden, especially in the area between the Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette.

Once again, bring some snacks and something to drink, and spend hours walking around and enjoying the fresh air of Schönbrunn and the park behind the palace with all it has to offer. If you come here earlier, do not miss out on the yearly Easter market arranged at Schönbrunn, and if you come before Christmas, then you probably know that one of the most famous Christmas markets in Vienna is arranged here.

Have I managed to inspire you?

Have I managed to inspire you and to give you some ideas with this article? I hope I have, but if you have even more ideas, or some feedback, please use the comment field below. I would love to hear from you.

Do not forget that you can read much more about all sorts of attractions, museums, activities, public transportation, and about ongoing and upcoming programs here in our Vienna Guide. If you like running, there are also quite a lot of running competitions in Vienna in May which you can read more about in our Vienna calendar.

In other words, you are destined to have a wonderful time as you visit Vienna in May!

Should I bring my kids to Familypark while in Vienna? Is it worth it? All you need to know!

Have you heard about the amusement park named Familypark? If you are standing next to Stephansdom in the center of Vienna, you are located about 70km from the popular park which is located close to the Hungarian border. Many families that come to Vienna like to visit the popular Präter-area where you can find rollercoasters and all sorts of activities. But, if you want even more and an area fully dedicated to families with family friendly activities, Familypark might be an even better place to go.

The biggest disadvantage with Familypark is the location. Even though 70km might not be a big distance, it is still a bit complicated if you come by plane to Vienna and do not have a car. It is possible to travel to Familypark using public transportation of all sorts, but it gets more complicated and removes a part of the fun. But, if you have a car or a rental-car, then it is easy to travel to Familypark in less than an hour from Vienna, so that shouldn’t give you any worries. But, is it worth it?

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Once you get to Familypark…

You can buy your tickets on the spot, but if you decide to buy them beforehand using, for example, GetYourGuide, then you have the QR-codes needed to enter the park directly on your phone (in the GetYourGuide application or in the confirmation email). As a result, you can skip all lines and just scan the QR code and enter the park immediately. That is a great advantage, especially during weekends and in the middle of the summer.

The entrance fee is approximately €34, and when it is paid, you can use 98% of all activities on the inside without limitation and without paying anything more. That is extremely convenient, and you don’t have to worry if your kids want to use the same roller coaster 10 times in a row, because it will not cost you a penny more.

There are a few activities on the inside that costs a little bit, but those are just “stupid” and lame activities, which you can easily walk by and you will not feel like you are missing something. In other words, all the main activities are included in the entrance fee, so you will have plenty of things to try once you are on the inside.

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One of the rollercoasters in Familypark (Source: Familypark website)

Familypark is a park for families!

If you go to Präter in Vienna, you will find quite a lot of activities solely for adults, as they are very scary and require a certain size. There are requirements for size also in Familypark, but the general requirement is that kids under 105cm can only use some activities, kids above 105cm must travel with an adult (and then all activities with the exception of one is available), and above 130cm you do not even need an adult by your side. In other words, it is incredibly family friendly and meaning that it is possible for the entire family to have fun together on most of the rides (unless you have very small kids joining).

With the focus on the families, you will not find the incredibly adrenaline boosters in the park, but it doesn’t get boring. One of the newest attractions is “Leonardo’s Flying Machine” and if you want an additional boost start waving with the wings of the flying machine. Not only will you go up and down, but you will also go around and around, making you quite dizzy by the time the ride comes to an end.

Leonardo's Flying Machine
Leonardo’s Flying Machine (Source: Familypark website).

All in all, Familypark is a great place for families, especially if for families with kids between 4 and 18 years. It is fun for those older as well, but I believe it is especially ideal for people in this age group. Of course, parents also have a good time in the park.

There are some activities that will make you wet, so unless the sun is shining and it is very warm, you should either bring some additional clothes that you can put on after those activities, or just skip them.

There are lots of restaurants inside the park where you can eat hamburgers, pizza, french fries, wiener schnitzels, and much more. There are also playgrounds for kids, and if they would like to eat an ice cream, that is also possible.

We can warmly recommend Familypark!

What else is there to say? If you have the time, the chance, and the money, Familypark is a great place to visit. The entrance fee of €34 isn’t bad considering that you can enjoy activities without stop for about 8 hours (since the park is normally open from 10.00 until 18.00). If you go to Präter in Vienna, you will have spent the same amount of money in less than an hour using 4-5 different activities.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

You don’t necessarily need to buy tickets in advance, but you don’t lose anything buying in advance. If you don’t know for sure if you will go or what the weather will be like, then you should wait until the last minute, or maybe just buy upon arrival. But, if you know 100% for sure that you want to visit Familypark, then having the tickets in advance will save you time upon arrival… and that is useful, especially as your kids get excited and want to try all the roller coasters and other activities as quickly as possible.

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Hard Rock Cafe Lunch/Dinner Menu in Vienna – Is it worth it?

Have you read about the possibility of enjoying a set menu for lunch or dinner in Hard Rock Cafe in Vienna? Maybe you have seen the program available on GetYourGuide or somewhere else? Is it worth it? What is the food like? Does it have the same quality as the rest of the food you can eat in Hard Rock Cafe?

