If your visit to Vienna lasts long enough to tire of coffee and Sachertorte (is that even possible?), then you might want to escape on a day trip outside the city.
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Day trip suggestions
Even if you don’t want to hire a car*, then trains, buses and boats get you from Vienna to many places quickly and easily. This includes travel to other countries.
One of the joys of the city is its close proximity to Slovakia, Hungary, and Czechia. For example, it takes just over an hour to reach Bratislava from Vienna. And even Prague and Budapest are doable on a day trip (at a pinch).
I’m working to bring you helpful articles on travelling to all these places and others more local. Here my tips so far:
Austria is 99% mountains, 1% chocolate. Possibly.
The Alps stretch almost the entire length of the country, only petering out just before they reach Vienna. Which means the mountains aren’t that far away from the city.
Vienna even has a “local” ski resort: Semmering is close enough to make a day’s skiing a reality, and you can still be back in time for dinner.
- More info: How to visit the Alps from Vienna
It takes just over 2 hours to reach Salzburg by rail from Vienna, with frequent departures. So the city certainly qualifies as a day trip destination.
The Salzach river runs alongside the beautiful old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Wander between the historic buildings on the famous Getriedegasse street, for example, then pop into Mozart’s birthplace.
Salzburg and Vienna have a tacit agreement to share Mozart; you might argue that Salzburg gave birth to the man, while Vienna gave birth to the legend.
- More info: How to visit Salzburg from Vienna
Remarkably, follow the Danube downriver out of Vienna for about 40km and you reach the location of a huge Roman town and military base.
Carnuntum is where, for example, the 14th and 15th Legions kept the German tribes at bay (think the opening scenes of Gladiator).
This architectural park has various historical sites to visit, including extensive reconstructions, a museum, and two amphitheatres. And, for some reason, an awful lot of ground squirrels.
- More info: Carnuntum Roman archeological park
Schloss Hof Palace and Gardens
Two Viennese palaces and a city palais proved too little for Prince Eugene of Savoy, a man whose modesty seems to have grown smaller as his wealth grew bigger.
The baroque Schloss Hof might be considered Eugene’s “little place in the country”. If by “little place” you mean a large estate.
Fill a day trip with a palace to tour, gardens to admire, and a set of outbuildings full of surprises (wandering turkeys, Lipizzaner horses, and hidden rose gardens, to name but three).
- More info: Schloss Hof