TOP FREE THINGS TO DO IN VIENNA – A 2-DAY ITINERARY #photosabroad

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The intricate architecture of Vienna is so intoxicating that you can spend hours just staring at the artistic marvels in the city. But that's not it, Vienna also boasts of baroque styled gardens and parks visited by tourists and locals alike.

I spent two days in Vienna walking around and exploring the free gems of the city. Here is a day-wise itinerary of things that you can also do for free in Vienna.

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RELAX IN BURGGARTEN

Day 1

Close to city center but away from the touristy crowd

Located inside the Ringstrasse, is this greener belt surrounded by many historic buildings, including Hofburg and Albertina. The park is full of architectural statues and sculptures. But the main highlight though is the discrete statue of Mozart located right in the center of the park. If you need some time to chill and absorb in the Viennese beauty, Burrgarten is a perfect place for you.

Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Mozart Statue

Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Putti Angel Statues

Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Equestrian statue of Kaiser Franz I

Photo of Burggarten, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

WALK AROUND THE OLD CITY

HOFBURG

Take a walk along the magnificent Hofburg - an Imperial Palace and its museums, including, Sisi Museum, Imperial apartments, and Imperial Silver collection). If you want to check all of these from inside, make sure to buy a city pass (or card, whichever fits more to your plans) - it's a great deal if you have enough time and if you want to visit many tourist attractions.

Entry to Heldenplatz in front of Hofburg Palace

Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Statue Of Francis II - I give my love to my people

Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Equestrian statue of Prince Eugene

Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Hofburg, innerer burghof, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

ALBERTINA

Climb up the painted stairs to Albertina Gallery onto the terrace that looks down at the city with a backdrop of the State Opera House.

Free entry to the museum with a Vienna Pass.

Albertina Stairs

Photo of Albertina, Albertinaplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Albertina, Albertinaplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

State Opera House from Terrace

Photo of Albertina, Albertinaplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

JUDENPLATZ

Right in the center of Judenplatz standing above a medieval synagogue, is a memorial dedicated to the Austrian Jews that lost their lives during the Holocaust. It bears the names of the concentration camps, where the Austrian Jews were killed.

The entry to the Jewish Museum & Museum Judenplatz is free with a Vienna Pass.

Judenplatz

Photo of Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Judenplatz Memorial

Photo of Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Old Synagogue in Judenplatz

Photo of Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

River Side close to Judenplatz

Photo of Judenplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Day 2

ADMIRE THE GRAND SCHONBRUNN GARDENS

Schonnbrunn Palace and Gardens boast of magnificent Baroque architecture. The entry fee to the palace is €17,50 but it is free with a Vienna pass. You can, however, roam in the gardens for no cost at all. The gardens are huge, and you can relish its different parts, including, Great Parterre, Neptune Fountain, Gloriette, and much more.

The Green Arch Walkway

Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Priestesses Statue with basket of fruits

Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Green Parterre

Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Gloriette

Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Interesting Sign Board on my way out

Photo of Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

VISIT THE VERY INTERESTING NASCHMARKT

An outdoor market with around 100 stalls of food and a few stalls that sell clothes and antiques. Take your time walking across the market, tasting food samples, buying some fresh fruits, and looking through the souvenirs.

On my way to Naschmarkt

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Jewelry and Tees

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Restaurants in Naschmarkt

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

This is where I had my coffee

Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

GET AMAZED BY THE MAGNIFICENCE OF ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL

Conveniently located in the city center, in Stephansplatz, is this giant gothic beauty. It takes you back in the time, and you can easily spend 30-40 minutes inside the church praising its grand architecture.

The entrance to the church is for €1 in the name of donation, and if you want to do an underground catacomb tour, or climb the 343 steps of the south tower, you'll need to pay €5 - €6 for each.

Stephansplatz

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Inside the St. Stephen's Cathedral

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Intricate Architecture of the cathedral

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

343 steps of South that just go round and round

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Engravings on the walls of the tower

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

View from the South Tower of the Cathedral

Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

WATCH SUNSET OVER DANUBE RIVER

Take a 30 minute U-Bahn ride from Stephansplatz to Neue Donau, the closest station to Brigittenauer Bridge. Walk over to the bridge, and you can see the sun go down on the other side. You can also sit by the lake in Donau Park just under the bridge for a relaxed evening.

Photo of Brigittenau, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan

Sunset by Danube

Photo of Brigittenau, Vienna, Austria by Ajita Mahajan
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