Below are my notes for visiting Austria. These travel tips for visiting Austria are obtained from a variety of sources including some of the following: my first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth.
Best Time to Visit Austria
Short Answer: May, early June and September
Longer Answer: If you are into winter sports, then November to March is a reasonable idea. If you aren’t into winter sports, you should probably avoid this timeframe unless you want to check out the Christmas markets and such.
Weather is relatively nice in Austria from April through October. Rates obviously rise in from mid-June to August summer as with most of Europe. Thus the shoulder of May and September, and then April and October can be good compromises between weather and rate.
Getting from Vienna International Airport to the City (Vienna)
Fast and Expensive Option: Take the City Airport Train (CAT), which is a 16 minute ride at 11EUR (as of writing). Train takes you to Wien Mitte station on the east side of Vienna. 0530-2300
Slower and Cheaper Option: Take the S-Bahn 7 (S7) towards Floridsdorf, a 25 min ride, 4EUR ticket covers connection to U-Bahn. 0400-2345
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for Austria
Step into coffee shops and buy the handmade pastries from the old ladies running the counter. Also good is the Almdudler, an herbal soda pop.
Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) at the Ringstrasse
Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History) right across the Kunsthistorische Museum at the Ringstrasse
Secession (an Art Deco building housing contemporary art shows)
Belvedere, a baroque garden with buildings housing either historic (“Obere Belvedere”) or modern art “(Untere Belvedere),
Naschmarkt, a historic market area for fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and other stuff but also cloth
there are also a number of small restaurants there… the market is confined by two streets, the Linke Wienzeile and the Rechte Wienzeile, which is named after the river. There are nice Jugendstil (art deco buildings)
The Stephansdom, the St. Stephan cathedral is a gothic building in the center of the city.
There are a number of very traditional coffee houses
Cafe Central (very beautiful)
Heurigen – wine taverns serving wine from their own vineyards. Check out Nussdorf, Grinzing, etc.