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.

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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!

Austria in Euro 2020

Austria is coming to Euro 2020 with some great players and with a good chance to qualify for the knockout stage. The truth is, many expected Austria to perform well in Euro 2016 as well, but then they ended up last in their group, and it all started with a 2-0 defeat against their neighbors from Hungary. Will Austria play better during the European Championship in football in 2021? When will Austria play their matches? Where will Austria play? You will find all this and more information in this article!

Austria has a very good squad, and they performed very well in the Nations League, and they have played many good matches in a row. But, when it is time for a big tournament, nobody cares about the past and how well they played some months ago. If Austria don’t play well during the tournament, nobody cares!

But, who will Austria play against this time? Do they have a better chance than in 2016?

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Austria in Euro 2016

During the European Championship in football in 2016, Austria had to play against Iceland, Portugal, and Hungary. It didn’t sound like a hard group before the tournament, but Austria still ended up at the last place.

Austria in Euro 2020

This time Austria will play against the Netherlands, Ukraine, and North Macedonia. To be honest, the group feels quite similar to the group from 2016. It isn’t an easy group, but it shouldn’t be the hardest either. Everyone will expect North Macedonia to loose all their matches, and that the battle for most points in the group will be between the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Austria.

What is interesting about the group is the fact that Ukraine, Netherlands, and Austria often remind us of a rollercoaster. On a good day, they are on the top and play awesome football, but on the next day, they are at the bottom and play lousy football. As a result, this group is a very open group and I believe anything is possible.

When and where will Austria play their matches?

The European Championship in football in 2021 will be played all across Europe. But, there will not be played any matches in Austria, meaning that the Austrian team will have to travel to other destinations in order to play their matches.;

  • Austria will play their first match against North Macedonia in Bucharest on June 13 in Bucharest (Romania).
  • Austria will play their second match in Euro 2020 against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on June 17 at 21.00.
  • Austria will play their third match in the group stage against Ukraine in Bucharest on June 21 at 18.00.

It is quite interesting that once again Austria will play against the potentially “weakest” team in the group in their first match (just like in 2016). Hopefully, Austria will get a better start on the tournament this time, because it is needed for the atmosphere in the team to get right from the first moment on.

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Where will you watch the matches?

Austria will play their matches during the group stage in Amsterdam and in Bucharest. These are both cities that will only allow the stadiums to be used at 25% of the capacity. That might be a little disappointing, but it is still way better than playing in front of empty arenas.

So, where will you watch the matches? Will you be watching them at home on your TV, will you sit in front of a computer and stream the European Championship in football online, or will you find a local pub or a big screen somewhere and watch the matches there?

And do you believe Austria will perform better during the European Championship in 2021 than they did back in 2016? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Visit our brand new Vienna calendar!

We are constantly working to make our Vienna Guide interesting to all people coming to Vienna. That is why we have just added a calendar to our website.

The Vienna calendar isn’t complete at all, but it does contain information about important events in Vienna such as the annual Christmas markets, the Easter market in Schönbrunn, the national day on October 26th, and even the Austrian Grand Prix (the Formula 1 race in Spielberg, not far from Graz).

You can find the Vienna calendar right here.

Pictures from the Christmas markets in Vienna

Have you been to the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019 already? Or are you coming? Or are you at home crying because you cannot visit the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019? No matter what your answer is, here you have some pictures to cheer you up and bring the Viennese Christmas atmosphere to your home!

The city of Vienna turns into one giant Christmas market every year in December. You can find Christmas markets everywhere, but some of them are more famous than others. Do you have a favorite? Write a comment and let us know!

But now, enjoy these pictures from the Christmas markets in 2019.

Don’t you feel like visiting Vienna after watching these pictures? That is easy to understand!

Vienna Christmas Markets in 2019

When are the Christmas markets opening in Vienna in 2019? What are the dates for the Christmas markets? Find answers to the most popular Vienna Christmas market questions and get other useful information needed to be well prepared!

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it becomes even more beautiful before Christmas. It has the most amazing Christmas markets in the world, and the biggest secret is that the entire city kind-of turns into a Christmas market. But, when will the Christmas markets be arranged in Vienna in 2019?

Merry Christmas Vienna
The Christmas markets in Vienna – S. Borisov / Shutterstock

About the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019

The dates for the Christmas markets in Vienna in 2019 are now ready and official. Read on, and plan your trip to Vienna immediately.

