Vienna is the beautiful capital city of Austria. In 2 days in Vienna itinerary, we were able to enjoy the city’s top highlights as well as experience one of the most memorable evenings. Continue reading to find about our experience in Vienna in 48 hours. This post includes travel tips, sightseeing and hotel guide for a perfect 2 day Vienna Itinerary.
Vienna is the largest city of Austria and also one of the historic cities through which the river Danube has passed along since time immemorial. Stunning imperial architecture, horse riding carriages, beautiful side cafes and delicious coffee Vienna has all of this and more. The city also has a list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are worth visiting.
We tend to study the city’s past on our travels and then connect it to the living culture and it amazes us how rich Austrian History is. We learned about Maria Theresia, the stories of Sisi (linking her from Austria to Hungary), the World War period (Austro-Hungarian Empire), its musical heritage and last but not least its Medieval and Baroque past.
2 Days In Vienna Itinerary – Travel Tips for 48 hours in Vienna Itinerary
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Vienna in 48 hours – Planning for 2 days in Vienna Itinerary
Vienna Airport Transfer to City Centre
Vienna International Airport or Wien-Flughafen is located in Central Vienna and is the largest and major airport in Austria. It connects Austria to the world and is also the major airbase for Austrian Airlines. Book your airport transfer here
If you are arriving in one of the nearby European nations, you can either use the trains, coach or can even drive to reach Vienna.
- Budapest Hungary to Vienna is 2.50 hours by road
- Prague Czech Republic to Vienna is 3 hours by road
- Munich Germany to Vienna is 4 hours by road
Visa Requirements For Vienna Austria – Where is Vienna located?
Austria falls within the Schengen visa region. So if you do not possess an EU, Canadian, Australian or US passport, then you will have to apply for Schengen Visa. This allows you to enter all the 28 countries within the EU/Schengen zone. Schengen visa has to be applied before you arrive (its not a visa on arrival) and can be applied 3 months prior to your departure. Read more about Schengen Visa Guide
Also, ensure you add travel insurance for your trip to Vienna 2 days. Get insurance quotes below
Currency and Credit Cards
Euros are used in Austria. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, tour agencies, etc.
Official Language Austria
Austria’s Official Language is German. They also speak Austro-Bavarian dialect. English is the most spoken foreign language. English is also widely used in Vienna and other tourist places in Austria like Salzburg.
Where to stay in Vienna for 2 nights ?
Hotels in Vienna start at USD 100+ for most economical and B&B styles. For a short visit to Vienna, it is recommended that you stay close to the city center. Depending on the type of luxury you are looking for, from your accommodation and area, you can find a wide range of hotels in the city center. We stayed in a hotel and here are some of the options
- Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark Wien – This is where we stayed for two days in Vienna. It is a good value hotel (mid range). The hotel is a refurbished city palace, which makes it all the more special. Free buffet breakfast was included, which had a lot of variety of food. Rooms were clean and beautiful. Loved the location, close to the city center and Rathaus Underground Station.
We have other hotel recommendations as well, based on fellow traveler and our experience, whilst exploring Vienna.
- Hotel Sacher – Luxury
- Great location – City Center Area and the Opera
- 5 star hotel – royalty like interiors and million dollar views of city of Wien
- Famous for the Sachertorte – Vienna chocolate cake
- Book your stay here
- Imperial Vienna Hotel – Luxury
- Another luxurious hotel in the heart of Wien city
- Great interiors and restaurant
- Perfect stay for history and culture lovers – all the Vienna tourist attractions are less then 1 km away
- Book your stay here
- Hotel Hilton Vienna – Mid to Budget option
- Great location – in City Center Area and close to City Airport Train (reach airport in 16 minutes)
- Quick access to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Kärntner Straße shopping street
- Buffet Breakfast everyday
- Book your stay here
- Zeitgeist Vienna Hotel – Mid to Budget option
- Economic hotel, good access to trains. Good for long term stay.
- Old Town Wien is located about 2 km away
- Hotel has options for outdoor activities
- Book your stay here
Budget for Food – Vienna Travel Guide – 2 days in Vienna on a budget
We found Vienna to be a tad expensive then its nearby cities like Munich and Budapest (and of course way expensive then Prague). Coffee can cost around 4-6 Euros in the city center area. A meal can cost anywhere from 12-20 Euros in a decent restaurant or a food stall in the city center.