Hard Rock Cafe is known worldwide. People visit these restaurants in cities all around the world, and many people collect t-shirts, glasses, and other souvenirs as they visit the restaurants. But is Hard Rock Cafe really worth visiting? Isn’t it just like a more complex McDonald’s’?

Hard Rock Cafe is a piece of the United States, no matter where in the world you visit the restaurant. It is a place for hamburgers, steaks, meat, and much more. If you come to Vienna, is Hard Rock Cafe a place you should go? And is the Hard Rock Cafe menu available on GetYour Guide and elsewhere a good deal?

The Hard Rock Cafe Vienna Lunch/Dinner Menu – What’s included?

This article is based on the menu you get if you order via GetYourGuide, but you will also find a similar deal available if you visit the restaurant (and they have a free table for you).

There are two options:

  1. 2-course dinner (Main Course + Chocolate Cake) and one soft drink.
  2. 3-course dinner (Salad + Main Course + Chocolate Cake) and one soft drink.

As a main course, you can currently choose from the following options:

  • “Legendary Burger” (Angus)
  • “Moving Mountains Burger” (Vegetarian)
  • “Twisted Mac, Chicken, and Cheese Pasta”
  • “Grilled Chicken, Caesar Salad”
  • “Tupelo Chicken Tenders”
  • “Grilled Chicken Sandwich”

The price of the Gold Menu (two courses) is about €27, while the Diamond Menu (three courses) costs €37.

You also get the knowledge that a table is reserved for you at the time of your booking, which can be useful knowing that Hard Rock Cafe is a popular place and the restaurant is often full on busy evenings and during the weekends.

Is the Hard Rock Cafe menu a good option?

That is a valid question. Dining in restaurants in Vienna can be an affordable experience, and considering that you get both a main course and a dessert and a drink for €27, it isn’t a very expensive experience. But based on our own experience dining in Hard Rock Cafe and tasting several of the main courses and the dessert, we are not convinced that it is the best way to spend your money if you want a tasty meal.

(This article is based on the experience we had as a family visiting the restaurant with two adults and four kids in May 2024).

Hard Rock Cafe is great for tasting America, but we were personally not satisfied with the “Legendary Burger.” We had great expectations sitting down in the restaurant, especially to the burger, but it was disappointing. The meat itself was quite tasteless, and even though it looked good, it was a hamburger we will quickly forget.

burger in hard rock cafe

The “Twisted Mac” was another meal we looked forward to. The pasta and the cheese was okay, but the way they added a dry and boring piece of grilled chicken next to the pasta was disappointing.

Mac and Cheese in Hard Rock Cafe

The sandwich with grilled chicken was kind of misleading. I expected something like a Club Sandwich with tasty pieces of grilled chicken inside, but this wasn’t really a sandwich, but a chicken burger. All in all, this was the main course that I enjoyed the most, but still it was different from what I expected, and not something I would return to order once again.

The brownie/chocolate cake we got for dessert was mostly okay, even though it would have been better if it was warm. The cake was served with whipped cream, which feels like a cheap product to add instead of some delicious vanilla ice cream.

chocolate cake dessert in Hard Rock Cafe Vienna

What is the conclusion? Should you book such a meal in Hard Rock Cafe?

We didn’t regret going there. After all, it was a nice family experience, and the kids had fun visiting Hard Rock Cafe for the first time. But, they also said that the food we were served wasn’t something they really enjoyed, so as we go out to eat in Vienna in the future, this is not a place they would want to return.

Have you tested the experience yourself? How did you like it? Would you like to book the program? Use the event calendar and reserve the event yourself through GetYourGuide.

The Top Events in Vienna in 2024

What’s happening in Vienna in 2024? Which are the biggest and most important events that you need to remember? It will all depend greatly on your interests, but this article tries to give you information about the most important concerts, festivals, markets, and sports events in Vienna in 2024. Are you ready?

2024 is going to be a fantastic year. There are lots of things happening around the world, and even if it doesn’t take place in Vienna or in Austria, the Summer Olympics in Paris will greatly impact life also in Vienna. Why is that? There will be places where you can see all the events from the Summer Olympics, both inside restaurants and cafes, but also outdoors where you can watch with hundreds of others. And what might be even more interesting to locals is the European Championship in football which takes place in Germany this summer. With Austria among the top teams in the tournament, it will be lots of people out all across Vienna cheering for their players and hoping that Austria will do better than ever before in a European Championship in football.

But, let us return to the city of Vienna and all the awesome things that will happen in the city this year. We will list quite a lot of events, and not necessarily in chronological order. In other words, look through the entire article to find out if any of these events are of interest to you or not.

The highlights in Vienna in 2024

First of all, August is going to be one crazy month in Vienna. It is the month in which the Summer Olympics takes place in Paris, but it will also bring tens of thousands of people to Vienna. Why is that? We can look forward to concerts with the most popular singer in the world at the moment and several concerts with what might be the most popular band in the world currently.

Coldplay concerts in Vienna

We can look forward to four fantastic concerts with Coldplay at Ernst Happel Stadium in August. There are so many cities in Europe that would have loved to host such concerts, but we are extremely lucky to have Vienna as one of them. That is why there will be people coming from all across Europe to Vienna because Coldplay will not come to their countries in 2024. But, what an awesome opportunity to watch and experience the beautiful city of Vienna, and music from the most popular band in the world at the moment. Maybe you should come to Vienna as well for one of the Coldplay concerts?

coldplay in vienna

The first Coldplay concert in on August 21 and the last is on August 25.

