Moreover, through this guide, we will help you have amazing days in Vienna. Thus, with less hassle and more tips about the city.
From basic information to where to stay, what to do and what to eat for one week in Vienna. We all have it here.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Vienna
- How to get around
- What to see in Vienna
- Things to do in Vienna
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Vienna
- Itinerary for Vienna
- Packing List
- City Map
And if your excited, we are too. Thus, we are very glad to give you a hand on your 7 days in Vienna or just your simple weekend tour for 2 or days.
Make sure read our handwritten guide to the 18 fun things to do in Vienna – beyond the tourist trail. You will also need a place to stay, so check out our insider guide on where to stay in Vienna for first-time visitors.
Furthermore, as travelers too, it warms our heart also to help others to have an amazing adventure in places like Vienna.
Also, the City of Music is where a rich history lies and great architecture stands. From amazing people to stunning destinations, surely you will love Vienna as we did.
Finally, without further ado, let’s explore and conquer Vienna.
1. Basic Introduction
Of course, we want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Vienna.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: German is the national language in Austria. Therefore, the majority of the population in Vienna speak German.
Nevertheless, don’t you worry because they can speak fluent English, too. Especially the educated and young populace of the city. However, some locals can also follow Spanish, French and Italian, too.
Population: 1.9 Million
Known for: For one thing, the city is packed with beautiful palaces and monuments. From Habsburg Emperors and other nobility including the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and Schönbrunn.
Moreover, it is also known as the city where the famous composer Beethoven used to live.
Accommodation: Certainly, you can find and choose from great luxury 5-star hotels to very budget-friendly hostels to stay in your one week in Vienna. Besides, there are also amazing apartments you can check out in the city.
Public Transport: You can easily go around the city through their public bus, train, tram, and subway services. Aside from being cheap, fast and rarely overcrowded, tickets cover all these very efficient transportations, too.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Vienna is relatively safe for travelers.
Though violent crimes and muggings are rare here, pick-pocketing and bag snatching are common in Vienna. Hence, the same as many European big cities. As a result, just take the normal precautions against pickpockets and you’ll easily avoid getting robbed or scammed.
City name: Some may claim that Vienna came from the word “Vedunia” which means “forest stream”. On the other hand, some claims that it is the Roman settlement name of Celtic extraction “Vindobona” which meant “fair village, white settlement”.
But now, people call Vienna either the City of Music or the Imperial City.
However, in German, the city is called Wien.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Above all, remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Vienna
In particular, Vienna is the largest city in Austria and is made up of 23 Districts.
And as a first-time traveler, we knew you’d be confused about where to stay in your one week in Vienna. Therefore to help you decide, we have made a list of categories you might consider in choosing a place to stay in.
Furthermore, we have also made a map so you could easily picture where things are and see where you should go.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof
- Family-Friendly Hostel: Hostel Ruthensteiner
- Couples: Grand Hotel Wien
- Luxury Traveler: The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
- Design Lovers: Hotel Sans Souci Wien
- Groups: Hostel Ruthensteiner
- Solo-Traveler: Hostel Ruthensteiner
- Nightlife Traveler: Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof or Wombat’s City Hostel
- On a low budget: Do Step Inn Hostel
Furthermore, here we cover all neighborhoods, and for which type of traveler we recommend the areas and hotels.
Read our complete guide on where to stay in Vienna for first-time visitors.
2.1 Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof – Best Hotel for Families
Expect to have access to a sauna and fitness center during your stay at Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.
Very ideal for families. Plus, rooms are installed with a flat-screen tv and have children’s television networks. Even more, there is also an indoor play area for the kids.
Furthermore, the hotel offers a bike rental so you could cycle around the city. Another thing, kids will also appreciate the game room.
Unquestionably, your one week in Vienna would be easier through your stay in Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof.
Good to know: The hotel is very wheelchair friendly. Thus, they offer auditory guidance, visual aids in tactile signs and braille. There is also an emergency cord in the bathroom.
2.2 Hostel Ruthensteiner – Best Hostel for Families, Groups and Solo Traveler
Offering a garden and a terrace, Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of the best hostel ideals for exploring Vienna.
Located just walking distance to Palace Schoenbrunn and the city center. Even more, it is the perfect fit for a family, groups and even solo travelers.
Plus, the hostel also features a bar that will surely spice up your nights for one week in Vienna.
Good to know: They have a guitar, piano, and drums in the music area. Moreover, you can freely use and boast to play an instrument.
2.3 Grand Hotel Wien – Best for Couples
Spoil yourself with 5 restaurants, 2 bars, a spa area, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Vienna at Grand Hotel Wien.
Furthermore, enjoy their wellness facilities and get a free sauna and a steam bath. Even more, a separate ladies-only area, a relaxation zone and a cardio area with the latest equipment.
Plus, guests can take advantage of the free use of the business center.
Good to know: Also, the hotel offers babysitting and child services to make the most of your stay for one week in Vienna.
2.4 The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna – Best for Luxury Lovers
Stay in luxury with a 5-star hotel, stay in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna.
Enjoy luxurious rooms and suites. And all with a minibar and a Geneva sound system with an iPod docking station.
Moreover, get to enjoy the hotel’s The Atmosphere Rooftop Bar. More than a place to grab your drinks, it certainly does offer one of the best panoramic views of Vienna.
Furthermore, the hotel also offers The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Indulge yourself at the largest indoor pool in the center of Vienna with underwater music. Plus a fitness room, separate saunas and steam baths for men and women, and six spa suites for unforgettable spa treatments.
Good to know: The Ritz-Carlton also offers a Club Lounge with private check-in and an exclusive concierge service.
2.5 Hotel Sans Souci Wien – Best for Design Lovers
Directly opposite the Museum Quarter is the Hotel Sans Souci Wien.
The hotel features a bar and the Veranda restaurant where they serve Austrian and international cuisines. Even more, guests can also take advantage of the Sans Souci Spa and use the indoor pool.
Moreover, the Sans Souci Spa also offers guests a sauna, a steam bath, and a relaxing area free of charge.
Good to know: The hotel is also suited for families since they offer babysitting services, kid’s meals, and children’s television networks.
2.6 Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof – Best for Nightlife Traveler
Motel One Wien-Hauptbahnhof features a bar decorated with Arne Jacobsen chairs and Swarovski chandeliers.
Located in Vienna’s Westbahnhof transport hub and shopping complex. Therefore, a perfect avenue to meet people from all over the world.
Besides, rooms are designed stylishly and are installed with a flat-screen satellite TV, a mobile workstation. Even more, a designed bathroom with elegant furnishings and a rain shower.
Good to know: Motel One Wein-Hauptbahnhof is only a 10-minute underground ride from the city center.
Another great option for backpacker in Vienna is the Wombat’s City Hostel. It is a fun hostel with party ambiance and comfy dorms.
2.7 Do Step Inn Hostel – CHEAP Deal
If you’re looking for very budget-friendly accommodation, then there is no better place than Do Step Inn Hostel.
The hostel offers great free amenities you can surely take advantage of. To name a few, get free linen, free towel and shower, free lockers in dorms, free luggage storage and free city maps.
Moreover, you can cook your meals at the fully equipped kitchen since there is no available catering at the hostel.
However, there are vending machines available at the hostel for your convenience.
Good to know: There’s no curfew and no lock-out so you can come and go as you please.