A Walk In Viena

01Vienna, the Austrian capital, lends itself perfectly to a walking tour, especially in spring. Here are the five most spectacular walks around the city

History seeps in through the bylanes of Vienna. Post modernist sits with contemporary, imperial with modern-day innovation, and traditional with idiosyncratic. Be it the cobbled Michaelerplatz, or the flower-draped Jugendstil buildings near the Naschmarkt, or the bustling cafés and boutiques of local artists, the best way to see the Austrian capital is on foot.

City attractions

You can cover most of Vienna’s attractions in a two-tothree- hour-long walk. Popular spots include Hofburg Imperial Palace, former residence of the Habsburg monarchs; St Stephen’s Cathedral, a landmark of Viennese freedom; Heldenplatz, where Hitler made his annexation speech; Sacher Café, famous for its chocolate cake; and the Spanish Riding School.

Old town Vienna

You can visit popular landmarks such as Mozart’s House (said to be his only surviving Viennese residence), and the Hofburg Palace. Also pass by Naschmarkt, one of the city’s most popular markets.

 

Walk by Stadtpark, the site of a monument celebrating the famous composer Johann Strauss

 

01The Third Man walk
Visit the parts of Old Town Vienna made famous by the 1949 British film The Third Man. Places to see include Harry Lime’s apartment at Josefsplatz, Hotel Sacher and Café Mozart (the site of an undercover meeting between Baron Kurtz and Harry), the Danube Canal, and St Stephen’s Cathedral. Learn about postwar espionage in Vienna and check out locations said to have inspired director Carol Reed.

Jewish Vienna

There is no better way to delve into the city’s Jewish heritage than by walking through the Jewish sites related to the Second World War. Places to see include Morzinplatz, site of the Gestapo headquarters and a monument to Second World War Jewish prisoners; Judenplatz, site of the Holocaust Memorial (also called the Nameless Library); and the Jewish Textile Quarter.

Naschmarkt food market 

Walk through one of Vienna’s most famous markets, which sells exotic spices and herbs, delicacies from the Mediterranean, organic specialities, and local fruits and vegetables.


HIGHLIGHTS

Getting There

Vienna InternationalAirport is the onlyinternational airport inthe city. The City Airport Train (CAT) goes directly
to the city centre in about 15 minutes. A cheaper alternative is the regular train from the airport to Landstrasse station (about 30 minutes). Purchase tickets on the train platform and validate before boarding.
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Getting Around

With a number of its main tourist attractions situated in the city’s first district (the city centre), Vienna can be best explored on foot. There’s also an extensive public transport system that includes buses, trams, and five subway lines, plus an alternative system of night buses. Private sightseeing buses offer city tours (viennasightseeing.at).

Getting About

Vienna’s hop-on hop-off bus tour is another way to explore the city. Hop on at any of the 39 stops around the city, including Hofburg Palace, the Vienna State Opera, City Hall, Schönbrunn Palace, Danube Tower and the Mozart Memorial. With your 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, you can create your own sightseeing itinerary.

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