Vienna is the beautiful capital city of Austria and was one of the first European countries that I explored as a teenager on a trip to the capital with school. I then returned a few years later as an adult, and explored this wonderful city even further. Vienna is the largest city of Austria and also one of the historic cities through which the river Danube has passed along since time immemorial.
The city has much to offer with imperial architecture, street-side cafes, coffee shops galore, cathedrals, open parks and green spaces, and the city also has a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are worth visiting.
It’s more than possible to explore this compact city in 48 hours and make sure you grab yourself a Vienna Pass too, which you can pick up at the airport and then see as much as Vienna as possible.
So what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out about our 48 hour Vienna Itinerary. This post includes travel tips, sightseeing and hotel guide for a perfect 2 day Vienna Itinerary.
2 DAYS IN VIENNA – TRAVEL TIPS FOR A 2 DAY VIENNA ITINERARY
What to do in Vienna in 2 days
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- Liechtenstein City Palace
- Wien Opera House
- Lunch at Augustinerkeller
- Natural History Museum & Kunsthistorische Museum
- City River Cruise.
- A Ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel
- Schönbrunn Palace
HOW TO GET TO VIENNA
Vienna International Airport is located in Central Vienna and is the largest and major airport in Austria, connecting the country to the world. If you’re heading to Vienna, your best option is this airport, but you can also fly in to neighbouring airports and then connect to Vienna by trains, coach or can even drive to reach Vienna.
- Budapest Hungary to Vienna is 2.50 hours by road
- Prague Czech Republic to Vienna is 3 hours by road
- Munich Germany to Vienna is 4 hours by road
EXPERIENCE VIENNA IN 48 HOURS: 2 DAY VIENNA ITINERARY
HOW TO GET AROUND VIENNA
GRAB YOURSELF A VIENNA TRAVEL PASS
Vienna Central Train Station is the major hub connecting national and international places to Vienna. Your best option when travelling around Vienna is to get a travel pass, as then you aren’t limited to some transport options. There are five underground lines, 29 tram and 127 bus lines, of which 24 are night lines.
- 5 single trip ticket costs 12 Euros
- 1 Day trip ticket (valid for 1:00 am to the following day) 5.80 Euros
- Weekly Pass costs 17.10 Euros. They are valid midnight Monday to the following Monday till 09:00 am
- Airport or CAT Tickets costs 19 Euros (for a return trip, you can choose the arrival and departure dates)
PLACES TO VISIT IN VIENNA IN 2 DAYS
SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, VIENNA ZOO AND GRABEN
Liechtenstein City Palace – The City Palace of Vienna is also called the Liechtenstein City Palace. The city palace is named after the ruling power who started building the palace in mid 17th century. The rooms have the best Baroque and Rococo style interiors, in all of Austria. To gain access to the inside of the city palace, you will have to book a guided tour. This is a living palace and is currently utilized by the princely family of Liechtenstein.
City River Cruise – Take a trip by water around Vienna by city river cruise! Route A shows you the ‘green part’ of Vienna and starts in the heart of the city at Schwedenplatz. We sail on the Danube canal past the Observatory Urania, through the recreational grounds of the Prater to the Freudenau lock and the yacht harbour “Marina Vienna”. Route B presents the modern side of Vienna and its urban skyline of the United Nations, the Danube Tower and the new area called the Danube City.
Schönbrunn Palace – This gorgeous yellow colored palace reflects the changing styles and interests of the Hapsburg dynasty. This color was “supposedly” the favorite of Hapsburg beloved empress Maria Theresa and she popularized the yellow color as a color of royalty. Make sure you book a tour of the UNESCO listed Schönbrunn Palace, the most popular tourist spot in Vienna.
Hofburg Palace – The Hofburg palace is the imperial seat of the Hapsburg Dynasty in Austria. This palace has seen a lot of history in this by-gone days and still it has not lost its glory or sheen. The Hofburg Palace is currently in service as Austria’s Presidential offices are housed in the one of the palace wings.
Heldenplatz – Just outside the Hofburg Palace you will find Heldenplatz which is a public square and here you will find a statue of Archduke Charles of Austria. This square is an iconic square in Vienna and many important events and ceremonies have taken place here over the years. Adolf Hitler’s ceremonial announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany occurred here.
THE MUSEUMS QUARTER, A VIENNESE WINE VILLAGE AND ST STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
Natural History Museum – The Natural History Museum Vienna is a large natural history museum located in Vienna, Austria and one of the most important natural history museums worldwide. The NHM Vienna is one of the largest museums and non-university research institutions in Austria and an important center of excellence for all matters relating to natural sciences. The museum’s 39 exhibition rooms cover 8,460 square meters and present more than 100,000 objects. It is home to 30 million objects available to more than 60 scientists and numerous guest researchers who carry out basic research in a wide range of topics related to human sciences, earth sciences, and life sciences.
Kunsthistorische Museum – The Kunsthistorisches Museum is an art museum in Vienna, Austria. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building. It is the largest art museum in the country.
Lunch at Augustinerkeller – The Augustinerkeller is one of the last cloistral cellars in Vienna’s first district, and was formerly part of the city’s defensive fortifications. Now it is a restaurant loved by natives and tourists alike and serving typical Austrian food in a Heuriger atmosphere with modern flair.
A Ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel – Giant Ferris Wheel Park is the oldest Ferris wheel in the world. It is a great place to visit in the evening with all the lights. Part of the cabins of the Ferris wheel were destroyed in the First World War and then 15 of them were later restored.
Wien Opera House – Wiener Staatsoper or the Vienna State Opera is prime Opera house of Austria. This opera house is one of the busiest in the world with over 350 performances conducted in the 2017/18 season. When you step foot into the opera house or book tickets for the opera, you are enjoying a slice of rich Austrian history. Make sure you experience opera whilst here in the city and grab yourself some Vienna state opera tickets.
Hundertwasserhaus Vienna – Hundertwasserhaus Vienna is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, but its so much more than that these days. It was conceptualized on the ideas of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser). It is worth seeing the house from outside due to its unique design and bright colours. It reminded me of the wonderful work by Gaudi in Barcelona!
WHERE TO STAY IN VIENNA AUSTRIA?
BUDGET HOTELS IN VIENNA
I recommend using booking.com to find accommodation as its my favourite for quickly comparing the prices of multiple hotel booking sites at once.
What an amazing city Vienna is and I am so happy to share my 48 hours guide to Vienna with you, and I hope you can use this Vienna Itinerary for your next trip to the city.
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