40 pictures to make you fall in love with Vienna

Vienna, Austria’s capital, is a beautiful city. Whether you are looking to enjoy the architecture, the food, the concerts or the people, Vienna has something for everyone. We fell in love and these pictures will show you why.

Vienna, a city where, over 100 years ago, a revolution took place.  Philosophy, physics, music and a culture of art were born here.  It was done with the help of notables such as Schlick, Einstein, Mozart and Egon Schiele.   This UNESCO world-heritage city centre was also the home to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.

The famous St-Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
The famous St-Stephen’s Cathedral

Dubbed the city of music, it is here that we kicked off our epic European train trip.  It set the bar very high for what was to come on our journey through the beautiful old continent that is Europe.  Strolling down the historic streets of Austria’s capital, how could we not fall in love with Vienna?

The National library in Vienna, Austria
The National library

Home to almost 2 million people, Vienna has been voted as one of the top cities to live in year after year.  It boasts some of the most epic castles, museums galore, historic sites, concerts, churches, and the famous Viennese dessert, sachertorte!  Whatever you’re into, you will find it here.

The State Opera House in Vienna, Austria
The State Opera House

The best way to take in this European gem, is by taking a leisurely stroll through the city.  You will be drawn in by the wonderful sights scattered throughout.  Make sure that your camera is handy, as it’s one of the most photogenic cities we’ve been to.

See the fountains in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
See the fountains in the Schönbrunn Palace

Getting lost in the maze of streets is a pleasure, to say the least.  Around every corner, there is architectural beauty ready to greet you.  The State Opera House will fill your ears with enchanting music.  Monet’s French impressionist paintings and Picasso’s surrealism will take you back a century at the Albertina museum.  The Riesenrad, a 200-foot plus ferris wheel, will give you a view of the city like no other.

The Karlskirche in Vienna, Austria
The Karlskirche

Then, treat yourself to the opulent beauty of the many Viennese churches.  You will be excused while you pick your jaw up off the floor, as the sheer beauty and design will leave you awe-struck.  Being no strangers to churches, temples and mosques, we were still taken by the sheer beauty we witnessed.  St Stephan’s, St Charles, St Peter’s, the Votive church, the list goes on and on!  These imposing structures are designed with such an overwhelming sense of luxuriousness, that you would think yourself at the Vatican itself.  They are scattered all over the city, making it easy to turn a street corner and come upon one ready to be discovered.

The opulent Dominikaner Kirche in Vienna, Austria
The opulent Dominikaner Kirche

If grand palaces are more your thing, head to the outskirts of the city, where you will discover the sweet serenity that comes from walking the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace. In yesteryears, it was the summer residence of the Habsburg house (who’s family sigil may remind you of a certain golden-haired ruling family in one of our favourite HBO shows, Game of Thrones).  Today, it can serve as a portal to another time, where you can almost imagine the elite of the past vying for control of the Austrian empire.

Setting up the Christmas tree in front of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
The Schönbrunn Palace

As you walk the peaceful grounds you can daydream of the long history of royalty who called this their home.  The fall colours come to life in the rows of trees that lined the grounds.  You can catch perfect reflections on the many fountains, making the setting even more magical.  The crowning piece of the gardens is the Gloriette, where you will gaze out at the view of the city and the castle.

The spectacular Gloriette in Vienna, Austria
The spectacular Gloriette

The few days that we spent in the capital of Austria were grey and gloomy, but this wouldn’t stop us from marvelling in its beauty and its history.  Visiting this gem, it’s easy to imagine how all of these historical figures made names for themselves, given the inspiring nature that Vienna offers.

The winding Danube river in Vienna, Austria
The winding Danube river

Have you ever been to Vienna?  Did you also fall under its charm?

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Top tips to have the best European train trip

There is something so romantic about train travel, nowhere more so than through the European countryside. But you still have to be prepared. Here are the top tips to have the best train trip possible with the Eurail pass.

Who has never dreamed of exploring Europe by train?