Upscale restaurants with fine dining options will cost around 55 Euros+ per person. There are fast food chains in the city like McDonald’s and Starbucks. You can save money by eating at fast food joints or getting groceries. If you are eating fast food and occasionally spending on a specialty cafe – you will be spending around 50-100 Euros a day on food alone.
Commuting – Vienna Travel Pass
Vienna Central Train Station is the major hub connecting national and international places to Vienna.
For communing in Vienna, their transit passes are the cheapest and most efficient way to connect throughout the city. There are five underground lines, 29 tram and 127 bus lines, of which 24 are night lines.
- 5 single trip ticket costs 12 Euros
- 1 Day trip ticket (valid for 1:00 am to the following day) 5.80 Euros
- Weekly Pass costs 17.10 Euros. They are valid midnight Monday to the following Monday till 09:00 am
- Airport or CAT Tickets costs 19 Euros (for a return trip, you can choose the arrival and departure date)
- For discounted fares – Book Here – Get the Vienna City Card with discounts, also for public transport
- Vienna City Card is different from Vienna Pass which allows you free entry into various attractions that we will explore in 2 days in Vienna. Purchasing a Vienna Pass will also get you FREE hop on/hop off tours and cruise. Here is the VIENNA PASS
Another mode of transportation, of course, are taxis. You can book via an app or call them. Check out their website to learn more about taxi fares and services offered.
Best time to visit Vienna Itinerary 2 days
- Off season is always a good time to visit cities. And Vienna is no different. Late March to May and September to October are shoulder months in Vienna, expect fewer crowds on the streets and overall mild temperatures. Get the activities guide to Vienna in the month of March
- Summers are nice in Vienna, with tons of events and concerts. But hotel prices will be super expensive around this time. So plan and book flights and hotels in advance. Summer months are from June to August.
- Winters in Vienna are wonderful with festive decorations and Christmas markets. It is too super crowded like summer months, but it is still bustling with activities. Winter months are from November to early February. Vienna does get snow in the winters, especially in December and January. Read about Christmas in Vienna
We arrived in Vienna from Prague by road and reached in the morning at around 09:00 am. We had booked Austria Trend Hotel for our 2 night stay. The room rates started at USD 139 and can go up to USD 300, depending on the occupancy and room’s luxury level. As we arrived in Vienna we decided to head to the city center and take a stroll. The weather was perfect in March – cool breeze with the sun shining bright.
We started with a quick breakfast stop. There are tons of options for food (across different price ranges) in the city center, including McDonalds and Starbucks. You can also choose to eat on-the-go from food stalls serving Viennese food.
In order to explore Vienna in 24- 48 hours, you can purchase the Vienna Pass (Vienna City Card) which includes a 1-2 day hop on and hop off bus service. This will save you time and money in arranging for taxis or in figuring out the city’s transit system. This pass also allows you to visit some of Vienna’s top tourist attractions for free. By taking this pass, you can also customize your 2 day Vienna Itinerary. You can also book a hop on and hop off tour here without the Vienna Pass.
Having said that, you can also plan ahead and look at the transit routes – purchase a day pass and also explore the city. We also found that depending on which sightseeing places you wish to visit, some may or may not have direct bus routes, so you should be open to explore those areas on foot. Vienna does have a large pedestrian area as well.
Day 1 Vienna Itinerary – Liechtenstein City Palace, Maria Theresian Platz, Hofburg Palace, Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Time Travel Vienna, Stephenplatz and St Stephen’s Cathedral, Graben, Wien Opera House
Liechtenstein Garden Palace
Our first stop was the City Palace of Vienna also called the Liechtenstein Garden Palace. The city palace is named after the ruling power who started building the palace in mid 17th century. The rooms have the best Baroque and Rococo style interiors, in all of Austria. To gain access to the inside of the city palace, you will have to book a guided tour. This is a living palace and is currently utilized by the princely family of Liechtenstein.
