How to plan a trip to Vienna

A lot of first-time travellers like to start off a little more organised than just taking off and not knowing where they’re headed. Until you’re more confident, I think planning is a fantastic way to get used to the travelling lifestyle.

In today’s post, I’m going over a few pointers for you aimed at one of the European cities I am desperate to go to next: Vienna. Full of magic and romance, this is a stunning city with a rich history, and is definitely a great way to try out travelling for the first time.


Keep your accommodation close to the best attractions

If you’re a seasoned traveller, then you’ll either take a quick look beforehand at the hostels and budget places in an area so you have a rough idea of what you’ll expect, or you might free-style it completely. For anyone who doesn’t have this experience though, I’d always suggest researching where you’re going, and making sure that you get accommodation that’s close to where you want to explore. This will give you peace of mind that you’re never too far from your comfort zone, but also the courage to venture a little further out as you discover new attractions.

In Vienna, I intend to go for one of the apartments in the Old Town; I like a completely immersive experience when I travel, so wherever I get the opportunity to live like a local, I do! This is also right in the heart of the city where most attractions are, with medieval houses and museums on your doorstep. However, if you want a little luxury on your stay, you’ll find plenty of hotels in the area too.

Book tickets in advance

There’s nothing wrong with being prepared on your trip; in fact, it can often be the different between a good trip and an awesome trip if there’s something in particular you want to see. For example, when I go out to Vienna, I intend to take in the opera scene as much as I can, seen as this is one of the world’s most famous places for it. Carmen, La Boheme, the Marriage of Figaro – these iconic masterpieces are all being shown this year!

The great thing though is that I can buy opera tickets from well in advance from the comfort of my own home before the trip. Make sure that if you are heading out there to see a specific festival or concert, whether or not you can do the same to avoid disappointment.


Plan a route

On my trip to Vienna, I’ll start off with a stroll around the Old Town before heading to the impressive Schönbrunn Palace to see some of the Imperial opulence of the city. Then, I’m going to the Tiergarten Schönbrunn, or “Vienna Zoo”, which is the oldest zoo in the world. It’s always best to have a few key attractions in mind that you want to visit, but you’ll find that you stumble upon the best places completely by chance.

What’s your route around Vienna?