Things to do in Vienna Austria for 2 Days

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#WalkwithChaMikeinVienna.


Austria was the first country we visited in Europe and Vienna was our point of entry. It was a nice place to start our honeymoon since it is the capital and the largest city in Austria. Vienna is known for being 'The City of Music' because most of the well known composers like Mozart lived here. It is also called 'The City of Dreams' because it is the home of the first psycho analyst, Sigmund Freud. Aside from that Vienna is known for its high quality of living - everywhere we went to we noticed that all the establishments are grandiose, streets are squeaky clean, they have free wifi in most of the prominent public areas, their public transport system is efficient - it is absolutely safe even at night and locals are disciplined. Indeed, it is a perfect wealthy city.



A mix of baroque structure and modern buildings
Because of the numerous cities we have to visit, we allotted only two days to explore Vienna. Which meant that we weren't able to visit Salzburg where the famous 'Sound of Music' movie was shot. But nonetheless those two days in Vienna made me understand and appreciate Austria more. Here are the activities we did for two full days. 

Visit the opulent Schonbrunn Palace and its vast garden
The official summer residence of the Habsburg royals and now a UNESCO world heritage site. This enormous palace was under the supervision of Maria Theresa or Sisi (the only female Hapsburg ruler). They say that this enormous residence is comparable to King Louis XIV's residence in France, the Versailles. Schonbrunn has 1,441 rooms only 40 rooms are open to the public including the private rooms of Franz Josef and Sisi. Admission in the baroque garden is free, but some parts require additional charge. 

Schonbrunn Palace

How to go:
Subway | U4, Schonbrunn station
Trams | 10 and 58, Schonbrunn station
Bus | Route 10A, Schonbrunn station

Opening Time:
July - August | 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
September - June | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Ticket Fee:
Imperial Tour | Visit 22 magnificent interiors
Adult | € 14.20
Child | € 10.50

Grand Tour | Visit all 40 allowed rooms in the palace
Adult | € 17.50
Child | € 11.50


Our online ticket, it is important you print the ticket as proof
We availed the Grand Tour as we wanted to visit all the 40 rooms inside the palace. Audio guide is included whenever you buy of any ticket which was actually very helpful as we clearly understood the history of the palace and the notable people who lived there.

We bought tickets in advance HERE so we can be sure of our schedule.

Take note that picture taking and video recording are not allowed inside the palace so you can notice that all my photos are at the palace's exterior.

ChaMike spending their first day in Europe
This enormous palace has impeccable interiors, too bad no picture taking is allowed inside
The palace does not only have grandiose interiors but it also has a rich history
This beautiful fountain
Schonbrunn Garden
Tried to roam around the garden but it was too big!
Neptune Fountain and Gloriette
Visited locals shops before leaving
Get to see Gustav Klimt's works at Belvedere
This gigantic baroque palace served as a summer residence for Austrian princes in the 1600's. It consists of two palaces - the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere, now it is a popular museum that houses several artworks from famous artists including Gustav Klimt. 

Belvedere
How to go:
Subway | U1, Hauptbahnhof Station
Trams | Route D, Schloss Belvedere Station or Route 18 & O, Quartier Belvedere Station
Bus | 69A, Quartier Belvedere Station

Since we were near Hauptbahnhof Station, we rode the tram going there so we didn't have to walk for 15 minutes

Rode the tram going to Belvedere

Opening Time:
Daily | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ticket Fee:
Upper and Lower Belvedere
Adult | € 20
Child | FREE

Upper Belvedere
Adult | € 14
Child | FREE

Lower Belvedere
Adult | €12
Child | FRE


Our tickets where we purchased onsite
We availed the ticket of the Upper Belvedere only as we were most interested in seeing Klimt's "Kiss"

Upper Belvedere
Lower Belvedere
White staircase
Colorful ceiling
Klimt is a prominent Austrian symbolist painter whose famous works include Kiss and Judith I which are both in the museum. Honestly, we weren't aware that picture taking and video recording aren't allowed until I took a shot of the famous Kiss. A curator called my attention in front of the big crowd. Yikes. Fortunately, he didn't ask me to delete the photo so at least I have a souvenir shot! It was gorgeous!

