Austria’s capital and largest city, Vienna is home to some of the most breathtaking architecture you’ll find in Europe. It also boasts a huge variety of bars, restaurants and attractions. To find out where to go in this popular city, we asked you for your Vienna tips over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you had to say...
Get cheap tickets to the Opera
Suzanne Scott says:
Standing line tickets for the stadtopera! Show up at the capital’s main opera theatre a few hours before the show and pay only 4 euros for a ticket to the featured ballet or opera of the evening. It's the only way to go for a backpackers budget!
Maximo Budziñski says:
Opera is definitely what to do in Vienna
Enjoy a night out at Vienna’s famous Staatsoper for just a few euro by heading down to the opera house a few hours before the performance starts. If you queue here, you’ll be able to get ‘standing tickets’ for as little as €4 and then you can head inside and enjoy the show.
Location: Opernring 2.
Sample some Italian food at Pizza Bizi
Jelena Perisic says:
Pizza Bizi, Mariahilfer Straße 22-24. Great place, italian food, not expensive.
Part of a chain of restaurants found around Vienna, this branch of Pizza Bizi serves up a delicious variety of Italian dishes including pizzas, pastas and plenty more.
Location: Mariahilfer Straße 22-24.
Check out the city’s cafés
Jelena Perisic says:
Aida, near St.Stephen's cathedral (and all around the city) offers a great coffee and pastry. Most of the cafés are still in their original 50ies/70ies style.
Tone Kristin says:
The Cafe Central had an amazing atmosphere
Birch Fung says:
don't forget to try a piece of sacher cake in one of the wonderful cafes in the city
Try some of the food at the Naschmarkt
Andrea Cade Kay says:
Kebabs at the Naschmarkt!! Yum! They're huge and very tasty!
Vienna’s popular Naschmarkt dates back to the 16th century. Today, it’s a great spot for buying fresh fruits and vegetables while in the city. Here you’ll also find a number of stalls selling kebabs and plenty of other tasty treats, perfect for lunch on the go.
Visit the Haus der Musik
Maximo Budziñski says:
don’t miss the museum of music!
The Haus der Musik is Vienna’s Museum of Music located close to the opera house and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. First opened in 2000, this museum covers the city’s rich musical history and looks forward to Vienna’s musical future. Interactive exhibits are a huge part of this museum experience which can be seen in areas like the Instrumentarium, the Sound Gallery and more.
Location: Seilerstätte 30.
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm.
Chill out in comfort in the MuseumsQuartier
Anne-Marie Nault says:
Just hang out on the big couches in Museumsquartier!
Laura Vaisman says:
Those couches are awesome!
The MuseumsQuatier is a huge cultural complex consisting of a number of different museums including the MUMOK modern art museum, as well as cafés, alternative arts spaces, dance studios and much more.
Location: Museumsplatz 1.
Sample the food at Centimeter
Oana Roua says:
If you want to eat huge plates of food with low prices go to Centimeter. They have the 2 meter sausage, the soup in kettle, the wheelbarrow full with food and the 1 meter beer. And much, much more. But make a reservation because it's always full ! :)
With a few locations throughout Vienna, Centimeter is a good spot to check out if you’re looking for big portions of reasonably priced food. The 2-metre long sausage is one of the highlights at this restaurant, and plenty of other dishes including wiener schnitzel are also available.
Check out Hundertwasserhaus
Jonathan Peter Barker says:
Hunterwasser House, social housing with a difference, seek out the bar at bottom of apartments, bar owner will show u film all about Herr Hunterwasser all for a beer!
Hundertwasserhaus is also recommended by: Mir Ela.
Designed by a famous Austrian artist named Hundertwasser, this apartment house is well worth a look while visiting Vienna. Colourful and unusual, it contains uneven floors, a roof covered in grass and other quirky design features.
Visit the ‘Opera Toilet’
Dayle Fonseca says:
Oh and not forget the 'Opera Toilet'... its in the subway below the opera house...
If you want to soak up some of the atmosphere of Vienna’s opera house but don’t particularly fancy queuing for tickets, then check out the public toilets in the underground station by the opera house. You’ll hear classical music pumped out over the speakers in these toilets which have been designed to look a lot different than the usual public bathrooms!
Take a trip on the #1 Tram
Lindsay Lovstrom says:
A multi-day travel ticket is definitely worth it if you're staying slightly outside of the city. A great way to enjoy the city is to get on the #1 tram and just ride it all the way around the city center and admire Vienna for the beautiful city it is.
For around €2 you can take a trip on Vienna’s Tram Number 1 which travels past plenty of the top sights in the city’s Inner Stadt including the Rathaus, Burgtheater and plenty more.
Try some Pakistani food at Der Wiener Deewan
Laura Ratcliffe says:
Deewan!!! best pakistani in vienna, pay as you wish, love it!
Der Wiener Deewan is a restaurant with difference as here you only pay what you can. You can choose from a buffet comprising of Pakistani dishes and once you’ve finished your meal you only pay what you like, so this is a great place to go if you’re short on cash and looking for a tasty dinner. Unsurprising, this place is very popular and as a result can get quite busy.
Location: Liechtensteinstrasse 10.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, closed Sundays.
Listen to live music at locations around the city
Leela Pon says:
Ah .... but the best music is the street music. I was mesmerised by the unorchestrated music that floated in the Hofburg area one afternoon and this remains one of my best memories of Vienna. It was a very young male violinist.
Robert Minney says:
Get down to Schönbrunn Palace for a classical music performance. Music played the way it should be, in the part of the world where it was born.
Party the night away in some of Vienna’s top nightspots
Herr Harald says:
Elektro gönner on mariahilferstraße 101. Its inside a yard, there’s no sign outside, so you just have to be brave and enter the passage. Inside waits one of Vienna’s most enjoyable bars. Living room in the evening & dance floor late at night. Highly recommended!
Christoph Breindl says:
I'm from Vienna, If you are interested in Rock/Alternative/Reggae (depends on the schedule) then the Arena Wien in the 3rd district would be a nice place to be, it's a former butchery, with 3 different bars, 2 big dancefloors and some snacks like kebab and crepes sold inside.... If you're looking for bars and nightclubs nearer the city centre, I'd recommend the Bermuda Triangle, WUK, FLEX, and Stadtbahnbögen...
Follow any of the following suggestions!
Santaklaus Xixinobanho says:
Estancia Santa Cruz in the Prater for Spare Ribs lovers. Flex - best club of civilization. Zanoni - best icecream in Vienna, right between the two Wombats hostels.
Christoph Breindl says:
Sommerkino (Summer-Cinema) Schloss Neugebäude, nice atmosphere, nice people, open-air cinema, reasonable beer and admission... alternative films...A beautiful thing to do is a walk or ride with the bicycle through the Wiener Prater - Prater Hauptallee, the green lung in the middle of the city...Btw...Vienna is the greenest city in all over Europe and has the best tap-water directly from the mountains...Enjoy the beautiful capital of Austria... Bless jah
Renee Porter says:
Ahh.... Wein one of the most beautiful cities. The best bargains are 4euro Opera for standing or go to the tourist info centre and by 12 euro seats for the same performances. (After 3hours a seat is nice). On Sunday morning the Vienna Boys Choir will move you. Try to get the mid range seats in the balcony so you can actually see the boys and the altar, or standing for free (but you can’t see the boys). And finally a picnic in the grounds of the Belvedere before seeing "The Kiss". If you’re sick of schnitzel try the Turkish food, amazing and Hunderwasser museum, great exhibitions inside his house.