Taylor Swift concerts in Vienna

A few weeks before Coldplay comes to Vienna, the person who was chosen as “Person of the Year” by TIME Magazine in 2023 will come to Vienna. Taylor Swift, the most popular singer in the world at the moment, will perform at the Ernst Happel Stadium as well (just like Coldplay) and the stadium will be full every single evening. She started writing songs at the age of 12 and had her big breakthrough at the age of 16. She has a background as a country singer, but today she is more of a pop artist who knows how to use her voice and how to move her body. Many of her songs on Spotify have been played more than 1,500,000,000 times, and her videos on YouTube are just as popular.

The Taylor Swift concerts in Vienna come as a part of her big international tour that started in 2023. If you are unable to be there at one of the Taylor Swift concerts in Vienna, then you can watch the movie “Taylor Swift – Era Tour” which is a cinema version of the concert.

Taylor Swift concert in Vienna

The first Taylor Swift concert at the Ernst Happel Stadium is on August 8 and the last concert is on August 10.

Other concerts in Vienna

There will be lots of other concerts in Vienna in 2024 besides the Coldplay and Taylor Swift concerts, but none can compare the to size and popularity of those concerts. If you want to read more about other concerts in Vienna, look at our Vienna calendar to find out more about what’s going on in Vienna.

But, we can mention some of the artists coming to Vienna in 2024 besides Taylor Swift and Coldplay, for example;

  • Andre Rieu
  • Sepultura
  • Picture This
  • Ehrlich Brothers
  • Wanda
  • Die Fantastischen Vier
  • Scooter
  • and many others…

No year without the classical Easter and Christmas markets in Vienna.

It might sound like a joke, but the annual Christmas markets might be the most popular event in Vienna every single year. Tens of thousands of people travel to Vienna to drink hot wine, eat sausage, drink some more wine, buy all sorts of things they don’t need, and to see how beautiful the city of Vienna is with the magnificent lights on in the evening.

Vienna is a magical city in November and December and it is stunning after sunset. When they turn on the lights on the Christmas market at Rathausplatz, and the City Hall itself is illuminated… it is hard to describe it with words. It is fantastic, and there are probably millions of pictures taken in front of this Christmas market every year by visitors.

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A photo from the Christmas market in front of the City Hall in Vienna – Shutterstock / Burben

The Christmas markets in Vienna normally open in the middle of November and they remain open until some days after Christmas. Some markets remain open until the start of January. Besides the Christmas market at Rathausplatz, it is worth walking around the inner city which is dressed in Christmas magic. You should also visit Schönbrunn, the magnificent castle with a gigantic park. Not only will you be able to enjoy the Christmas market, but you can discover the palace from the inside, and you can walk for hours in the park. If you want to bring kids along, you should also visit the zoo which is located in the park of the palace.

And yes, the annual Easter market by Schönbrunn is one more popular event that brings thousands of people to Vienna. It might not be as big and as well-known as the Christmas markets, but it is still a valid excuse to visit Schönbrunn and Vienna during your Easter holidays.

Exhibitions in the Museum of Fine Arts

Vienna has several magnificent museums. The most famous of them all is the Museum of Fine Arts, also known as Kunsthistorisches Museum. The permanent exhibitions in the museum are astonishing, but a good temporary exhibitions gives an additional excuse to visit Vienna.

There will be several temporary exhibitions in the museum in 2024 worth visiting, and the most interesting exhibitions are:

  • Holbein. Burgkmair. Dürer (Renaissance in the North), from March 19
  • Rembrandt – Hoogstraten (Color and Illusion), from October 24
Stephansdom in Vienna
An AI made painting of the Stephansdom in Vienna created in the style of Rembrandt.

Besides the Museum of Fine Arts, you should also look into temporary and permanent exhibitions in popular museums such as:

  • Museum of Natural History.
  • Hundertwasser House.
  • Albertina Museum
  • Leopold Museum
  • Vienna Science Museum
  • Sigmund Freud Museum.

There are lots of running competitions in Vienna.

Just like one wouldn’t expect a Christmas market to bring tens of thousands of people to a city, you probably didn’t think of all the running competitions in a city to bring thousands of tourists to a city. That is wrong! The big marathons and running competitions are so popular that people travel for hours by car, train, and plane to partake. Vienna is a city with lots of running competitions, and even though the biggest is the Vienna Marathon, there are plenty of competitions for those who aren’t capable of running a full marathon.

There are running competitions all year around, but the highest density is in the autumn and December. In this period, you can run night running competitions, half-marathons, running competitions for women, New Year’s running competitions, advent running competitions and so much more.

If you like to run, then you should definitely combine your trip to Vienna with a running competition of some sort. If you don’t like running (yet), then it is time to prepare, and use it as an excuse to visit Vienna in 2024.

vienna trail run

There are also running competitions that will take you out into the wild where you will run up and down in a green environment. An example of such a competition is the annual Vienna Trail Run.

Celebrating Vienna!

