With our increasingly active lifestyle as of late, it’s not surprising that city or weekend breaks are now more popular than ever. Sure, one can argue that 48 hours is not enough in order to see a city or to really get a taste of what the culture is like.
However, even though you don’t really have the time to get “intimate” with the surroundings, 48 hours is still a lot of time that can be spent visiting any city. Located almost in the heart of Europe, making it incredibly accessible, Vienna is one of the best cities for a quick 48-hour city break, because it has a staggering amount of tourist attractions located close to each other.
Let us tell you right off the bat, no trip to Vienna, long or short, would be complete without a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace, one of Europe’s most interesting and beautiful UNESCO-listed palaces. It has over 1,440 rooms, huge gardens, ornate fountains, wide green lawns, and some very romantic walking paths. It may be a perfect example of Baroque beauty, but then nothing beats a short stroll around the grounds with your loved one in the warmer months.
If you want to add a bit of fun to your short stay in Vienna, then visiting Prater is a must. Prater is the largest and most famous public park in Vienna. Not only does it host the Wurstelprater, the oldest amusement park in the world, but it’s also a place for getting outstanding panoramic photos of the city.
Ringstrasse in translation means “the ring road.” It runs around the center of Vienna, past some of the capital’s most impressive landmarks and buildings. Along the way, you can see the Vienna State Opera, the Imperial Palace, the Parliament, the Natural history Museum, and the City Hall.
You will have to grab something to eat during your short stay in Vienna. You can mix pleasure with “business” on this account and pay a quick visit to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s biggest food market. It’s built over the Wien river, and it has two main alleyways, one dominated by restaurants, and others by food stores and stalls.
St. Stephens Cathedral
St. Stephens Cathedral is one of the city’s most prominent architectural landmarks. It’s a gorgeous Gothic cathedral that stands tall at almost 137 meters. It’s impressive to look at from below, it’s just as impressive inside, but the cherry on top of the cake is the view it offers from the top. To be rewarded with one of the best views in the city, you’ll have to undergo a 343-step climb.
Vienna is renowned for being a city of culture. The city’s museum quarter is represented by an area of 60,000 m2, with over 70 cultural institutions. Here is a list with some that are definitely worth a visit: the Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum, and Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna.
We hope this guide will prove useful and that you’ll have enough time to visit everything on it.