Capital cities are the busiest places to visit but they are the richest as well. It is difficult to visit all the monuments and places of interest in two or three days but one can do that in the capital of Austria, Vienna.
Vienna – the Artistic City
As soon as you start going around Vienna, you can't help but feel the rich artistic history of the city. It was home to many artists including Mozart and Beethoven. Everywhere you look, you can see something interesting, even a simple building looks different. The city centre is full of such points that please the eyes. The best way to visit the important spots in the city centre is a walking tour.
The Vienna Walking Tour
At the airport, one can collect a small booklet listing all the hotspots in Vienna. In the first few pages of this booklet, one can find adverts for excursions that can be done. One of these excursions includes a walking tour around the centre of the city. It can be done as a guided tour with the time and place where the tour starts. However, if you want to take it slow, the tour map is listed on the booklet and you can do it alone. If you go along the proposed plan you get to see important places such as Stephansdom, Ruthaus, Albertina museum, the Spanish Riding school, Heldenplatz and the Hofburg. All these spots are just magnificent to look at. If you have time and you are a fan of art, going into some of them is also rewarding. There are also small gems included in the tour such as the Ankeruhr, the particular clock in a side street.
The walking tour takes around three or four hours. The last stop in the tour is Cafe Sacher, a famous cafe that is a must see and enter spot. They serve the typical Viennese Sacher torte, a delicious cake perfect with their in-house tea.
Other Places of Interest in Vienna
There are a few historical sites that are not included in the walking tour as they are further away from the city centre. These sites include the Schonbrunn Palace, a huge palace that needs a full day to tour. If time is limited, a stroll around the gardens is what you should opt for as the gardens are a wonder on their own. The Hundertwasserhaus is also an interesting spot as the colourful complex contrasts the surrounding buildings.
Getting Around Vienna
Getting to the city centre from the airport is quite easy and relatively cheap. You can catch the train from the airport itself and it takes you to the heart of the city. The underground is easy to use and reliable to go around the city. Three-day travel tickets are available and relatively cheap too.
What to Eat in Vienna
Traditional food is always a must when travelling. The Sacher torte is one dessert you cannot miss. A great dinner after a long day of exploring the city is a Wiener Schnitzel, the traditional Viennese veal dish.
Vienna is a great city for people who love exploring them as it has a rich culture but is not as busy as other capital cities. It is perfect for a weekend getaway and for the art lover.