Vienna "Must Sees"
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2011 9:00 AM Last Post By: fid
Mar 6, 2011 12:19 PM
Vienna "Must Sees"We are visiting Vienna in September, and I am trying to determine the "must sees" for sightseeing. We will be in Vienna four nights, which gives us three full days of sightseeing. I have scheduled private guides and sights as follows:
Day 1: 4-hour morning tour to Schonbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace
Day 2: 8-hour tour through the Wachau Valley, visit to Mauthauesen Concentration Camp, boat ride downstream on the Danube from Melk to Durnstein, and return to Vienna by car through the wine vineyards
Day 3: 4-hour tour to the Hofburg Palace
Here are my questions:
1) What are the "must see" sights that we should visit on our own when we are not with the private guide?
2) I have read that the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) is a "must see." We love the fine arts, but we are drawn more to Impressionism, Expressionism and Modern than we are the Renaissance and Early Northern Art for which this museum is so well known. That being said, do you think that this is a museum that we absolutely should not miss? Is there another museum that you would otherwise recommend?
Please keep in mind the hours that we have available for sightseeing on our own when making your recommendations.
Mar 6, 2011 1:36 PM
Mar 6, 2011 3:12 PM
2Just some observations
Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens can easily take a half day alone -
Belvedere a shorter time but still to see things - fine impressionist collection- and of cours the Klimts.
Transfer from Schonbrunn to Belvedere 15 - 30 minutesd depending on method used.
These two fine places easily done on your own.
Trip Vienna - Mauthausen by auto about 2 hours one way. The camp most interesting but sobering . Numerous buildings and exhibits plus the quarry and memorials. As you come a long way to see it - proper time really needed.
The boats Melk to Dürnstein only run at 11:00 13:50 and 16:15 I think. The trip takes about 1 1/2 hours.
As this trip starts at Melk - you do not visit the Abbey
a fine example of architecture, fine art and excelent exhibits.
Dürnstein alone worth some time with its famous Church and castle ruins.
September will be grape harvest time - stop for a glass of Most or Sturm - new pressing and sample the fine wine. Several places in Dürnstein for this.
To make this trip and spend any worthwhile time sightseeing takes much more than 8 hours.
Someone makes an impossible schedule for you.
Must sees in Vienna depend on your interests
Certainly the Kunsthistorisches note open late Thusday night .
Perhaps time at the Museum Quarter or Mak
Visit the Schatzkammer - the Royal Treasury
Time in a cafe after sightseeing you need a break
Perhaps time for a concert or opera
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Mar 7, 2011 12:38 PM
3Thanks for the plentiful information. I went onto the Staatsoper website in hopes of seeing the schedule for performances in September as well as tours of the facility. Tours were described in German (even after I clicked English.) Do you know what time and days that English speaking tours are offered? Also, the performance schedule, also being in German, only listed operas through June. Do you know how I can get this information for September and in English?
Mar 9, 2011 7:37 AM
4The State Opera schedule for the 2011/2012 season beginning in September 2011 will not be published until some time in the Spring - I would check again perhaps beginning in the middle of April.
There you will find instructions for advance ticket purchase - easily done.
The Opera is closed for summer vacation july and August .
Performances resume in early September.
Tours are usually held days except Mondays I think.
times ( 13- 14 - 15 ) 1PM 2 Pm 3PM tour takes about 45 minutes Holidays sometimes at 10:00
tours available in several languagges including english.
I would check the tour schedule too at a later time.
The Statev Opera switched to a new website some months ago- it still has some " bugs"
Mar 9, 2011 5:26 PM
5Thanks so much for the information. FYI -- I decided to skip the Concentration Camp this trip. We will spend our day at the Abbey in Melk, on the boat down the Danube to Durnstein, then drive back to Vienna through the vineyards. On second thought, it did look like we were trying to fit two days of sightseeing into one day, and it just isn't possible. We'll just have to return again in the future to see more. Thanks for the advice.
Mar 12, 2011 7:35 AM
6Good idea to skip the concentration camp, because this is only tirening and depressing and actually not much to see.
for modern art go to Mumok - Museum für moderne Kunst in the Museumsquartier, always exhibitions there.
Drive up the Höhenstrasse for a great view over Vienna
Mar 31, 2011 9:00 AM
7I agree that Schonbrunn is quite a large place (indoor and outdoor grounds) and that it may be difficult to really experience it and the Belvedere palace in 4 hours. I would probably stick with Schonbrunn as you get to see the palace but also the exteriors grounds (the zoo, rose garden etc.) The gold pass was definitely the way to go for us.
I really enjoyed the Museum of Fine Arts. The interior alone is breathtaking! I also enjoyed going to the cemetary, as it's quite vast and beautiful. There is a Jewish area, however there was only a small unkept portion with what I was assuming were Jews that perished during WWII. But if you're a lover of classical music, they have monuments and graves for many of the greats (beethoven, mozart, strauss etc.)
Flohmarkt: You must go! It's really an experience and a great way to (possibly) spend no money and just walk around. Right next to it is the actual market that you can go to and pick up some fruit, veggies or other delicious goodies. Also not a bad way to spend less at a restaurant.
Vienna was absolutely amazing!
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