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A weekend in Vienna

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A weekend in Vienna – fun, fascinating and flavorsome for anyone! For families with children, couples on a romantic weekend or backpackers.

A list of suggestions on what to do in a weekend in Vienna could easily have been almost endless. Notwithstanding, we have collected a few places and sights in Vienna to show you the variety available. Moreover, our recommendations should be suitable for most people, not matter age. Our suggestions are not mere tourist traps, but activities or places that even the locals enjoy visiting.

Hundertwasserhaus

The Hundertwasser House in Vienna is one of the architectural highlights of Vienna. Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser the house attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s colourful and quirky facades could not be more different from what you would expect from the old imperial city. It is far more than just a piece of artistic expression. As a matter of fact, people live in the house. Moreover, they are even allowed to set their own stamp on the house by decorating around their own windows.

  • Hundertwasserhaus, A weekend in Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
  • Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©

Prater

The amusement park lies in a large public park, which used to be the hunting ground of the nobles, in the 2nd district of Vienna. Besides the vast variety of the usual amusement park rides and attractions, the Prater also houses one of Vienna’s best-known landmarks since 1897, the Wiener Riesenrad (giant Ferris wheel). Another long-time running attraction is the Liliputbahn (narrow gauge railway) that takes you around the park in a 4-km loop in about 20 minutes. The Prater is open 24/7/365 and access is free. You just pay for the individual rides or attractions.

  • Prater, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Haus das Meeres

Vienna has taken the opportunity to put in use one of the hideous concrete anti-aircraft gun towers left over from the Second World War. The 47 metres (130 ft.) tall concrete structure stands in the Esterhazypark (Mariahilf neighbourhood) and today houses an aquarium (Haus das Meeres). Spread out over 11 floors you find more than 10.000 animals, whereas most of them aquatic. The displays, despite constrained by the flak towers heavy blast-proof concrete shell, are very well presented. Furthermore, the view of city center is fabulous from the roof terrace at the Haus des Meeres.

  • Haus des Meeres, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
  • Haus des Meeres, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

The Danube Tower

Situated on the northern bank of the Danube, the massive communications tower has been a part of the Vienna skyline since 1964. The viewing terrace at 150 metres (490 ft.) is the main reason to visit the Danube Tower (Donauturm). The 360° open-air platform offers spectacular views of Vienna and its surroundings. For thrill seekers who need an adrenalin kick, try bungee jumping from the tower. For those in less of a rush to get back on the ground, there is also a revolving restaurant in the tower at 170 metres.

  • The Danube Tower, A weekend in Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Filmspektakel.at / Österreich Werbung ©
  • The best viewing points in Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©
  • The best viewing points in Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Horse and carriage

In the same way as a gondola ride in Venice, a trip with a fiaker (horse and carriage) is an essential ingredient for an all-embracing experience of Vienna. Before the car took over as the main means of transport, the Fiaker dominated the streets. Indulge yourself with a sightseeing trip in an open carriage and the sights of Vienna explained by knowledgeable coachmen or women. You will get much more than the standard historical anecdotes and facts. Furthermore, they their city very well and can also readily answer most questions about Vienna.

  • Fiaker, Vienna, Travel destination Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
  • Fiaker at Hofburg in Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Coffee and cake

Austria is well known for its fantastic cakes and confectionaries, and a visit to a “Konditorei” is obligatory. Moreover, the café is an important part of the Viennese culture, and this is probably one of the best places to observe how the locals socialize. Even though famous places such as Demel and Sacher have high quality products, these places are mostly packed with tourists who make a quick splash and go. Thus, to relax and enjoy we recommend finding your way to some of the local favourites. Hidden away in the 21st district, Konditorei Kriegl, is a gem with good quality sweets, and it has a very nice terrace too. Recommended is also the Oberlaa chain which has quality products and has nine cafes throughout the city.

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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
  • Kaffee Alt Wien, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©
  • Café Schwarzer Camel, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Arnold Weisz ©

Schönbrunn Palace

We nothing but end our recommendations for a weekend in Vienna with a visit to the imperial palace Scgönbrunn. A popular tourist attraction since the 18th century and a UNESCO world heritage since 1996. Although, the queue to enter the palace museums and guided tours can be ridicelously long in the summer months, it’s worth a wait to get to see the fabulous interior. Furthermore, the imperial palace with its magnificent gardens is a must for any visitor to Vienna, Austria’s capital.

  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
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    The view of Palace Schönbrunn is magnificent from the Gloriette. Photo: Arnold Weisz ©
  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Trumler / Österreich Werbung ©
  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
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    Photo: Ana Lucia Marcos ©
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Arnold Weisz

Globetrotting multilingual communications specialist born in Vienna, Austria – with passion for scuba diving, golf and culinary delights! 15 years of experience as a scuba- and travel reporter for among others: X-Ray Dive Magazine and Dykking.