Waltz, wine & cultural highlights – for an eventful summer holiday in Vienna
Welcome to Vienna!
The capital of Austria is without doubt one of the most historically-charged and vibrant cities in Europe – the mid-European metropolis offers possibilities for leisure activities as far as the eye can see. The pleasant temperatures during the summer months invite tourists from around the world to exciting outdoor activities. Although known worldwide for its impressive cultural programme, Vienna has to offer even more than just that. Regardless of what you are planning to visit during your stay in Vienna – the centrally located AllYouNeed Hotels are the ideal starting point for numerous activities.
Much more than "just" culture - enjoy your summer in Vienna with AllYouNeed
Combining tradition with modern lifestyle is a typical Viennese masterpiece. In Vienna it's always just a few steps away from magnificent landmarks, from long gone imperial times to innovative symbols of a pulsating metropolis. Despite the Viennese “Gemütlichkeit” (laid back style), that can be best enjoyed in a café or at a Heurigen (wine cellars), there’s still enough time for art, culture and fun. And an excursion into the exciting nightlife is a must.
The AllYouNeed tour guide for a memorable summer holiday in Vienna
It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, interested in food, on your honeymoon or travelling with the whole family – Vienna will never disappoint you. In order to help you choose from the wide variety of sights in Vienna, we’ve compiled a list of different ways to see Austria’s capital city in our tour guide.
A summer holiday in Vienna on a small budget
- Relaxing in the green parks and gardens: The famous gardens of Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Castle are an absolute must see you should not miss out on. In the Sigmund Freud Park in front of the Votive Church you can enjoy the sunbeams on comfortable deckchairs.
- Restful sunbathing on the Danube Island of Vienna. The local recreation area can be easily reached via line 1 of the subway (U1). With a length of more than 20 km, the island offers plenty of spots for some comfortable hours at the river. Looking for the perfect place for some idyllic and romantic hours in the evening? Then the Old Danube is definitely worth a visit.
- Explore Vienna’s Ringstraße by strolling around the old city centre or discover many of the enchanting little alleyways in the first district of Vienna.
- Enjoy the unique view over Vienna from the Gloriette, which is located in the park of Schönbrunn Palace.
- In Vienna, even the scenery of some cemeteries is impressive. From the extensive area of the Vienna Central Cemetery to the cemeteries in St. Marx, Hitzing and Grinzing: these historically charged places are definitely worth a visit.
- Apart from that, Vienna has to offer many more tourist attractions where admission is free. Some of the most popular ones are the Lainz Game Preserve or the Vienna Prater.
- Experience operas live and outdoors: in September selected performances of the Vienna State Opera will be shown live on screen on the square in front of the Opera House. 45 minutes before the film begins and during the intermissions information will be presented about that particular work, the cast, the Vienna State Opera, and the performances.
Entrance is free.
- Visit performances at Vienna State Opera: The State Opera is a must for every music enthusiast. Cheap standing rooms are only sold at the box office the same day (at the foyer of the State Opera, Entrance Operngasse, opening 80 minutes before performance begin).
- Best entertainment at the film festival and summer cinema at the townhall square. In July and August, plays from operas, ballet- and jazz plays will be performed.
The plays start at nightfall.
Entrance is free.
- Original Hoch- und Deutschmeister: Starting September 3rd, every Saturday at 10:45 am, the military band will form at Kohlmarkt/Graben will continue making music while marching across the Kohlmarkt and through the Michaelertor into the Inner Courtyard. Once there, the orchestra will take up concert positions and perform for about 40 minutes. After having finished there, the musicians will again regroup and resume their musical march on their return to the Michaelerplatz, where the "Court Music" will end at 12 noon with the ringing of the midday bells - free entrance.
- In the Haus der Musik, a happy hour with lots of music, a tour through the museum and reduced prices takes place.
Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. onwards.
Reduced night tickets.
- At the Anker clock (Ankeruhr) a daily parade of figures with music takes place.
Daily at 12 p.m.
- Free entrance in Viennese museums for kids and youngsters under the age of 19. Some museums don’t charge entry fees at all.
- Draw plenty of inspiration from recent exhibitions at the MUSA (Museum Start Gallery Artothek)
Tue, Wed, Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thu: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free guided tours every Thursday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- Visit the permanent exhibition at the memorial place Steinhof. The exhibition informs about the history of medicine during National Socialism.
