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What to See/Do in Vienna in Less Than 24 Hrs

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What to See/Do in Vienna in Less Than 24 Hrs

Hi, can anyone recommend some things to see or do in Vienna with less than 24 hours? I've looked at a few tourist companies, but most of them seem to end by the time we arrive or the tours are too long to do in the morning. We'll be getting in around 4:30PM and our flight leaves at 1:00PM the next day. We'd like to take advantage of our long layover by touring the major attractions, but with so little time we don't know what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: What to See/Do in Vienna in Less Than 24 Hrs

That's not much time where darkness won't be a limitation. The first thing my wife and I thought of was a night at the opera. Darkness won't matter, and you will be able to walk the shops, cafes, and the rest of the Kartnerstrasse (main shopping thoroughfare) next to the opera house. You can get tickets in advance and make it a stylish night, or just as easily go casual and use the standing room option for just a few dollars. The opera house is a beautiful place to see, on its own merits, and is centrally located. Cafe Oberlaa is a favorite of ours, and is close and comfortable as well. A little time on your computer checking their websites will yield good information if this sounds interesting. Just a thought......

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2. Re: What to See/Do in Vienna in Less Than 24 Hrs

Hi Lindiloo, I suggest that you take a trip on tram 1 or 2, both take you in circles along the Ringstrasse, where you can see most of the famous buildings in the center of Vienna (townhall, theatres, opera, museums etc.). When you have done that (you can buy a 24-hours-ticket and get on and off everywhere) you make a walk to St.Stephans Cathedral, maybe crossing the Hofburg, the Emperor´s castle. Behind St. Stephans you can also take a stroll to the most antic quaters of Vienna (go to Schönlaterngasse and to Judengasse). I do not know in which period you come, but you can do that in about 3-4 hours. If you have time left in the morning, I would suggest or a trip to Schönbrunn with subway U4, or a trip to Belvedere. You can do that still with your 24-hours-ticket. Have a nice time!