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24 Hours in Vienna

Updated: Apr 25

Embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Vienna, where every corner has a timeless elegance and cultural richness. In just 24 hours, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant café culture, marvel at world-class art, indulge in luxury accommodations, and wander through historic streets. Check out my 24 hours in Vienna reel here!

Here are my top things to do in Vienna...

1. Indulge in Vienna's Café Culture

Begin your day with an essential Viennese experience – enjoying a cup of coffee (OR HOT CHOCOLATE😍) accompanied by a slice of delicious Sacher cake (Sachertorte). Austrian pastries / cakes are renowned worldwide for their exquisite taste, and Vienna is home to an array of historic cafes where you can indulge in them. Head to Café Central or Demel, both beloved institutions where you can enjoy the perfect blend of ambiance and flavor.

Vienna cafes, with hot chocolate and sachertorte sacher cake from Cafe Central, and Sacher Cake from Demel, Best cafes in Vienna

2. Explore the Albertina Museum

After fuelling up on caffeine and sweets, venture to the Albertina Museum, a cultural gem nestled in the heart of Vienna. Housing an extensive collection of art, marvel at masterpieces by renowned artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Klimt, and don't miss the museum's rotating exhibitions, which showcase diverse and thought-provoking works. When I visited they also had a Roy Litchtenstein exhibition which I really enjoyed.

Albertina museum in Vienna artworks and exhibitions

3. Stay in Style at Hotel Motto

For a touch of luxury and comfort, retreat to Hotel MOTTO, a boutique hotel that seamlessly blends contemporary design with Viennese charm. Located in the historic city center, Hotel Motto offers stylish accommodations and personalized service, ensuring a memorable stay. Relax in elegantly appointed rooms adorned with modern amenities, and recharge for the adventures that lie ahead. I absolutely loved my stay at Hotel MOTTO, every corner of the hotel and room were so beautifully designed and artsy!

I also loved Chez Bernard Restaurant in Hotel MOTTO! Every dish is delicious and crafted with attention to detail, offering guests a delightful fusion of local flavours and international influences.

Check out my Hotel MOTTO post here (COMING SOON)

Hotel Motto in Vienna and Chez Bernard

4. Wander Through the Historic District

Step outside and lose yourself in the enchanting streets of Vienna's historic district. From the Gothic splendor of St. Stephen's Cathedral to the elegant architecture of the Hofburg Palace, every corner reveals a glimpse of the city's historical past. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets, pausing to admire architectural marvels and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of this timeless city.

Vienna historical streets and horse carriages


Treat your taste buds to the ultimate Viennese culinary delight by indulging in the iconic Wiener Schnitzel. This classic Viennese dish is the best way to end your 24 hours in Vienna 😍

wiener schnitzel vienna



  • Hofburg Palace: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Austria's imperial past as you explore the opulent chambers of the Hofburg Palace

  • Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens: Discover the majesty of Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wander through its vast gardens adorned with fountains, sculptures, and beautiful greenery.

Cultural Spots:

  • Vienna Opera House: Experience the magic of opera or ballet at the Vienna State Opera, one of the world's leading opera houses known for its acoustics and stunning performances.

  • Hundertwasser House: Marvel at the vibrant and unconventional architecture of the Hundertwasser House, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, known for its colorful facade and unique vibe.

3. Museums and Galleries:

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum: Journey through art history at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, home to an extensive collection of European art spanning centuries.

  • Belvedere Palace: Admire the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt, including his iconic painting "The Kiss," at the Belvedere Palace, which houses an impressive collection of Austrian art.

  • Leopold Museum: Dedicated to modern Austrian art, the Leopold Museum showcases the works of prominent artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. The museum's collection includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings from the late 19th century to the present day.

  • Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum): Explore the wonders of the natural world at the Museum of Natural History, which houses an extensive collection of minerals, fossils, and taxidermied animals. Highlights include the famous Venus of Willendorf figurine and a vast meteorite collection.

4. Architectural Marvels:

  • St. Stephen's Cathedral: Gaze in awe at the Gothic splendor of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna's iconic landmark with its towering spires and intricately carved details.

  • Karlskirche: Visit the Karlskirche, a baroque masterpiece with its majestic dome and stunning frescoes, and climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.

5. Culinary Adventures:

  • Naschmarkt: Delight your senses at the Naschmarkt, Vienna's largest outdoor market, where you can sample a variety of local delicacies, fresh produce, and international cuisine.

In Vienna, every street and park we visited was beautiful and revealed a treasure trove of history, art, and culture waiting to be discovered.

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As always,

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