It usually takes several days to one week to fully embrace Vienna’s most beautiful places. But what if you have only a short stay in Vienna like a business trip or a stopover and you want to super-fast embrace the very best of Vienna’s history, culture, architecture, lifestyle, and food. Yes, it’s possible! Here are the Best things to discover in Vienna in the summer within only 4 hours. At the End of this blog post, I have attached a google map of the walking route for your convenience.
Vienna State Opera – Starting Point
Best starting point is obviously the Vienna State Opera in the City Center. You can get there in about 25-35min by taxi from the airport. If you are there take a deep breath …. Yes, you are now in the epicenter of Vienna. See also my Blog post about the Vienna State Opera with many insights and a walk through the opera video for your inspiration
To keep time schedule you probably won’t have time for entering the Albertina museum itself but the view from the Albertinaplatz to the Opera is glorious, time to take your first picture or video. The Albertina museum itself has a very elegant entrance and make sure you visit the museum’s shop.
The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular food market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River, it’s about 1,5km long. Enjoy the exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods and small restaurants.
Hofburg Palace & Michaelerplatz
Head back via the Albertinaplatz and walk via the Augustinerstrasse – Joseph square and Reitschulgasse until you finally arrive at the beautiful Michaelerplatz where you can see Roman ruins as well as several other architectural masterpieces from several centuries, like the Loos house and the Neo-rococo Hofburg entrance and various Hercules statues.
Walk down the famous elegant shopping mile the Vienna Kohlmarkt. Please make sure you have a quick sneak into the famous DEMEL bakery.
Enjoy the walk on the elegant Wiener Graben (click to see my Blogpost) towards the St. Stephens Cathedral with a lot of luxury shopping possibilities. On the left side, you see the wonderful baroque St. Peter’s Church which was built by JL von Hildebrandt in 1703 inspired by the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. The inside of the church makes a stunning impression with its rich interior filled with golden stucco.
St. Stephens Cathedral
Founded in the 12th century this gigantic gothic style cathedral with its 18 altars and various chapels is overwhelming. Well, worth spend a few minutes inside. It’s pretty amazing so let yourself inspired by the interior including one of the greatest treasures the Wiener Neustadt altarpiece (1447) on the left side.
The Mozarthaus Vienna is located in the Domgasse on the backside of the St. Stephens Cathedral. It’s the one one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. Mozart lived there from 1784 – 1787.
Franziskanerplatz and lovely Vienna old backyard
One of the loveliest place in Vienna is the Franziskanerplatz hosting the famous “Kleines Cafe”. Make sure you take some nice pictures here. Continue on Weihburggasse 21 and have a look at the little old Vienna Backyard.
Stadtpark and the Atmosphere rooftop bar at The Ritz-Carlton Vienna
Congrats! You made it! Awesome! If still some time left and you want to enjoy summer in the Vienna parks I would suggest you stroll through the famous Vienna Stadtpark. Finally, embrace the beautiful view over Vienna with a delicious drink or Viennese coffee. You need to check out the Atmosphere rooftop bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Vienna.
Albertinaplatz (Vienna Tourist Center)
St. Peters’s Church
Lovely old Vienna backyard (Weihburggasse 21)