How to Spend 72 Hours in Vienna

An intellectual visit to Austria’s capital 

I spoke to a few friends who have visited Vienna before to get an idea of what to expect—they all unanimously said that it was a beautiful city, but there wasn’t much to do beyond a few days.

My expectations were lowered, only to discover that Vienna has so much to offer the curious visitor. The Austro-Hungarian Empire may be long gone, but traces of Vienna’s historical opulence survive in the city’s urban architecture and artistic circles.

Steph and I were ambitious in our sightseeing while we were in Vienna—we covered a lot of ground during the three days and two nights we stayed despite the cold and the snow.

Getting There

I took the CAT train from the airport and it was very easy to figure out. It arrives every half an hour and takes 16 minutes to reach the city center via Landstrasse. I bought a 72-hour Vienna pass for all public transportation so that I didn’t have to worry about constantly buying tickets throughout my stay. With that being said, we ended up walking to most places and probably could have gotten away with the 48-hour pass instead.

Where to Stay

We booked our stay at Wombats City Hostel by the Naschmarkt. We booked our room on the top floor that offered an amazing view of the Naschmarkt and the main street by the hostel, Linke Wienzeile. Two buildings by city architect Otto Wagner—The Majolikahaus at 40 Linke Wienzeile and 38 Linke Wienzeile, which stands out with gold accents—are prime examples of art nouveau or jugendstil.


Sightseeing Checklist

Many of the attractions in Vienna suit a variety of different people. We didn’t make it a number of popular attractions recommended by —Belvedere Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, Prater, etc.—but we felt accomplished in taking our time and enjoying what we did visit.

This just means we need to come back to Vienna in the summer to check out the palace gardens and outdoor parks.




Kunsthistorisches Museum

Hofburg, Sisi Museum, Kaiserappartements


Sigmund Freud Museum


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Similar to how writers and artists would congregate at cafes in Paris, cafes also have a historical significance and cultural relevance in Viennese culture. The cafe is a place to read the newspaper and drink your morning coffee or enjoy a midday beer with schnitzel and linger until the early evening. Regardless of how old-fashioned or modern a cafe is, the most important thing is that you experience what it feels like to take your time and enjoy the moment.

Cafe Sperl

Cafe Dreschler



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27 thoughts on “How to Spend 72 Hours in Vienna

  1. I loved Vienna when I was there for a few days, and felt like I didn’t have enough time to see everything. So I’m glad that you didn’t let your friends’ takes on the city discourage you. It’s so beautiful, and anyway, I could spend a weekend eating in Vienna!


  2. Sometimes the best vacations are when you don’t go into it with many expectations. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Also, your pictures are gorgeous.


  3. Such beautiful and intricate architecture all around. The food pictures had me drooling. Haha. Seems like you made the best of these 72 hours. 🙂


    1. Glad to hear it was helpful! I wasn’t able to write a blog post on each place that I visited, but some of the destinations have hyperlinks to some blog posts if you want to learn more information (Naschmarkt, Freud Museum, Secession)

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    1. Vienna was rated one of the best places to live in the world, it’s a fascinating city with great people 🙂 It makes me want to explore other parts of Austria!


  4. Oh my gosh, your photos are gorgeous! I had 2 days in Vienna but would love to go back and check out the things on this list, especially the Freud Museum and Naschmarkt (going to check out that post next! 😉 )


    1. It really is a beautiful place that has a ton to offer travelers! I would love to go back this summer and visit the Prater Park and the palace gardens outside of the city center

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  5. Vienna looks and sounds like such an amazing place to visit. It’s been on my bucket list for years! Hopefully some day 🙂 Your photos are beautiful, too!


  6. Vienna is one my most favorite places in the world!! And when somebody says there’s not much to do, I’m not sure if they’ve been to the same city as I was 😉 plus it’s a foodie paradise, too! Only to taste all of their desserts would take you a week 😉


      1. I keep coming back all my life 🙂 luckily, it’s not too far from Prague where I’m based! I can never get enough! 🙂 my next trip will hopefully be before Christmas ❤


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