Gustav Klimt's Kiss
In a small room, a replica of the Kiss is displayed and this time anyone can take a photo of it. We had a #ChaMikiss version too.

ChaMikiss
Another famous painting is displayed at a different room, "Napoleon Crossing the Alps" portrait by Jacques - Louis David. This time we tried to sneak a photo as no one was watching and everybody was taking a snap of it.
Napoleon Crossing the Alps
After appreciating all the art galleries of paintings, sculptures and grandiose interior we went up to check out a Monet's masterpiece, "Garden Path at Giverny"
Monet's
Appreciate Art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum
The Kunsthistorisches Museum's stunning art treasures make it one of the world's foremost museums. A collection of Europe's finest painter, sculpture and artisans from Classic Rome to Egypt and Renaissance. 

Kunsthistorisches Museum
How to go:
Subway | U3, Volkstheater Station or U2, Museumsquartier Station or U1 & U4, Karlsplatz Station
Trams | D, 1, 2, 46, 49, 71
Bus | 57A, Burgring Station

Opening Time:
June - August 
Daily | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

September - May
Daily | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday | CLOSED

Ticket Fee:
Adult | €15
Child | FREE

Online ticket
We availed the tickets online HERE so that we can skip the line. The museum allows picture taking without flash and the use of a tripod or selfie stick.

The museum was truly extraordinary and huge. If you have limited time you can just take a look at the picture gallery highlights such as Pieter Bruegel's the Elder's "Tower of Babel," Raphael's "Madonna of the Meadow," Sir Anthony van Dyck's "The Capture of Samson," Caravaggio's "Madonna of the Rosary" among many others.

This extraordinary entrance!
It deserves a ChaMike photo
Paintings
Paintings
and more paintings
Caravaggio's Madonna of the Rosary
Michael and St Michael
Van Dyck's The Capture of Samson
Bruegel's The Tower of Babel
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A painting of a painting
Pay a visit at St Stephen's Cathedral
St Stephen's Cathedral is the most important religious building Vienna and the tallest church in Austria which was built in the early 1300. A witness to so many historical events such as the funeral of Mozart, Napoleon's farewell proclamation and World War II. Aside from the main section of the cathedral, visitors can check out the underground catacomb of the victims of the great Plague of Vienna. You can also climb 343 steps on top of the South Tower or use the elevator to get an overlooking view at the North Tower. Although little of the original was left, it remains an active house of worship so for tourists who wish to visit the place remember that services are still held here so it is important to be respectful. 

St Stephen's Cathedral
How to go:
Subway | U1, U3 Stephanspl station
Bus | Routes 1A, 2A, or 3A

Opening Time:
Monday - Saturday | 6:00 am - 10 pm
Sunday | 7 am - 10 pm

Ticket Fee:
Main section | FREE
Catacomb | € 5
South/North Tower | € 5

The tallest cathedral in Vienna
St Stephen's Cathedral's Chapel
Organ Gallery
Just outside the Cathedral you can see an array of shops including souvenir shops. We bought a shot glass in one of the shops just in front of the cathedral where we also encountered a Pinay staff.
Souvenir Shop just in front of the Cathedral
Choose your souvenir. We bought a shot glass which is our collection
This Pinay staff is so helpful and charming
Get to know Mozart and where he lived at the MozartHaus
A few steps from the Cathedral is where Mozart lived from 1784 to 1787. Mozart was a well known Austrian classical composer and has lived in Vienna during his prime years until he died. Mozart Haus is the only surviving residence of Mozart in Vienna and has now become a museum. This is the house where Mozart wrote the world-famous opera "The Marriage of Figaro." The Figaro House is the largest and most expensive apartment ever occupied by Mozart. At present it displays information about the composer, his creations, family and friends with photos and audio visual aids.

