What to do in Vienna in 3 days?
Romantic Things to do in Vienna for Couples
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Vienna…it’s probably one of the most famous cities on this planet. Everybody has heard about this beautiful capital of Austria. Even though our homeland, Poland, is located quite close to it, we have not been there for a long time. When our wedding anniversary was approaching, we decided to spend a weekend in Vienna to celebrate. After quick research, we found out that there are many romantic things to do in Vienna, and the city is perfect for couples. We couldn’t think of a better place to unwind, focus on our love, and strengthen our bond.
2 or 3 days in Vienna is not a long time – this city has a lot to offer, so you won’t get bored, even if you decide to spend a week or more there. For us, one weekend was all we had.
In this post, we are giving you our 3 days Vienna itinerary. You will see all the important places, have a chance to truly feel the atmosphere of the city, and make the most of your romantic weekend in Vienna.
Our itinerary includes free time: you will find out what to do in Vienna in 2 days, and you’ll still have some time to relax or join one of the interesting tours in Vienna.
Day 1 of Vienna romantic weekend
The first thing to do is to go to your hotel to check-in or leave your luggage. We’ve been staying at 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier. More about the best places to stay in Vienna later on in this article.
Prater public park is one of the best places to visit in Vienna in 2 days. There is always a lot going on there, although it’s getting really busy in the summertime. Attractions available all year round include:
Almost every city has a ferris wheel, and so does the capital of Austria. It’s one of the most romantic places Vienna. The views from the top of the wheel are absolutely breathtaking! You can either buy standard tickets or book a private, luxury cabin with dinner for two included.
Museums of wax figures are famous all over the world. Even though we have visited those in London, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, we still enjoy going to the new ones. The wax statues are so realistic that it is very easy to believe they are actual human beings. In London, we were standing for 5 minutes next to a girl who was taking a photo of Jennifer Lopez’s statue. Then we realized that she is not a tourist, but a wax statue as well!
Visiting Madame Tussauds is one of the Vienna indoor activities, so if you are looking for the things to do in Vienna in January or any other winter month, that’s your place to go.
Buy your Madame Tussauds ticket online to save time and money.
Spring & summer attractions at Prater (from 15th March):
Spending time at Prater’s amusement park is one of the best things to do in Vienna in summer. There are many awesome attractions there, including roller coasters, haunted houses, go-karts, and more.
Autumn attractions at Prater:
An amusement park and…Oktoberfest! It’s usually at the end of September / at the beginning of October. The dates of this famous beer festival are different every year. Check out this website for the latest updates.
The admission to Oktoberfest is free of charge. People have fun there all day, so you can have a beer even in the morning.
We absolutely loved the happy atmosphere of Oktoberfest in the romantic Vienna! Austrians and tourists of all ages were dancing, singing, laughing and celebrating together.
Winter attractions at Prater:
Visiting Christmas Market is one of the best things to do in Vienna in winter! It usually starts in the middle of November and ends at the beginning of January. Drink mulled wine, eat local food and listen to live music on weekends. If your romantic hotel Vienna is located near Prater, you can even come here more than once during a short stay!
After having fun at Prater, eat dinner in one of many romantic restaurants in Vienna. Our choice was The Bank in the Park Hyatt hotel.
The restaurant is located in the heart of Old Town and has a luxurious interior. It’s where we had the best food in Vienna. Our schnitzel was out of this world!
If you still wonder where to eat in Vienna, check out these romantic dinner options:
Day 2 of Vienna romantic weekend
Austrian Parliament Building
The Parliament is located very close to the Old Town in Vienna. We absolutely loved the architecture of Austria’s Parliament building. The high, winding stairs and the monumental bronze horse tamer are sights we will never forget.
It is possible to take a guided tour of Parliament, but since our time in Vienna was limited, it was better for us to take some photos from the outside and go on to the next tourist attraction. Even if you only have 3 days in Vienna, we recommend at least stopping by the Parliament.
Hofburg Palace is located close to the Parliament (5-10 minutes walking). It’s one of the most beautiful places in Vienna.
