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How to Spend 3 Days in Vienna

How to Spend 3 Days in Vienna

From classical concerts to food-focused city strolls, the capital city of Austria is full of fun things to do. Plan ahead to experience Vienna’s river cruises and bike tours. Options for day trips include nearby wine country or other cities such as Salzburg. Here are a few ways to spend three days in Vienna. 

Day 1: All About History and Architecture

Discover classic Vienna, including its top historic and architectural landmarks, on an introductory tour. Cover ground quickly with a hop-on hop-off bus tour that allows you to design your own itinerary, or take a city walking tour, passing by Gothic architecture and the Hofburg Palace. To get your heart pumping, explore the city by bike on a guided afternoon cycling tour that includes pedaling past the Vienna State Opera and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. After dark, catch a glimpse of the city illuminated at night with an evening boat tour along the Danube. Some evening river cruise include foods typical to Austria and live music. 

Day 2: Culture Now and Then

Get to know Vienna’s cultural side through its food and music. By day, set out on a small-group walking tour focused on the city’s culinary scene. Eat and drink your way through Vienna, sipping coffee and nibbling cheese and chocolate as you stroll among bakeries, markets, and coffeehouses. By night, there are many options for classical music concerts throughout Vienna. Book tickets for a concert only or a concert with dinner, such as at the Schonbrunn Palace. Other options include a classical concert of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert at St. Anne’s Church and a classical concert of Johann Strauss and Mozart at Kursalon Vienna. 

Day 3: Explore Beyond Vienna

Vienna is in a prime location for day trips to destinations in Austria and beyond. Planned tours make it easy to spend a day exploring nearby cities such as Salzburg, Budapest, and Bratislava. In addition to city day trips, themed tours are popular. On a wine-focused tour of the Wachau Valley, visitors head into the Austrian countryside and see charming villages and perhaps take a river cruise. Other tour options into the Austrian countryside visit Melk Abbey in Wachau Valley. Typical day tours might include an Austrian meal, views of castles and vineyards, and/or a cruise. 

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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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Kursalon Vienna: Johann Strauss and Mozart Concert

Kursalon Vienna: Johann Strauss and Mozart Concert

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Enjoy an evening of Viennese classical music during a performance at the Kursalon Vienna concert hall. Listen to renowned works from Mozart and Strauss in a show complete with opera singers, ballet dancers, piano concertos and more. Settle into your selected seat and enjoy the very spot where the waltz was made famous in the 19th century.
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna Including Catamaran Cruise
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna Including Catamaran Cruise

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See Slovakia’s vibrant capital city on this day trip from Vienna to Bratislava. Led by an expert guide, explore the city’s top attractions, including Michael’s Gate and Grassalkovich Palace. Afterward, enjoy lunch and some free time to wander on your own. Your tour includes a scenic Danube River cruise via high-speed catamaran back to Vienna.
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Vienna's Highlights: Food, Coffee and Market Small Group Walking Experience

Vienna's Highlights: Food, Coffee and Market Small Group Walking Experience

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Eat, drink, repeat on this guided walking tour that salutes Vienna’s famed culinary reputation. Walk from the city center to Neubau, stopping to sample coffee, strudel of the season, and fresh foods from eateries and markets, and learning about Vienna’s culinary history along the way.
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