One day in Vienna, Austria: a sightseeing guide

How to spend a perfect one day in Vienna, Austria?

Vienna is a pearl of Europe. It is a city of splendor and elegance. Famed for Baroque churches, magnificent palaces, and picturesque Old Town, Vienna is a city that requires more than one day to uncover all the beauty. However, if one day is all that you have – don’t worry, I have you covered!

Here’s the sightseeing guide on spending a perfect one day in Vienna!

Public transport in Vienna

Best transport advice – get yourself a 24-hour ticket!

This will help you navigate around the city by public transport and see much more

The 24-hour Ticket in Vienna is bought from the ticket machines at the stops of public transport

The price of a 24-hour ticket in Vienna is 8 EUR

Don’t forget: You have to validate it before taking transport

Also, you can buy it online HERE

Here is the public transport map of Vienna:

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Plan your journeys on public transport using this website


Option 1 – Schönbrunn Palace

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First of all head to the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace. It is one of the most impressive palaces in Europe and a highlight of Vienna. It boasts beautiful interiors and amazing gardens with the epic Gloriette pavilion crowning the hill overlooking the city. A definite Vienna must-see!

Visiting Schönbrunn requires some time so be prepared to spend your morning there.

The entry to the Palace Park is free of charge

The palace itself has different ticket options, check for all the admission info HERE

Option 2 – Belvedere Palace

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Wonderful Baroque Belvedere Palace

An alternative morning idea/continuation of your visit if you still have time after Schönbrunn can be Belvedere palace. Impressive both outside and inside, it is one of the best places to take a relaxing walk enjoying the palace gardens overlooking Vienna city center.

It houses the world-renowned Belvedere Museum and has one of the best and biggest collections of Austrian art

Klimt’s most famous work “The Kiss” is here so if you come to Vienna for that, Belvedere Palace is an absolute must-see!

Ticket prices and admission information can be found HERE


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Panorama of the Old Town of Vienna from the Belvedere Palace

After exploring the stunning palaces, it is time to go to the elegant city center of Vienna!

Start your exploration from the very heart of the city – Stephansplatz with breathtaking St Stephen’s Cathedral. You can go inside as well as climb up the viewing terrace for great views of Vienna.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Proceed by walking on Graben Street (one of the fanciest streets in the city) admiring the Column of The Trinity. Take a turn to see the magnificent Baroque St. Peter’s Church

Then head to the Hofburg Palace – a beautiful long-time seat of Habsburgs boasting amazing interiors, interesting museums, and a riding school

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Iconic Vienna State Opera

Right next to Hofburg is the iconic Vienna Ring  a street encircling the Old Town. Many must-sees are situated here. You can either walk around (which is doable but time-consuming) or you can take a tram going from one attraction to the other

The best way to see the Ring on public transport is by Trams 1 and 2. The ticket is included in your 24-hour ticket.

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Also, you can walk around. It will take more time but you will be able to see more! So the proposed walking route is:

  1. Karlskirche
  2. Vienna State Opera
  3. Albertina Museum 
  4. Twin Museums – Museum of Natural History and Museum of Fine Arts
  5. Rathaus – Vienna City Hall
  6. Parliament
  7. University of Vienna
  8. Votiv Church

Every attraction is interesting in its own way so you can pick up one or two you’re most interested in and get inside.

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Superb Baroque St. Peter’s Church in the Old Town of Vienna

Walking around the Ring in Vienna is a perfect sightseeing experience!

Check out my other Central European one-day itineraries:

Thank you for reading!

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