2 days in Vienna

2 days in Vienna itinerary

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 is perfect for you if you are visiting the city for a first time. It covers all the places you should visit in Vienna in 2 days plus where 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.


Get a Vienna Pass to save time and money.

The Vienna card includes:

  • free admission to over 60 attractions;
  • unlimited rides on the hop-on hop-off buses;
  • fast-track entry at many sites;
  • guidebook;

2 days in Vienna itinerary map

Day 1

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Breakfast 
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.

Le Bol
Le Bol

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.

Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

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.

Imperial Treasury
Imperial Treasury

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.

St. Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s Church

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.

Plague Column
Plague Column

01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Lunch
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.

Trzesniewski
Trzesniewski

Gasthaus Pöschl is a better option for a longer lunch.

Gasthaus Poschl
Gasthaus Pöschl

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.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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.

City Park
City Park

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.

Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel
Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel

Dinner
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.

Restaurant Purstner
Restaurant Purstner
Gasthaus Pfudl
Gasthaus Pfudl



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Day 2

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Breakfast 
Start the second day of the itinerary Vienna in 2 days 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.

Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace

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.

Soviet War Memorial
Soviet War Memorial

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.

St. Charles’s Church
St. Charles’s Church

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.


Don’t miss to see some of the best Vienna operas and orchestras.


Vienna State Opera
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.

Mozart Statue
Mozart Statue

01:15 PM – 03:00 PM
Lunch
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.

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

04:30 PM – 04:45 PM
Austrian Parliament building
It is another beautiful building from the 19th century that you should not miss.

Austrian Parliament building
Austrian Parliament building

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.

New City Hall
New City Hall

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.

Votive Church
Votive Church

Dinner
On the second day of the itinerary Vienna in 2 days you can try Centimeter or Zum Holunderstrauch. If you are really hungry, go to the Centimeter. The portions are huge and cheap.

Centimeter
Centimeter

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.

Have you visited Vienna in 2 days? What else is a must see?

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14 Comment

  1. Really nice!! We will be following same itinerary. Where did you guys stay?

    1. Thanks 🙂 We stayed at Hotel Das Capri. Check out this post to find out the best places to stay in the city. Have a great time in Vienna. 🙂

  2. Thanx for giving me this detailed itinerary. I am also planning to visit Vienna this Aug. Want an advice. If I take hop on city bus service , will the service cover these places

    1. Hi, you can see all stops of the bus here, at the end of the page on Full list of stops and attractions. Have a great trip to Vienna. 🙂

  3. Hi! Thanks for the tips for Vienna. my mom and I are planning to visit this August as well and I was wondering how far apart are each attractions and is walking/subway better to get to each location?

    Thanks for the help 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah. 🙂 All attractions are within a walking distance from each other. You will need the subway only to go to the Prater, Schönbrunn Palace or Danube Tower (Donauturm). Have a great trip to Vienna!

  4. Great presentation, best guide I have seen. We will be in Vienna in June 2017 and look forward to following your footsteps.

    1. Thanks, Robert. Have a great trip. 🙂

  5. hello Milena, thanks for giving such a very nice presentation. except vienna which countries do you have presentations for…?, i often visit 3 countries in a year & this year for 2017 i have chosen to visit prague, vienna but not yet decided 3rd city. would you like to suggest me for 3rd country & send me prague persentation. If possible can i get your facebook…?

    1. Hello Jimmy,

      You can visit Budapest. It is a really beautiful city. I’m sorry, but I haven’t been to Prague, so I don’t have any itinerary for this city. 🙁 You can find all my itineraries here.

      My Facebook page is here. I’m most active on Instagram, you can follow me there.

  6. Hi plan to follow your itenary as we have only 1.5 days in vienna. You have not covered Schönbrunn Palace or Danube Tower (Donauturm) in your itenary. How do we accommodate it as well. We don’t plan to see all churches and museums from inside. Thanks

    1. Hi Garima,

      I didn’t include them in the itinerary 2 days in Vienna, because to visit Schönbrunn Palace or Danube Tower you will need hours.

      However if you want to visit them, you can find more information in the itinerary 3 days in Vienna. For Schönbrunn Palace you will need 2 hours only for the palace and another 2 hours for the gardens. The Danube Tower is away from the city center. If you have only 1.5 days in Vienna, better skip it. You will need about 3 hours including the transportation time.

      To save time you can use a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

      Have a great time in Vienna!

  7. Hi Milena, is there any street market around for shopping souvenirs, etc, that you would recommend?

    1. Hi Silky,
      For food souvenirs like Manners (wafer cookies) or Mozartkugeln (chocolate balls filled with marzipan), go to Billa or Spar supermarket. They are less expensive there.
      For other souvenirs – don’t buy them from shops next to any tourist site.

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