Vienna insider tips

Spanish Riding School - Vienna

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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How to save money plus other advice on Vienna

Sights and attractions

  • On Sunday mornings from September to June – squeeze in the following freebies from 9am until noon.
  • Hear the Vienna Boys Choir at 9am on Sunday in the Hofburg Chapel foyer for free.
  • On Sundays around 10.45am there's a great photo opportunity outside the stables of the Spanish Riding School, as elegant Lipizzaner Stallions cross the road, in gala livery, on their way to the winter riding hall.
  • On Sunday morning at 11am head straight across the square and listen to Sunday Mass in the  Augustiner Church – try and squeeze into a pew (even if it looks full, there's warmth in numbers).
  • For children under the age of 19 (proof of age required) entrance is free to all metropolitan museums (Museen der Stadt Wien), and on the first Sunday of the month for adults too (temporary exhibitions excluded).
  • The House of Music is a wonderful place to learn more about the famous composers that lived in Vienna and make music too, see more at www.hdm.at.
  • Conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is a fun thing for kids to try out at the HDM. Open daily from 10am–10pm.
  • KHM has an annual ticket costing 29 euros a year. This equates to a huge saving if you have planned on going a couple of times to the KHM and other collections belonging to the house; you can save up to 56 euros on six museums in Vienna! The pass is valid for the following houses: Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Art), Schatzkammer (Treasury), Neue Burg (Ancient Musical Instruments, Armoury), Wagenburg (Imperial Coach Museum at Schönbrunn), Museum für Völkerkunde (Ethnology Museum) and Österreichisches Theatermuseum (Austria's Theatre Museum).

Getting around

  • Getting around in Vienna is easy thanks to an excellent public transport system. One, two, three and seven day passes are available and are a huge saving if you plan on travelling around a lot (though Vienna is a city for strolling from one café to the next). Vienna Travel cards, valid for 72 hrs of transport, are available for 18.50 euros each and include one child under the age of 15 and various discounts - www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-card.

Eating and drinking

  • Sausage, a timeless pleasure – now and again. If you're ready for a snack but don't to waste time at a restaurant, head to one of the sausage stalls – the best is on Hoher Markt – or just beneath the Albertina (www.bitzinger.at) and point to the sausage that catches your eye on the grill, it will be sliced up for you, mustard (senf) and ketchup on the side and a thick slice of brown bread for less than three euros. Open daily 7am–4am.
  • Some of the best and cheapest eateries in town are in, or close to, markets. Naschmarkt has a whole range of food places open Monday to Saturday from mid-morning to 10pm. For more information see Vienna cafés and restaurants.

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