There is something so romantic about train travel, nowhere more so than through the European countryside.  This was a huge bucket list item for us, and was a dream come true for us to partner with Eurail and discover the beauty of this old continent together.


It was also the perfect way to end our 15-month adventure around the world!  With so much to see and do, here’s how we made the most of our train trip through Europe, and how you can too!

Why choose the train?

There is nothing better than sitting back in comfy seats, and enjoying the view out your window.  Watching the scenery change from one stop to the next, from one tunnel to the next, from one country to the next.  You don’t have to worry about strenuous security checks, long lines at customs, or any of the usual hassles that come with flying.

Best of all, train travel can be super spontaneous!  You can show up at a train station on a whim and grab the next train to your location.  We loved having the flexibility to change our plans and take off to a new location without the heavy planning and expensive cost of plane travel!

Passing by the cutest Austrian town on our way to Salzburg
Passing by the cutest Austrian town on our way to Salzburg

In fact, one of the best things about taking the train, is that it’s one of the more eco-friendly ways of traveling.  By now you should know how we love being eco-travelers.  Trains emit between 66 and 75 percent less carbon than cars and airplanes.  Trains are also more sustainable in terms of energy consumption, use of space, and noise levels.

And finally, train travel is by far the most comfortable way to travel across borders.  With smooth turns and solid rails, you can forget the bumpy bus rides or turbulent flights.  With plenty of leg room, and handy tray tables (or even actual tables), working on the train is so much more pleasant that trying to get work done on a plane.  Regardless of if you want to work or just enjoy the ride, the atmosphere in the train feels less crammed and is more enjoyable than any other mode of transportation.

Crossing the river by train on our way to Salzburg
Crossing the river by train on our way to Salzburg

This is why, the train is our all-time favourite!

What Eurail pass to get?

The best choice for your Eurail pass will depend on how many days you want to travel, how many countries you want to explore, and your style of traveling.  For example, the Global pass is available for a few days, up to three months, and can be used all throughout Eurail’s network of 31 countries.  Or, you can opt for a country pass that is valid from one to four countries.

Passing by The Cologne cathedral in Germany by train
Passing by the Cologne cathedral in Germany by train

You can also choose to buy your tickets individually, but this might mean that you spend more money than you expected.  It will also mean that you need to be either very loose with your itinerary, or plan it all out.  Yes, that seems like polar opposites, and there’s a reason for that.

By keeping your itinerary loose, you can show up at the train station and pick your next destination on the fly (which you can also do with a Global pass or a country pass).  Or, you will have to know exactly when you want to go where.  However, you will only be able to buy your ticket to the next destination once you get to the city you are leaving from.  So it really depends on your style of travel.

Passing by Austrian mountains
Passing through the Austrian mountains

When we were debating on what pass to get, we found that the tool on the Eurail website was super helpful to see what pass was best suited for our needs.  We could input how many days of travel we wanted, and what countries we wanted, and voilà!  We were presented with the best option for us!  The 1-month continuous Global pass was it.

Now, we had the flexibility to travel to as many countries as we wanted, when we wantedfor up to 30 days.  If that’s not the ultimate freedom, we don’t know what is!

How to plan your trip?

Our goal was to get the most out of our Eurail pass, but we also wanted to enjoy the cities we visited.  Even if a part of us wanted to do 30 cities in 30 days, we figured that might not be so wise.  Our crazy idea was to visit as many countries as possible, without killing ourselves, so we opted for 13 cities in 30 days (well, 32 days, but you know what we mean!)

Being silly at the Budapest train station, Hungary
Being silly at the Budapest train station, Hungary

Once again, the Eurail website and their Rail Planner app were the best tools we could have asked for!  We could not recommend them highly enough, regardless of what type of traveler you are.  You can pick what city you start from, where you want to go and at what time.  Both tools will show you all trains from start to finish, the number of stops in between, train transfers and if you need a reservation.

So to make your ultimate itinerary, start with the countries you want to visit.  Then pick the cities you want to visit in each country.  Obviously, this is the simplest way to get started.  Now, let’s start having some planning fun!