There are a couple of celebrations worth paying attention to if you want to celebrate with locals in Vienna. One of these celebrations is the annual Lichterfest that takes place on the Alte Donau Insel (Old Danube Island). It is normally arranged late in July and on this evening you can enjoy the sky above Vienna filled with beautiful fireworks.

Another event that celebrates Vienna is Wiener Festwochen. This isn’t an event for just an evening, but instead it lasts for more than a month and it comes with fantastic concerts and other cultural programs. Many cities in Europe arrange spring festivals, and this is what many would refer to as the Vienna Spring Festival. The opening program is arranged in front of the City Hall, and it is a spectacular concert at one of the most beautiful locations in Vienna. If you are interested in cultural programs such as theater performances, classical music concerts, and more, then this might be for you!

wiener festwochen
It feels like this at the opening concert of Wiener Festwochen in Vienna.

These are some of the coolest events that will happen in Vienna in 2024. But, there are lots of other programs that you should check out as well as you come to Vienna (available all year around). Keep on reading to get some recommendations.

Programs and events available in Vienna the entire year.

As we already mentioned, there are fantastic museums in Vienna that you should visit, no matter when you come to Vienna. They have brilliant permanent exhibitions, and you don’t need a temporary exhibition for these museums to be interesting.

Maybe you don’t want to go to a museum, but you should still visit the Dunauturm (Danube Tower). Here you can enjoy a great view in all directions, and if you want a location for a romantic breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this is the place!

The aquarium and the zoo of Vienna are two locations that both young and old love. The aquarium is indoor, meaning it is wonderful throughout the year, and especially on rainy and cold days in Vienna when you don’t feel like spending too much time outdoors. Would you like even more adrenaline, then travel with the metro to Praterstern and visit the Prater area. Here you can enjoy rollercoasters and other programs that will give you an adrenaline boost. This is also where you can find the legendary Riesenrad, frequently featured on images and postcards from Vienna.

Riesenrad in Prater

If you haven’t been to this part of Europe before and you have several days in Vienna, then you could also consider a day-trip to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is easy to visit the city by boat, which means that you get to experience a trip on the Danube, and another European capital with the same program. If you want to stay within Austria, then one of the most popular locations in Austria among tourists is the beautiful Hallstatt. There are many daytrips to Hallstatt from Vienna, so if that is of interest to you, check it out.

The pictures above are from Hallstatt. Looks nice like a nice place to visit, doesn’t it? You can even combine it with climbing mountains and a fantastic view if you decide to climb any of the mountains surrounding Hallstatt.

If you decide to stay in Vienna, do not forget that the Spanish Riding School has programs in which you can see horse shows throughout the year. This is located in Hofburg, which means you get to see one of the most beautiful palaces in Vienna while enjoying the programs.

In the end, do not forget that you need energy to enjoy all these programs in Vienna. The apple strudel is a famous delight from Austria, but that is only a dessert or a sweet served next to your cup of coffee. There are many other cakes as well, so if you are into sweets, visit a confectionary to enjoy life.

When you are ready to eat a warm meal, the traditional Wiener schnitzel is a must-eat in Vienna. You can find this in traditional Viennese restaurants. If you want exclusive food, then Vienna has several restaurants with Michelin stars. Do not forget to reserve your table very early if you want to dine in any of these restaurants.

Restaurants with Michelin stars in Vienna:

  • Amador (3 stars)
  • Tian (1 star)
  • Silvio Nickol Gourmet (2 stars)
  • Konstantin Filippou (2 stars)
  • Edvard (1 star)
  • Steiereck im Stadtpark (2 stars)
  • Apron (1 star)
  • Pramerl & The Wolf (1 star)
  • Mraz & Sohn (2 stars)
  • [aend] (1 star)

Good appetite!

We hope this article has given you suggestions for what you should do in Vienna in 2024 and maybe when you should come to Vienna in 2024. If you have tips and advice about other programs and activities in Vienna, use the comment field below and share your thoughts!

A walking tour in Vienna – exploring the city as you walk from Wien Westbahnhof to the Stephansdom.

Walking from Wien Westbahnhof to Stephansdom is a fantastic way to explore Vienna. The distance between the two places is around 3.5 kilometers, and the walk takes about 35-40 minutes (if you only walk). Of course, the same distance can easily take several hours if you stop to take photos, do some shopping, and explore the sights and attractions you meet along the way.

This article will give you a suggestion for a walking route between Wien Westbahnhof and the Stephansdom, and it will tell you more about the different sights and attractions you can expect to see while walking.

1) Wien Westbhanhof

Wien Westbahnhof, or Vienna West Train Station, has a history that goes back to the 19th century. It was officially opened in 1858, making it one of the oldest train stations in Vienna. Back then, trains were a new and exciting way to travel, and the Westbahnhof played a crucial role in connecting Vienna to other parts of Austria and Europe.

Over the years, the station has seen many changes and renovations to keep up with the growing number of travelers. It has expanded and modernized to become the busy transportation hub it is today. The architecture of Wien Westbahnhof has also evolved, blending historic elements with more contemporary styles.

Throughout its history, the station has witnessed significant moments, including the heyday of steam locomotives, the electrification of train lines, and the rise of high-speed rail travel. Today, Wien Westbahnhof stands as a testament to the city’s rich railway heritage and its ongoing role in facilitating journeys for people from near and far.

