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Visit Vienna Austria: 20+ Free Vienna Vacation Tools And Travel Tips

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: Location in EuropeVisit Vienna. Do you plan a European round trip, or want to figure out Vienna’s distance to key European cities? In fact, some people are surprised how close Slovakia’s capital is but that a day trip to Prague will be strenuous.

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.

2. What Is The Weather in Vienna Like? When To Go, What To Pack

Visit Vienna: city skylineVisit 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.

3. 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.

4. Hotels Vienna Austria

Visit Vienna: Hotel ImperialVisit 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.

5. All About Flights To Vienna Austria

Visit Vienna: international airport SchwechatVisit 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.

6. Vienna Central Station

Visit Vienna: Trains to ViennaVisit Vienna. When you take the train to Vienna you will mostly likely arrive at Vienna’s main train station, Wien Hauptbahnhof aka Vienna Central Station. Operating on 5 levels and boasting a mall with 90 shops, it’s a city within a city.

To find your way around the station, rent luggage lockers, stay at a good hotel or visit the nearest great restaurant and attraction, read my practical guide to the Vienna Central Station.

7. What Are The Best Things To Do In Vienna Austria?

Visit Vienna: coffeehouse debateVisit 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.

8. Guide To Vienna Districts And Best Neighborhoods

community restaurant Schutzhaus Zukunft, ViennaVisit Vienna. While you can see a plethora of sights and attractions you won’t really get a grip on Wien until you explore some of its neighborhoods. To give you an idea of the world beyond the historic City Centre, you will find character profiles, tips and addresses for each of Wien’s 23 districts, along with particularly interesting neighborhoods. Check them out in my Vienna Districts and Best Neighborhoods guide.

9. Booking Tours, Tickets And Activities

Visit Vienna: Schonbrunn PalaceVisit Vienna.  To fast track your trip preparations, take a quick overview of what you can do in my home city. While key attractions such as Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg and the Museum of Fine Arts are probably on your list, did you know about the Danube boat rides, bike tours, themed walks, wine tastings and specific classical concerts?

This vast menu of tours, event and museum tickets and activities collects the best things to do in Vienna, my home city. Most of the tour operators and providers are local Viennese businesses who connect with people like you on the tour platform Viator, and via Vienna Unwrapped.

10. Which Vienna City Pass Should You Buy?

Visit Vienna: Vienna CardVisit 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.

In terms of value for money the Vienna Card has been ranking among the best European city cards. To find out which of the various card types on offer is best for you, check my decision maker tool, a in Vienna Travel Card.

11. How To Book Restaurants in Vienna

Visit Vienna. Online restaurant booking sites are nothing new. But it is not easy to find a good one for Vienna. For the past couple of years I have been using my favourite booking site before I wrote about it here. Not only is it easy to use but lists wonderful restaurants off the beaten tourist path.

However, probably the biggest financial advantage with this site is that you get up to 30 percent off your restaurant bill. Find out more about my Vienna restaurants booking tool.

Feel overwhelmed? I can help! check out Vienna Travel Planning – Trip Planning and Travel Consulting by Vienna Unwrapped

12. Map of Vienna x 7

Visit Vienna: Map of Imperial PalaceVisit 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? (This photo, for example, shows the whole compound of the Hofburg Imperial Palace.) 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.

13. Local Transport: Public Transport, City Bike Scheme and Taxis

Visit Vienna: traditional tramwayVisit 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. In any case, do download the brilliant free Wien Mobil app.

14. How To Rent A Car In Vienna

Visit Vienna: rental carVisit 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.)

15. Using Your Cell Phone 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.

16. Currency And Money Matters

Which currency does Austria have, how important is cash and what are the best forms of payment? Although the Eurozone has largely homogenized Europe’s key travel destinations there are still differences in payment practices. Learn how to handle your money during your trip in Austria’s Money and Currency.

17. Tipping in Austria

Visit Vienna. Should you tip room maids, valets, waiters, taxi drivers and tour guides when in Austria? And how much is appropriate and expected?

Tipping in Europe can differ greatly so I have pulled together practical advice about Austrian etiquette when it comes to tipping. Find out more in Tipping in Austria.

18. How Safe Is Vienna?

Visit Vienna. Is Vienna a safe place to visit? Is it ok to go out in Vienna at night? Instead of stories I have collected statistical evidence to demonstrate that Vienna is one of the safest cities on the planet. That said, you will also find useful reminders on how to keep safe when visiting a city like Wien. Since the post includes important phone numbers for travellers in Vienna, do bookmark Is Vienna Safe?

19. Live Webcam Of Wien

Visit Vienna: webcam WienVisit 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.

20. The Best 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.

21. 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.

21. 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.

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