There is something about Vienna that I really loved, even though I can’t quite describe it. We stayed in a hostel for five days (Wombat’s - would not recommend it) and cooked most of our meals so unfortunately I don’t have any restaurant recommendations this time around, but make sure to grab some famous schnitzel. Compared to other European cities Vienna can be quite expensive, especially accommodation which tends to double in price for New Years. If you are in Vienna for New Years, don’t bother paying cover at a bar or a club - it’s all about the street parties!
What to see
Even though this place feels pretty touristy, it’s worth a visit. The architecture in Vienna is all beautiful lines and neutral colours, so this place provides a stark contrast. If you want the ‘perfect’ photo, go really early in the morning to avoid the crowds. [Free]
This place seemed to go on forever! There are tons of dried fruit and nut stalls, as well as plenty of kebabs and falafels. We had kebab and some dates stuffed with pecans. On Saturdays there is a huge flea market and we spent well over an hour looking through trinkets, antiques, and other random bits. [13€ for two people]
I have a thing for libraries, so this was the one place I was more than willing to pay an entry fee for. Just be prepared to wait in line, possibly outside in the cold if it’s really busy. [8€]
This cathedral is impressive both inside and out. Entry is free, but you can pay extra to go on a tour. [Guided tour, catacombs, and treasury - 14.90€]
There is an outdoor Christmas market here which also continues through the New Year. Although it’s a bit smaller than most, it’s not crowed and there are still plenty of mulled wine and food stalls. I would recommend going in the evening - the palace looks gorgeous lit up. [Full tour 17.50€]
If you’re looking for a day trip while in Vienna, Bratislava is just an hour by train - blog post coming soon!
Tips and tricks
- When taking public transit, price out single tickets vs. passes. If you are riding more than 4 times/day, it’s better to buy a 24 hour pass (8€). If you are in Vienna multiple days and using transit every day, the weekly pass might be even better (17€).
- Skip the well-known cafes like Sacher and Cafe Central; there are tons of other cheaper options without any lines.