Looking out the window on our way to Prague
Looking out the window on our way to Prague

Pull up the handy timetables available on the app or on the website and start with your first city (where you’ll be leaving from or where your plane lands).  Then, pick the second city you want to visit.  We found it helpful to look at Eurail’s map and see what the closest connecting city was.  This was done to ensure that we don’t spend too much time on the train, and to check if we could get to the next destination (city #3) easily.

Going one city at a time, you’ll be able to build your itinerary quite quickly.  Just make sure you keep the next city in mind when building it.  This will help you be more efficient with your time on the train.

As for the number of days in each city, that depends on your style of travel and your goals.  We spent two days in each place, knowing we would come back to these countries or cities.  If you want to take your time, then feel free to do that.  This is not a race.  Just go at a pace you are comfortable with!

Day trains vs night trains

Sometimes going from one city to the next via train can take some time, like when we traveled from Prague to Krakow, and then again on towards Bratislava.  That’s why in some cases, your best bet might just be to take a night train.

Our bed for the night on our way to Bratislava
Our bed for the night on our way to Bratislava

By doing this, not only are you saving yourself one night’s accommodations, but you’re also not missing out on time to explore your destination.  You’ll arrive early in the morning, ready to go on your next adventure.

If you have a long trip, usually 8 hours or more, do yourself a favour and take the night train.  You’ll get to your destination nice and rested the next day.  We would recommend grabbing a sleeper car and getting in a good night’s sleep.

Working on the sleeper train on our way to Bratislava
Working on the sleeper train on our way to Bratislava

You could always opt for a regular seat, if you are the type to sleep sitting up easily.  But the seats don’t always recline too much, and you’ll have your head bop around all night (yes, even with a neck pillow), so go ahead and spend the extra money.  Get yourself a cabin, get some good shut eye, and go out to explore the next day!

Cabins are comfy, safe and clean.  The beds are pretty spacious, enough so that Derek (and his whole 6’4″ frame) could even almost fit in them!  You can even choose between a private cabin, or shared cabins (between four and six people).  To us, it was a no-brainer – it made night travel so much fun!

First class vs second class

The price difference between first class and second class on Eurail’s network is not significant.  So if you’re not strapped for cash, we highly recommend opting for first class.  Traveling with the added service and comfort will justify the extra cost, without a doubt!

Our first train ride, heading to Ceske Budejovic
Our first train ride, heading to Ceske Budejovice

If you’re wondering what the differences are, here’s what to expect.  In first class, the seats will recline and are more spacious.  This means there are less people per wagon, making it more comfy and quiet overall.  An added bonus for long-term travelers like us, is that first class wagons usually have more room for luggage as well!  Sometimes, on some high-speed trains, the first class ticket will include a meal.

Second class train tickets are going to be more affordable, but you have a lot less space, because the seats are smaller and there are more per wagon.  Also, because most people travel second class, you may need to reserve your tickets in advance.  Having first class tickets, we never had to worry about pre-booking our spots as there were always seats available on our trains.


If the majority of your train trips are going to be short (1-2 hours long), you may not need to splurge on first class tickets.  Because we had a few days where we spent 5-6 hours on the train, it was well worth it for us to choose first class tickets!

Tips to make the best of your train travel

We learned quite a few things while we were on the train, things we wish we knew before we embarked on this adventure.  We hope these tips will help you avoid some of our mistakes!

Walking through the streets of Bratislava
Walking through the streets of Bratislava

Bring water

This will always be our #1 tip for any type of travel.  Always bring water with you, because water is life!  But being the eco-warriors that we are, we would recommend you bring a reusable water bottle so you can easily fill it up, or get yourself a LifeStraw Go so you can turn any water into drinking water!

Checking out Prague
Checking out the sunset in Prague, Czech Republic

Bring snacks

Not all trains are created equal!  Some trains have a restaurant in them, where you can get drinks, snacks and actual meals.  We tried quite a few items on the train menus across Europe, and we can attest that they are delicious!

