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 is known for its high arts and music scene, with an incredible array of Opera’s, Symphonies, and Museums but there are also quite a few inexpensive ways to explore Vienna on a budget.
Here are some great things to see in Vienna on a budget:
Wander the 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).
Visit the Stephansdom
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.
Have Lunch in Nashcmarkt
Nashcmarkt is a popular 1.5 kilometre-long stretch of outdoor stalls and shops selling fresh 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.
Tour the State Opera House
If you want to samples Vienna’s high culture at a reduced price tag, opt to tour the Vienna State Opera House instead of seeing a show. Originally built in 1869 and reopened in 1955 following the devastation of World War II, it is indisputably one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. A behind-the-scenes tour reveals lots of things opera-goers would miss, like interesting history, information about the architecture and how they run the Opera House.