Best 1 Week Itinerary for Austria:
Itineraries for Vienna really depend on how many palaces and museums you want to see, but a short trip should at least cover the best sights. We’ve put together a few options to help you decide and better divide your time. The suggestions we’ve come up with are from our own first hand experiences.
One Week In Austria:
With just a 1 day itinerary in Vienna you are going to have a fairly long, but easy paced day to see all the main sights. To save some stress start at Schönbrunn Palace as soon as possible to make sure you fit it in and avoid the crowds. After your tour take the subway over to the Opera to start our Old Town Self-Guided Walking Tour of all the core sights. If you are looking to fit in the amazing Museum Quartier keep in mind it is closed on Mondays, is open til 6pm most days but stays open until 9pm on Thursdays. Even if it is too late to tour the inside of the first few Ring Tram stops you can at least check out the great exteriors to end your evening. We have fit the Palace, Old Town Walk, and the full Tram Tour all into one long day.
Here are some additional options to in case you either travel at a faster pace to or want to swap out a day
Option 1: Innsbruck can be visited very easily, and has a few great sites like the Crystal Factory, but is mainly a winter destination for skiers and snow boarders. Overall Innsbruck isn’t the most memorable city to dedicate 13% of your week to so here are some other options:
Option 2: Extra Day In Vienna if you are a huge museum buff you may want to use your float day to better fully explore the depths of Vienna’s great museums. There are also a couple great castles located within an hour of Vienna.
Option 3: Munich is a very easy extra city to add to your trip as it’s only 90 minutes from either Salzburg or Berchtesgadern. Munich is a great city to visit with a lot to do, however, it can be better experienced if you have 2-3 days so you can see Munich’s surrounding sites and Castles.
Option 4: Budapest can be reached on a 3 hour train ride from Vienna and is a great place to visit if you’re willing to push your float day earlier into your trip. A lot of people like to take spend Day 3 in Budapest pushing the suggested Days 3-6 all back one day. It involves getting up pretty early on Day 3 to get to Budapest and even earlier on your adjusted Day 4 to still squeeze in Melk, Mauthausen, & Hallstatt, but you can always take an extra nap on the train.