- Fun for children at the ZOOM museum for kids at the Museumsquartier.
Entrance is free.
- Get to know the townhall of Vienna during guided tours.
On Mon, Wed and Fri at 1 p.m. tours are for free. (except public holidays and session days)
- Marvel at current exhibitions at the Wien-Energie-Erlebniswelt. The district heating plant is a symbiosis of technology, economics and arts. The façade was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Entrance is free.
Mon – Wed: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Thu: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Fri: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Enjoy pastry-creations in the K.u.K. Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel.
Opening hours shop and café: daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Opening hours museum: every Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Buy culinary delicacies at the Vienna Naschmarkt: The famous Naschmarkt at Wienzeile is the biggest and most well-known market of Vienna with Viennese and international treats and trendy bars and restaurants.
Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday with flee market 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Try out the exciting gastronomy at Brunnenmarkt and Yppenmarkt. At the „meeting pot of nations", one of the biggest street markets of Vienna, you can experience a lot of trendy bars and restaurants, especially remarkable is the "Staud's Pavillon" (synonym for classy jam and vegetable delicacies).
Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- For a delicious snack in between: The famous Wiener Würstelstände (sausage stands) can be found everywhere in Vienna – make sure to try a “Käsekrainer”.
- Take a trip to the restaurant “Der Wiener Deewan”, where this innovative restaurant’s motto is “Eat as much as you can and pay as much as you can”.
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Experience the most famous sights of Vienna
How can I see as much as possible in a short amount of time?
Vienna has just so much to offer, it’s hard to see it all. It’s a good thing that you’ve booked a centrally located accommodation. Strengthened by a delicious breakfastat the AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna4***, you’re ready to conquer the city by foot. As they say, getting there is half the fun, and in just a few minutes you can walk to the breathtaking Karlskirche.
Allow yourself some time to marvel at its beauty, and then continue on your way and walk just a few steps to the Vienna State Opera. The Hofburg and Volksgarten are next on the itinerary. A little detour into the city centre will lead you to the Spanish Riding School.
The AllYouNeed Hotels as starting points for your trip through the inner-city
Now you can walk to the Schwedenplatz, from there you can take a ride on the "Vienna Ring Tram" and comfortably view one historical landmark after the other: the Museums of Natural History and Art History, the Parliament, the Town Hall and the University of Vienna on the other side of the street you can see the Burg Theatre, the Votivkirche, the old Stock Exchange, the Urania and the Museum of Applied Arts.
Afterwards stroll down the nearby Kärntnerstraße and treat yourself to a Wiener Melange in a café on Neue Markt. And don’t forget to go window shopping down beautiful Am Graben, and last but not least cool off in the calm sanctuary of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
After that, it’s a short ride by underground to the Schönbrunn Palace, where not only can you view the stately rooms and apartments, but enjoy the park and a visit to the Gloriette as well.
Then you can pop back to the hotel to change, and end a fabulous day with a short nap in a classical concert at the internationally renowned Musikverein.
Tips for a summer holiday in Vienna with the family
Sleeping late – no chance! There is just too much to explore in Vienna.
First of all, go to the Naschmarkt. That’s where you’ll find culinary delights from all over the world and more: there’s also a flea market, which always poses adventure for all children. After extensive romping, the Museum of Natural History is next on the itinerary, whose treasures are even older than the building itself. The famous and priceless exhibits, such as the 25,000 year old Venus von Willendorf or giant dinosaur skeletons, are the highlights of the tour.
After this unique spectacle, the children are able to enjoy another, if rather different, spectacle: The Kasperl Theater in the Vienna Urania, which, in the meantime, has entertained and enthused generations of fans.
Schönbrunn Zoo and Vienna Prater: entertainment for the entire family
Next in line to be marvelled at are the animals in the Schönbrunn Zoo. In the Petting Zoo, children are able to hold and touch the animals – and of course the main attractions are the baby animals.
Learning can be fun, and a trip to the Technical Museum is the best possible way to test your knowledge, and you can test physical phenomena with your own experiments too.
In the evening, close the eventful day with a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and walk through the famous Vienna Prater.
And if you dare, you can ride the roller coaster as well. After so much excitement, you won’t even need to tell your kids a goodnight story to get them to sleep, and parents will also mercifully be allowed to fall straight into bed.
