The must-know Do’s and Don’ts in Vienna

Dos and donts in vienna

First to Schönbrunn Palace, then hang out in the Museumsquartier and later to a tasteful district Spritzwein in Beisl? If you’re vacationing in Vienna, you’ll lose track of things.

We have written down a few tips about the dos and don’ts for you that you could use on a city trip to Vienna.


1. Dine and Wine

Dine and Wine

If you want to dine far away from the overpriced tourist restaurants in the Sacher, Figlmüller (city center), you should go to a wine tavern. As a wine tavern in Austria is called a young wine, which is served in the same locality.

If you do not want to drive into the 19th district or 21st district, you can also stop by the 9th district in the wine bar and enjoy different types of spreads or lard in the green backyard.

2. Christmas market hopping is the best thing you can do in December 

Christmas market

While the autumn weather can spoil the mood in many big cities, the Viennese enjoy their beautiful Christmas markets until New Year’s Eve. You can, of course, enjoy Christmas at Spittelberg, in Schönbrunn and for people who like it big and colorful, it’s a treat to go to the Rathausmarkt before Christmas. Rathausmarkt also offers skiing from the end of January to the beginning of March at approx 8000 meters.

3. Get a discounted ticket for the theater 

discounted theater ticket

Anyone who wants to inhale the cultural flair of Vienna can get a discounted ticket at the Volkstheater Vienna. The box office opens one hour before the performance starts.

The last-minute ticket corner at Tourist-Info Vienna on the Albertinaplatz (corner of Maysedergasse) also sells heavily-reduced remaining tickets for the current day, however, a Vienna Card is necessary for this.

4. Do not be afraid of Transdanubia

If you want to know the rough Vienna, away from Stephansplatz and Schnösel Tum, you should take the U1, U2 or U6 and head for Danube Island and Old Danube and the New Danube are. From April to October, you can chill out on the 21-kilometer-long Danube Island, have a barbecue, cycle or just watch swans.

5. Trip to the Prater is an absolute must

Prater trip

The Prater is as much a part of Vienna’s cityscape as Schönbrunn and the Danube. A six square kilometer forest and meadow area in the middle of the city – free admission. Those who have had enough of roller coasters and dino worlds should sit for an hour in the city’s largest beer garden (Schweizerhaus) and observe its surroundings.


1. Don’t Celebrate in Bermuda-Dreieck

Bermuda Dreieck

The rumor has been circulating for years that Schwedenplatz is a suitable place to celebrate. Apart from the nearby Flex on the Danube Canal, you will find puking bachelorettes, headache cocktails and Ballermann music.

2. Don’t Travel in July 

Dont Travel in July

What many tourists do not know is that it can be damn hot in Vienna. Temperatures reach over 35 degrees which makes Sightseeing, Impossible. Unless you feel like you ‘re stuck in the concrete with your flip-flops. Or to be attached to a five-liter bottle of mineral water for the duration of your entire vacation.

3. Don’t Eat Frankfurt Sausage 
Frankfurt Sausage

Viennese sausages are called Frankfurter in Vienna. Since you already know the traditional sausages, you should not be confused by the name as it ensures that after hours of dancing not only you get blistering in the mouth, but also a bad Viennese foodie moment. It also applies to Langos – a flatbread made from yeast dough, which is baked in fat. Unless you are vegan. Then you better go to the World Café for breakfast.

4. Don’t Let time out of sight – Coziness has its price 

Forgot bread, eat again at 9 PM in the supermarket? No way. In Vienna, the markets close early at 7.30 or 8.00 PM and even at 6 PM on Saturdays in Vienna, with a few exceptions of course. The Viennese alternative possibility is a petrol station. Also on Sundays pretty much everything closed.

5. Don’t Shop on the Mariahilfer Street
Mariahilfer Street

The precinct Mariahilfer is again a showpiece of Austrian strolling art. Those who do not feel like H & M, Vapiano and crowds, should stick to the corners Neubaugasse, Kirchengasse, and Westbahnstraße. There you will find concept stores, vintage shops, record shops and all the other stores where you would spend too much money on unnecessary trinkets.

6. Don’t get ripped off at the Naschmarkt

If you want to pay a visit to the Naschmarkt, you are welcome to do so unless you are not surprised by the disproportionately high prices that traders charge for the 100-gram packs of dates, nuts or stuffed peppers.

Your trip to Vienna can be made more fun by following these tips and also less expensive in some cases. Keep these tips in mind while planning the trip.

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