One of the first things you should do you’re in Vienna is going to Stephansplatz, which is basically the city centre, the ancient medieval town. There you can walk through many tiny and beautiful streets, among bookshops, cafés and souvenirs. As soon as you get out of the metro station, you see the cathedral (Stephansdom) which you can visit, and you can also climb up the South Tower to get a great view on the city. It’s 343 steep steps, but it’s totally worth it! (Student tarif: 6€)
Two streets away from the cathedral stands the Mozarthaus — formerly known as Figarohaus — one of the many places where Mozart lived while he was staying in Vienna. You can visit it (full tarif: 11€), it’s 3 floors in total with an overview of Mozart’s life, works and family. He lived in this house for three years, and this is where he composed The Marriage of Figaro as well as Don Giovanni. It’s beautiful and the audioguide is in many languages, totally worth it!
In the Hofburg, also known as the Imperial District, you can visit the National Austrian Library, which is 650 years old and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. (Student tarif: 6€)
Take your time walking around this neighbourhood because it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s full of cafés and souvenir shops, and obviously old, beautiful buildings such as the parliament and the theatre, as well as the opera. You can also visit the Sisi museum there, as well as the Theatre Museum, which is in facts, a small palace. Don’t forget to walk past the opera as well!
Further in the North of Vienna, you can go to the Prater Gardens. It used the be the imperial hunting grounds, and has now become an amusement park. You can take the old ferris-wheel and have an amazing view over the city (for 9€), go on roller-coasters and eat cinnamon donuts there, and it’s totally worth the detour.
One of the unavoidable sights in Vienna, of course, is the Schönbrunn Palace, where Marie-Antoinette spend some of her childhood, and where Sisi lived as an empress. You can visit the Palace, or just tour the gardens and walk up to the Gloriette, where you have a great overview of both the site and the city itself.
If you’re into architecture, a walk from the city center (Wien Mitte) will take you through the 3rd district to the Hundertwasser House, which is a unique (and quite famous) building. The place itself is quite pretty along with some lovely souvenir shops.
For public transports, there’s a weekly ticket available from Monday to Sunday which only costs 17.50€.
If you’re going to Vienna, be ready to walk a lot and spend a lot of time in cafés!
In the summer you can also take the U2 line up North and take a swim in the Danube!
There are also many opportunities to take day trips from Vienna, either with the bus or the train, to cities such as Bratislava (capital of Slovakia) or Salzburg (home city of Mozart in Western Austria), which I both recommend.
Have fun traveling, and I hope you have a wonderful day 💜