A summer in Vienna for lovers
In all its charm, Vienna is particularly romantic for infatuated lovers. But when there is so much to see, it might be hard to decide what to do first. At least the wide assortment of treats at the generous breakfast buffet won’t be cause for discussion. Once fortified, however, the time comes to decide where to go.
Since ladies come first, the first destination is Mariahilfer Straße, whose wide range of shops offers a marathon of shopping. Don’t leave anything out, but be sure to take a short break in a nice café somewhere.
After such an exhausting shopping spree, even those few steps back to the hotel are too much. The perfect moment for a fairytale ride in one of Vienna’s horse drawn carriages called Fiaker. The rhythmic sound of the hooves as they beat against the cobblestones in the old town is just the right accompaniment to the magnificent visual impressions.
Enjoy culinary delicacies at the Naschmarkt
Make a stop at the outdoor food market, Naschmarkt, where the spicy air will definitely charm you and the many different restaurants offer an overwhelming assortment of foods.
After a quick stop at the hotel to deposit your treasures and perhaps take an afternoon nap, you’re rested and ready to check out the beautiful Belvedere Palace near the AllYouNeed Vienna4*** Hotel. The winding gardens invite you to bathe in the fragrance of many flowers, hide in a romantic alcove, lie in the grass and let the sun caress your skin.
From Belvedere Castle to a romantic picnic in the moonshine
Reach the peak of togetherness during a moonlit picnic on the Alte Donau, where the waves rock the boat gently.
Luckily your comfortable bed is not far away – because you’re going to be tired after such a long day... if not - Viennas nightlife has a lot to offer too!
Explore the diverse cultural offers in Vienna
Museums, theatres, opera, classical and modern concerts, ballet, wine and architecture – Vienna is a metropolis packed with culture. There’s so much, you can’t see it all.
As a true connoisseur, you will decide that less is more and visit the Albertina, which is located near by. After all, it is the most frequented exhibition hall in Vienna and so many art fans can’t be wrong. The eminent and much admired paintings range from Monet to Picasso and more. The Museumsquartier, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Belvedere are also happy welcoming art lovers from all over the world.
Time flies during your morning tour, and it isn’t until your stomach starts growling that you realise it’s time to also explore Vienna’s culinary works of art.
From impressive museums to entertaining concerts and shows
After a tasty refreshment followed by some wine tasting and a stroll along the Kärntnerstraße, continue with a walk under the shady trees of the Ringstraße to the Museum of Art History. The building itself is worthy of notice and well known for its famous collections (like the Picture Gallery or the The Cradle of the museum).
After that, rest your legs at a matinee at the Konzerthaus, and then let the evening progress appropriately with a trip to the Burgtheater, rounding off your day perfectly.
Back at the hotel, you immediately decide to extend your stay, as so much quality and quantity has to be taken advantage of.
Vienna at night – a nightlife programme
When the afternoon sun can no longer be ignored, then it’s time to get out of bed. Rested and ready, you slowly set out to find something to eat and enjoy the weather without any stress. You can find what you’re looking for and more at MuseumsQuartier. Alongside diverse cafés, you’ll also find interesting seating accommodation that is perfect for lazing around in the sun.
From sightseeing tours to an eventful night of parties
Spontaneously, you decide to visit one of the many exhibitions there and feel inspired by the wide variety of artists. It is the mixture of world famous masters such as Schiele, Klimt and Kokoschka and young rising designers that give MuseumsQuartier its unique flair.
So now you’re ready to head towards the Donaukanal to enjoy a fruity wine cooler at the SummerStage or some international food and head then to Strandbar Herrmann for a cool beer.
And so the night has begun, time to hit the clubs and dance till dawn.
Finally, the night comes to an easygoing end in the centrally located Bermudadreieck. Good thing our hotels are nearby, where breakfast is waiting...
Experience the coffee house culture of Vienna
Vienna without its coffee houses just wouldn’t be Vienna. If you are having trouble deciding between a Melange, Einspänner, kleinem Braunen or Verlängertem, you should let the waiter, or “Herr Ober” as they are referred to, advise you. And don’t forget to try one of the fabulous Viennese pastries or cakes to go with your coffee. The coffee houses are as varied and diverse as the city itself, but they all share that very unique and specific Viennese coffee house flair.
