Looking for things to do in Vienna? Read on for our pick of the city’s best museums, galleries, lunch spots, drinking dens and more.
6. Lunch like a local
Vienna is a city of bureaucrats and students, all of whom have to be fed and watered. Inside the city’s hulking ministries and cultural institutions, canteens are open from Monday to Friday – and access to these subsidised salons is generally unrestricted. If you’re on a budget or merely fancy a peek into the underbelly of the Austrian state, here are some central options.
7. Snaffle a street snack
Würstelstand (sausage stands) are a ubiquitous sight on Vienna’s streets, dispensing piping-hot sausages, hot dogs, beer and soft drinks. Among the best stands are the Würstelstand am Hohen Markt and the impressively sleek Bitzinger outpost on Albertinaplatz. The local favourite is the Käsekrainer – oozing with cheese, and fondly referred to as an Eitriger, or pus-stick.
8. Take a two-wheeled tour
With over 1000 kilometres (620 miles) of bike paths in the city and around, Vienna is superb for cyclists. Popular locales for a bike ride include the Prater, along the Donaukanal and around the Alte and Neue Donau, and on the Donauinsel; you can also circle the Ring on a bike path. For out of town cycling, head west along the Danube, or go mountainbiking in the Vienna Woods.
Citybike is a public rental scheme. Register online (€1 registration fee) or at one of the 61 docking stations, using a credit card; alternatively, buy a Citybike Tourist Card (€2) at Pedal Power (2, Ausstellungsstrasse 3, 729 7234) or Royal Tours (1, Herrengasse 1-3). If you return the bike to another docking station within an hour, the ride is free; after that, a small charge applies.
9. Take a Freudian trip
Opened in 1971, the Sigmund Freud Museum is set in the apartment where Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked from 1898 until 1938, when he was forced into exile by the Nazis.
10. Get an aerial view
No trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel that features in ‘The Third Man’. It’s the only remaining work of British engineer Walter Basset who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris. It was completed in 1897 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Franz Josef.