No idea why I put those two topics together, but discover how best to get around Vienna and whether you’ll be needing sunscreen or snow shoes while you do.
Most visitors to the city rely on Vienna’s fantastic transport system, so let us begin there…
The system is very wheelchair-friendly, too, with lifts at every (I think) subway station, many step-free trams, etc.
Vienna airport is just beyond the city limits, so not included on standard municipal travel cards and tickets.
Of course, being an airport, it’s still hooked up conveniently to road, rail, and bus systems.
For the record, trains from central stations get there (or back) in as little as 16 minutes. And a car journey to/from the centre can take 20-25 minutes in good traffic.
For city-wide sightseeing routes, you might try one of the popular hop on, hop off sightseeing bus services.
If you’re pushed for time, the Vienna Ring tram offers a quick way to see the main sights around the city centre ring road. At Christmas and Easter, there’s also the Manner tram. And the Ströck Weihnachtsbim is another seasonal tram tour that operates during Advent.
Using your car
For helpful hints on local driving habits and regulations, check the driving in Vienna page.
Using your feet
Vienna is full of places of interest for tourists, but five sightseeing areas stand out, which you’ll find here.
The small size of the historical centre makes it easy enough to walk around, but with Viennese driving habits you might need some tips on how to cross the road safely. Oh, and Vienna has some rather funky pedestrian lights.
Vienna enjoys a pleasant climate where the summers are warm and dry, the winters crisp and cold (though I can’t help but feel they’re getting warmer).
The climate even means Vienna has its own flourishing wine-growing industry.
Get an overview of the monthly weather to help plan which clothes to bring for a trip and decide on the best time to visit Vienna. If you come in deep midwinter, pack emergency flares, thick socks and a portable heater (just kidding).
Oh, and if you’re visiting at the end of December, you probably want the answer to this question: does it snow at Christmas? (Spoiler: probably not.)