Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a beginner on your first journey to Europe, going to a new place always has the same level of excitement, the same nerves and the same concerns that you’re likely to think about when venturing into a new part of the world.
If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful city of Vienna any time soon, then you might be asking yourself the following questions. What if you’ve taken the wrong equipment? What if you can’t get into the places you so desperately wanted to visit? What if you can’t find a place to stay? Hopefully, this brief beginner’s guide should point you in the right direction and ease those worries.
Where to stay
There are many factors that may affect where you decide to stay whilst in Vienna, but the two main ones will be personal taste and budget. On the one hand, you can look at Vienna in terms of what each district has to offer you. Look up the place you want to visit the most in advance and focus your accommodation searches around those areas. For example, you might prefer to stay in central Vienna, where you’ll find the medieval side of the city, with later additions of 19th-century palaces and grand, luxury hotels.
On the other hand, you might favour the contemporary side to Vienna, and in the north of the city you’ll find chic, modern styling and art work to match. When it comes to budget though, thanks to Vienna’s increase in popularity in recent years, it has never been cheaper or easier to get to, so you’ll be able to find the perfect hotel or hostel for you no matter what your needs. Location is always reflected in price however, so you may want to consider the great value 4th, 7th and 8th districts over 1st.
Things to do
One thing’s for sure in Vienna, you never need to worry about finding something to fill your time. You might choose to visit the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace and it’s many greenhouses filled with thousands of exotic plants. You might prefer to head to one of the many museums that the city has to offer instead – I’d definitely recommend the Kunsthistorisches Museum (or “Museum of Art history”) for any art lovers, as it is the largest art museum in the country. You can click here to learn more about it.
The top tip that I can give you where this is concerned though is to always look for what you can book in advance. Many people travel to Vienna because if its rich musical scene and history, and the opera in this area is a very popular choice. If you don’t want to be the one to miss out on the latest showing of Carmen, then make sure you book your tickets beforehand with www.viennaoperatickets.com.
I hope this beginner’s guide serves you well on your next trip to this top city in Austria. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.