Vienna Day Trips

5 day trips with base in Vienna

Vienna truly is a fairytale European capital city that is bursting at the seams with intriguing history whilst remaining impossibly beautiful and well preserved at the same time. The historical depth of the area means there are a variety of enviable day trips you can embark on from town, from exploring the breathtaking nature of Austria’s alpine foothills, to exploring ancient sites and magnificent castles. The always reliable European rail lines grant easy access to a number of daytime destinations and the beautiful countryside adds to the overall experience. Here are the 5 best and most sought-after day trips to take from the city of Vienna.

Bratislava

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Another border that is well worth crossing is the Austrian-Slovakian one. When you do, you’ll have the chance to experience the intriguing and perfectly picturesque city of Bratislava, a conveniently close 60 minutes away from Vienna. Make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Bratislava’s Old Town where the neo-Renaissance style houses, mansions and palaces paint an attractive picture of the Slovakian capital. If you want a taste of some authentic Slovakian cuisine and drink, St. Michael’s Street is full of restaurants and cafes that will satisfy your hunger. A Vienna to Bratislava day trip is an ideal way to spend the day away from the city and introduce you to another and the possibility of a whole other trip one day in the future.

Melk Abbey

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Owning the enviable accolade of the “Best Historical Destination in the World”, Melk Abbey is one of those attractions that you really do have to visit if you happen to be in Vienna. Built atop a rocky mountainside with views across the whole of the breathtaking Danube Valley, the abbey is a majestic Baroque style building that is overflowing with priceless art and contains impeccable gardens and is filled to the brim with enough history to excite history buffs to no end.

Danube Valley

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Considering its only an hour away from Vienna, the Danube Valley is a world away from city life and is considered to be so attractive that it’s been officially named as a World Heritage Site on account of its aesthetic beauty. The best part is between the towns of Krems and Melk that has unfettered views of the Alpine valley in all its natural glory.

The Vienna Woods

Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz

Loved by the Viennese people just as much as visiting travellers, the Vienna Woods offer a perfect getaway a mere stone’s throw from the center of the capital. Here you’ll find a number of historic sites, one of the most famous of which is a beautiful monastery, the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz. If its stunning scenery you’re after, then make the journey up Vienna’s very own miniature mountain, the Kahleberg, which can also be found in the Vienna Woods. Finally, take some time to visit the largest underground lake in Europe and learn about the fascinating way the former mine turned into the attraction it is today.

Kreuzenstein Castle

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Looking impossibly reminiscent to Hogwarts, Kreuzenstein Castle was built in medieval times and with all its turrets, towers and spires is about as fairytale in its appearance as it’s possible for a castle to be. Only a few kilometres north of Vienna, the castle is well elevated and overlooks the village of Leobendorf. Its location snugly nestled between the Vienna Woods and the Danube River makes for some truly beautiful panoramic views when looking out from one of the many vantage points. As far as castles go, Kreuzenstein is probably one of the most impressive in Vienna.


Where to Stay

Altstadt Vienna

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The Hotel Altstadt is a wonderful place, a refreshing source of Viennese joy of life, a refuge in which we can all relax among the beauties of the Austrian capital. It combines elegance, arts, design and lively atmosphere, all just in one place. Polished parquet floors, Belle Epoque antique furniture and en suite doors blend with the quirky creations of Annie Liebovits and Andy Warhol. In every room there is always a new concept and vision to discover. In short, a hotel that is captivating, artisanal, familiar and always so private.
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Hotel Altstadt
provides 61 rooms and suites and they are all different to each other: some lively and colorful, some calm and relaxing, others stylish and discreet. Each room is individually furnished and has its own design, ranging from a classic Viennese style to a contemporary modern touch.
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Although the Hotel Altstadt does not have a restaurant, breakfast is exceptional as well. Enjoy it in the lounge with an array of buffet and menu items to choose from, including daily treats. During the afternoon tea, delicious cakes and baked pastries are offered to each guest. Hotel Altstadt is situated in a quiet area in the district of Spittelberg, in the 7th district of Vienna, definitely in the city centre, just 5-minute walk from the Museums Quartier and the famous Ringstraße.


Hotel Beethoven Vienna

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Former brothel located in a district, at the time, infamous, Hotel Beethoven Vienna is now a charming boutique-hotel located in the heart of the cultural and nightlife of the Austrian capital, as well as in the lively and bohemian nest of the Naschmarkt, in a historical building dated of 1902, which has remained intact and original until today. At the Hotel Beethoven Vienna you wake up in design environments and with refined elegance. Through corridors with black damask walls illuminated with soft light you can reach the spacious and bright rooms, all renovated with love and furnished with taste and attention to detail, consistency and respect to the chosen theme, always linked to Viennese tradition and culture by the owner, Barbara Ludwig, originally from Vienna. And the soul of the Hotel Beethoven Vienna is undoubtedly Barbara, a true lover of design, fashion, art and all that is beauty.
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Each floor of the hotel is dedicated to different themes like a personality of Vienna, an event, an era …6 floors, all different, with 47 different rooms, with styles ranging from Biedermeier to Art Nouveau, so beloved in Vienna. The 47 rooms absorb all the elegant and somewhat ironic charm of Vienna. They stand out among themselves and are thus able to satisfy the tastes of the every guests. Bright and recently renovated, all the rooms of Hotel Beethoven Vienna are equipped with every comfort with the aim to render any stay unforgettable. All the rooms on the sixth floor are inspired by personalities of Austrian history with combinations  expressly conceived to guarantee originality, following the concept that these rooms express the essence of Vienna: a city to love, glitzy, original, often also a bit irreverent.
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Worthy of note is the rich breakfast served in the mezzanine of the hotel with a very exclusive view of the Papageno gate of the Theater an der Wien, where Beethoven made his debut for the first time with his Fidelio. Guests can enjoy a beautiful outdoor patio, not only for breakfast. In the lounge of Hotel Beethoven Vienna, there are tea and coffee facilities 24 hours a day and close by the hotel, there are several restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets.

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