The Euro sure has an impact on a tourists wallet and Vienna was one of the most expensive cities I visited on my Central Europe itinerary. Vienna has an incredible array of Opera’s, Symphonies, Museums but not a lot of things that are cheap or free. Of all the sites I saw, here are 3 amazing FREE things to see in this incredible city:
Gardens of the Schloss Schonbrunn Palace
You can meander through the massive and beautiful palace gardens at Schloss Schonbrunn Palace for free, and visit several other sights within for a small fee. The gardens contain statues, fountains, Roman ruins, terraces and more flowers that you can imagine. This is a great place for photography or a sunny afternoon picnic. Some paid areas include a labyrinth and the Tiergarten, the world’s oldest existing zoo (founded in 1752).
Also known as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Stephansdom is Vienna’s oldest chuch and stands in the city’s historic center. It is one of the most imposing Gothic style cathedrals I have ever seen and is bound to impress all audiences. Entrance to the nave is free where you can see the legendary crying Madonna icon. For an additional fee you can visit the catacombs beneath where the remains of over 11,000 people lay
A 1.5 kilometre-long stretch of outdoor stalls and shops selling produce, meats, cheeses and all other types of delicious food goods as well as a few kitch souvenir stands. It originated in the 16th century, and is still a fantastic place to sit down for a delicious lunch, pick up a few ingredients for dinner and just to people watch.
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