The entrance to Hofburg is located at the Sisi Museum. On the lower floor, you can see the original cutleries, dishwares, and tablecloths of the Habsburg family.
The upper floor, which includes the Royal Apartments and the Sisi Museum, is even more interesting. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take photos of anything that we saw. We spent more than two hours there reading about Empress Elisabeth and her extraordinary life.
She was just a girl when she married Franz Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, and had to leave her idyllic home in Bavaria to move to the palace. She felt like a bird in a golden cage. Her biggest dream was freedom, and she couldn’t have it because of her royal duties.
We are full-time travelers, so we understand her more than anyone. Nothing is more liberating than being able to do everything that you want, whenever you want.
There is one quote we saw at the Sisi Museum that we really relate to:
I am a seagull, of no land,
i call no shore my home,
i am bound to no place,
I fly from wave to wave.
North Sea songs 7, 1885
Hofburg Imperial Palace is a place you need to include in your Vienna itinerary 3 days.
Jewish Museum (optional)
We really loved visiting the Jewish Museum, but we understand that it may not be the best option for a Vienna romantic weekend. Learning about antisemitism is not the perfect way to relax with someone you love.
We like history and we are kind of nerds, so we went there right after visiting Hofburg Palace. If you only have 3 or 2 days in Vienna, you can skip the Jewish Museum and move to the next point of our tour.
Hands down, your 3 perfect days in Vienna won’t be complete without visiting the Schonbrunn Palace. For us, it was the best tourist attraction in the city! We book a City Discovery tour that included visiting a palace, a romantic dinner and a classical music concert (going to one of the concerts in Vienna was high on our bucket list).
Spending more than 6 hours in one of the most beautiful castles in Europe is something we will never forget. Why?
First of all, you are treated like a VIP. You will see the best parts of Schonbrunn that most people don’t have access to. You will also have some free time to wander around the palace’s gardens and take some photos (they are one of the best photography locations in Vienna)
Secondly, you will have a delicious, 3-course candlelight dinner in the palace restaurant. It is probably one of the best places to eat in Vienna.
Lastly, the classical music concert was incredible! We are not really into operas and operettas. To be honest, we get bored really quickly and want to leave after the first two songs.
But it was totally different at Schoenbrunn palace!
The concert was a highlight of our weekend Vienna, it was a show, with a charismatic conductor and musicians full of positive energy.
During every one or two songs, you will see performances by ballet dancers, singers or mime artists.
They were really AMAZING! We were tired after our busy day of sightseeing, but after this concert, we didn’t even want to go to sleep. We had a chance to experience Vienna at night, and it was great.
As City Discovery guests, we sat in the first row, which was awesome. We could see the faces of the artists and every small detail of each performance. Complimentary glasses of sparkling wine (Prosecco) during a break were a nice surprise. We felt really special for an entire evening.
You can book your own Schonbrunn Palace tour here:
Day 3 of Vienna romantic weekend
Your last day in the capital city of Austria should be spent the way you like. We recommend taking one of the Vienna guided tours. Here are the arguably best of them:
Vienna Walking Tour
Even though you have already seen most of the important sights of Vienna, it’s so much different when you are with a guide. You will hear interesting stories, and see the city from a local perspective. Vienna walking tours are affordable for everyone, the prices are ranging from $20 to $40 per person. If you are traveling on a budget, choose Vienna free tour (you should tip your guide anyway).
Skip the lines and book your Vienna walking tour—> here.
Vienna Bus Tour
Don’t feel like walking? You can always travel by Vienna sightseeing bus. It’s up to you whether you will stay there the entire time or leave to explore the specific tourist attraction.
Save your time and book Big Bus Vienna tour online–> here.
Vienna Bike Tour
If you don’t want to walk or take a bus tour, consider joining Vienna bike tour. It’s a perfect way to get to know the city and burn some calories.
Skip the lines and book our Vienna bike tour online—> here.
Vienna Segway Tour
Last but not least- there is one more way to explore the city. Vienna segway tour is perfect for those of you who pefer to stay outdoor, move fast but don’t really want to get tired.
Save your time and money and book your Vienna segway tour online–> here.
