Weekend in Vienna
With over 27 castles and 150 historic buildings, Vienna stands out among the cities that have 1000 or more things to do, and to see. Its historic center is called Inner Stade and it is the area with the most museums and attractions. A single weekend in Vienna is not enough to visit all the beauties of the capital. We will try to point out some of the most interesting.
Hurry up the classic check-in operations at the hotel, it's time to start the journey.
DAY 1 WEEKEND IN VIENNA
It starts from the beautiful old town, to explore the wonderful Austrian capital. The Cathedral of Santo Stefano it is an obligatory stop for every tourist visiting Vienna, with the spire dominating the city.
The most important Gothic monument of Austria is the symbol of Vienna: on the outside the eye is captured by the magnificent roof formed by 250.000 colored tiles that draw the Austrian coat of arms, and the elegant bell tower, affectionately called Steffl (Stefanino) with its tapered spire.
It has four towers, of which the highest is the south tower with its 136,44 meters. On its top you arrive via a staircase of 343 steps: from here, wonderful is the city view. Not to be missed the impressive Treasure of the Duomo, including artistic relics, decorated with gold and precious gems; the building also houses numerous tombs of important historical figures.
Timetables: open Monday - Saturday 06: 00 - 22: 00; Sundays and holidays 7: 00 - 22: 00.
Prezzi: 'sentrance is free, but during the religious services it is not possible to go beyond the initial part of the Duomo.
There are several possibilities for guided tours: rates vary depending on the choice, age and number of participants. The cost of the guided tour is 5 €
For info and updates, you can consult the official website
Always in the historic center, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), is the symbol of the city. Unmissable stop during your Vienna Weekend. QThis majestic palace was the residence of the Habsburgs, a symbol of elegance and royalty, and for a long time the political center of the Austrian Empire. IS formed by a complex of buildings of different periods, and extends for a surface of about 240.000 square meters. (18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2600 rooms).
Do not miss the 18 rooms of the Royal apartments, the Museo delle Argenterie, the Sissi Museum, the famous and unforgettable Princess.
In the interior of the Hofburg (entrance from the courtyard of the Swiss), there is the Schatzkammer, or the Imperial Treasury Chamber that collects the sacred and profane Hapsburg treasure. The museum houses objects of inestimable value.
Anyone wishing to get there directly by public transport can use the MU3, Herrengasse stop; Tram: 1, 2, D, J, Burgring stop; Bus: 2A or 3A, Hofburg stop.
Open all the days, including holidays, from September to June from 09: 00 to 17: 30; July and August from 9 to 18. The adult ticket costs 13.90 €; reduced for children (6 - 18 years), 8.20 €. Through this link, you can buy the ticket tickets for the Palace and the Treasure Museum, A SPECIAL PRICE.
Kunst Haus - Hundertwasser Museum, is the next stage of the Weeekend in Vienna. Bright surfaces with irregular shapes, many of them covered in lush greenery: the way chosen by the painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000). It is located in the third district of Vienna.
Started in the 1989 and inaugurated in the 1991, it hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated entirely to Hundertwasser, his philosophy, his work in painting, graphics and architecture. The easiest way to get to the Kunsthaus in Vienna is by the 1 tram, getting off at the stop O Radetzkyplatz.
Kunst Haus Wien - Hundertwasser Museum, is open every day, including holidays, from 10: 00 to 18: 00. The full ticket costs 12.00 €; reduced for children, 5.00 €. FREE WITH VIENNA CITY PASS.
At just 5 minutes of walking from the Kunsthaus previously visited there is the genius of this great Austrian character, painter, sculptor, visionary, who gave birth to some of the most eccentric and bizarre buildings in all of Europe. In the neighborhood Landstrasse, to give value to a slightly degraded area, Hundertwasser has created asymmetrical houses, bright colors and rich in green.
More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and terraces of the Hundertwasserhaus transform the building into a green oasis in the heart of the city. Only the exterior of the Hundertwasserhaus can be visited.
