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[Travel Austria] Where to visit in Vienna in 3 days

[Travel Austria] Where to visit in Vienna in 3 days

DAY 1

Belvedere - 18th century palaces with art collection

πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘† β€œClick right” for [The Kiss] painting! πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†

  • Main attraction here would be Gustav Klimt's proudest artwork, Kiss.

  • Tickets are separated into upper and lower Belvedere. If you are only interested in "Kiss", get the upper ticket only. Lower Belvedere displays current exhibitions while upper Belvedere displays permanent exhibitions. We opted for upper Belvedere ticket and it was already a handful for us.

  • Tickets can be purchased on the spot.

  • Belvedere official website and ticketing information: https://www.belvedere.at/en

View of Vienna from inside the palace

Other interesting artwork in Belvedere (i)

Other interesting artwork in Belvedere (ii)

 

St. Charles Church, Karlskirche

  • A baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna.

  • Not as popular as the St. Stephen's Cathedral but still a beautiful church regardless. Majestic interior.

  • Website stated an entrance fee of EUR8 but I don't recall we paid any.

  • Official website (opening hours and admission details): http://www.karlskirche.at/

Opens up to an amazing interior!

Interior of the church (i)

Interior of the church (ii)

 

Hofburg Imperial Palace

  • Former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.

  • 3 sections: Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments and the Silver Collection.

  • Tour comes with free audio guide (13 languages) which lets you understand more of the history of the Habsburg family, and the story of the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, nicknamed "Sisi". I personally enjoyed the tour very much and if you enjoy Sisi's story like I do, there are more stories to be shared at the Schonbrunn Palace.

  • Purchase the "Sisi ticket" if you intend to visit Schonbrunn Palace as the prices are of better value. Ticket comes with entrance to the Imperial Furniture Collection too.

  • Hofburg official website: https://www.hofburg-wien.at/en/

The Gorgeous Silver Collection

*** Photos were not allowed at Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments.

Dinner place: Cafe museum

Viennese schnitzel

Apple strudel

Visited Christmas market after dinner! Location : Rathausplatz - only available in December.


 

DAY 2

Schonbrunn Palace

  • One of the highlights during my trip in Vienna. A place perfect for history lovers.

  • Former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg.

  • A total of 40 rooms to discover including the state rooms and private apartments of Franz Josef and Sisi, as well as the precious 18th century interiors from the time of Maria Theresia.

  • Allow AT LEAST half a day to explore Schonbrunn Palace at a comfortable pace.

  • Cafe Gloriette is located where the whole palace could be viewed from far. However, some exercise is required to reach that viewpoint. No comment on the cafe as I did not dine there. But if you ask me if it's worth the effort to go up there for the view, honestly I thought the view was just alright. The effort x outcome ratio does not quite match in my personal opinion, lol.

  • Public transport that takes you straight to the palace:

    • Underground: U4 - get off at Schonbrunn (the option we took)

    • Trams: 10 & 60 - get off at Schonbrunn

    • Bus: 10A - get off at Schonbrunn

  • Official website: https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/

Just one more with this charming palace with this beautiful weather before heading in for the palace tour!

Cafe Gloriette from far

In front of Cafe Gloriette

Last one without leaving this beautiful place!

*** Again, photos were not allowed inside the palace. Go see it for yourself!

 

St. Peter's Church

  • A Baroque Roman Catholic parish church.

  • A very ordinary church building located at the inner city (one that you could easily overlook) but opens up to a gorgeous interior.

Not a very grand entrance compared to others and located on an alley behind the main road.

And never would we expect it would open up this beautiful interior!

 

Prater

  • Famous for its Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel which is located in the Wurstelprater amusement park.

  • We went there for the Ferris wheel ride hoping to capture some amazing night scenes of Vienna.

  • Verdict: overrated. We felt kinda cheated by the hype we saw online in fact. The ride was nothing special and no amazing view was seen. I am not sure if it has anything to do with the season (winter) or the time when we went but we were not impressed and thought it's kinda overpriced as well for a Ferris wheel ride like this. If you ask me, don't bother. Even the amusement park looked sad and the attractions were not attractive too. If you love theme parks, I'd strongly urge you to visit Disneyland or Universal Studio instead.

Prater’s ferris wheel

To be honest i don’t think the view is impressive lor…

Amusement park - very empty πŸ˜…

 

DAY 3

Kunsthistoriches Museum

  • Now this is some long, complicating pronunciation word (LOL). It took me a while to figure out how to pronounce this name - "Kuns-this-tor-iches".

  • A famous art museum in Vienna.

  • Filled with plentiful of artwork and art pieces around the world (to be frank, we were a little overwhelmed then).

  • Among the many permanent exhibitions, my favourite would be the "Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection".

  • Temporary exhibitions are displayed from time to time as well.

  • Official website: https://www.khm.at/en/

Majestic interior of the museum

Some interesting exhibits:

Some of the Egyptian collections:

 

St. Stephen's Cathedral

  • No trip to Vienna is complete without a visit to this signature landmark of theirs.

  • A visit to this cathedral is a must and definitely take the catacombs tour as well (The tour goes by the hour if I am not mistaken) and we were thrilled!

  • There have been endless debates and comparison between the North and South tower of the cathedral. North tower is accessible via a lift while South tower requires 343 steps to go up.

  • Due to time restriction, we did not go to the north tower but did the south tower, which is the higher tower (137 meters) and offers a view over the rooftops of Vienna. Well, to be frank, we weren't impressed after the sweat and effort to climb up the tower. We found ourselves in a confined room with windows around. That's definitely not what we expected at all for a "viewpoint". So yeah, if you ask me, I'd say don't bother unless you don't mind peeping through windows and fences for a view. Go for the North tower, you do not have to strain yourself with steep steps, you get fresh air and you can see the beautiful cathedral rooftop tiles closeup too.

  • Renovation was going on when we were there and I believe that would take a while, hence expect some view restriction due to renovation work.

  • Official website: http://www.stephanskirche.at/index.jsp?menuekeyvalue=2&langid=2

Interior of the cathedral

Catacombs tour next departure time and admission fee details at the meeting point inside the catheral

The stairs down to the catacombs - photos were not allowed beyond this point.

This was what we came up to after a tiring climb at South tower. Certainly not what we have expected, quite disappointed.

Only get to enjoy the view through the gap of the window grills.

The narrow spiral stairs we got to climb for south tower


 

More useful information:

Accommodation in Vienna: Hotel Am Konzerthaus (M Gallery by Sofitel)

Train line to travel in/out Vienna: OBB - https://www.oebb.at/en/


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