Exclusive coffee houses
This famous traditional café in the Ferstel Palace is combined with a distinguished Viennese restaurant offering the finest homemade patisserie. www.palaisevents.at/cafecentral.html
Right behind the Vienna Opera, Café Sacher invites you to immerse yourself in the traditional world of Viennese coffee culture; this is where the world famous Sacher Torte is made and is sent all over the world from. www.sacher.com
Demel on Kohlmarkt is the epitome of artisan confectionary and has been since the time of the emperors. It is famous for its glass-encased showcase bakery, magical interior, shop, and of course, for its culinary and baked specialties. www.demel.at
Classical coffee houses
Thomas Bernhard was a regular here, and it still charms its guests with memories of yesterday. Live musical entertainment can be enjoyed, performed by a piano player or a trio. www.braeunerhof.at
One of the oldest coffee houses in Vienna, it is close to the Naschmarkt and has lovely outdoor seating under shady trees. www.cafesperl.at
This is in all likelihood the most famous café for writers and artists. The singular and plushy atmosphere - as well as the legendary “Buchtel” (yeast pastry filled with jam) - definitely makes it a place worth visiting. www.hawelka.at
Trendy coffee houses
This legendary coffee house on Naschmarkt has been stylishly revamped by the British star designer Sir Terence Conran. Nowadays, the piano player has been replaced by a regular DJ line-up. www.cafedrechsler.at
This is one of Vienna’s new hotspots near the university offering in addition to French flair all kinds of tasty treats as well as a witty food & drinks menu. www.cafefrancais.at
Tips for an amusing shopping-trip in Vienna
FLO Vintage – Nostalgic fashion is possibly the best vintage shop in the world.
In this cosy shop in the trendy Viennese Freihaus Quarter (next to the Naschmarkt), you can find exclusive, original fashion from 1880 to 1980. Not only an inspiration for top designers, this is where fashion shows itself from its chicest side. www.vintageflo.com
Born in Graz, Lena Hoschek became inspired through her work as Vivienne Westwood’s assistant and is, meanwhile, well-known beyond Austria’s borders for her feminine retro style, which has now even been discovered by many international pop-stars. Her adorable atelier in the dreamy Gutenberggasse 17, close to the Museum’s Quarter, invites you to try something on and marvel at the clever designs that flatter every woman. www.lenahoschek.com
The store “Sisi” in the city centre, close to the Vienna Opera, in Annagasse 11 sells fashion in the style of Empress Elisabeth: wide skirts, ruffles and corsages. www.sisi-vienna.at
Insider-Tip! Hotspots for the Viennese designer scene: Kirchengasse, Zollergasse, Lindengasse (all in the vicinity of Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna’s largest shopping mile).
“Up-cycling Design” – this shop in the Freihaus Quarter near Naschmarkt is unique because this is where file-folders mutate into bags, bowling pins into vases or discarded escalators into cool seating arrangements. You’ve probably seen everything, but not this utilization! In the sense of sustainability, all products are produced out of disposed materials that are no longer needed to be reborn as cool, funny, functional designer pieces. And on top of that, the shop offers a workshop for disadvantaged people with the aim of helping them re-enter the job market. Design with purpose – that is gabarage. www.gabarage.at
Dorotheum has far more to offer than its status as the largest auction house in central Europe. Centrally located, just a few minutes from the Vienna Opera, a diversity that entices you to linger for hours can be found under its roof. Just stroll through and browse, or buy - anything is possible and the selection huge. www.dorotheum.com
Excursions around Vienna
Carnuntum, city of emperors, has been reborn. Uniquely throughout the world, the basic types of architecture in a Roman city quarter have been reconstructed in Carnuntum in their historical context: a citizen’s house, a splendid city mansion and public baths. The reconstructions are not fictitious sets or museum objects, but buildings that can be lived in. This means that all the buildings have been equipped with Roman underfloor heating systems and fully-functioning kitchens, and all the rooms are furnished. All layouts and decorative details refer to a single era, as does the level of the streets in the city quarter. Thus a unique time frame is opened in the first five decades of the 4th century AD. Just as if time had stood still 1700 years ago, when Carnuntum was the scene of an event that was to change the world permanently.
- Roman Delicacies
- Gladiator Festival
- Children's Festival
Archäologischer Park Carnuntum
A-2404 Petronell-Carnuntum, Hauptstr. 1a
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