The city palace also has museums and gardens in the same complex. The gardens can be leased for events as well. The city palace is still a privately owned and maintained by the Liechtenstein family. You can enjoy the beautiful palace complex on a horse driver carriage as well, as seen below.
Maria Theresian Platz
After the City Palace, we proceeded to the Maria Theresian Platz. Maria-Theresien-Platz is a large public square in Vienna built in the honor of Hapsburg Empress – Maria Theresa. There is a huge statue of the Empress, which is flanked by two museums on each side. These buildings are identical – one is the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) and the other was the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum).
The buildings are near identical, except for the statuary on their façades. It is classified as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Museumsquartier or Museum District Quarter
If you are into museums, you can definitely visit the Museumsquartier – one of the largest districts in Vienna. This area of 60,000 sq miles is lined with museums.
The Leopold Museum located at the Museumsquartier is a must visit. It houses one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art including those of Gustav Klimt.
Hofburg Palace – Vienna in 2 days
From the Maria Theresian Platz we headed to the beautiful Hofburg Palace. The Hofburg palace is the imperial seat of the Hapsburg Dynasty in Austria. This palace has seen a lot of history in this by-gone days and still it has not lost its glory or sheen. The Hofburg Palace is currently in service as Austria’s Presidential offices are housed in the one of the palace wings.
The complex is spread over 59 acres and comprises of 18 groups of buildings, close to 20 courtyards and around 2600 rooms. The entire complex showcases the legacy of rich and different architectural history – nearly every Austrian ruler since 1275 had either ordered additions or alterations.
We found the interiors of the palace very intriguing. The guided tour of the palace was interesting and the architecture definitely left us spell bound. If you have some additional time on your hands its worth checking out the museums as well exhibitions inside the palace.
If you choose to do the guided tour, you will be given three choices – the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and Silver Collection – each of which can be toured individually or as part of an extended visit. There are other attractions included as well along with the the Hofburg, which included the Imperial Chapel (Burgkapelle), the Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), the Austrian National Library, and the Spanish Riding School.
The Hofburg palace is iconic to the city of Vienna. The Hofburg is an architectural marvel that showcases many different architectural styles, from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque to Rococo and a little bit of Classicism.
The entire palace complex had an aura of royalty and we were definitely impressed by the work of the Hapsburg rulers. Having survived the World Wars, the up-keep of the palace grounds is also very incredible.
Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Riding schools and horses or horse drawn carriages are a common sight in Vienna. The Hofburg Palace also had a stable where riding or show stopper horses are bred and groomed. The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is their traditional riding school. They groom and bred Lipizzan horses, which are exclusively used for performing at the Hofburg Palace. Book a Lipizzaner show in a breathtaking location
Time Travel Vienna
If you love interactive history and want to learn more about Vienna’s imperial past, Time Travel Vienna is a great place to explore. It is located only 3 minutes away from the Hofburg Palace (3 minute walk).
There are also shows centered on Vienna’s past including their ever popular Magic of Vienna History Tour. You can easily spend 50 minutes to an hour at the Time Travel Vienna attraction. And entry is free with the VIENNA PASS .
Just outside the Hofburg Palace you will find Heldenplatz which is a public square. This square was set up as a Heroes Square. There is a statue of Archduke Charles of Austria, which was meant to glorify the Habsburg dynasty. There are other statues too, including the one of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Many important actions and events took place in the Heroes Square.
Adolf Hitler’s ceremonial announcement of the Austrian Anschluss to Nazi Germany occurred here. The present-day Heldenplatz on the former outer plaza of the Hofburg was built under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph.
Stephenplatz and St Stephen’s Cathedral
Up next was a quick tour of Stephenplatz where St Stephen’s Cathedral is located. This cathedral has stood the test of time and has watched over the city for more than 300 years. It is also the burial place of the bishops, the tombs of Duke Rudolph the Founder and other members of the Habsburg family.
Austria’s largest bell, known as the Boomer Bell is also located at the cathedral in its north tower. The South Tower’s observation deck is the highest point in the city of Vienna. You can enjoy some of the finest views in all of Vienna from here. A climb of 343 steps of the tight spiral staircase leads up to the watchman’s lookout 246 feet above street level. The entire church complex area is also called the Stephansplatz (named after the St Stephen’s Cathedral or Stephensdom).
