Some cities are made for walking and in my eyes Vienna is one of them. The city itself is small but crammed full of history, architecture, landmarks and is easy to navigate, perfect for wandering around.
The Ringstraße (ring road) surrounds the oldest part of Vienna, which is also happens to be the center of the city. It’s a 4 mile walk so will take approximately 2.5 hours, not counting the time to stop and take pictures along the way or trying a different ice cream at the many gelato cafes.
The Ringstraße is a great way to see the city as it conveniently has most of it’s important landmarks on it including the impressive gothic town hall (Rathaus), in the summer they have many festivals and events outside the town hall including cocktail and food bars serving up dishes from around the world, and in Winter there’s the Christmas market and in Spring the largest ice skating ring I have ever seen – more of an ice skating network.
Then there’s the National Theatre (Burgtheater), next to it Landtmann one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses (and quite pricey too). Next to the Theatre is Volksgarten known for its roses.
The symmetrical Natural History and Fine Art Museums are next (and from here you can see the other museums in the Museums Quarter behind them). Turn 180 degrees and you’re looking at the impressive Hofburg, an incomplete 13th century palace and official residence and workplace of the president of Austria. The green in front of it used for many concerts and events.
Continuing along the Ringstraße, you walk past the Schmetterlinghaus (butterfly house), an Art Nouveau palm house you can walk through where it’s home to hundreds of butterflies, they even land on you, watch out though some are rather large.
Next up is Karlsplatz and the beautiful Karlskirche (church), built in baroque style in 1737 its considered one of Vienna’s greatest buildings. After the church you round the corner where you are greeted by the peace of Stadtpark (town park). Wander through the park and you’ll find scattered statues of famous Viennese artists, writers and composers.
From here you can either turn left taking you back into the heart of the city or carry on the Ringstraße until you get to the river where you can walk parallel to it on the river path and check out the graffiti art or stop of at one of the many pop up bars, beach bars or even swim in the pool at Badeschiff – that’s right, a pool in a boat on the river!