Top five things to do in Vienna on a budget
Famous for its rich musical past and stunning Imperial palaces, Vienna is fast becoming one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. Usually when a place builds in popularity, that means the prices of activities in the area go up too, but luckily there are still tonnes of things to do in Austria’s capital that are cheap and cheerful. Here are my top favourites…
A must-see for foodies, this is Vienna’s most popular market, and has been supplying the locals with fresh produce since it began in the 16th century. From exotic herbs and cheeses from around the world, to freshly-baked, traditional Viennese treats, you’ll be able to find everything to satisfy your hunger pains here, and all at the best prices. There are even a handful of affordable restaurants selling the freshest sushi and seafood dishes you’ll find anywhere in Austria.
Vienna State Opera
In the old days, only the richest families and wealthy elites of Vienna would have been seen at the Vienna State Opera house, but these days, it’s open to people from all walks of life who simply want to appreciate this musical art form. The trick to getting tickets here for the lowest prices, is to book well in advance via a credible ticket-seller such as viennaoperatickets.com – just make sure you book quickly as the most famous shows sell-out quickly!
If you’re visiting Vienna for its diverse cultural scene, the best place you can head is the Museumsquartier. With a wide variety of exhibits on offer, from Imperial paintings through to contemporary sculptures, there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy. If you’re trying to stick to a budget though, the Geldmuseum, Kunsthalle am Karlsplatz, Bezirksmuseen and MUSA are free to enter all year round, but many others are free on the first Sunday of every month – it’s worth checking out whether your favourite galleries and museums are in this category.
Prater is a large public park located in the Leopoldstadt, and is much loved by locals. It’s free to enter if you’d like to lay in the sunshine or enjoy a picnic, but if you’re able to spend a little more, it’s well worth stopping by the Wurstelprater amusement park that sits off to one side. With classic carnival games, food huts and plenty of rides on offer, there’s something for all the family here – I’d recommend taking a vertical turn on the Wiener Riesenrad too, which is a vintage Ferris wheel well-known on the Viennese skyline.
Finally, for anyone in your group who sees themselves as an explorer, the Vienna Woods provide many picturesque hiking trails full of wildlife and natural beauty. Head up to Kahlenberg hill for unparalleled views of the city, and even take a tour around the local vineyards, which are situated on the hillsides where the soil is more fertile.
Are you headed to Vienna this year?