Market square of Graben
Very close to the Cathedral is the market square of Graben. This area has been a market and shopping block since time immemorial. The uniqueness of this street is that the area is lined with statues referring to a deadly plague that occurred in the 17th century. The origin of this street dates back to the old Romans. There are 5 divisions/shopping areas with the Graben. And they include Stephansplatz, Kohlmarkt, Naglergasse, Tuchlauben and Petersplatz.
Pro Tip – Vienna in 48 Hours
If you wish to get the most of your time in Vienna and also save money, then consider booking a hop on and hop off sightseeing tour. This is included if you purchase a VIENNA PASS . Maximize your time by exploring more of your interests. Book Vienna Hop on-off 24 or 48 hour pass here
If you are driving to Vienna and have access to car, then consider doing the opposite and take a walking tour of Old town Vienna and be mesmerized their architecture.Book your walking tour here
Wien Opera House for the evening and dinner
For the evening, head to the Vienna State Opera House.
Wiener Staatsoper or the Vienna State Opera is prime Opera house of Austria. This opera house is one of the busiest in the world with over 350 performances conducted in the 2017/18 season. It was opened for the first time in 1869 with a performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. So when you step foot into the opera house or book tickets for the opera, you are enjoying a slice of rich Austrian history.
Wiener Staatsoper is a great place to experience grand classical music. Ensure you book tickets well in advance to enjoy these concerts.You can also opt for a guided tour for the Opera House as well. Learn about their guided tours here
For the evening, check out some shows at the Wien Opera House.Book your tickets and learn more about Vienna State Opera shows
For more ideas on Vienna evening activities, check out our suggestions at the end of Day 2 itinerary.
City Tour & More 2 days in Vienna Attractions
- Austrian Parliament building
- City Hall
- Giant Ferris Wheel Park
- Hundertwasserhaus Vienna
- Joahn Strauss Building and Museum
We actually drove by all of these Vienna tourist spots on the first day. Hundertwasserhaus Vienna and the Giant Ferris Wheel Park definitely caught our attention. Would recommend that you add them to your 2 day Vienna Itinerary.
2 Days in Vienna Itinerary – Schönbrunn Palace, Apple Strudel Show, Belvedere Palace, Hundertwasserhaus Vienna, Giant Ferris Wheel Park + Suggested evening activities
Schönbrunn Palace Tour
On our day 2 of Vienna Itinerary, we booked for a tour of the UNESCO list site of Schonbrunn Palace. Schönbrunn Palace is the most popular tourist spot in Vienna. The palace complex also has a beautiful garden and I would suggest spending sometime here.Book your tour to Schonbrunn Palace here
This palace was built in the early 18th century. This gorgeous yellow colored palace reflects the changing styles and interests of the Hapsburg dynasty. This color was “supposedly” the favorite of Hapsburg beloved empress Maria Theresa. She popularized the yellow color as a color of royalty. But the reality was that the color yellow was economical and easily available.
The Schonbrunn Palace in its present form was built and re-designed during Maria Theresa’s reign who received the estate as a wedding gift.
You can easily spend 3-5 hours at the Schonbrunn Palace complex. With the guided tour we were able to explore the interior of the beautiful palace. The palace has a whopping 1441 rooms!
The sculpted garden behind the palace is beautiful and is adorned by 32 sculptures of deities. There are picturesque Roman ruins as well located in the palace complex. One of my favorite sights is the Neptune Fountain, with Gloriette in the background. The Gloriette was erected to glorify the Hapsburg rule. It definitely adds a romantic feel to the entire place and you can get amazing views of the city of Vienna from the Gloriette.
I recommend visiting the palace grounds at around 08:30 in the morning to beat the tourist wave. By 10:00 you can see lots of tourists coming in. There are restaurants located inside the palace grounds, where you can grab coffee or a bit to eat.
Apple Strudel Show at Schönbrunn Palace
Another attractive thing to do at the Schönbrunn Palace is to watch professional chefs at play. Yes! the Apple Strudel Show at Schönbrunn Palace allows you to taste Viennese apple strudel from the imperial bakery. The cost of the show is around 12 Euros (it is free with the Vienna Pass ) – it includes a piece of apple strudel with a hot beverage of choice and an apple strudel demonstration and original recipe to take home.
