My husband and I have three days in Vienna in June, can I get some suggestions on what to do? Is it worth going to Melk for a day trip? Thanks for your help!
For Vienna three weeks are not enough. If you have just three days I would not waste a full day for a day trip.
Rick's new Vienna book will be released May 28th (I have it on order with Amazon) so I have been relying on tips from this Forum in planning my trip ... but I have more time than you since I am going in October. I am also going to Vienna for three days and was told Melk is well worth the visit. If you do a Search on this Forum, you should be able to get directions on how to get there and get more information on Melk and the Abbey. It seems easy enough so I am going to give it a try! Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip!
You can start with the bullet-pointed list of paid sights at https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/austria/vienna, but coffee shops, walking, and a tram ride around the ring are also high on our list. See links on the same page for a few free audio tours, that match up with info in Rick's Vienna guidebook.
Can’t wait to see if Rick stole some of my ideas and put them in his book!
Laura - thank you for posting that link! I love finding out new things on this website that will help me with my trip. I see I will be in Vienna during National Day in Austria so I'll have to look into what that means for my day there. I hit Florence during a holiday that I was not aware of and it was so crowded at the museums.
For National Day (Oct. 26), all shops will be closed. As this will be a Saturday in 2019, be sure to get your shopping done on Friday as shops are also always closed on Sunday. No special celebrations that day of note except a military display at Heldenplatz, which I find strange.
Thank you, Emily! I was searching for information on the holiday and closures but wasn't finding too much information. I appreciate your help.
Thanks for all the suggestions… I didn’t know Rick Steves new book on Austria was coming out next week… I will order it. Any thoughts on purchasing the Vienna Pass?
Any thoughts on purchasing the Vienna Pass?
I considered the Vienna Pass for my 4 days in Vienna and decided that it would only be worth it if I spent 3 full (consecutive) days visiting the covered attractions - which was not my plan. If you are planning a day trip outside Vienna, you might find that you would not realize the value in your 2 remaining days.
I did get a lot of value in 4 days from the weekly travel pass, far more than its €17.10 cost. The weekly pass is valid for a calendar week beginning on Monday - and costs the same as a 72 hour pass. I used the pass on the trams for "hop-on hop-off" style sightseeing.
Whenever I'm planning a trip to EU, I puzzle over the choice between repeating a favorite place or going somewhere new, but there is one constant-- whenever possible, I go to the Abby Church at Melk. I'm not Catholic. I'm not religious, but I've been there for Mass (free entry).
viaMichelin groups Vienna sights by importance, 0 to 3 stars, a good guide to what to do first.
I think the Vienna Pass makes no financial sense unless you plan to spend your entire time running around to visit attractions you don’t really want to see but feel you have to see to make the pass pay off.
In June, plan on spending a few free hours enjoying the roses and views in the Volksgarten. It’s free! Rent a boat at Alte Donau. Relax and enjoy Vienna in the outside, not cooped up in a museum, especially in June!
With just 3 days, I would not plan any side trips. There is so much to do and see that after a 5 day visit, we returned the following year for another week. Just for starters:
Stephansdom, Jewish Museum, Hofburg, Albertina, Kunsthistorishe Museum,Opera House, Karlskirche, Vienna History Museum, Secession Building, Belvedere Palace and Gardens, Schonbrunn Palace. There are many fabulous examples of Art Nouveau buildings. A good sample of which can be viewed by walking along the Wiental.
There are constant offerings of classical music concerts.
Don’t forget to take some time to visit a cafe and sample the justly famous Viennese pastries.
And visit the Heurige wine gardens south of town!