Vienna is a beautiful European city with stunning architecture, gorgeous parks and charming cafés. I had the chance to visit this beautiful city in October on my recent epic Eurotrip and below I share with you the details of our one day in Vienna. (My full itinerary of the Eurotrip can be found here!)
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Vienna South as the hotel offered parking. I would not recommend this hotel as it is far from downtown Vienna, our room was very dark and not that spacious. Next time, I would prefer to stay closer to downtown Vienna and rent a car after leaving the city.
Schöbrunn Palace in Vienna
We visited Schönbrunn Palace in the morning, which was only a 10 minute drive from our hotel. A visit to this beautiful palace is a must when staying in Vienna. We purchased our tickets online for the Classic Pass a couple of days before to avoid waiting in line. I highly recommend you do this if you plan on visiting the palace.
The Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg family. The palace is majestic and absolutely stunning. We toured the palace and its most famous rooms. I can’t imagine living in such a huge house!
What I loved most about Schönbrunn Palace were the gardens. Even in late October and on a cloudy morning, they were so enjoyable to walk around in. There is so many beautiful trees, a maze, fountains and fall flowers. I want to come back in the spring or summer to experience the beauty of the gardens in peak flower season!
Lunch at Café Landtmann
After the palace, we drove central Vienna to sightsee the city’s most famous attractions. Since it was the weekend, parking was free. We parked near Café Landtmann and decided to have lunch there as I remembered this famous café has delicious pastries from my first trip to Vienna. I had the vegetarian main course meal which was creamed spinach with roasted potatoes and a fried egg. It was delicious.
Volksgarten & the Parliament
After lunch, the sun came out so we decided to head over to Volksgarten which is a quick 5 minute walk from Café Landtmann. Right in the heart of the city, the park and gardens are absolutely charming. There are benches all around the gardens, making it the perfect place to relax after a warm meal.
Near Volksgarten is the Viennese Parliament. It is a splendor white building that can’t be missed. Unfortunately it was being renovated during our visit.
After walking around the gardens and Parliament, we headed over to Stephansplatz, which is the famous square in the center of Vienna. It was about a 25 minute walk. Located in the center of the square is the famous St. Stephan Cathedral. With its Gothic and Romanesque architecture, the Cathedral is very impressive.
The area around Stephansplatz has many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. On the famous Kohlmarkt street, you will find high end designers and boutiques like Chanel and Dior. It is a great place to shop or simply stroll around. We spent a couple of hours in this area, walking around, sipping coffee and taking photos.
The Vienna Opera House
After the Hofburg Palace, we headed back to Ring Road and walked over to the Vienna Opera House. As we were by the Opera House in the evening, a performance was about to start and we saw people dressed beautifully in gowns and suits as they awaited the show. It made me want to go to the opera next time I visit Vienna!
On our way back to the car, we stopped by Hofburg Palace. The Hofburg Palace is the former principal palace of the Habsburg dynasty family. Today it is like the White House for our American presidents – it serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.
I’m so happy I had the chance to visit Vienna again. Is this city on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!