2) Mariahilfer Straße:

As you leave the railway station and cross the road, you will find yourself in the extremely popular and busy street Mariahilfer Straße. This is a famous shopping street. There are many shops, cafes, and restaurants. It’s a good place to see how people in Vienna spend their time. You can do some window shopping or grab a quick snack if you’re hungry.

mariahilfer strasse

There are lots of buildings worth looking at as you walk towards the city center. Here are some of the most interesting places.

  • Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea): This is a cool building that is like a big aquarium. You can see lots of fish and sea animals inside. It’s fun to visit and learn about the underwater world.
  • Raimund Theater: This is a big place where people go to watch shows and plays. The building looks grand and has a history of entertaining people with different performances.
  • Gerngross Shopping Center: It’s a large shopping place with many shops inside. You can find all sorts of things here, from clothes to gadgets. It’s a good spot if you enjoy shopping.
  • Mariahilfer Church (Mariahilferkirche): This church is a peaceful place along the street. It’s not as big as some other churches, but it has a unique charm. You can go inside and take a moment for yourself.

As you get to the end of the street, you will find yourself at one of the most beautiful squares in Vienna.

3. Maria-Theresien Platz:

Maria Theresien Platz is a big square in Vienna where you can find two grand museums on each side. Let’s talk about it in simple words!

The big, impressive buildings on either side of the square are home to two important museums: the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and the Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum). These museums were built because of a special lady named Maria Theresa, who was a queen a long time ago. She was a powerful queen who lived many years ago. She liked art and science, so she decided to build these museums to share cool things with everyone. The museums were built in the late 1800s, and they are like big treasure chests filled with interesting stuff.

maria-theresien platz

In the middle of Maria Theresien Platz, there’s a big statue of Maria Theresa sitting on a chair. People often sit around the statue, and there’s a nice garden area too. The square is a good place to take a break, enjoy the surroundings, and maybe have a snack.

If you have time, both museums are worth a visit. Below you can read a short summary of what to expect if you visit either of the museums.

  1. Natural History Museum: Imagine a place where you can see huge dinosaur skeletons, shiny gemstones, and all kinds of animals. That’s what you find inside the Natural History Museum. It’s like a journey through time and nature.
  2. Art History Museum: On the other side, the Art History Museum is like a giant art gallery. You can see beautiful paintings, sculptures, and even ancient Egyptian mummies. It’s like stepping into a world of creativity and history.

So, Maria Theresien Platz is not just a big open space; it’s a place with two amazing museums that hold the wonders of nature and art. It’s a bit like a journey through time and creativity, and you can enjoy it all in this beautiful square in the heart of Vienna.

4) Hofburg Palace:

Continue walking east, and you’ll reach Hofburg Palace. The palace stands as a majestic symbol of Austria’s rich history and imperial grandeur. Built over the centuries, this grand palace has witnessed the reigns of powerful rulers and hosted significant events.

It was constructed in the 13th century, and it served as the primary residence for the Habsburg dynasty, one of Europe’s most influential royal families. Over time, it expanded into a sprawling complex, showcasing various architectural styles from different periods.


It is possible to walk through the area and just look at the buildings from the outside, but if you want to explore the inside, you can take a closer look at interesting things such as:

  • The Sisi Museum.
  • Imperial Apartments.
  • A beautiful silver collection.
  • The Hofburg Chapel.
  • The Spanish riding school.
  • The National Library.

Are you ready to keep walking? You are getting closer to the Stephansdom, but there are still some things worth exploring before you arrive.

5) St. Michael’s Church (Michaelerkirche) at the Michaelerplatz

As you leave the Hofburg area you will find yourself at the Michaelerplatz. This is a great option to drink a cup of coffee, but if you want to focus on what you see instead, these are some of the things you should take a closer look at.

Dating back to the 13th century, St. Michael’s Church has witnessed the ebb and flow of Vienna’s rich history. Its foundations echo with stories of medieval times, making it one of the city’s oldest and most revered landmarks.

As you take a closer look at the church, it is easy to be stunned by the architectural details. The facade is adorned with intricate carvings and decorative elements that showcase the craftsmanship of the artists who brought this structure to life. The church’s towers reach skyward, creating an imposing yet graceful silhouette against the Vienna skyline.


On the inside, the high ceilings create a feeling of openness, and sunlight streams through vibrant stained glass windows, casting a warm glow on the interior. The church is a peaceful sanctuary, inviting worshippers and admirers alike to reflect and find solace.

Today, St. Michael’s Church continues to play a role in the lives of Vienna’s residents and visitors. Its regular services, cultural events, and timeless beauty make it a destination that transcends time, inviting all to appreciate the intertwining of history, spirituality, and art.

6. Graben and Kohlmarkt:

Now that you have left Hofburg and the Michaelerplatz, it is time to walk along Kohlmarkt, and then turn onto Graben. After this, you will find yourself by the Stephansdom. But, don’t run. In the start of Kohlmarkt, you can find the famous Cafe Demel.

Cafe Demel in Vienna is a historic and renowned coffeehouse that has been enchanting locals and visitors alike for centuries. Established in 1786, it holds the distinction of being one of the oldest pastry shops in the city, and its rich tradition is palpable from the moment you step inside.

