How many days you need for Vienna visit? Vienna has dozens of attractions and landmarks worth visiting, so, to fully explore Vienna, you will need at least five days, but for some quick and sweet visits, you can squeeze your visit into 2-3 days.

The duration of your visit will depend also on the time of the year since each season brings different events and attractions. For example, if you come in December, you might spend a few days just going around Christmas markets alone. On the other hand, summer brings more outdoor activities, such as parks, forests, and river cruises.

Here is a recommendation on what to see and do for a three-day Vienna visit. You can pick and choose and combine landmarks and attractions as you find fit and use them for one, two, or full three-day visits.

A three-day itinerary for Vienna

Day 1: City center

(Starts at 8:00 AM)

Stop 1: Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The very heart of the city and a perfect starting point of exploration of Vienna.

Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien

Duration: about 2 hours (depending on if you want to take a guided tour of the cathedral, etc).

Stephansplatz

Break: coffee/mélange and piece of cake at one of the cafes or sweet shops. Nearest one is Aida – Singerstraße 1, 1010 Wien

Walk: 10 minutes

Stop 2: Augustinerkirche. Beautiful and important church in Vienna. Many royal weddings were held there.

Address: Augustinerstraße 3, 1010 Wien

Duration: 30 minutes

Augustinian Church – Augustinerkirche

Walk: 1 minute

Stop 3: Albertina Museum. An art museum is known for its collection of graphic arts, Albertina also houses a significant collection of Impressionist art.

Address: Albertinaplatz. 1, 1010 Wien

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Albertina

Walk: 8 minutes

Stop 4: Hofburg Palace, Silver Museum, Sisi Museum.

Address: Hofburg, 1010 Wien

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

The Hofburg

Lunch break: Brasserie PalmenHaus Wien, Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien or Augustinerkeller Bitzinger, Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Wien

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Walk: 12 minutes

Stop 5: Haus der Musik Wien. An interactive discovery museum about music and famous composers and their work. Great for kids.

Address: Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Wien

Duration: 2 hours

Day 2: Schönbrunn Palace and the Zoo

Taxi or public transport – (40 minutes)

Stop 1:  Schönbrunn Palace. A former residence of the Habsburg monarchs, Schonbrunn Palace preserves centuries of imperial Austrian history. Visit palace museums and gardens behind the palace.

Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien

Duration: 4 hours

Schönbrunn Palace

Lunch break: Kutscher Gwölb Schlossbräu or you can eat in any of the restaurants inside Schönbrunn Zoo later.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop 2: Schönbrunn Zoo. One of the oldest zoos in Europe with a large variety of species and conservation programs.

Address: Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Wien

Duration: 3 hours.

Schönbrunn Zoo – one of the oldest zoos in Europe

Day 3: Belvedere Palace, Art History Museum, and Naschmarkt

Stop 1: Belvedere Palace. The former residence of Austrian Prince Eugene of Savoy, Belvedere Palace is a historic complex housing important Austrian art in two edifices.

Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Belvedere Palace

Break: Coffee or a cake in nearby cafes: Cafe Mirage, Mommsengasse 6, 1040 Wien or Obsthunger, Sankt-Elisabeth-Platz, 1040 Wien

Duration: 30 minutes

Use public transport or a taxi: 18 minutes

Stop 2: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. The museum is mirrored by an identical building on the opposite side of the square, which houses the Naturhistorisches Museum.

Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Duration: 3 hours.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Lunch break: You can have a lunch break at your next destination – Naschmarkt, there are several good restaurants there.

Walk: 10 minutes

Stop 3: Naschmarkt. Enjoy an open market with various goods and produces. Experience real feeling of Vienna.

Address: Mariedlgasse, 1060 Wien

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes plus lunch (optional)

Naschmarkt – most popular open market in Vienna

What to do in the evenings?

If you want to continue with the exploration of the city, we also recommend visiting many classical music concerts, Vienna Opera, theaters, and other live events (depending on the season, here is a list of annual events).

Otherwise, for the evenings, we can recommend some restaurants in the city center and nightlife options:

Restaurants:

  • Zum Schwarzen Kameel, Bognergasse 5, 1010 Wien
  • Brezlgwölb Cafe Restaurant Wien, Ledererhof 9, 1010 Wien
  • Lugeck, Lugeck 4, 1010 Wien

Clubs:

  • Cabaret Fledermaus, Spiegelgasse 2, 1010 Wien
  • Vienna Gnadenlos, Seitenstettengasse 5, 1010 Wien
  • Flex, Augartenbrücke 1, 1010 Wien

Conclusion

With so many things to see and do in Vienna, it is very difficult to limit the visit to only a few days. With our recommended tour you will be able to visit a few most important attractions and get a sense and feel of real Vienna. Safe travel and see you soon.

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