Vienna Night Tour
Looking for some thrill? Join a night walking tour in Vienna to explore the most haunted places in the city! You will be surprised how many creepy stories are connected with Vienna’s most famous spots.
Skip the lines and book your Vienna night tour online–> here.
Pub Crawl Vienna Tour
Can you think of a better way to experience Vienna at night, than to walk between the bars with a local guide? Join pub crawl Vienna tour to make new friends and have fun along the way!
Save your time and money, and book your pub crawl Vienna tour online—> here.
Vienna Food Tour
If you want to get to know Austria food culture, there is no better way than joining Vienna food tour. You will visit the local market, try some of the best Austrian dishes, and hear the stories behind each food you eat.
Skip the lines and book your Vienna food tour online–> here.
Vienna Boat Tour
Taking Vienna cruise may be a highlight of your trip to Austria. You will enjoy delicious food while watching the city from a completely different perspective.
Save the time and money and book your Vienna boat tour online–> here.
Vienna Wine Tour
It’s a truly local experience. You will visit three wineries, have a chance to try different kinds of wine at each location, talk with locals and find out all about the wine-making process.
Skip the lines and book Vienna wine tour online–> here.
Vienna Beer Tour
Vienna craft beer may not be the most famous in the world but it’s really delicious! Join a tour where you will have a chance to try the local drinks and learn about the brewing process.
Skip the lines and book Vienna beer tour online–> here.
The other interesting Vienna excursions:
- Vienna photography tour,
- Vienna private tour with a local guide,
- Vienna ferris wheel dinner for two (which is a pretty romantic experience!)
- the Scavenger Hunt (awesome Vienna self guided tour)
This weekend is all about love, so you should spend the last hours in Vienna with your partner. You can stay in bed or walk around romantic Vienna as we did.
Best places to stay in Vienna
Romantic hotel Vienna for Budget Travelers
If you wonder where to stay Vienna if you are traveling on a budget, check out Best Apartments. It’s arguably the cheapest place to stay in Vienna for couples. You will need to share a bathroom and kitchen with other travelers but the private room will be only for you and your partner. The hotel is not located in the city center but you can take 15 minutes tram ride there, or simply walk for half an hour.
Check out the latest prices for Best Apartments Vienna–> click here.
Romantic hotel Vienna for Luxury Travelers
Grand Hotel Wien is arguably the best Vienna spa hotel. It’s centrally located, has luxurious interiors, and comfy rooms.
Check out the latest prices for Grand Hotel Wien–> click here.
Romantic hotel Vienna for Everyone
We’ve been staying at the awesome 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier. It is located in the heart of the city within the walking distance to all the best tourist attractions, such as the Parliament, Hofburg Palace, Old Town, etc.
What we liked the most about our hotel is the circus-style design (which you can see in the photos below). We had everything we needed: a delicious breakfast, a comfortable bed, fast WiFi and free bottled water. It is definitely one of the best Vienna romantic hotels.
Check out the latest prices for 25hours hotel Vienna—> click here.
Check out this map to search for more romantic hotels in Vienna:
Where to go next?
After spending a romantic Vienna weekend, it’s time to explore other amazing places in Europe. If you are interested in best day trips from Vienna, or you are simply looking for some inspiration on where to travel next, check out these awesome destinations:
Vienna to Salzburg, Austria
Have you ever watched The Sound of Music? If not, do it before your trip from Vienna to Salzburg! It’s where this famous movie was filmed.
Even though both cities are located in Austria, it will take about 3 hours to travel between them. The fastest option is the car (find best car rent Vienna here) or Vienna to Salzburg train – the cost is about 25 euro, and the journey time is 2,5h. It doesn’t really make sense to take a bus, as it’s more expensive and the traveling time is much longer (about 4h).
Arguably the best choice is to book a day trip from Vienna to Salzburg. You will be picked up from your hotel, taken to all the important places in Salzburg, and you will go back to Vienna on the very same day.
Vienna to Budapest, Hungary
The capital cities of Hungary and Austria are located really close to each other. It will take you less than 3 hours to get from Vienna to Budapest.