Military History Museum
A quick walk from the Schonbrunn Palace is the Military History Museum of Vienna. The museum has the largest and oldest collection of military arsenal in the country, with many displayed items dating to the 17th century.
The museum complex/building is one of the oldest in Austria and their interiors and exhibitions is a tribute to the Imperial Army and their sacrifices. If you love army or military history, this is the place to visit in Vienna.
The Belvedere Palace is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The Belvedere Palace comprising of the Lower and Upper Belvedere, with the gardens and palace stables were built during the prime of Hapsburg rule in Austria. Both palaces were built in Baroque style. And they were inspired by the Versailles Palace in France.
Today the Upper Belvedere Palace is home to some of the finest artworks in the country. The palace houses the Belvedere museum with stunning works of Austrian Art from the middles ages to the present.
Belvedere Palace is an iconic symbol of Vienna. The palace was nationalized in the early years of the 20th century. It had also suffered damages during the Second World War. Today, it is one of the most visited landmarks in Vienna.
A visit to their gardens is completely free. Entry to the staterooms and museum at the Belvedere Palace is additional. Check out prices here. Entry is free with the Vienna Pass.
Hundertwasserhaus Vienna is actually an apartment house in Vienna, Austria. It was conceptualized on the ideas of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser). It is worth seeing the house from outside. Very colorful and unique.
Giant Ferris Wheel Park in the evening – Vienna Itinerary 2 days
Giant Ferris Wheel Park is the oldest Ferris wheel in the world. It is a great place to visit in the evening with all the lights. Part of the cabins of the Ferris wheel were destroyed in the First World War and then 15 of them were later restored.
Head to the Wiener Riesenrad or the Giant Ferris Wheel Park and spend the evening there. Skip the lines to the Giant Ferris Wheel
For a romantic evening for two, book this dinner date on the Giant Ferris Wheel.
2 day Vienna Itinerary (Suggested Options) for the Evening for day 2
For the evening on Day 2 of Vienna Itinerary, here are some options. I would recommend experiencing something of your choice in Vienna.
- Enjoy a dinner cruise on River Danube in Vienna. Cruise leave at 07:00 pm and is for 3 hours. You will see the city of Vienna sparkling in night lights. Reserve your spot here
- Stephenplatz, Hofburg Palace and/or Graben looks amazing in the evening. If you are love to stroll, then this is the place for you. At the Graben, there are restaurants and live entertainment by the Plague columns.
- Vienna is big on the cafe culture. Spend some time at one of the open coffee bars/cafes and enjoy a good conversation or a romantic dinner after
- Or enjoy a traditional dinner at the Vienna City Center – Book your dinner here
- How about a horse driven carriage ride? This is very popular among tourists. Book a horse carriage ride and learn about Fiaker here
Food and Restaurants to Consider for your 2 Day Vienna Itinerary
Vienna has some coolest restaurants and cafes that do deserve a spot on your 2 day Vienna Itinerary. You know Coffee houses are a big deal in Vienna. You will find one in every little corner and they serve delicious coffee and baked goods. People really live the coffee and conversation culture here.
In the evenings, you can choose one of the patio cafes and enjoy some cappuccinos and sachertorte.
Speaking of Sachertorte, this chocolate cake is one of the most popular in Vienna. This culinary dish was created for Prince Wenzel Metternich in the early 19th century. This is so popular in Viennese culture that they have a National Sachertorte Day, which is 5 December of every year.
Briochekipfer (Brioche Croissant) is a croissant that is typically consumed with coffee (breakfast). Apfelstrudel is another sweet item which is a puff pasty, with sweet and sugary apple slices in sauce, and topped with some whip cream or warm vanilla sauce. Kaiserschmarrn is a sweet dish made of pancakes and stewed plums or raisins.
I know I started on the dessert side, but Vienna also has some great meal options to present as well. Goulash soup is a popular soup, made of beef stew or can be soup based. It originated in Hungary, but Czech Republic and Austria have their version of the goulash soup as well. They are very filling. Schnitzel – is a “fried” meat, usually thinned by pounding with a meat tenderizer. This is a most common main dish in Vienna. You can order it as chicken, pork or beef varieties.
