Vienna Rathaus (enough jokes thank you! ). The City Hall displays the Viennese joie de vivre in the summer sunshine and shows free movies after dark too.
A walker’s delight, Vienna is conspicuously two legs correct, enveloping walkers in grand designs rather than gritty air.
Pedestrian areas crisscross the city centre, but even the ring road circling the inner city has comfortable, separate walking, biking, tram and car lanes, not that there are many cars in motion anyway, the city has only 1. 6m inhabitants. And anyway, why bother when trams and metro are fast, frequent and cheap? Cars are for late or out-of-town use.
Vienna’s inner city is encircled by the Ringstrasse – a wide, tree-lined boulevard uncrowded by cars, trams, bikes or pedestrians.
Many important sights line this ring road – including the Stadt Park (with its Strauss monument), Opera House, Hofburg Palace, a cluster of big museums, Parliament and the imposing Rathaus (City Hall).
The Rathaus has exceptionally lively evening action outside, with a daily free showing of famous music films (evenings, July/Aug) and a busy world food court of varied cuisine, ranging from Greek to Australian (? ! ). This is not a tourist attraction, it’s where the locals hang out.
Saturday night at 10pm sees hundreds of skaters swooshing around the Ringstrasse – legally.
Pedestrianised Kartner Strasse runs from the Opera House/Ringstrasse junction down to the spectacular St Stephen’s cathedral and offers many diversions en route. This is an area that demands random walks of discovery.
Vienna hop-on, hop-off tour options
There are easy, good value guided tours around the city on Open-Top Buses (15 stops and one of two day passes).
Ring Trams do a 25 minute circuit of the Ringstrasse with video screens and commentary, stopping at 13 stations.
Cycle tours are available, usually about 3 hours visiting the city’s main attractions.
Segway tours are the pricey option and we suspect users will be more interested in their transport than the sights visited.
Saturday night at 10pm is skate night and sees hundreds of skaters swishing around the Ringstrasse.
Karlskirche, a must-see inside and out.