Would you rather spend some money on shopping? There are quite a lot of luxury stores in this area, including Michael Kors, Karl Lagerfeld, and many other brands. If you want even more of luxury brands, you should walk straight ahead and to the right along Bognergasse, instead of turning right towards Graben. You will then find even more similar stores such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more.

As you reach Graben, you will first meet the Wiener Pestsäule, also known as the Vienna Plague Column. It was built a long time ago, in the 17th century, to remember and honor the people who faced a deadly sickness called the plague. The monument is tall and has lots of intricate details. At the top, there’s a statue of the Virgin Mary, who is seen as a symbol of hope and protection. Around her, you can see sculptures and carvings that tell the story of the plague and the city’s resilience.

Vienna Plague Column

As you walk, you will then see the Leopold Fountain. The fountain has a tall column with water flowing down. It’s not just for decoration – the water is clean and safe to drink. Locals and tourists often stop by to quench their thirst with the fresh water. At the top of the fountain, there’s a statue of Leopold I, an emperor from the past. He’s the guy who ordered the construction of the fountain, and his statue adds a historical touch to the lively Graben street.

7) St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom):

Finally, you’ll arrive at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The church was built in the 12th century! That’s more than 800 years ago. Back then, people came together to build this big church, and it became a symbol of Vienna. Since it was built, St. Stephen’s Cathedral has seen a lot. It survived wars, changes, and even some fires. Each time something happened, people worked hard to fix it up and make it even more beautiful.


For the people in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is like a big, stone storyteller. It holds the history of the city, and when you look at its towers and colorful roof, you can feel the spirit of the past. It’s also a place where important events, like weddings and ceremonies, happen even today.

Take your time to explore the cathedral. You can go inside and see how it looks. Don’t forget to look up – the ceilings are amazing. If you’re up for it, you can climb to the top of the tower. From there, you get a super cool view of the whole city.

We hope you have enjoyed walking with us from Wien Westbahnhof to the Stephansdomn in Vienna. If you have comments or questions or want to us to describe other routes of interest, write a comment below.

The Best Running Competitions in Vienna Every Year

Vienna, Austria’s capital city, is not only known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture but also for its thriving running scene. With its scenic routes, well-organized events, and a running community that is as diverse as it is enthusiastic, Vienna has become a haven for both amateur and professional runners. Every year, a plethora of running competitions grace the city’s streets, parks, and landmarks, providing opportunities for participants to push their limits while exploring the city. In this article, we will highlight some of the best running competitions in Vienna that take place annually.

1. Vienna City Marathon

The Vienna City Marathon is the granddaddy of all running events in Vienna. Held in late April or early May, this marathon draws participants from around the world. The race offers a variety of options, including the full marathon, half marathon, and a relay race for teams. Runners are treated to a scenic route that takes them through the heart of Vienna, showcasing the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the beautiful Prater Park. The atmosphere is electric, with thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners.

vienna night run

2. Vienna Night Run

As the sun sets, the Vienna Night Run lights up the city. Typically held in early September, this 5-kilometer race offers a unique running experience through Vienna’s historic center. Participants don glow-in-the-dark accessories and are encouraged to wear their brightest, most colorful running gear. With music stations along the route and an after-party at the finish line, this race combines fitness and fun, making it perfect for runners of all levels.

3. The New Year’s Eve Run

What better way to welcome the new year than with a refreshing run through Vienna’s streets? The New Year’s Eve Run, held on December 31st, is a delightful way to bid adieu to the old year and start the new one on a healthy note. The event includes both a 5-kilometer and a 10-kilometer race, attracting runners in festive attire. The race begins and ends at Vienna’s historic Prater Park, creating a memorable experience in the heart of the city.

4. Vienna Business Run

The Vienna Business Run is not only a race but also a team-building event. Usually held in September, it is designed for company teams to participate and bond while promoting health and fitness. The event includes a 4.1-kilometer run through Vienna’s beautiful Prater Park. It’s a fantastic way to combine business and pleasure, as teams from various companies compete in a friendly atmosphere.

5. Wiener Frauenlauf (Vienna Women’s Run)

Dedicated to promoting women’s health and fitness, the Vienna Women’s Run is held in May. This event features various race options, including a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run, and a Nordic walking event. It’s a celebration of female empowerment and athleticism, and the route typically takes runners through Vienna’s picturesque Prater Park.

6. Vienna Trail Run

For those who prefer the thrill of off-road running, the Vienna Trail Run is the perfect choice. Usually taking place in September, this event offers various trail running distances, from 10 kilometers to a challenging 44 kilometers. The race route explores Vienna’s surrounding forests and hilly terrains, providing a refreshing change of scenery for runners who enjoy the great outdoors.

Would you like to read more about all these events and see when they take place in 2024? Find out what’s going on in Vienna right here.

If you click the link you can also read more about other running competitions such as the Leopold Run, the Advent Run, the Vienna Half-Marathon, and even more competitions.

How can I travel to Schönbrunn by public transportation?