If you have some time left, why not consider a day trip to Prague in which you can enjoy the Christmas markets in the Czech capital as well? You can read more about those Christmas markets here.

Vienna Christmas markets 2019 dates

The Christmas market at Rathausplatz (the most famous market)

November 15th – December 24th

The Spittelberg market (an awesome market in small streets)

November 14th – December 23rd

The Schönbrunn Christmas market dates in 2019

This is supposed to open on November 23rd and it will remain open until December 26th. Then it will be replaced by the so-called New Years’ market which is open until the first week of January 2020.

These are the most important Christmas markets in Vienna, but do not forget – there are lots of other markets as well. As you walk to the Maria-Theresien Platz (between the two awesome museums) you will find another Christmas market. If you keep on walking towards the Karlskirche, you will find another market. In the popular Prater area, you will discover yet another Christmas market, in fact, you will find small and large Christmas markets almost wherever you go in Vienna.

What are you waiting for? Plan your stay in Vienna, book your flight tickets and book your hotel straight away!

Eating at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Have you heard about Naschmarkt in Vienna? This is a fantastic market area, not far from the popular Mariahilfer Strasse. Not only can you buy fresh fish, tea, and other nice products here, but you can also enjoy the flea market part of Naschmarkt. There you can buy antiquities, clothes of all sorts, porcelain, old game boys, and all sorts of products. In other words, Naschmarkt is a fantastic place for young and old.

But, if you spend a couple of hours at Naschmarkt in Vienna, you will for sure get hungry after a while. So, what to do when you get hungry at Naschmarkt? Should you leave the area and look for a restaurant somewhere else, or should you sit down and enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants at the actual market? Is the quality of the restaurants at Naschmarkt good enough?

Very nice food and meals at Naschmarkt - here from an Italian restaurant
Very nice food and meals at Naschmarkt – here from an Italian restaurant

Eating at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Based on experiences from other markets in Europe, one would often think that the quality here would be poor. But, once you start walking around at Naschmarkt, not only will you find a lot of products worth buying, you will also be inspired to eat. Many of the places are selling fresh fish, but did you know that there are lots of restaurants at Naschmarkt serving you fresh fish as well?

What might amaze you, even more, is the fact that the restaurants look very nice. The interior is nice, the waiters are dressed up nicely, and it could have been any other fine dining restaurant located somewhere else in Vienna. And it seems to be a fact that people actually go out to dine here. In other words, Naschmarkt isn’t a place only for those who happen to be there to do some shopping. This is a place people go to eat as their main purpose, and then they might end up doing some shopping in addition.

Olives are very popular at Naschmarkt in Vienna
Olives are very popular at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Doesn’t that sound cool? You will find traditional Austrian restaurants here, you will find places to eat seafood, and there are quite a lot of places for Italian food, and also sweets. One of the specialties you will find all around Naschmarkt is olives in all sorts of colors and sizes. These are often served all by themselves as a snack, often combined with wine, cheese, and other snacks.

Getting hungry? Do not forget about Naschmarkt during your stay in Vienna!

For more information about Vienna and all the city has to offer, make sure to look around here in our Vienna Guide!

Experience a real looping star in Vienna

Are you in for some action and adrenaline while in Vienna? Prater is for sure a place you should visit during your stay.

We have earlier written about how you can get to the Familypark by the Neusiedler see from Vienna. But, you do not have to travel there to get adrenaline and experience some fun. Prater, also known as Wurstelprater, is a fantastic area in the city of Vienna, and here you will find fun for people of all ages. Just take a look at the fantastic ride at the picture beneath.

The  Olympia Looping in Prater Vienna
The Olympia Looping in Prater Vienna

The Olympia Looping is one of the most famous rides available in the park. It has been rumored that it will retire soon, but it is still there, and you better try it if you like such kind of rides. It first saw the light of day in 1989, and it has been at several locations in Europe before it ended up in Prater.

The price for a ride is 8,50 Euro, and for this money, you will get one minute packed with action. There is a total of 5 loops during the ride, and the highest speed during the ride is 100km.

Since you buy tickets individually for all rides in the park, there is normally no line and you can go ahead and enjoy a ride at once without standing in line!

Does this look like a nice ride to you? We have tried it… it’s amazing!