Having seen the movie Before Sunrise, what makes me think of Vienna is the image of that classic film. During my trip to Europe, I only visited Vienna only one day before coming to Budapest. It was a short visit but I really had the opportunity to admire the magnificent Vienna, also known as the Paris of Austria. So, why waste time? So, what to do in Vienna in a day (what to do in Vienna in one day) and what to see in Vienna in one day? Let’s check out our suggested top 6 things to do in Vienna in one day on how to spend a day in Vienna (1 day in Vienna Austria, one day in Vienna) perfectly to clear the answer! Now, let’s start to exploring Vienna from “root to tip”.

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How to spend a day in Vienna: Admiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria

With magnificent Gothic and Romanesque architecture, with colorful tiled roof and the impressive height of 136 m. This 12th century construction is almost a symbol of Vienna that no one does not know.

St. Stephan’s Cathedral is the most important religious building in Vienna. St. Stephen’s Cathedral has witnessed many important events in the history of the Habsburgs Dynasty and Austria, with its multicolored tiled roof, it became one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna.
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What to do in Vienna in a day: Going to Mozart’s house to learn about music

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The works on display here are not allow to photograph, so I can only capture the architecture inside the apartment.

Mozart’s hometown is Salzburg, but his place where he became fame is the classical music capital of Vienna. This museum was once Mozart’s apartment, where he composed his most classic works. When entering the museum you will be given a tape recorder to listen to the stories of the one of greatest but many ups and downs composers from growing up until he passed away.

Concert held in the apartment.
Ticket EUR 11
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A 2-min walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Address: Mozarthaus, Domgasse 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
Hours: 10AM–6PM/Monday: Closed
Entrance fee: 11 euros

What to see in Vienna in one day: Observing Vienna’s lovely traffic

I like to walk, because I will see more interesting things. In Vienna, the most interesting thing is witness the horse-drawn carriages running on the streets with cars or the lovely traffic signs, you can see clearly in the pictures below.

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Vienna horse carriage riding

1 day in Vienna Austria: Get lost in the world of books at the Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library (German: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) is the largest library in Austria, with more than 12 million items of various collections. The library is located in the Neue Burg Wing of the Hofburg in central Vienna. Since 2005, some of the collections have been relocated inside the Palais Mollard-Clary.

Founded by the Habsburgs, the library was originally called the Imperial Court Library (German: Kaiserliche Hofbibliothek), the current name change occurred in 1920.

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The Austrian National Library is one of the oldest libraries in the world with books dating back to the 4th century. The books are now exhibits of their historical and cultural value. The interior of the library’s Renaissance architecture is enough to overwhelm me with a think of “the another country’s library not in my hometown”

In between the Spanish Riding School and the Albertina
Address: Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria
Hours: 10AM–6PM/Monday: Closed
Founded: 1368
Entrance fee: 7.5 euros

What to do in Vienna in a day: Strolling around Belvedere Palace

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Walking around Belvedere Palace is a dream come true to me with its jade roof and beautiful Baroque architecture. The palace is set on such a large ground in Vienna that the front and back of the castle are both worth seeing. The good thing is that you only pay if you want to visit inside.

The Belvedere is a historic complex site in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery and the Palace Stables. This place also includes the Belvedere museum.

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Belvedere was built during the transformation of Vienna and built many buildings at once. At the time, it was the royal residence of the ruling Habsburg dynasty.

Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
Hours: 10AM–6PM

What to see in Vienna in one day: Make a wish at the Donnebrunnen Fountain

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And finally, closing a day in Vienna with a visit to Donnebrunnen fountain, don’t leave Vienna without throwing a coin in the fountain and making a wish here.

Address: Plankengasse, 1010 Wien, Austria

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