MozartHaus

How to go:
Subway | U1, U3 Stephanspl station
Bus | Routes 1A, 2A, or 3A


Finding the MozartHaus 
From St Stephens Cathedral we walked a few blocks following road signs going to Mozart Haus.

Opening Time:
Sunday - Monday | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Ticket Fee:
Adult | € 11
Child | € 4.50


The ticket is accompanied by an audioguide and map
The ticket comes with an audio guide that would help you understand the museum more. Picture taking and video recording is not allowed inside the house though.

Mike was the one who insisted we visit this place
Hello genius
At Mozart's second floor balcony where we can only take a picture
Try a Viennese Coffee at Cafe Mozart
Cafe Mozart opened three years after the death of the great composer, WA Mozart. A traditional Viennese Cafe that serves coffee, chocolate drinks, pastries and Viennese cuisine. 

After visiting Mozart Haus, it was a nice place to have a stopover as we were very much moved with Mozart's story, it was just apt dining in a cafe named after him. We tried some coffee before dinner. 

Cafe Mozart
How to go:
Subway | U1, U2 and U4 Karlsplatz station, U3 Stephansplatz station
Bus | Routes 2A Albertina Station
Tram | 1, 2, 62, 71 or D, Badner Bahn Staatsoper/Karntner Ring Stop

From Mozart Haus we walked further going to Albertina Museum, which is just a few steps from the museum. 

Opening Time:
Daily | 8:00 am - 11:30 pm

A non-smoking elegant cafe
We ordered some of their speciality coffee and drinks which comes with a Mozart touch.  

Mozart Schokalade - Hot chocolate with chocolate and pistachio sauce and Mozartkugel | 6.5
Heisse Schokolade - Hot Chocolate served with whipped cream | 5.5
Mozart Kaffee - Double espresso with Mozart liqueur and whipped cream | 8
Espresso with hot frothy milk served in a glass | 4.9
Cheers!
Hanging out in a cafe is a great way to rest our tired feet from all the walking we had. Neal, April, Mike and me
Loved the pistachio flavor in my hot coco
Dessert option that we didn't get to try
Take a photo at the Albertina
Albertina is one of the most important museums in Vienna which houses great collections of graphic arts in the world. Works by Monet and Picasso can be seen in this museum and it also houses temporary exhibitions.


Albertina
How to go:
Subway | U1, U2 and U4 Karlsplatz station, U3 Stephansplatz station
Bus | Routes 2A Albertina Station
Tram | 1, 2, 62, 71 or D, Badner Bahn Staatsoper/Karntner Ring Stop
It is just right in front of Cafe Mozart


View of Cafe Mozart from Albertina

Opening Time:
Sunday- Tuesday, Thursday- Saturday | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday | 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Ticket Fee:
Adult | € 12.9 
Child | FREE

Because the museum was already closed when we got there and we didn't really intend to visit the museum, we spent a few minutes just to take photos at the famous spot where the movie 'Before Sunrise' was shot. Celine and Jesse sat below the monument of Archduke Albrecht while Jesse recited a lovely poem. The movie was so romantic that I promised myself I will visit some of the famous spots from that movie. 


Albertina Museum
ChaMike doing a Jesse and Celine cinematic pose
Another Before Sunrise spot!
Love this shot by Direk Neal
Eat at Cafe Sperl
Another famous scene from 'Before Sunrise' was in a local cafe but Cafe Sperl is more than just a location in a famous romantic movie. It is built in 1880 so dining here will make you feel you're in the 19th century - faded grandeur and old world ambiance with pool tables, newspapers, piano and a pianist that plays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm every Sunday will take you back in time. 

Cafe Sperl
How to go:
Subway | U1, U2 and U4 Karlsplatz station, U4 Kettenbruckengasse station
If you are coming from Naschmarkt, the cafe is just a 3 minute walk from there

Opening Time:
Monday - Saturday | 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday | 11:00 am - 8:00 pm


We found it
Cafe Sperl was where we had our dinner. This cozy cafe was not that crowded when we went there, though we waited for a couple of minutes so that we could sit in one of the booths for that complete Before Sunrise experience.

