Vienna is considered one of the most popular destinations in the world. And now that the Covid-19 hysteria is dying down, tourism in Austria is experiencing a revival. In 2021, an almost 10% rise in overnight stays was recorded in Vienna compared to the previous year.
Here, grand historical architecture co-exists with modern office buildings along with elegant restaurants, fascinating museums, and atmospheric operas. Vienna is easily accessible due to its developed infrastructure and favorable location in the center of Europe. If you are interested in the best time to go to Vienna and things to do there — read on.
Advantages of Going to Vienna in Spring
The best time to pay a visit to Vienna would be during April and May. Here are a few reasons why:
- Mild weather
Since Vienna is located in the heart of Europe, the climate here is moderate. That means quite frosty winters and hot summers. Hence, the spring months seem the best time to visit as they guarantee a comfortable temperature for sightseeing and enjoying outdoor activities in Vienna.
- No crowds
The most crowded period in Vienna is summer and Christmas time. Swarms of people downtown, constant noise, huge lines in museums and restaurants, and also traffic jams. Springtime may be the perfect time to enjoy the city without a rush and random people blocking your view.
- Best property offers
Fewer tourists also mean a bigger choice of property for rent in Vienna. The Austrian capital can offer both apartments and townhouses in historic and modern parts of the city.
What to See
The rich history of Vienna is imprinted in its architecture. Beautiful parks and majestic palaces are in abundance in this city. Here are a few must-see locations in Vienna:
The Belvedere Palace
The Belvedere complex consists of two buildings (Baroque palaces named Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Palace Stables, and the Orangery. The complex is located in a landscaped park with fountains, statues, and a botanical garden near the city center.
The buildings are over 300 years old, as the complex was built for the ruling Habsburg dynasty. Today it is one of the most famous landmarks in Vienna.
In the heart of Vienna, there is a former imperial palace and winter residential complex for the Habsburg dynasty. It was built in the 13 century, but some buildings were completed in 1913. These days, it serves as an official workplace for the Austrian President, and the square in front of it is one of the most visited places in the city.
The Schonbrunn Palace
If the Hofburg was the winter residency, the Schonbrunn Palace is known as the summer palace for Habsburgs. It was built on over 450 acres of hunting grounds, which have been turned into a park with a zoo, a rosarium, and multiple statues. The Schonbrunn Palace receives nearly 8 million visitors per year.
Where to Go
Along with architecture, Vienna invites tourists to visit its numerous museums and exhibitions. Vienna gave the world Ferdinand Schubert, Johann Strauss II, Wolfgang Mozart, and other famous composers, which made their city the capital of music.
Sigmund Freud Museum
Near the city center, at Bergasse 19, sits the former place of residence of the famous neurologist Zigmund Freud, where he lived for 47 years. Now everyone can visit his apartment and see the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis.
Vienna State Opera House
One of the largest opera houses in the world is located in Vienna. It was built in the Renaissance Revival style in the 1860s. It hosts more than 300 shows annually, but if you do not like opera you can take a tour and enjoy the interior of the building.
Vienna Natural History Museum / Museum of Art History
Near Hofburg, there is Maria-Theresien-Platz surrounded by two famous museums. Kunsthistorisches Museum hosts numerous pieces of art from Emperor Franz Joseph’s collection. Across the square, in the Natural History Museum, you can see many curiosities of nature from all over the world that have been collected by the Habsburgs.
Where to Have the Best Coffee in the City
Vienna is also known for its delicious coffee and gorgeous ambience inside the coffee shops. Here are a few to visit:
Located in the Albertinaplatz near State Opera House, Cafe Mozart is rather popular among tourists. The Albertina museum and Sacher hotel nearby make it even more attractive. The interior of the coffee house offers a ride to the XIX century with a cozy atmosphere and music by Wolfgang Mozart.
The cafe opened back in 1873 and is located near Burgtheater and the city hall. It has always been a popular place to grab a cup of coffee for politicians and actors. The cafe offers large outdoor spaces and a wide range of desserts.
Gota Coffee Experts
Here, award-winning baristas will serve you coffee. It is a modern cafe located near Westbahnhof (Western Railway station) outside the city center. Here you can order a cup of delicious coffee made of directly-traded arabica beans, and accompany it with a fantastic avocado toast.
Even if it is still cold in Toronto, the spring may already have come to one of the most popular cities in Europe. Vienna has a lot to offer, even to the pickiest traveler. Sneaking out to Vienna for a weekend in spring will allow you to feel the vibe of a historical place and stay in an apartment that you have always dreamed of.