Vienna to Budapest train is leaving almost every hour. The prices start at 24 euro per person. Save your time and book your tickets online here.
The second option is to take Vienna to Budapest bus. The traveling time is almost the same but it’s much cheaper – the cost is about 10 euro per person. Skip the lines and book your tickets for Vienna to Budapest bus online here.
Check out our Romantic Guide to Budapest.
Vienna to Prague, Czechia
The capital of Czech Republic is not that far from Vienna either. You will get there in about 3,5 hours.
Check out our 3 days in Prague itinerary.
Vienna to Berlin, Germany
If you decided to travel to Prague, you are already halfway between Vienna and Berlin. The capital of Germany is one of the most famous cities in Europe. It has many amazing places to visit, including The Cathedral, that is a landmark of Berlin.
The easiest way to get from Vienna to Berlin is by car (click here if you want to hire car Vienna). You can also travel by train or by bus (it’s the cheapest option). The journey will take 8-11 hours, so best is to travel at night.
Vienna to Venice, Italy
Being in Europe and not seeing its most unique city would be a big mistake! Traveling from Vienna to Venice will take at least 6 hours. The fastest option is, of course, going by car (click here to find cheap car rental Vienna). You can also use public transport: bus ticket costs about 35 euro one way, it will take 8h 40 minutes to get to the Water City.
You can also take Vienna to Venice train Trenitalia is the cheapest choice (29 euro+) but it’s also really slow. The traveling time takes about 11h. Railjet is more expensive (50 euro) but you will be in Venice in less than 8h.
Vienna to Paris, France
Paris is considered as the world’s most romantic city. It’s definitely worth visiting although it’s quite far away from Vienna. Driving between these two European capitals will take at least 13 hours. There is no direct Vienna to Paris train. Bus ride is definitely too long. Here you can search for the cheap flights from Vienna to Paris.
Check out our Romantic Guide to Paris.
Vienna to Zurich, Switzerland
Hands down, Zurich in Switzerland is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s definitely worth going there. Take Vienna to Zurich train, bus, or travel there by car (want to rent car Vienna? Click here to find the best deals). No matter which way of transport will you choose, it will take at least 7,5h to get there.
Check out our Romantic Guide to Zurich.
Vienna to Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia is a lovely, small country that recently became one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Its capital, Ljubljana, has a beautiful old town and the castle hill. The traveling time between Ljubljana and Vienna is not long, about 4-5 hours. You can either get there by car (if you are interested in car hire in Vienna, click here) or bus. There is no direct train from Ljubljana to Vienna, you will have to switch trains at least once.
Arguably the best choice is to take a guided day trip to Slovenia. Book your day trip from Vienna to Ljubljana online here.
Vienna to Krakow, Poland
Krakow has been chosen as the best European destination for a city break. No wonder why: the city has heartbreakingly beautiful Old Town, amazing monuments, and very rich history. It’s also one of the cheapest places to travel in Europe. It will take you about 7 hours to travel from Vienna to Krakow. Go by car (click here to find the best car hire Vienna), or take public transport. Trains are a more expensive option, so it’s better to take a bus from Vienna to Krakow. Save your time and book the tickets online here.
Vienna Travel Blog Tips
|Vienna currency||Euro €|
|Austria visa cost||Adults 60€
Children 6-12 yr 35€
Children under 6 yr free
|Best time to visit Austria||April-October|
|Best Vienna taxi||Vienna Uber (click to get the first ride for free)|
|Vienna taxi number||+43 676 7861065
+43 664 3661660
+43 676 5555220
|Money exchange Vienna||At the airport or in the city center. Use Multicurrency Card to reduce the fees.|
|What to pack for Austria?||Clothes suitable for the weather, passport, Multicurrency Card.|
|Vienna airport transfer||Book here.|
|What to eat in Vienna?||Apfelstrudel, Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte, Topfenstrudel, Palatschinken, Tafelspitz, more here.|
|What to buy in Vienna?||See here.|
Disclosure: We want to thank 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier for the complimentary stay & City Discovery for our complimentary tour. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.