Vienna feels like an outdoor museum. There is a lot of beauty in every corner of its city centre which makes walking around it a pleasure and the best way to get to know the Austrian capital. A weekend may not seem like enough time for a place that has so much to offer, but I left feeling like I did a lot more than what I was expecting to do! But anyway, such a magical city deserves more visits and I’m sure I will return one day but if you only have a couple of days to explore like I did, here you will get some ideas of what you could also experience in Vienna in two days. Start your day with a breakfast in a typical Viennese café. I recommend Eiles next to Rathaus metro station. There you will be able to try some of the traditional cakes in a beautiful setting surrounded by locals reading newspapers. From this part of the city you will be able to discover some of the most emblematic buildings of Vienna like the town hall or Rathaus, the parliament or the natural history museum. All these buildings are conveniently located in the popular Ringstrasse. From here walk towards Hofburg, the biggest imperial palace of the city and take your time to admire the architecture. Nearby you will also find the national library.From here you will also be close to Saint Stephen’s cathedral, the most important gothic building in the city of Vienna. It’s worth admiring the inside of this building and going up to the north tower to get a panoramic view of the city. Another building not far from here which is another landmark in the city is Karlskirche, created in 1713 to celebrate the end of the plague. This building is probably my favourite in the city because of all the architectural styles it combines; a mixture of a Greek temple, with Roman baroque and a dome on top! Another short stroll and you will find the incredible Belvedere. If you are on a budget you can visit the gardens for free but I recommend spending some euros and going inside to see some of the work created by Gustav Klimt. You will probaly be hungry by now so the café here is a great place to eat too.If you feel energetic and are interested in contemporary architecture get a map and head towards Hundertwasserhause, an expressionist landmark in Vienna.Once here you will easily get to Prater, a big public park where the Wiener Riesenrad is found. This park has become an iconic place in Vienna thanks to films such as The Third Man or Before the Sunrise. After all of this you will be tired so rest while you eat a schnitzel before going to bed!
A second day in Vienna could start with a trip to Schonbrunn which is easy to reach by metro. Once again, the gardens are free to visit but it’s worth going inside to learn some history and admire its decoration. Back in town wander around the museum quarter and the Albertina. If you still have some time go to some of the exhibitions they offer. Something I wish I had done was going to a classical music concert in Vienna. I heard that if you go to the Opera House before a concert you can get tickets for 2 euros although you will have to stand up during the performance and I was too tired for that. I will use this as an excuse to return to Vienna soon!