Are you planning a weekend in Vienna and wondering what exactly to see in your limited time? There are so many things to see and do! I can only say that 2 days are barely enough to scratch the surface of what Vienna may offer you.
The itinerary 2 days in Vienna (48 hours in Vienna) is perfect for you if you are visiting the city for the first time. It covers all the main sites you should not miss during your trip plus some great places to try Wiener Schnitzel.
If you want to try some of the restaurants in the itinerary for dinner, better make a reservation.
I strongly suggest adding one more day to your trip to Vienna if possible. In this way you will be able to see the famous Schönbrunn Palace or Danube Tower. Check out my itinerary 3 days in Vienna for more details.
If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, find out what is the best area to stay in Vienna.
The best way to see the city and save time is by using hop-on hop-off bus tour.
2 days in Vienna (48 hours in Vienna) itinerary map
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Vienna with a breakfast at Le Bol or Konditorei Oberlaa.
Konditorei Oberlaa is a better choice if you want a sweet start of the day. Le Bol is a French café and it is perfect for a substantial breakfast.
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Hofburg is the former Imperial palace and it’s right in the city center. You can visit the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection. They all come with one ticket. If you want to see all three collections you will need about 1-2 hours.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)
Continue with your walk through the imperial Vienna with a visit to the Imperial Treasury. It is a stunning museum and a must even with a limited time. Here you can see one of the largest emeralds in the world.
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche)
St. Peter’s Church is a little Baroque Roman Catholic church located on Graben, one of the most famous streets in Vienna. The church is truly beautiful from inside.
12:45 PM – 01:00 PM
Plague Column (Pestsaule)
As the name suggests, this column is erected after one of the last big plague epidemics during the 17th century.
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
On the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Vienna you can try Trześniewski or Gasthaus Pöschl.
Trześniewski offers different kinds of little sandwiches.
Gasthaus Pöschl is a better option for a longer lunch.
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a stunning Gothic cathedral, located in the heart of the city. It is one of the musts. Except the cathedral itself, you can visit the catacombs (only with guided tour) and the Treasury. You can also climb the South Tower for a remarkable view over the city. One hour won’t be enough for all this, so you will have to choose what is most interesting for you.
04:15 PM – 04:45 PM
City Park (Stadtpark)
You will not only find squirrels in this beautiful park, but also the famous music hall Kursalon.
Enjoy an evening of Viennese classical music with a 2-hour performance at the Kursalon Vienna concert hall.
Take the underground
Take metro line U3 (Direction Ottakring): from station Stubentor to Stephansplatz – 1 stop. Then change to metro line U1 (Direction Leopoldau): from station Stephansplatz to Praterstern Bf – 3 stops.
05:15 PM – 07:00 PM
Vienna Prater and Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad)
One of the most famous attractions in Vienna is here – the Viennese giant ferris wheel. Take a ride on the 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall Ferris wheel. The views are stunning especially in the evening when the city is illuminated. The Ferris wheel makes only one slow turn. To see the rest of the Prater you will need hours. It is just an amusement park, so if you are not with kids you can totally skip it.
I suggest you to take the underground back to the city center instead of looking for a place to eat around the Prater. Choose between Restaurant Pürstner or Gasthaus Pfudl. Both restaurants offer delicious Austrian food.
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Vienna with a breakfast at Daniel Bakery or Café Goldegg.
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Belvedere Palace (Belvedere Schloss)
Belvedere palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The palace consists of two separate buildings – the Upper and Lower Belvedere.
The Upper Belvedere houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Here you can see his iconic masterpiece the Kiss (Lovers).
The Lower Belvedere houses temporary exhibitions, but it’s worth to visit it because of the few restored rooms. So if you want to find out how the palace looked back in its glorious days, don’t miss the Lower Belvedere.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Schwarzenbergplatz and Soviet War Memorial
The memorial is built to commemorate the Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle for Vienna in the World War II.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
St. Charles’s Church (Karlskirche)
St. Charles’s Church is the most outstanding Baroque church in Vienna. There is an entrance fee, which includes a ticket for the elevator to the dome.
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
The beautiful Vienna State Opera is built in the middle of the 19th century. Pass along it.
Enjoy a performance from the Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Vienna State Opera.
12:45 PM – 01:15 PM
Burggarten and Mozart Statue
Enjoy half an hour of peace in Burggarten and see the famous Mozart Statue created in 1896.
01:15 PM – 03:00 PM
On the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Vienna you can try Café Mozart or Palmenhaus. In Café Mozart you can find not only cakes and coffee, but also something delicious for lunch.
03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) and Kunsthistorisches Museum
The museums are built in the 19th century to house the Habsburgs’ collections. They face each other and have an identical exterior. Choose one of them to visit, as they are huge. You will need about 2 hours to see any of them.
04:30 PM – 04:45 PM
Austrian Parliament building
It is another beautiful building from the 19th century that you should not miss.
04:45 PM – 05:00 PM
New City Hall (Rathaus)
No, this is not the house of rats as you might think reading the name in German. In fact this is the City Hall. The word “Rat” in German means council. For me this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Vienna, so don’t skip it.
05:15 PM – 05:45 PM
Votive Church (Votivkirche)
The church is located a little aside from the city center, so it is often skipped by the tourists. Don’t do this mistake. It’s a stunning church with amazing stained glasses.
On the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Vienna you can try Centimeter or Zum Holunderstrauch. If you are really hungry, go to the Centimeter. The portions are huge and cheap.
Consider a walk around the city if you have time after dinner. Many of the sites in Vienna are illuminated and the city becomes truly magical.