The most magical view ever at Lake Bled in Slovenia
The most magical view ever at Lake Bled in Slovenia

But in case you take a train that doesn’t have a restaurant integrated in it, make sure you bring snacks.  This is our #2 rule in life, in travel, and in relationship advice.  You never want to travel with a hangry person, so avoid the situation altogether!

Give yourself time

When you are building your itinerary, check if you have a connection.  If you do, leave yourself enough time between the trains.  The trains are very punctual, so if the change is tight, make sure the connecting train comes often so you don’t have to spend a night in a city if you miss the second train.

A beautiful day in Prague
A beautiful day in Prague

Luckily, we never ended up missing a train, but we did have to run between one platform and the next to make the next train.  Often, we were ok with having 5-10 minutes between them.  We did get lucky however, in the fact that none of our trains were delayed.  And although we ran into some maintenance issues with some trains, the Rail Planner app made it easy for us to get back on the right track, so it was fine!

Make your reservation early

Most of the trains we took did not require a reservation, so we would just hop on the train and pick an empty seat.  However, some trains to more popular cities require reservations.  If they do, make the reservation as early as you can!

Jumping for joy in Amsterdam
Jumping for joy in Amsterdam

For us, it was our train to Paris that needed a special reservation.  We thought we would be ok reserving our seats 24 hours ahead of time, but we were wrong!  We couldn’t get on the specific train we wanted, so we had to take a few connections to get to a location that had 2 free seats into Paris.  We made it all the same, but having known this, we would have made the reservations online much earlier!

Enjoying the sunset in the main square of Ceske Budejovice
Enjoying the sunset in the main square of Ceske Budejovice

Also, if you are traveling in the high season (summer in Europe is a dream), make sure you reserve your tickets in advance.  Trains tend to fill up faster, especially in second class.

Not all trains are created equally

Depending on the country you’re in, if it’s a ‘international’ train or a local one, you will notice that there is sometimes a huge difference in services, comfort, and amenities.

Working and chilling in 1st class on the train
Working and chilling in 1st class on the train

Before you get on the train, you can always check what is included online or on the app.  This will help you be more prepared for the trip to come.  We sometimes found out the hard way that a train was not equipped with Wifi or power outlets (even in first class), which made working on it a little harder.

Validate your tickets

Before you board your first train, make sure you get it validated at the station.  You will also need to fill out the travel form so the staff can stamp it.  These are not long to do, but to avoid any problems and save time in the long run, make sure you do them!

Kissing in front of the Hundertwasser house in Vienna
Kissing in front of the Hundertwasser House in Vienna

Find a hotel near the train station

Going from one city’s train station to the next every other day meant finding a hotel near the train station.  Being able to hop off the train and simply walk to your hotel means you don’t need to find transportation after your train ride, and makes for easy timing when you need to go catch your next train.


Seemingly every European city’s train stations are usually situated close by to the old parts of town, where you will likely be spending most of your time.

Ask the staff

The staff on the train, and working at the counters were probably the nicest people we have met!  They were all so helpful and accommodating, especially when it came to getting those reserved tickets to Paris.

Wandering through Ceske Budejovice
Wandering through Ceske Budejovice

Don’t be shy, just go ask them if you’re confused about your platform, your wagon or seats.

Count your days

This mainly applies to Canadian and US residents.  We found this out the hard way, though luckily, not the expensive way!


As Canadians, we have a limit as to how many days we can stay in Europe, and more specifically, the Schengen area.  This area is a made up of 26 European countries that created common entry and exit requirements to remove the need for internal borders.  This same agreement allows us foreigners to travel freely between these countries without having to go through border controls.  This is super convenient for sure!

We don’t need a visa to travel to these countries for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, so 3 months out of 6.  If you leave the Schengen area and return within the same 6-month period, the previous stay counts against the permitted 90 days.

Enjoying the view on our way to Prague
Enjoying the view on our way to Prague, Czech Republic

If you plan to stay for longer than 90 days, you have to contact the high commission or embassy of the country or countries you are traveling and obtain the appropriate visa before you travel.  If you don’t obtain the appropriate visa and you stay longer than the 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported.  So count your days and make sure you avoid any troubles!