Tafelspitz is a slow-boiled, lean and tender cut of beef enjoyed with an array of condiments. Leberkäse – from the looks of it, is like a burger, you can choose any fillings like cheese, any type of meet or even chilli. It is a popular cheap food, served in food stalls as well. Geröstete Knödel or roasted dumplings are a popular staple food item in Vienna. They are made out of potatoes mainly and can be served as an all vegetarian dish. There are many other dumpling and soup options too (liver dumpling soup or beef dumpling soup).
Don’t forget drinks. Austria is big on beer, just like Germany and Czech Republic. Most common beer brands are either lagers from Germany or Holland. Edelwiess is very popular. A classic Dutch beer brewed to a traditional Austrian recipe. Wheat beer is what you will find in most restaurants serving alcohol. Schnapps are common in all restaurants and they come in different flavors.
As coffee houses are a THING in Vienna, I will start with some of the popular places for coffee and other baked items. The most well-known cafe is the Cafe Sacher. When we were strolling around the Opera House area, we were hoping to find some souvenir stores and instead we arrived at this cafe that was jam-packed with people. They make delicious Sachertorte.
A coffee with sachertorte will cost you around 12.50 euros, but you are dining in style – in the midst of history. The cafe’s interior are very beautiful. If you just wish to try the sachertorte and some Viennese coffee, there are other cool options as well. Cafe Sacher Eck, Aida – Café-Konditorei, Cafe Central, Sazenti, but remember you will find lots of options in every nook and corner of the city. And they should offer all the popular desserts and dishes.
Cafe Central is an amazing place that serves the most popular Viennese food and is very affordable. This place used to be frequented by Sigmund Freud (you will know about him if you studied or read Psychology in school) and many other writers, influential people at that time. Their menu has soups, schnitzel, hearty goulash soup, sachertorte, beer and more.
Items are priced from 2 Euros to 22 Euros+ depending on what you order. Other restaurants for lunch and dinner include Plachutta Wollzeile (popular for Tafelspitz –cooked beef meat), Sparky’s unlimited (located very close to the Stephansdom church, it serves most of the popular Viennese dishes and is affordable), Gasthaus zur Oper (well known restaurant, they serve Schnitzel which is of good quality)
Even if you are tight on budget, I do recommend trying the Sachertorte or Schnitzel to get a taste of Vienna, quite literally.
Packing for 48 hours in Vienna Austria
Carry these travel essentials on your 2 day Vienna Itinerary
- Anti theft day pack or handbag – They are super essential to safeguard your belongings from pick pockets. These bags are equipped with anti cut and RFID technology. Here is what we recommend – click for the backpack AND here for the handbag.
- Multiport charging cables – This superstar multi port cable can charge different types of electronic devices, without being bulky. Get yours here.
- Adaptor and convertor – If you are traveling from North America or Asia to Amsterdam, you will require an adaptor to be able to plug in your electronics. Click here to buy a travel adaptor perfect for Europe travel. Carry this adaptor-convertor duo if you plan on using shavers, hairdryers or any appliance with a different voltage then 220v.
- Light Cardigan – A light cardigan in a neutral color will match with most of the outfits. Black and beige are my favorites. LOVE this cozy cardigan, click here to find out
- Waterproof and pack-able jacket – Carry a waterproof jacket or a trench coat to protect yourself from rains. Here is my favorite trench coat. Click here to shop our favorites FOR HIM & FOR HER
- Comfortable walking shoes – Carry comfortable walking shoes as you explore Vienna. You will see me wearing Adidas shoes in white or super walking shoes from Sketchers or in these amazing black slip-ons from Steve Madden
- Travel Blanket – Keep yourself warm and toasty in a travel blanket, whether you are in a long haul flight or an overnight train to Amsterdam. No more sharing a blanket from in-flight! Click here to purchase your own
2 days in Vienna Itinerary – Attractions Map
Here is a map of places of visit in Vienna in 2 days.
