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Day Trips from Vienna

By Viator, April 2014

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There is so much to see in romantic Vienna, from Baroque palaces to world-class museums and classical concerts. And if that is not enough, any of the suggestions below make a diverting day trip from the city of Strauss and white horses.

Wachau Valley Wine Tasting

Take day trips from Vienna on the Danube River to learn about Austrian wines in the Wachau Valley, and enjoy lunch at a typical Austrian heurige (inn) before exploring the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dürnstein, where English King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned on his way back from the Crusades in 1192.

Salzburg

Explore the birthplace of Mozart, a beautiful city mad on music with splendid castles, great museums, and the Baroque Schloss Mirabell with its extraordinary gardens full of trick fountains. The journey is half the fun here as the road winds past lakes Fuschl and Wolfgang and the snowy peaks of the Alps, providing panoramic mountain views.

Prague

Take advantage of Vienna’s position at the very heart of central Europe and take a day trip to Prague in the Czech Republic for centuries of history. Dominated by its castle, the city spreads out below on both sides of the Vltava River in a charming mix of Gothic and Baroque architecture. The Old Town is the heart of the city, buzzing with life and dominated by its cobbled market square; from here it’s just a short walk to Wenceslas Square, where history was made in 1989 when the violence-free Velvet Revolution brought the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia.

Bratislava

Just 40 miles (64 km) east of Vienna across the border into Slovakia lies compact Bratislava with its enchanting Old Town, medieval fortifications, castle, and tumultuous history. This city has been by turn Celt, Roman, German, Hungarian, and most recently Czech, before finding independence in 1993. There are 18th-century Rococo palaces to explore, an informative Museum of Jewish Culture, the Slovak National Theatre, and St Martin’s Cathedral, where Hungarian emperors were once crowned. Make the return journey to Vienna aboard a high-speed catamaran up the Danube River through the Donau-Auen National Park.

Budapest

East of Vienna over the border with Hungary, Budapest sprawls over the bank of the Danube River; historically two separate cities united by the magnificent Chain Bridge. It’s a city of castles, opera houses, great Baroque public buildings lining the river, equally famous for its thermal springs and atmospheric bath houses as it is for its streets of Art Nouveau mansion houses. In summer Budapest becomes party central in central Europe when crowds of cool youngsters gather on Margaret Island and in the city parks and bars to make music and merry.

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Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 59 Reviews

While in Prague, don't miss this special opportunity to visit Vienna on this full-day guided trip. Discover the capital of Austria, whose historic center, rich ...  Read more

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $170.14

Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 622 Reviews

The Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna reveals the exquisite beauty of the Wachau Valley. You'll travel through gorgeous Austrian countryside and take a ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.88

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 464 Reviews

Take a drive through the enchanting countryside of western Hungary on this guided coach tour to Budapest. A city rich in traditions, it is situated on the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.57

Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 361 Reviews

While in Vienna don't miss your chance to visit Austria's other great city, Salzburg - home of Mozart and beautiful Mirabell Gardens and Palace. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.57

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 Reviews

Spend a day away from Vienna to discover the picturesque Wachau Valley in the Austrian countryside on this small-group, fully guided tour. Satisfy your ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.47

Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 206 Reviews

Spend a day in the Austrian countryside on this bike tour from Vienna! Enjoy wine tasting, easy biking through breathtaking scenery, swimming in the Danube and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.71

Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 139 Reviews

While in Vienna, don’t miss the opportunity to visit another European capital, the beautiful city of Bratislava in Slovakia. On this day trip, your ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.54

Prague Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 186 Reviews

Prague is so close to Vienna and shouldn't be missed! If your time is limited, this full day trip offers a stress-free way to visit Prague from Vienna. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.57

Vienna Woods and Mayerling Half Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 205 Reviews

Explore beautiful sites surrounding the southern part of the Vienna Woods on a half day guided coach tour. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.54

Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Spend a day cycling and wine tasting your way through one of Austria’s most beautiful winemaking regions: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley. After ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.44

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