Old Viennese but cozy and charming cafe
We got the spot!
Wiener Schnitzel | € 11.40 
A very thin breaded panfried cutlet Turkey with salad and cranberries
Mike's order, it is one of the national dishes in Austria. It's really tasty and very filling.

Wiener Schnitzel
Sperl Risotto | € 7.70
with parmesan and cheese salad.
My order. It is one for the cafe's specialty and recommendation. Loved this too!

Sperl Risotto 
Schinkenfleckerl | € 7.50
pasta with ham and salad
April's order which she also loved.

Schinkenfleckerl
Apple Strudel | €3.30
traditional pastry dish in Austria
We didn't pass the chance of tasting this as it is a popular pastry dish in this country. It was delectable.

Apple Strudel
Cafe Sperl is where the famous telephone chat of Jesse and Celine took place so of course Mike and I recreated the scene.

Channeling Jesse and Celine <3
Spot a celebrity
While randomly walking from Kunsthistorisches Museum to Volksgarten we saw a crowd of locals and press people waiting at the barricade. We asked what the commotion was all about and a local said they were all waiting for Prince Charles and Camilla! Good thing we weren't in a hurry so we joined the crowd and waited for the royal highness. I was completely in awe when I saw Camilla walking towards us. She even shook hands with some supporters before leaving the place, it was so surreal! Sadly Prince Charles went to the opposite direction so I had no clear photo but I did see him from afar nonetheless. 

Waiting for the royal highness
Princess Camila!
I was so close!
Princess Camilla walking towards a crowd of people
The press was all over. Goodbye, my Princess!
Eat Vienna Sausage
I know Filipinos are very familiar with the canned good, "Vienna sausage," which is a staple in some household. Since Vienna sausage is one of Mike's favorites he really wanted to try an authentic Vienna sausage and good thing we stumbled upon a kiosk selling all sorts of sausages. In Europe, Vienna sausage taste like frankfurter but longer and thinner as compared to the Vienna sausage that we know which is shorter, smoked and canned. 

Vienna sausage stand
Waiting for our orders
The European version is fried and is accompanied by mustard and bread. It's juicy and very tasty, I like the European Vienna sausage more.

My European style Vienna sausage
It's as if Mike found a gem!
Yummy!!!
Listen to classical music along the street
In Europe, you will encounter so many musicians on the streets playing classical music of different kinds of instruments. It's a feast for our ears every time we hear them play so don't miss the chance of appreciating the free treat once you spot one.

How romantic
You will encounter so many musicians with a horse head around Vienna. A bit creepy.
Hang out and dine at the MuseumsQuartier 
MuseumsQuartier is the largest cultural quarters in the world. It is an art complex that offers renowned museums, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Although we didn't visit any of the museums, we went there to have our lunch and took a picture at an old-school photo booth.


Museumquartier
Combination of baroque structure and modern architecture
A Photo Booth!
Had to take a picture here
Ultimate Vienna souvenir
Dined at Glacis Beisl, a restaurant that has a beautiful garden tucked away off the beaten track in the MuseumsQuartier. They serve classic Viennese cuisine and large selection of Austrian wines. 


Lunch at Glacis Beisl
DMuf's and ChaMike
Aside from the list of things that we did in Vienna here are some of the activities that you can do

Watch an Opera at the Vienna State Opera
Vienna State Opera is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Being the City of Music it is highly recommended to watch and experience an opera whenever you're in Austria. Too bad we were pressed for time so we weren't able to schedule a visit. 

Vienna State Opera
Go Shopping
There is a wide selection of designer brands in Austria and shopping here is highly recommended but because it is the first city went to, we opted to save our shopping agenda for the other cities we will visit. 



Walking along the shopping street
It was so tempting but we only window shopped 
Again, we only window shopped. But we're kinda hoping our boys will offer a Prada
It was a jam-packed two days in Vienna but we enjoyed roaming around the highly developed city. After our tour in Vienna we rode a train going to Venice, Italy via OBB. 

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