Kanoa now recommends a stop at plachuttas gasthaus zur opera after this first Viennese full-immersion, right in the center; you can get there in Metro (Karlsplatz). This typical restaurant offers good dishes, textures such as the local specialty: the Wiener Schnitzel; average prices.
Before the end of the day, the inevitable ride on the Ferris Wheel, one of the symbols of the city. Hosted in the Prater, a public park among the most famous and well-known in the world, is a major stop especially on holiday with children. The Wheel, high 117 meters, offers an absolutely magnificent view over the whole city. Among rides and fantastic attractions, the show and the fun are really guaranteed.
DAY 2 WEEKEND IN VIENNA
What you need to start the day is certainly a "flaky" breakfast: go to the Konditorei Heiner, located right in the center. You can get there by metro at the stop Stephanplatz; this place offers excellent coffee and delicious cakes, among which, of course, the Viennese specialties such as the Sächer.
The Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) it is one of the most important museums in the world; Unmissable stop on your Weekend in Vienna. that you are passionate, or less. It was commissioned by the emperor Franz Joseph to house the vast and rich collections of the House of Habsburg
This imposing museum in the neo-Renaissance style, houses masterpieces covering five millennia, from Ancient Egypt through Ancient Greece until the end of the eighteenth century. The Pinacoteca includes exceptional works by Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tiziano, Velázquez and Vermeer, as well as the largest collection in the world of Bruegel's paintings. In Kunstkammer Vienna there are on display the most beautiful works of art, exotic finds from distant climes and mystical-magical finds. Do not miss the famous "Saliera" by Benvenuto Cellini.
To visit the museum, you must reach only the Museums of the Historic Center. By bus, U2 and U3 lines, getting off at the stop. Volkstheater. Tram D, 1, 2, 71; 2A bus, 57A.
The museum is open, from June to August, every day from 10: 00 to 18: 00. On Thursday, postponed closing at 21: 00. From September to May from Tuesday to Sunday from 10: 00 to 18: 00 (Thursday from 10 to 21). Closed every Monday. The full ticket costs 15.00 €; children and teenagers up to 19 years free. You can buy the salatalfila ticket, avoiding the queues at the box office, directly from this link, without commissions.
Although we are quite reluctant to recommend the visit of another museum, in such a short space of time, we propose an excursus to the Albertina Museum, which can be reached after a walk of just 10 minutes from the Museum of Art History. In the area, however, there are several cafes and clubs to regain energy (especially mental) and recharge your batteries!
Albertina Museum (from the name of its founder, Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen) houses one of the most complete and prestigious collections in the world of graphic art from the 14th century.
The collection counts 50.000 drawings and watercolors, and over a million prints by ancient and modern artists, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Cranach the Elder, Dürer, Rubens, Klimt, Picasso, Goya, Chagall, Monet, Cézanne, Mirò, Kokoschka, Rothko, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Richter, Katz, exposed to the public in rotation.
With a little luck, you will be able to admire the famous "Hare" by Dürer, considered the jewel and the symbol of the museum.
Timetables: every day from 10 to 18 (on Wednesday from 10 to 21). Christmas season: 24 December from 10 to 14; 25, 26, 31 December, 1 January from 10 to 18. Prezzi: Adult € 12,90, over 65 € 9,90; students (up to 26 years) € 8,50; children and teenagers up to 19 years free. You can buy tickets directly online from this link.
Undoubtedly you will be a bit 'tired, with all these museums, you have made a full history and art ... There is nothing better than a nice warm place to enjoy a delectable cappuccino, accompanied by the famous cake Sacher. Kanoa recommends the very famous Cafè Central at Herrengassein full Historical Center.
We are sure now that you have been full of energy, there is a Castle to visit now ....!
Schönbrunn Palace, formerly the summer residence of the imperial family, is one of the most beautiful baroque complexes in Europe, designed in French style and open to the public in the 1779.
The castle complex houses, in addition to the Royal Apartments, the Castle Theater, the oldest theater in Vienna (only to be visited during concerts) and the Museum of carriages, where many of the cars of the Court of Vienna are displayed, including the coronation carriage, weighing 4 tons.