One of the highlights of any trip to Vienna is Schönbrunn. Many people think of Schönbrunn as a royal palace, and that is true. But to think that Schönbrunn only is a royal palace is a big mistake. The palace has a beautiful garden where you can walk up and down for hours while enjoying beautiful trees, colorful flowers, and a glorious view from the Gloriette.. You thought that was all? Don’t forget that Schönbrunn has the oldest zoo in Europe. It was established in the middle of the 18th century, and you can see pandas, lions, tigers, and many other exotic animals there. In other words, you have hundreds of reasons to visit Schönbrunn. But, how can you travel to Schönbrunn using public transportation? And is it worth using single tickets, or is it better to travel using a daily card?

You can find lots of information about public transportation in Vienna here in our Vienna Guide. If you click the link, you can read more about pricing for the public transportation and you can also take a look at a detailed metro map showing all the metro lines of the Austrian capital.

Should I buy single tickets or a ticket for 24 hours?

As this article is published, the price of a single ticket for public transportation is 2,40 euros, while the price of a day ticket is 8 euros. In other words, if you travel three times, it is cheaper to travel with single tickets than with a daily pass. If you only plan on using public transportation to travel between the city center of Vienna and Schönbrunn, and then travel back in the same way, then you only need two tickets, and single tickets are the cheapest solution.

How to travel to Schönbrunn?

The easiest and most convenient way to travel to Schönbrunn is by using the metro system in Vienna. It is extremely easy to understand and the green line (U4) takes you directly to Schönbrunn. This line has stops at several central locations in Vienna, including Karlsplatz and Schwedenplatz. This metro line intersects with all the other metro lines in Vienna, which means you can change between the lines easily if you need to use another metro before you get to the green line. It is good to know that one ticket is enough for your entire trip in the metro system, meaning you can change lines without validating a new ticket.

travel to schonrbunn with metro

This information makes you capable of traveling to Schönbrunn using public transportation in Vienna. It is useful to know that you need to walk approximately 400 meters from the metro station to the gate of Schönbrunn. This shouldn’t cause problems for most people, but it is worth knowing about before your arrival.

Two more reasons to visit Schönbrunn.

We have told you about the fantastic palace, the garden, the trees, the flowers, the zoo, and several other reasons to visit Schönbrunn. But, there are two reasons that make this area even more popular around Christmas and Easter… the annual Christmas market and the annual Easter market. These are fantastic events where you can buy traditional Austrian food and handmade souvenir in a fantastic environment. It looks stunning all day, but especially in the evening as the palace is illuminated and the Christmas market stalls (and the Easter market stalls) are illuminated.

Five cities worth visiting within a 300km radius of Vienna.

Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is a popular tourist destination known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. However, many other cities within a 300km radius of Vienna are also worth visiting. From charming towns to cosmopolitan cities, there is no shortage of places to explore. In this article, we will highlight five cities that are definitely worth adding to your itinerary when visiting Vienna. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking landscapes, rich history, or vibrant cultural scenes, these cities have something for everyone. So, let’s start exploring!

Five cities worth visiting within a 300km radius of Vienna.


Salzburg is worth visiting on a day trip from Vienna, as it is one of the most beautiful cities in Austria and rich in history, culture, and stunning architecture. Salzburg is located approximately 300km west of Vienna, making it a perfect destination for a day trip.

Salzburg is best known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most celebrated composers in history. Visitors can explore Mozart’s birthplace and childhood home, which have been turned into museums. The city is also home to many other historic landmarks, including the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which overlooks the city from a hilltop, and Mirabell Palace and Gardens, which are known for their stunning baroque architecture.


In addition to its historic landmarks, Salzburg is also known for its beautiful Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can stroll along the narrow streets, admire the colorful buildings, and take in the city’s charming atmosphere. The Old Town is also home to many quaint cafes and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine and local specialties.


Prague offers a unique blend of history, culture, and stunning architecture. Prague is located approximately 300km north of Vienna, meaning that you can get there within a few hours of driving from Vienna.

Prague is known for its stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture, with attractions like the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Old Town Square being among the most iconic landmarks in the city. Visitors can also explore the Jewish Quarter, which is home to many historic synagogues and museums, or take a stroll along the Vltava River, which offers stunning views of the city.


Prague is also known for its vibrant cultural scene, with many museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. Visitors can check out the National Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, or catch a show at the National Theatre.

Another highlight of Prague is the Czech cuisine which you can eat at one of the many local restaurants, or sample some of the famous Czech beer at a local brewery or beer garden.


Bratislava is only 60km east of Vienna, making visiting very easy. There are boats connecting the cities, but you can also travel to Bratislava by train or bus or by car.

The city is known for its charming medieval old town, which is filled with colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and beautiful historic landmarks. Visitors can explore attractions like Bratislava Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and Michael’s Gate, which are all located within the old town.


Bratislava has many museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. Visitors can check out the Slovak National Museum, the Bratislava City Gallery, or catch a show at the Slovak National Theater.

Another highlight of Bratislava is its beautiful location along the Danube River. Visitors can take a stroll along the riverfront promenade, enjoy a relaxing river cruise, or take in the stunning views of the city from the UFO Observation Deck, which is located on the top of the iconic Nový Most bridge.


The distance between Vienna and Budapest is approximately 240km, making it a convenient destination for a day trip from Vienna.

Budapest is a beautiful city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and stunning architecture. Visitors can explore attractions like the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion, which are all located within the historic Castle District.