Our itinerary

Just in case you were curious, or crazy enough to attempt the 13 cities in 30 days, here is what our itinerary looked like.

Our one month itinerary through Europe
Our one month itinerary through Europe

We ended up staying two nights in each city.  This gave us about two days to explore each city.  We started our adventure in Vienna, Austria, then headed to the Czech Republic to visit České Budějovice and Prague.  We then took a night train to Krakow, Poland and after two full days there, we were off to Bratislava in Slovakia.

We took another night train to head to Budapest in Hungary.  Then, it was Zagreb, Croatia, followed by Ljubljana in Slovenia.  We then made our way back to Austria, checking out Salzburg this time.  Then we met up with friends for 3 days in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Romance in Bratislava
Romance in Bratislava, Slovakia

As our month was coming to an end, we spent a single night in Frankfurt, then four days in Amsterdam, two days in Maastricht and finally made our way to Paris, where we headed back home from!

If we were to redo the trip, we would probably take an extra day in each city.  Not that we didn’t have a blast doing it this way, but it did get tiring after a while, and we would have loved to visit more of each place.

No visit to Budapest is complete without hitting up the baths
No visit to Budapest is complete without hitting up the baths

We loved our month long adventure though Europe.  We discovered so many cities.  We traveled in comfort and style the whole way through.  We were able to get work done easily, either catching up on blogging, or even planning the itinerary for the city we were getting to.  Overall, we could not have imagined a better way to end this 15-month trip.

Disclaimer:  This article is produced as a part of our collaboration with Eurail.  We were given 2 one-month Global passes that allowed us to travel by train through Europe.  However, all the opinions and commentary in this article are our own unbiased account of our trip.

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Things to do in Vienna: Your ultimate city guide

If you are looking to expolre Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria, here are our recommendations. Discover what to see, where to go, how to get around, and where to stay.

Vienna.  The beautiful capital of Austria is said to be the “city of dreams”, for being the birthplace of Sigmund Freud.  To us, Vienna was the start of our epic train trip through Europe, and it couldn’t have been a better place to kick things off.

Without surprise, Vienna has often been voted the most livable city in the world, due to its high quality of life ratings, as well as culture, infrastructure, and many markets.  The city is often cited as a leading example of urban planning and we can totally see why.  It was such a lovely city to walk around!

Wediditourway St Stephen's Cathedral Vienna Asutria
We are in awe of the St Stephen’s Cathedral

Although we managed to see everything in 2 days, we would suggest a full 4-day trip to Vienna.  Here are our recommendations for what to see, where to go, how to get around, and where to stay.

When to go

Well, anytime is a great time to visit the city, but it really depends on what you’re looking for.  The summer is probably the nicest weather, and it’s when the locals leave, but the tourists come in.

Wediditourway Schonbrunn Palace garden Vienna Austria
Strolling through the Gardens at the Schönbrunn Palace was one of our favourite things to do in Vienna

During the winter, you are in a Christmas fairytale, with all the markets, lights and snow that make the city look dreamy.  Just make sure you’re there starting in mid-November, if not they’ll be setting everything up and you won’t see a thing.  This is exactly what happened to us!

The fall and spring are fine, there won’t be much going on, and the weather is a little-hit-or-miss.  The main advantage is that there are far fewer tourists.

What to do

There are a 1,000 things to do in Vienna, from the very chic to options for budget travelers, from museums to parks,  palaces and so much more.  Don’t be shy to explore all your options.

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace

This was probably our favourite site in Vienna.  If you like walking through nature and gardens, viewing spectacular statues and monuments, you will love the Schönbrunn Palace.  The Palace started as a mansion for the Roman Emperor Maximilian II, who used the grounds to hunt, back in the 17th century.  Today, it’s our dream home and garden!

Schonbrunn Palace front Vienna Austria
The view from the front entrance of the Schönbrunn Palace

Although you need to pay to enter the summer palace, walking the grounds is free, and they are immense.  We would suggest taking a good hour and a half here to really enjoy nature.  If you want to go in the palace, you will need more time.  It’s a good idea to bring a snack and some water, if you plan on staying as long.