Day Trips from Vienna – After 48 hours in Vienna
If you visiting Vienna for three days or more, then consider doing some day trips to explore more of Austria. Day trip in Vienna and to nearby areas will be for 1 to 3 hour+ commute time (one way)
- Wachau Valley – Located only an hour away, Wachau Valley makes a great day trip from Vienna. We did explore the beautiful Wachau valley and the countryside as well. As you drive or take a tour you will see how the river Danube flows and into lush hills, surrounded by vineyards, historic villages and the Krem and Melk Abbey with their medieval castles. You can extend your stay to 3 – 4 days Vienna by taking a day trip or two. Read about our day tour to Wachau Valley
- Salzburg Austria – You can visit the historic city of Salzburg – the land of Mozart and Sound of Music. Great options during winters to explore the Christmas markets. We extended our stay in Austria and explored Salzburg for 2 days. Find out what we explored in Salzburg
- Budapest Hungary – Budapest is only 2.50 hours away from Vienna. The river Danube flows into Hungary and both Austria and Hungary share a long legacy. But their current culture and city vibes are very different. Read our 2 day itinerary for Budapest
- Bratisvala Slovakia – Visit another European country and return in a day to Vienna Vienna is located only an hour away from Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Book your day tour here
- Prague Czech Republic – Prague is only 3 hours away from Vienna. We actually arrived in Vienna after staying in Prague for 2 days. The landscape of Moravia is completely different and not to forget the economic (Communist) and cultural differences between the 2 countries. Vienna is quite royal as compared to the classic romantic city of Praga. Read our Prague travel itinerary
- Munich Germany – Munich is located 4 hours away from Vienna. May be a little stretch for a day trip, but if you start early morning an reach the old town by noon, you can still explore some of the historical highlights like the Mary’s Square, Town Halls, Munich Residenz, etc. And also grab schnitzels and beer. We stayed in Munich for close to a week – Read our suggested Itinerary for Munich
- Vienna Itinerary 2 days and other nearby cities – If are planning multiple cities in Central Europe with Vienna sightseeing as one of the stops, read our 14 day Central Europe Itinerary, with stops in Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich!
FAQ – 2 day Vienna Itinerary – Visit Vienna in 48 hours
Here are some additional information we have compiled, based on frequently asked questions:
Is 2 days in Vienna enough
As you can see, we have covered a lot in 2 days and it is certainly doable. You can also use this itinerary for a weekend in Vienna. Having the Vienna Card with hop on and hop off bus helps to navigate the city a lot faster than driving or trying to figure things out on your own in a short time.
What can I do in one day in Vienna
Oo, one day will be tight to squeeze everything in. But let’s start with what you like and what is on your bucket list to narrow down the activities. Not into music or riding – skip the riding school and don’t go in for the concert.
We all love to eat – spend the time trying our local cuisines in the evening, whilst enjoying time (or ride) at the Giant Ferris Wheel. There are 3 palaces in Vienna that are must – you can easily do Hofburg as it is in the city center, take a pick between the other two – Schronburrn or Belvedere. See our Top 10 Things to See in Vienna in one day
Is the Vienna card worth it
We have highlighted the use of Vienna Card in this itinerary and we definitely stand by it (and we were not paid to say this). It is worth for free attractions entry and the hop on and hop off bus tour that comes with it. Even for a short trip of 2 days in Vienna, it is worth it. Grab your Vienna Card here
Is Vienna expensive?
I would say this is a relative and a subjective topic. Vienna is expensive as compared to Prague and Budapest, but it is relatively cheaper as compared to Iceland and Switzerland. Expenses are similar to what we have spent in Paris, Amsterdam or Barcelona. So pretty close to any developed EU nation.
Is Vienna safe?
Yes, we found Vienna to be safe. You can travel solo, as a couple or with young children – it is safe. Instances of petty tourist crimes are rare, but like in all cities be mindful of your surroundings and don’t flash expensive items.
I hope you have an amazing stay in an amazing city of Imperial glory.
Additional Reading for 48 hours in Vienna Austria
- If this is your first trip to Europe – read our Europe Planning Guide 101
- Get 27 Europe Itinerary samples – One week in Europe Trip Ideas
- Read the Packing guide for Europe
- Guide to Germany and cities
- Guide to Hungary and cities
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