In the spirit of offering genuinely useful travel advice (which I occasionally aim to do), I planned to write a post about which Vienna attractions we found “worth it,” in terms of the time and money spent, and which we might not recommend or do again. In the process of writing said post, I realized how many enjoyable things on our trip were completely without cost. Vienna is a high-class city, but there is a lot to savour, for free, outside of its fancy restaurants and decked-out palaces. So here, I present
The Top Ten Totally Free Things to Enjoy in Vienna
(and we’ll talk paid attractions next time).
10. Wander the streets in the city centre — the sights are magical by day and by night.
9. Watch people taking carriage rides. Bonus: by watching, you get all of the nostalgia and romance, with none of the personal embarrassment.
8. Stop to listen to some very talented street musicians.
7. Visit a very famous church (one that I wish I’d taken a better picture of — es tut mir leid, Stephansdom).
6. Visit the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace — it costs to tour the interior, but the exterior and grounds are the best part, in my opinion.
5. Take a stroll through a great city park (the Stadtpark).
4. Appreciate art on the street.
3. Do some window shopping.
2. Take in an opera al fresco — when playing, operas are projected live on a screen outside the Opernhaus.
1. Tiptoe through the tulips (also in the Stadtpark).