Schonbrunn Palace from the garden Vienna Austria
The view of the Schönbrunn Palace from the Gloriette grounds

This is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist destinations, so be prepared to see large crowds, depending on when you go.  It isn’t so bad in the gardens though, as they are huge.


The Gloriette is a structure located on a 60-metre hill overlooking the Schönbrunn Palace.  It offers the best view of the palace, and of the entire city of Vienna.

Gloriette Vienna Austria
The beautiful Gloriette in Vienna

Not to many people head up this way, so you’ll have tons of photo opportunities here.  It’s also a great place to lie back on the grass, and maybe have a picnic on a nice day.

Hofburg Palace

Welcome to the home of Austrian president, Alexander Van der Bellen.  This palace was built in the 13th century, and has been expanded many times since.  Today, you can walk the grounds freely and visit one of the many expositions at its museums.

Hofburg palace Vienna Austria
Welcome to the stunning Hofburg Palace, home to the President and many museums

You can also walk the gardens, known as the Volksgarten, or the Heldenplatz, another beautiful public space in front of the Hofburg Palace.

Belvedere palace

Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit this 17th century palace.  Did we mention that you need 4 days to take in all the sites in Vienna!  But if you have the time, it is a must.  It resembles the Schönbrunn Palace in the sense that it is set on vast lands with huge gardens and fountains.

Hundertwasser house

This architectural gem is located in the Landstraße district of Vienna.  Unlike any other house in Vienna, it is a colourful masterpiece brought to life by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and architect Joseph Krawina.

Hundertwasser house Vienna Austria
Breaking through the monotony of grey houses, this is the colourful Hundertwasser house

There is also the museum called the KunstHausWien which is the only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser’s works.  It’s a few steps away from the apartment complex, but boasts an equally cool design.


Located in Vienna’s 2nd district, the Prater is a officially known as the Wurstelprater amusement park but is best known as being home to the world’s oldest ferris wheel, that was built in 1897.

Prater ferris wheel Vienna Austria
The world’s oldest (and probably scariest) ferris wheel

We didn’t go on the ferris wheel, because to be honest, it looks old as hell!  Anthony Bourdain went on it when he visited Vienna for his “No Reservations” show, and he was slightly freaked out… and nothing freaks Anthony out, so that was a good warning for us!

Wurstelprater amusement park Vienna Austria
The entrance to the famous Prater in Vienna. Christmas markets are getting set up

The park was closed when we got there as it usually takes a break during winter months, so if the plan is to ride the coasters here, make sure it’s open.  However, as you can see, they do set up Christmas markets there in the winter, so try and catch them when they’re open.

Check out a museum or two

We rarely visit museums, especially on this trip considering how little time we had in each city.  But if you have the time and like museums, these are the places to go.


This whole area is home to Vienna’s most prominent museums showcasing everything from modern and contemporary art and architecture, to hosted events in technology and fashion.

Museum quarter Vienna Austria
The entrance to Vienna’s famous MuseumsQuartier


The Albertina is one of the biggest exhibitions showcasing drawings and old master prints, with permanent and temporary exhibits.  From Monet, to Picasso and Warhol, you will get your fix of the fine arts here.

Albertina Vienna Austria
The Albertina Museum, the place to take in the fine arts, ,and get a gorgeous view of the State Opera from the balcony

Visit some of the fabulous churches

There are a ton of churches in Vienna.  Seriously, there’s probably one on every city block!  These are the ones that stood out to us

St Stephen’s Cathedral

This Roman Catholic cathedral, also known by its German name Stephansdom, is home to the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn.  Located in the Stephansplatz, or the central plaza, it is the most important religious building in Vienna and one of its most recognizable sites in town.

St Stephen's Cathedral Vienna Asutria
No tour of Vienna is complete without stopping at St Stephen’s cathedral

Construction of this church was completed in 1160, but it was reconstructed and expanded until 1511.  Today, it is getting a slight facelift, but you can still get a great view of it, and visit inside as well.  If you want an amazing view of the city, and of the church’s intricate roof, you can climb up the stairs on the South tower or take the lift up to the North Tower, for 8 euros.

