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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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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna
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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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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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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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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Concert in St. Anne's Church Vienna: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert

Concert in St. Anne's Church Vienna: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert

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Discover a highlight in Vienna's cultural calendar and enjoy an evening of beautiful music during this classical concert in St. Anne's Church. Take your seat and admire the building’s breathtaking architecture. When the orchestra starts up, listen as your favorite pieces of classical music come to life and marvel at the impressive acoustics. Hear classical pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert from the talented string ensemble, and enjoy beautiful solos from performers of international renown.
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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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Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna
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Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna

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Explore Salzburg's Mirabell Gardens and UNESCO-listed Old Town on this day trip from Vienna. Led by a local guide, enjoy the stunning drive to Salzburg, stopping at Lake Mondsee and winding through the Austrian Alps. Upon arriving, take a guided walking tour of Mozart's home town and visit the gardens of Mirabell Palace. Your day trip concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna With Catamaran Cruise on Danube
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna With Catamaran Cruise on Danube

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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, Maximilian Fountain and St. Martin's Cathedral. 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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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna With Hotel Pick-Up

Budapest Day Trip from Vienna With Hotel Pick-Up

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Make the most out of your trip to Europe with a day trip to Budapest from Vienna. Enjoy the scenery of the Hungarian countryside as you travel eastward with your guide. See top attractions when you arrive, including the Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square and the panoramic views of Fisherman’s Bastion. Your day trip to Budapest will conclude with transportation back to Vienna.
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Kursalon: Strauss and Mozart Concert Including 4-Course Dinner
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Kursalon: Strauss and Mozart Concert Including 4-Course Dinner

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Soak up Austrian music and cuisine with a gourmet dinner and concert at the Kursalon Vienna. Begin your evening with four courses of authentic fare at the Restaurant Johann inside the stunning Kursalon Vienna concert hall. After dinner, make your way to your seat in Lanner Hall for a performance of classical masterpieces from Mozart and Strauss, accompanied by ballet dancers and opera singers. Upgrade your ticket to include front-row seating and a sparkling glass of wine.
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Vienna City Bike Tour

Vienna City Bike Tour

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Cycle through the streets of Vienna on this bike and city tour. Led by a local guide, pedal past top attraction such as the Albertina, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Stadtpark, and Heldenplatz. As you travel along bike paths and quieter streets, your guide will discuss the fascinating stories behind each landmark. Enjoy your choice of a morning, afternoon or evening departure.
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Schönbrunn Palace Concert in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace Concert in Vienna

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Soak up the melodies of Strauss and Mozart with a concert in one of the world’s most renowned music venues, Vienna’s Orangery at Schonbrunn Palace. This location was even the setting for the competition between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in 1786, probably the only time this ever occurred! Choose from four ticket categories and settle into your seat to hear the works of Mozart and Strauss performed by the Schonbrunn Palace Orchestra. Accompanied by singers and musicians, the concert comprises virtuosos from top conservatories. Upgrade to a VIP ticket for a glass of sparkling wine and a CD at intermission!
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Vienna City Center Small-Group Walking Tour

Vienna City Center Small-Group Walking Tour

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Get personalized attention on this small-group walking tour of Vienna. With an intimate group of just 15 people or fewer, see highlights such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg Palace. Learn about the history, culture, and famous residents of Vienna from your guide as you walk.
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Evening at Schönbrunn Palace Vienna: 3-course Dinner and Concert

Evening at Schönbrunn Palace Vienna: 3-course Dinner and Concert

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Experience an evening of Viennese culture with a dinner and concert at the Schönbrunn Palace. The Panorama Train will take the guests on a ride through the garden of the Schönbrunn to the restaurant. There guests enjoy a 3-course-menu. After the dinner, the chauffeur brings the visitors to the Orangery to enjoy the highlight of the evening: the “Schoenbrunn Palace Concerts”.
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  • 4 hours
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Vienna Evening Sightseeing Cruise With Music and Dinner

Vienna Evening Sightseeing Cruise With Music and Dinner

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See Vienna illuminated at night on this 3.5-hour cruise along the Danube River. Hop aboard your boat and savor a dinner of traditional Austrian dishes served buffet-style, as live Viennese music keeps the mood festive. As the sun sets over the city, soak up stunning views of the capital’s top attractions while gliding along the Danube River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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