Vienna – timeless elegance and cultural heart of Europe

Vienna is the Austrian capital located by the Danube River. It has a population of about 1.9 million inhabitants. The city is divided into 23 districts. The city center is district 1, and the train station is in district 10. The walking distances are about 3 kilometers, but there are trams connecting the whole city.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Catacombs

Located within the first district, in the heart of the city center of Vienna, is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It was built in the 12th century, and 343 steps will take you to the top of it. Beneath the Cathedral are the Catacombs. In a guided tour of around 30 minutes, you will be brought down to the catacombs that house the remains of around 11,000 people, including royalty like the Habsburgs.

The Hofburg Palaca in Vienna

A 10-minute walk away from the Cathedral is the Hofburg Palace. It was home to the Habsburgs until 1918. Surrounding the Hofburg Palace are museums like the Austrian Film Museum and a butterfly house. Be aware that it is very warm and damp inside to create the right climate for the butterflies. The Hofburg Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

On the way to the Naschmarkt

On your way to the Naschmarkt, you will pass by the Vienna State Opera. Also, you should see the famous St. Charles’s Church. From there, it is only a 10-minute walk left to the Naschmarkt. The Naschmarkt is a famous market offering a vibrant atmosphere and all types of products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, sweets, cheese, meat, and even clothing. There are also some restaurants. It might be a bit pricey there, but it is worth having a look around.

The Belvedere Palace

Around 1 kilometer away from the train station is the Belvedere Palace (2.5 kilometers from the city center). The place is split between upper and lower Belvedere. It is a beautiful palace with even more impressive gardens. Entry is free unless you want to go inside the Palace. But just the garden with all its fountains and flowers is worth a visit.

Prater Vienna

Around 2.3 kilometers away from the city center is the famous “Prater,” also called “Wurstlprater.” It is an old, huge amusement park with a giant wheel dating back to 1897 and a total of 250 attractions. Entry to the park is free, but every amusement ride is paid separately (prices range from 3.50 to 15€).

Only the highlights

These are just the highlights of Vienna. There is so much more to see and experience. One day is definitely not enough, so make sure to bring enough time to experience the real charm of Vienna!

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