Budapest is also known for its beautiful thermal baths, which are popular with both tourists and locals alike. Visitors can soak in the natural hot springs at iconic baths like the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Gellért Thermal Bath, or Rudas Thermal Bath.

visit budapest

Do not forget about the Hungarian cuisine as you visit Hungary. Budapest has many local restaurants serving traditional Hungarian dishes like goulash, chimney cake, and paprika chicken. If you have time, you can also visit a vineyard near Budapest or maybe visit Pannonhalma which is very close to the city of Györ (which you pass by as you travel between Vienna and Budapest).


The distance between Graz and Vienna is approximately 200km, and it takes around 2.5 hours to drive by car or 2 hours by train. Graz is the second-largest city in Austria and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a popular destination for tourists visiting the country.

Graz is known for its stunning architecture, particularly in the historic old town, which is filled with beautiful buildings, narrow streets, and charming courtyards. Visitors can explore attractions like the Graz Cathedral, the Landhaus courtyard, the Graz Clock Tower, and the Schlossberg hill, which offers stunning views of the city.


Graz is also home to many museums and galleries, including the Styrian Armoury, the Kunsthaus Graz, and the Universalmuseum Joanneum, which houses a variety of art and natural history exhibits.

Another highlight of Graz is its vibrant food and drink scene. Many local restaurants serve traditional Styrian dishes like pumpkin seed oil, Styrian apple strudel, and roasted pork with sauerkraut. Visitors can also sample some of the region’s famous wines at a local vineyard or wine bar.

Don’t forget to spend some time in Vienna.

In this article, we have told you why it is worth visiting Graz, Budapest, Bratislava, Salzburg, and Prague. Do not forget to walk up and down the streets of Vienna as well. The city has beautiful attractions waiting for you and hidden gems you don’t discover unless you spend time just walking around the city.

You can read more about Vienna’s most famous attractions, activities, museums, and programs in our Vienna Guide. If you want information about ongoing and upcoming programs in Vienna, find out what’s happening in Vienna in our calendar.

You can already plan your trip to the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2023!

It has only been a couple of days since the Christmas markets in Vienna closed. Some remained open until January 8th, while others closed around Christmas. Even though they have barely managed to clean up the mess, the planning has already started for the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2023. Even though we don’t have the dates for most of the Christmas markets (yet), the Christmas market at Präter has already announced its upcoming Christmas market in 2023.

The Christmas market at Präter opens on November 18th in 2023 and remains open until January 7th in 2024. This is a great market with stalls, food, a giant amusement park (which is there all year around), and a stage with almost daily concerts. In other words, a fantastic place to visit if you want to have fun and enjoy a Christmas market in Vienna.

christmas market at stephansplatz

Why is this important?

The Christmas markets follow trends and patterns. In 2022, the Christmas market at Präter opened at the same day as the Christmas market at Rathausplatz and the Christmas market at Schönbrunn. As a result, we can make a wild guess and expect the same to happen in 2023. If that is so, you can expect most of the Christmas markets in Vienna to open on November 18 in 2023. If you want to be sure, you can add one week to the estimation. What do I mean? If the Christmas markets don’t open on November 18, they will for sure open on November 25.

Order a plane ticket to Vienna and come on November 18. You will surely be able to visit the Christmas market at Präter, and most likely the Christmas market at Spittelberg (as it normally opens one week earlier than the Christmas market at Präter). Whether or not the Christmas markets at Schönbrunn and Rathausplatz will open on November 18 remains unsure, but you will have plenty of things to do in Vienna.

There are several other Christmas markets in Vienna opening earlier than the Christmas markets at Rathausplatz and Schönbrunn. As a result, you can expect there to be Christmas markets at Freyung, Hof, and Stephansplatz by November 18 in 2023 as well.

Would you like to read more about the Christmas markets in Vienna? Click the link to read about the locations of the Christmas markets, what to eat and drink at the markets, and a fantastic route that will let you discover some of the best Christmas markets in Vienna on foot.

Are you ready?

The dates for the Christmas markets in 2022 and the Easter market in 2023 are here!

Are you planning a trip to Vienna before Christmas this year? Or maybe an Easter trip to Vienna in 2023? We have now published the dates for the Christmas markets in 2022 and for the Easter market in 2023 here in our Vienna Guide.

We haven’t updated our Vienna Guide frequently in recent years, mostly due to COVID. But, now that life is returning to normal, it is time to welcome tourists to Vienna once again.

Are you ready for a trip to the spectacular and wonderful city of Vienna?

The earliest Christmas markets in Vienna will open on November 11th, while the biggest and most popular markets at the Rathausplatz and at Scönbrunn will open one week later.

Most markets will remain open until December 23rd or December 26th, but the Schönbrunn market will turn into a New Years Market after Christmas and remain open until January 4th in 2023.

What about the Easter market?

Two and a half months after the New Years Market at Schönbrunn has closed, it is time for the Easter Market that will open on March 25th in 2023. This will remain open for 1 1/2 weeks, and it is a fantastic way to enjoy a market with a nice atmosphere, combined with the wonderful surroundings of the Schönbrunn castle!

Would you like to know more about these events?

We wish you a pleasant stay in Vienna!