Nerds on Tour: Free Things to Do in Vienna

One of the things you’ll notice that you do a lot of in Vienna is look up. The buildings there are spectacular – they put Buckingham Palace to shame. Because of this, there are so many brilliant completely free things to do in Vienna!

I only paid for 3 tourist attractions in Vienna (check them out on my post here) and although there is lots more to see museum-wise, I don’t feel I missed out at all! The rest of my time was spent wandering the streets in hope of stumbling across somewhere spectacular.

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Every single building in the centre is at least as high and as grand as the Queen’s house itself, and absolutely covered in gold, reliefs, statues. It’s all so grandiose! Even just looking at the buildings from the outside, it’s a brilliant day out.

Everywhere you walked, there was something to gawp at and take pictures of. We bought a city travel pass (kudos to Vienna for their transport system!) and jumped on and off trams and buses with ease so we could wander the streets and public parks.

What to do in Vienna that doesn’t cost a thing!

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To check out my view from the top click here!

St Stephen’s Cathedral is actually free to enter and look around inside. You can pay to go up the tower, and down to the catacombs but the building itself is pretty beautiful anyway with it’s gothic architecture and incredible sculptures!

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The Hundertwasserhaus is an incredible and bizarre piece of architecture that is so strange to see among the other plain buildings of Vienna. It’s magnificent but in a totally different way to the others! You can check it out, a short tram ride between the centre and Praterpark!

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There’s a completely free amusement park called Prater, that you can visit which is open 24 hours! Unfortunately when we went, it was February and much too cold but I’d imagine it’s pretty lively in the summer.

There are some lovely little boutiques, markets and bookshops around if you know where to look! Just take a little detour and you’re sure to stumble across some lovely little finds where you can do some window-shopping.

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We wandered in a few of the many parks and “platz” taking in the astonishing sights – if the weather is nice there are so many beautiful places to sit outside one of these magnificent buildings and have a packed lunch.

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Outside the Karlskirche – Karlsplatz

I hope these few things help you on your way to finding affordable Vienna tourist spots! For my other post on cheap and affordable things to do in Vienna, like the National Library, check it out here! (It’s a Ravenclaw’s dream!)


  1. Emma
    5th March 2019

    Waaahhh.. Reading through this makes me so happy, and also really miss Vienna. I loved all of these places, especially Prater and just general wandering. I’m so happy you had a great time, and I love all your photos!

    Emma |

    1. Amy_Ether
      5th March 2019

      Thank you for the inspiration and the calling to go there, Emma! πŸ™‚

  2. Boxnip
    5th March 2019

    Oh wow, it really does look incredible! I wouldn’t know where to look first! πŸ˜€

    Sarah ? || Boxnip

  3. Some of the most fun things to do in places is just walking around and exploring, and that’s totally free!

    1. Amy_Ether
      5th March 2019

      I totally agree! <3

  4. Shannon
    5th March 2019

    Awh awesome, I will save this post for when I plan to go to Vienna. Austria looks amazing and is still on my bucket list!

    Shannon x

  5. Danni
    6th March 2019

    Vienna looks amazing. It’s on my bucket list for sure!


  6. Isobel
    6th March 2019

    I’d love to go to Vienna one day! It looks so lovely!

    Isobel x

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