Vienna - Here's What We are Saying About The Vienna Pass
Typically, our European strategy for visiting a city has been to see everything we possibly can in under 48 hours. On this trip to Vienna we learned that while not impossible, that timeline does not allow you to experience what the city has to offer!
Like many other urban centres, Vienna offers an all inclusive tour called the 'Vienna Pass'. It can be purchased online at www.viennapass.com , in a select few hotels, and at some main thoroughfares within the city. We chose the online option as we intended to use the Vienna Guide App.
The pass is offered in 1, 2, 3 or 6 day options. We chose the 1 day option which cost us 70 Euros per adult. They do offer reduced rates for Children and we found a 10% discount code online (DISC10).
This all inclusive pass allowed us to free entry to over 60 attractions which includes all of the top museums, parks and attractions as well as unlimited Hop On Hop Off Bus tours. There was an option to add the city's public transportation network too for an extra fee.
You can download a guidebook which allows you to plan your stops or a fold-up copy can be picked up from a hotel or one of their vendors. With ours in hand, we quickly made short work of our top sites to visit. Because we purchased our pass later in the day, we decided to visit a couple of attractions that were open later, while planning to include the major museum stops the following day.
It should be noted that the Viennese lifestyle is much more relaxed than most worldly cities, as many places close at 6 pm, have reduced hours depending on the time of year and are not open 7 days a week so do your research before you go!
The Hop On Hop Off Bus was very convenient for us - there are 4 different lines that circumnavigate around the city and the stops are easy to locate. The museums are located in the south-western and south-eastern corners which allow you to visit more than one within walking distance.
Two of our favourite museums were the Hundertwasserhaus (2 hour visit at most) and the Upper Belvedere to visit Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, among other popular works of art.
In addition to the above mentioned, the Vienna Pass includes access over 18 museums including the Leopold, Sigmund Freud, Literature and Mozarthaus.
Probably one of the most recognizable sites in Vienna, the Schloss Schönbrunn, (Schönbrunn Palace), warrants a visit (allow 2 - 3 hrs minimum). Deep rooted in Vienna’s imperial past, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Vienna. In 1996 the palace and park were put on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. We enjoyed walking through the Orangery, the Privy Garden and Maze and Palace grounds.
Our next stop was to take in possibly the best view of the Danube from above, the Danube Tower. Located just north of the river, on the Blue Line, its close proximity to the Prater Amusement Park containing the Ferris Wheel (another great view of the city - albeit not as high as the Tower) and Madame Tussauds allowed us to visit all 3 in under 2 hours. The bus route also gives you an excellent view of St. Francis of Assisi Church (not included).
Other notable sites that we managed to fit in to our whirlwind 24 hour tour of Vienna included:
The Hofburg Palace - tour the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum (the cherished empress of Austria) and the Imperial Silver Collection
Mozarthaus - museum and former residence of the classical genius
Johann Strauss Apartment - his home for 7 years and where he composed the unofficial Austrian anthem, The Blue Danube Waltz
Had we allowed ourselves more time to do the city sites justice, we would have liked to visit the Forchtenstein Castle, Esterházy Palace and the Museum of Natural History to name a few.
And even though our time was limited, we still managed to visit over 100 Euros worth of attractions, making our Vienna Pass purchase price more than worthwhile!