St Stephen's Cathedral rooftop view Vienna Austria
The view of St Stephan’s roof and the city of Vienna from the North Tower

St Peter’s Church

Also know as Peterskirche, this is a baroque styled Roman Catholic church.  Dating back to the year 1733, it boasts one of the most spectacular turreted dome ceilings we have ever seen.

Not only is it gorgeous to look at from outside, it’s also quite beautiful inside as well.  Make sure you take a moment to go in and check it out for yourself, everything from the ornate details to the beautiful architecture.


The Vortishkirche is a Neo-Gothic church that was built in 1879.  It was built to thank God for saving the Emperor, Franz Joseph, after an assassination attempt on his life in 1853.

Vortishkirche outside Vienna Austria
Vortishkirche is another one of Vienna’s beautiful churches

Like the St Stephen’s Cathedral, it is also undergoing restoration but you can still go inside, as you should.  What caught our eye about this church was its guided altar, which was constructed with inspiration from Italian gothic churches.


Built in 1737, it was constructed after the great plague and dedicated by the Roman Emperor Charles IV to Saint Charles Borromeo, known as a healer for plague sufferers.

Karlskirche outside Vienna Austria
Make sure you take a look inside Karlskirche, it’s beautiful

Unlike the 3 previous churches, you must pay to enter the Karlskirche, which we decided not to do.  We are kind of kicking ourselves about it though, because we were able to get a glimpse inside, and it did look quite spectacular!

Parliament building

The Austrian Parliament Building has been the seat of the Austrian government since 1883, and underwent a massive reconstruction after World War II after being heavily damaged.  The building’s architectural design is clearly Greek, with white marble columns adorning the front of the entrance.

Parlament building Vienna Austria
The beautiful Austrian Parliament building (photographed while under construction)

Tours inside the parliament are possible, you can even sit in on a National Council sitting.


Vienna’s City Hall, the home of the Viennese local government, was also constructed in 1883.  The mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, lives in this Neo-gothic building.  We would have loved to join him for some coffee and cake, but he was slightly busy.

Rathaus Vienna City Hall Austria
The beautiful Rathaus in Vienna

Like the Parliament building, you can get a guided tour of the City Hall on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at 1pm.  While we were there, they were setting up the Christmas markets, so we did not have a chance to see it in all its glory.

The Wiener Staatsoper

The State Opera House, or Wiener Staatsoper, has shows almost every day of the year.  You can see anything from classical music, to the Opera or a ballet.  When in Vienna, seeing a show here is a must!

State Opera House Wiener Staatsoper Vienna Austria
The beautiful State Opera in Vienna

Apart from that, the building itself is just stunning, from the inside and out.  It really looks like a place that only the aristocracy used to grace, but now-a-days, we can all visit!

Schmetterling Haus

Inside this tropical oasis, you will find over 400 butterflies floating through the exotic setting, full of plants and waterfalls.  It was created to be as close to their natural environment as possible.  Constructed in the beginning of the 20th century, it was a recluse for Emperor Franz Josef and his wife, the Empress Sisi.

Schmetterling Haus butterfly house Vienna Austria
The mesmerizing Schmetterling Haus

But now-a-days we can all wander through this encapsulated wonder and watch the loveliest of insects.  We would have gone in, but one of us is scared of anything that flies… can you guess who?!

Austrian national library

The largest library in Austria, boasting over 12 million items, the Austrian national library is a beautiful site to see.  You can visit it and check out its various museums.  Just make sure you get your tickets online so you skip the line and jump into exploring right away!

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The entrance to the Austrian national library

Favourite Vienna Eats


Derek’s top pick was a dish of roasted pork with sauerkraut at Schachtelwirt.  This little hole in the wall restaurant has a limited menu of freshly made delicious meals.  Make sure you get there early enough, because when they’re out of something, they’re out!  Also good to know is that they have one vegetarian meal available, which was also delicious.


