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I hope that I am in the right place.  We will be in Vienna for three days before our Christmas Market cruise begins.  Any suggestions on what to do those days?

 

Thank you!

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As a first suggestion, go to the Ports forum.

 

Are you interested in music? opera,? museums?  palaces?  churches?  horses? Google is your friend once you have identified your interests.  I could spend all day listening to opera and concerts, so I get tickets to whatever will be playing and performing while I will be visiting. Mozart, Beethoven,  Mahler, Strauss and many other composers made their home in Vienna.  The Spanish Riding School is very interesting if you are interested in dressage.  The Belvedere has many paintings by Klimt.

 

So, first determine your interests, then just go.  And don't forget the fantastic Viennese pastries.  There's a lot more than just Sacher torte.

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Wienerschnitel: https://figlmueller.at/en/

 

I have never eaten veal and didn't think I would like it but I loved it. I will only eat it in Austria. They also have ones made with pork. I also loved Kaiserchmarm (torn Austrian pancakes). Look it up. It is a heavenly dessert. I got some at a farmers market.

 

The museums are pretty good. I went to Albertina and last year there was a great Monet exhibit (I know, last year).

 

I would figure out where your cruise will take you (are they taking you anywhere in Vienna?). There are a ton of Christmas markets in Vienna that you can not miss.

 

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Vienna gets more land visitors than river cruisers, so I would recommend that you also search on Trip Advisor.

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Another vote for Figlmuller - great schnitzel (reservations are a must).

There is so much to see and do in Vienna that it boggles the mind. What are your interests?

Some popular sights (depending on your interests) to get you started:

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Vienna State Opera House

Hofburg

Spanish Riding School

Schonbrunn Palace

Belvedere Palace 

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Natural History Museum

City Hall

Albertina

Capuchin Church (with imperial crypt)

Prater Park (giant Ferris Wheel)

 

 

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16 hours ago, Coral said:

Wienerschnitel: https://figlmueller.at/en/

 

I have never eaten veal and didn't think I would like it but I loved it. I will only eat it in Austria. They also have ones made with pork. I also loved Kaiserchmarm (torn Austrian pancakes). Look it up. It is a heavenly dessert. I got some at a CHRISTMAS market.

 

The museums are pretty good. I went to Albertina and last year there was a great Monet exhibit (I know, last year).

 

I would figure out where your cruise will take you (are they taking you anywhere in Vienna?). There are a ton of Christmas markets in Vienna that you can not miss.

 

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3 hours ago, dogs4fun said:

Another vote for Figlmuller - great schnitzel (reservations are a must).

There is so much to see and do in Vienna that it boggles the mind. What are your interests?

Some popular sights (depending on your interests) to get you started:

St. Stephen's Cathedral

Vienna State Opera House

Hofburg

Spanish Riding School

Schonbrunn Palace

Belvedere Palace 

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Natural History Museum

City Hall

Albertina

Capuchin Church (with imperial crypt)

Prater Park (giant Ferris Wheel)

I didn't realize how much I would love Vienna. It really is an amazing city. And the locals are so friendly. Easy to get around. I only flew in 2 days early but we spent 3 additional on the ship. Still only touched a part of the city. I would love to go back.

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1 minute ago, Coral said:

I didn't realize how much I would love Vienna. It really is an amazing city. And the locals are so friendly. Easy to get around.

We love it too - lots to see & do, wonderful music venues & public transportation is a breeze!

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We recently were in Vienna for 6 days on a land trip/river cruise combo.  In addition to the places already mentioned, I can recommend the State Hall of the Austrian National Library.  It's around the corner from the Albertina and not at all what you may expect.  It's a stunning Baroque room, elaborately decorated with ceiling frescoes, that is crammed full of hand-written manuscripts, ancient world globes and priceless artifacts.  Well worth the price of admission!

You may also want to check the schedule of the Vienna State Opera for your dates.  Most performances are aired on a giant screen outside the opera house.  Grab an iconic Kasekrainer from the nearby Bitzinger Wurstelstand and settle in for a delightful evening.  Or purchase tickets to see the opera inside and then splurge for dinner at Hotel Sacher which is just across the street.

Finally, a little outside Vienna I can recommend the Klosterneuburg Monastery, a 900-year old abbey which is loaded with beautiful frescoes, Baroque art, religious artifacts and the famous Verdun Altar.  The monastery is also the site of the oldest vineyard in Austria and you can have a wine tasting in their Baroque cellar after touring the principal rooms.

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We too have just spent six nights in Vienna after our river cruise and loved it.

 

We did most of the things mentioned above.  We also really enjoyed Figlmuller, although be aware if you go to the original one, which we did, there is no wiener schnitzel, only pork schnitzel.  It was delicious though and massive, we could only finish half each.

 

We visited the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Naschmarkt, the Hofburg and Schonnbrunn Palace.  We also did day trip to Durnstein in the Wachau Valley as our cruise wasn't on the Danube.  St. Stephens was beautiful and it was nice to have a lift up the tower instead of climbing.

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Thanks everyone for the great ideas and advice.  I really appreciate all of your help!!

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On 11/2/2019 at 7:37 PM, katz said:

I hope that I am in the right place.  We will be in Vienna for three days before our Christmas Market cruise begins.  Any suggestions on what to do those days?

 

Thank you!

 

Make sure you have a Kase Krainer from the stand with the green rabbit on top.. and make sure you have it in the roll.. we even spent a few hours at the casino .. you need to show picture id to play.. I won 150 Euros there 🙂 

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