Top 5 free sites in Vienna

Gardens of the Sconbrunn Palace

Gardens of the Sconbrunn Palace ©swampa/Flick

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it is a metropolis of a unique charm. This city is ideal for all types of vacations. Walking on the streets of Vienna is a exceptional experience. You will be amazed and delighted by the beauty of its tourist attractions and the grandeur of its buildings.

At the same time you will be surprised by the convenience and efficiency of one of the most modern cities in Europe filled with luxury shops and shopping centers, cafes and modern restaurants. Visiting this city means to see centuries of European history in almost every attraction in Vienna.

 

Although Vienna has many beautiful places, there are only a few where you can spend time without paying an entrance fee. The top 5 free sites in Vienna include the Stephansdom, the Sconbrunn Gardens, the Ringstrasse, the Zentralfriedhof and the beaches of the city.

The Stephansdom

The Cathedral of Vienna is perhaps one of the most famous symbols of the city. It is located in the heart of the old part of Vienna at the end of two pedestrian streets and experienced many in its life: Habsburgs, Turks, Napoleon, Soviet hippies singing in the streets. It is free to visit the church; however, you have to pay to climb the tower. The view from the tower is great, but the interior of the cathedral really worth a visit as well.

The Stephansdom in Vienna

The Stephansdom in Vienna ©RaSeLaSeD – Il Pinguino/Flick

The Zentralfriedhof

The Zentralfriedhof is probably the largest cemetery in Europe with a number of 2.4 million “residents”. This exceeds the living population of Vienna. But it is not recommended because its size, but because of the many works of art and the graves of some great personalities including great names as Gluck, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Falco. Mozart has a memorial here, but didn’t have the privilege to rest in the Zentralfriedhof. He is buried in a mass grave in another cemetery and his remains were not identified.

The Schönbrunn Gardens

The Schonbrunn Palace was the imperial residence of the Habsburgs and was located outside of Vienna. Meanwhile Vienna continuously extended and finally “swallowed” the Schonbrunn Palace. The huge palace garden remained the same and if you go to Vienna in the summer you will see a real symphony of colors. To visit the imperial palace, the Palmhouse costs money, but the Schönbrunn Gardens are one of the few free sites in Vienna.

Gardens of the Sconbrunn Palace

Gardens of the Sconbrunn Palace ©swampa/Flick

Beaches in Vienna

Even though Austria doesn’t have a sea, Vienna has a river. The main beaches of the city are the Donauinsel, the Alte Donau and the Lobau and they are free of charge. In summer, the island of the Danube is under assault, and has a wide range of activities from biking, to playing with the rabbits that roam around, drinking a beer or having a bathe. You should also know that the Danube Island is a favorite place of the nudists.

The Ringstrasse

The Ringstrasse is a circular boulevard surrounding the old Vienna. The old demolished fortifications of the city were lying there. Emperor Franz-Josef commissioned the construction of many special buildings until was bankrupt. The boulevard was finished with great difficulty but today is one of the most beautiful boulevards in Europe. There you can admire the Flemish Town Hall, the Gothic cathedral, the classical Greek Parliament Theatre, the Hofburg Palace, the museums and the rose garden. It is a wonderful place to visit for free.

Parliament on the Ringstrasse

Parliament on the Ringstrasse ©asw909/Flick

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