This restaurant was recommended by our hotel, and they were right.  If you want typical Austrian meals prepared right, this is the place.  Carine’s favourite meal here was the dumpling trio (beet, spinach and mushrooms). Each one was delicious in its own way.  Derek also loved the schnitzel here, served with a sweet jam. His new favourite combo!

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Dumplings at Hemmers

Café Sacher

You just cannot come to Vienna and not try some of the local pastries.  When it comes to the best of the best, you must try the the famous sachertorte at Café Sacher.  As the name indicates it, this is the home to the original sachertorte.  We had it and it was just so rich and chocolaty.  We also tried the apple strudel and it may have been even more delicious than the torte, but it depends who you ask!

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No trip to Vienna is complete without the world famous sachertorte

Side note, apparently having gelato in Vienna is a must as well.  We didn’t try any, because it was cold, but we believe the hype!  So if the weather permits, and the mood is right, treat yo’self to some yummy gelato.

Where to stay

Our favourite place to stay in Vienna is the Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna.  Conveniently located near the Landstraße subway, right as you get off the CAT, it’s so close to everything you want to visit, whether its Vienna’s famous landmarks or the business district, if you’re here for work.


We throughly enjoyed their brand of lean luxury.  They focus on making the important things count, while doing away with anything superficial.  The rooms are the perfect size, and have the coolest shower we have ever seen.  They also come with a complimentary smartphone, with data, so you can roam the city freely, without worrying about getting lost.  The best feature is the super comfy and big bed (which is a must when you travel with a gentle giant like Derek).  It was so comfy that we barely wanted to get up in the morning.

Ruby Sophie Hotel lobby Vienna Austria
Great place to chill out

Luckily, they serve a delicious breakfast in the main lounge.  With locally sourced and organic ingredients, this amazing buffet was the perfect way to start our days of exploration.  The main lounge is also where you can grab a drink for happy hour (hosted daily) and catch some live music on certain dates.

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Also a great place to grab a drink!

All in all, we loved our stay at Ruby Sofie Hotel Vienna.  This design hotel has everything you need to have an amazing time in Vienna.  And if this guide wasn’t helpful enough, just ask the staff there to help you.  They are super friendly and awesome with local tips and recommendations!

How to get there

From the airport to the city

When you land at the Vienna International Airport (VIE), the fastest way into the city centre is to take the city airport train, or CAT.  It takes 15 minutes to get you there, and will cost you 12€ (which is a little pricey, but can be convenient).  It will take you straight to Wien Mitte where you can grab another subway connection.  The tickets for the CAT are sold at ticket machine by the luggage claim, or at the entrance of the CAT platform.  Make sure you get yours because they do check them on board.

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Want to get to the Vienna city centre quickly from the airport? Jump on the CAT


Alternatively, you can get to the Vienna city centre by taking a local OBB train.  This option is still convenient, and is less expensive than the CAT.

There are a few train stations in Vienna, such as Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof and Wien Meidling.  If you are headed anywhere else in Europe after your stay in Vienna, we highly suggest taking the train.  There are plenty of routes, and your choice of destinations are limitless.

Not only is it convenient, and cheaper than flying, the environmental impact is much lower too.

Extra travel tips

Depending on what you are looking to do, you may want to get the Vienna City Card.  If you want to go to museums, take the Hop On/Hop off bus, or check out some of the city’s paying attractions, this is the card for you.  It will offer you discounts or free entry to what you want to do.  It also includes free use of the public transportation system.

If you plan on moving around a lot, but without visiting the many sights in the city, you can opt for a 24, 48 or 72-hour pass for the public transport.  You can either buy your tickets at a stand (make sure you validate them before you take the subway, or directly on buses and trams.  You can also buy your passes online.

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The gloriette near the Schönbrunn Palace is an awesome place to relax and have a picnic

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting Vienna for the 2 days we had.  With such a rich history, and beautiful areas to visit in and around town, we must have walked 10 miles a day.  Like we mentioned, if you have the time, take at least 4 or 5 days here.  It will give you enough time to visit museums, take in some shows and explore the city at a leisurely pace.

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