Before you visit Vienna use this page to orientate yourself and plan: Vienna’s exact location, weather, hotels, flights, maps, transport, city cards, booking restaurants, local wifi, and more. You can also use it for inspiration: how to spend 24 hours in Vienna, what to do with kids, Jewish Vienna, how to spend a halal holiday there, and other tips.
1. Where Is Vienna Exactly?
Visit Vienna. Do you plan a European round trip, or want to measure Vienna’s distance to key European cities? Are there mountains around Vienna, and does the Danube flow right through? To summarise the answers, access my primer on the city’s geographic location, its climate zone, and Vienna’s distance to 10 key European cities.
Visit Vienna. Whether you want ideas for 24 hours in Vienna, visit Wien with children, are arraning a ladies’ trip, or are interested in Jewish Vienna and Halal Holidays in Vienna: My free guides have inspired tons of travellers during their trip planning. In addition, senior travellers honeymooners and romantics, wine lovers and sporty people will find more ideas in my Tourism Guide by Personal Interests Access all the seven free guides in Vienna Austria Things To Do.
3. Hotels Vienna Austria
Visit Vienna. Where would Natives stay if they were tourists? If you search for accommodation from a Native’s perspective, you’ll get inside Vienna more quickly. In Hotels Vienna Austria I share my take on the best hotels of all categories, as well as Bed and Breakfasts and apartment rentals. All tips include links to independent customer reviews.
4. Flights To Vienna Austria
Visit Vienna. I fly to Vienna a couple of times a year and have found my favourite tool to compare flight prices and book flights. It’s free and simple to use. Sometimes I use it to compare flights to Bratislava (64 km from Vienna) as an alternative option. To plan transfers to and from your hotel in Vienna, and for general orientation, look into Vienna International Airport. If you plan a stopover in Vienna, Flights To Vienna Austria includes my family’s stopover itinerary that we followed during a multiple hour time window in my home city.
5. Trains To Vienna
Visit Vienna. Whether you are on a European round trip or take a break from flying: Taking the train to Wien is in general a good experience. We are lucky to have one of the most reliable and modern railways in Europe. Austrian Railway trains are as comfortable as train tickets are inexpensive. In Trains To Vienna learn more about the best city connections by train. Together with access to a route planner you can buy train tickets directly from the official page of the Austrian Railways (OEBB).
6. Day Trips To Vienna From Budapest
Visit Vienna. Not only are Wien and Budapest highly popular city break destinations, they are also complementary in culture. If you stay in Budapest and want to visit Vienna for a day make sure you make the most out it. In Day Trip To Vienna from Budapest I share the top three travel options, including car, train, group tour, private tour and transfer service.
7. Vienna City Passes And Travel Cards
Visit Vienna. Provided you want an easy way around town while saving a few Euros on attractions you should compare the two main city passes. With the Vienna Card and the VIENNA PASS you have options of using public transport or a Hop On Hop Off Bus, visit attractions either for free or and get discounts. The Vienna Card ranks top among the European city cards in terms of value for money. To find out which card is best for you, check my comparison table in Vienna Travel Card.
8. Local Weather: When To Go, What To Pack
Visit Vienna. There are two seasonal extremes in my hometown that travellers chronically underestimate: winter and summer (the sky in the photo is NOT paintbrushed). The Vienna Austria Weather one pager helps you pack the right clothes by season, and decide when to go, if you have a choice. Access the included 10-day weather forecast for Vienna a week before you travel.
9. Vienna Restaurants Booking Tool
Visit Vienna. Online restaurant booking sites are nothing new. But it is not easy to find a good one for Vienna. I have been using my favourite booking site for years before I dared to write about it here. The advantage is that you get up to 30 percent off your restaurant bill. Find out more about my Vienna restaurants booking tool.
10. Map of Vienna x 7
Visit Vienna. Do you want to check out the nearest landmarks to your hotel, or a hotel in the right spot? Do you want to create your own sightseeing route? Need to get an orientation of the public transport network? And where are the best free Wi-Fi spots you can log into? I have pulled together half a dozen city maps, online and in print, in Map Of Vienna to help you smoothen your inner city journeys.
11. Local Transport: Public Transport, City Bike Scheme and Taxis
Visit Vienna. When you visit Vienna, get the most out of its public transport network. It is one of the best AND cheapest in Europe. Consider using our city bike scheme, if you don’t happen to visit in the winter. If you need a taxi, get familiar with the key taxi stands, official tariffs and environmentally-friendly options such as the Green Taxis. I have also included a few tips on how to use the Vienna metro for efficient sightseeing.
Visit Vienna. You won’t necessarily find the best car rental deal if you search on arrival in Vienna (as it’s probably the case elsewhere). If you consider renting a car, my resource guide gives you access to the best car rental search engines. You will find a handy checklist of things to go through with the car rental firm, from highway taxes to contract fees. Finally, you will find my tips for driving and parking your car in town (I practiced this for 12 years on site.)
13. Cell Phones And Mobile Devices
Visit Vienna. If you like using your cell phone, smartphone, tablet or laptop when travelling take care of your roaming charges when in Austria. Checking emails and sharing pictures and experiences on the go are among the most popular things travellers do online. In Austria Cell Phone Use I share my best tips on how to avoid big roaming charges during your visit. If you are specifically interested in portable mobile hotspots, learn all about renting and using them most cost effectively in WiFi in Vienna. Includes map of free Wifi hotspots.
14. Vienna Tourist Checklist
Visit Vienna. How can a small European capital be so overwhelming? I have put together a simple 8-points Vienna tourist checklist to help you create a smooth and exciting stay.
Visit Vienna Extra: Vienna City Guide PDF
Visit Vienna. While common travel guides give you an idea of what to plan and book, they don’t make the process easier. To be honest, my own 400-pages-big site has a lot of reference and booking links but can make planning ‘overwhelming’ as a few lovely readers put it politely. Hence I came up with the Vienna City Guide PDF: Download all the key content from the site with ONE click, and get a compact list of essential resource and booking links in an extra bonus supplement.
If you’d still like an additional travel guide in your pocket, here is my shortlist of the best city guides. Read up on a few of the best Viennese authors: Joseph Roth, Friedrich Torberg, Stefan Zweig and more. My recommended books are available in both German and English.
15. Webcam Wien
Visit Vienna. Amidst all your planning getting a live impression of your target destination helps soak up the atmosphere before your arrive. This Vienna webcam provides views of City Hall, Ringstrasse boulevard, the Austrian Parliament, lovely Volksgarten and the hills of the Vienna Woods. My favourite view is the festival square in front of City Hall: it’s either work in progress or full party ahead. The webcam is also great for a current weather check. Access Webcam Wien.
16. Top Ten Travel Bloggers About Vienna
Visit Vienna. An insightful blog post about Vienna is not something you casually stumble upon on the internet. I have scoured through well over 100 of the most popular and of niche travel blogs to find those rare gems that will inspire you further for your trip to Vienna. And ended up collecting 10 wonderfully inspiring stories that will make you click with my hometown. Access the ten travel bloggers with the best Vienna travel blog posts.
17. Visit Vienna: Other Vienna Articles
Visit Vienna. In addition to my tips and views, do get more inspiration on what to do in my hometown by other travellers who know the city inside out. In Vienna Articles I’m teaming up with savvy travel writers and bloggers who will share the most unusual places with you.