The Castle is wonderfully surrounded by a park of 120 Ettari, dotted with statues, fountains (impressive that of Neptune), false Romanesque ruins (Roman ruins), and is full of attractions (for a fee) including the labyrinth, the greenhouse delle Palme (an impressive iron and glass building, the largest of its kind in Europe) and the Zoo, oldest zoo in Europe (1752).
The wonderful Zoo, and the Children's Museum, are a must-see stop on the Weekend in Vienna with children.
Going up to the panoramic terrace (on payment) of the neoclassical portico of the GlorietteBuilt at the top of the hill to commemorate the victory against the Prussians in the 1757, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the park and the whole of Vienna.
How to get: Located outside the historical center, approximately it will take about an hour.
Metro: U4 - Schönbrunn; Tram: 10, 58 - Schönbrunn; Bus: 10A - Schönbrunn.
Timetables: tuevery day (even holidays) from 1 April to 30 June from 8.30 to 17.30;
From 1 July to 31 August from 08.30 to 18.30;
From September 1 to 31 October from 08.30 to 17.30;
From November 1 to 31 March from 08.30 to 17.00.
Several attractions are closed during the period from the end of November to the beginning of March. For this, and other information and updates, it is advisable to consult the official website, from here.
Prices: Grand Tour for adults, € 17.50, reduced € 11.50. FREE WITH VIENNA CITY PASS.
Around the square MargaretenplatzAmong the old Biedermeier-style buildings, several restaurants have been opened, which in summer also offer outdoor tables in the pretty inner courtyards. The area includes the so-called "Schlossquadrat" and some buildings along the Schönbrunner Strasse; in the evening it is very lively and you can choose from an infinite number of places to dine.
Every day, from 10: 00 to midnight, you can climb to 252 meters high, on top of the wonderful Danube Tower. It is the highest building in the entire capital. From here, absolutely magnificent view over the old town, the Donaupark and the Vienna Woods. Two very fast elevators lead to the top, where, comfortably seated in a revolving restaurant, you can admire the view.
You arrive by metro, Linea 1, getting off at the stop Kaisermühlen. With the comfortable VIENNA PASS, ENTRANCE IS FREE. Otherwise, you will have to pay well 14.50 € for admission!
DAY 3 WEEKEND IN VIENNA
Last stop of the holiday and your Weekend in Vienna. In the hope that you have the return flight late in the afternoon, for your morning we recommend a visit to the famous Belvedere in Vienna, to admire Klimt and much more.
Considered one of the most beautiful princely residences in Europe, the CBelvedere's bay it was built between 1714 and 1722 at the behest of Prince Eugene of Savoy, victorious leader of the imperial army and a great art lover.
This work of art, in Baroque style, is built by two castles: the Upper Belvedere and the gazebo Lower. Today there is a collection of Austrian works of art from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The heart of the Belvedere collection consists of the paintings by Gustav Klimt, in particular from his golden paintings "Il bacio" and "Giuditta". In addition to valuable masterpieces of Schiele and of Kokoschka, and works of French Impressionism and masterpieces of the Biedermeier Viennese (Waldmüller, Amerling and Fendi), here are paintings of great masters like Makart, Boeckl, Wotruba, Hausner e Hundertwasser.
The feudal splendor of the aristocratic client is reflected in the Sala delle Grottesche, in the Galleria dei Marmi and in the Sala degli Ori.
How to get:
By Train, Quartier Belvedere Station; S-Bahn, Quartier Belvedere Station; Tram D (stop Schloss Belvedere), n.18 and O (stop Quartier Belvedere); Bus, 69A (stop Quartier Belvedere); Subway: U1 (Südtirolerplatz stop).
Timetables: Upper Belvedere, tfrom the 10 to the 18 days
Lower Belvedere, every day from 10 to 18; on Wednesdays from 10 to 21. Stables every day from 10 to 12.
Official Site: www.belvedere.at.
Kanoa wishes you a good trip and a good weekend in Vienna.