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Day Trips from Vienna

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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.

Contributed by Sasha Heseltine

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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Discover the exquisite landscapes of Austria’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wachau Valley on this day trip from Vienna along the famed Danube River. Travel by ...  Read more

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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

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