Welcome to the 10 of the best things to do in Vienna on a budget. Vienna is one of the best places to visit in Europe, from its incredible connection to Western music history, to being the historic home of everyone’s favourite psycho-analyst, Mr. Sigmund Freud! Within the travel community, Vienna holds a special place in the hearts of all who’ve walked its streets. The Austrian capital doesn’t have to break the bank though! Here are 10 of the best things to do in Vienna:
Karlskirche is a gorgeous baroque-era church that dates back to the 16th century and one of the best things to do in Vienna on a budget! Locals gather to spend their summer evenings basking in the building’s glow, drinking and socialising. The area is full of incredible restaurants and bars too, as it perfectly blends together inspiring local history and modern comforts. Our resident office Austrian Viktoria swears by Karlskirche. Can’t go wrong with local recommendations!
The church is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and 12pm to 7pm on Sunday. Admission costs 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for young people/students.
Whether you’re there for a city break or a longer stay, if you’re searching for a great spot to rest your head while, look no further than Wombats Naschmarkt! Easily one of the best places to stay in Vienna, they’re all about helping you relax, with the comfiest of comfy common areas, and soothing but chic décor. The location is ideal for anyone trying to delve into the city’s culture, and the hostel is close to Café Anzengruber and Schikaneder, two popular Viennese bars. Enjoy!
Viktoria recommends checking out Naschmarkt. It’s a quaint, traditional market full of delicious food and fascinating hand crafted trinkets! It’s surrounded by small restaurants that offer some of the best cheap food in Vienna, ranging from sushi to kebabs, and from seafood to Viennese classics. While travelling on a budget, you can never really go wrong with a good market, and Vienna is a marketplace dreamland (especially in winter).
The market is open from 6am to around 7:30pm Monday – Friday, and 6am-5pm on Saturday (closed Sunday).
Museumsquartier is ALL the rage in Vienna. The area is almost always packed with young people relaxing and grabbing food, and (weather allowing) you can chill on the Enzos. Up your Insta game inside the vintage photo booth, and of course, soak up the history and culture in all the surrounding museums. If you’re looking for some restaurant tips, Viktoria has got you covered: try Halle, Jantine, Leopold, MQDaily or Amerling Beisl!
Visitors can purchase different ticket packages for many museums in the area starting from €20.50, they also run a range of tours.
5. Espresso Cafe Bar
Right in the heart of Neubau you’ll find tucked away, an awesome 50s-style Italian bar just waiting for you. The atmosphere is electric, and it’s certainly a little more off the beaten track than the normal tourist hotspots! Espresso Cafe Bar could easily top most lists of the best bars in Vienna. Add it to your list of best things to do in Vienna on a budget.
The cafe/bar is open 7:30am-1am Monday to Friday, and 10pm-1am Saturday and Sunday.
6. Taking the tram
The best way to get around Vienna is to take the Straßenbahn (tram system). It’s incredibly simple to use and surprisingly cheap. After a little crash course from a local or fellow hosteller, you’ll be zipping around the city in no time!
7. Vintage cinema
Vintage in always a good idea! In the trendy neighbourhood of Margareten you’ll find Filmcasino, an art-house cinema with the funkiest 50s vibe ever! It’s right near some great nightlife, such as WerkzeugH, and is one of the artsiest buildings you’ll ever see. If you’re looking for the top cinemas in Vienna, why not go for one with a touch of vintage class.
The area surrounding the Donaukanah has become somewhat of an artistic tapestry of expression in recent years. Breath-taking street art and graffiti decorate the Viennese architecture, and you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from unique Vienna pop-up bar or even a beach bar!
9. Vegan burgers
We know you love adventure, but if you’re also a bit of a food nut then you’ve simply GOTTA taste the vegan burger at Swing Kitchen. Our expert Viktoria says it’s literally the best vegan burger in Vienna without a doubt! Do NOT let your taste buds miss out on your Austrian Adventure!
Swing Kitchen has multiple locations around Austria and is open from 11am-1pm everyday.
No list of the best things to do in Vienna would be complete without WekzeugH. It’s a cosy little bar that certainly isn’t on most touristy brochures. The building itself used to be a tools and manufacturing shop, but now is full of comfy sofas and a slick vintage aesthetic. What are you waiting for?
The bar is open everyday from 4pm to 1am.
11. The Hofburg
This baroque palace houses many attractions inside including the Sisi Museum – a tribute to the life of Austro-Hungarian Queen Elisabeth, the Imperial Apartments and the Silver Collection.
It’s free to admire its beauty from outside, but if you want to enter, admission starts at 15 euros. During July to August the palace is open from 9am to 6pm, and during September to June it’s open from 9am-5:30pm.
Vienna State Opera House, 📸: Dennis Jarvis
Stop by the Ringstrasse – an area that features many historical buildings, for a day of culture and history. Among these buildings are the Museum of Fine Arts, the Vienna State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall and the Natural History Museum.
13. Hundertwasser House
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