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Our most recommended Vienna Day Trips

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

1. Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

Experience a romantic sightseeing tour by bus and boat from Vienna, introducing you to the beauty of the Wachau and Danube Valleys in Lower Austria. Wachau Valley is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and agricultural history, and it also attracts epicureans with its food and wine. Explore the River Danube as it flows around picturesque villages and steep vineyards. Pass by many ancient castles testify to the former importance of the river. One of these is the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where, according to legend, Richard the Lionheart was kept imprisoned, and was eventually freed by his faithful minstrel Blondel. Then take a romantic boat trip along the legendary Danube (only in summer, in winter we offer you a lunch) and go to the heart of the Wachau wine-growing region at the old city of Krems. A highlight of the tour will be a visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings, and winner of the award for "Best Historic Destination of the World" in 2008.

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From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

2. From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

Depart Vienna and journey by bus into the Austrian Alps to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salzkammergut, famous for its scenic lakes, limestone mountains and historic castles. Continue to the beautiful village of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See and learn more about the development of the village and its salt production industry, dating back to prehistoric times.  Next, climb aboard a boat and cruise across the tranquil waters of the Hallstätter See (only in the summer). Get some free time to explore the village on your own before making your way back to Vienna.

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From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

3. From Vienna: Day Tour of Salzburg

On the way to the city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth, you will be able to absorb the astonishing beauty of the Salzkammergut, an area where Emperor Franz Josef I once spent his holidays, full of mountains and lakes and a UNESCO world heritage site. Arrive just in time for lunch. A tour around the old town will show you all the most important sights of this noble city, seat of the archbishop-princes. You will take in the Cathedral, the Festival Theater, and St Peter's Church and graveyard. There, you will find the grave of Nannerl, Mozart's sister. Naturally, you will also visit the archbishops' residence and the house Mozart was born in. After that, you will see some of the places where The Sound of Music was filmed - for example, the Pferdeschwemme, or Horse Well, famous from the song "Edelweis", and the Mirabell Palace, where "Do Re Mi!" was filmed, with its beautiful views of the Hohensalzburg fortress.

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From Vienna: Bratislava City Tour with Food Options

4. From Vienna: Bratislava City Tour with Food Options

Enjoy a day trip to Bratislava on a tour that shows you the sights of this charming capital, and allows you plenty of free time to explore the city on your own. Depart the Erdberg bus station at 9:45 AM, arriving at the Bratislava Most SNP bus stop at 10:45 AM. Cross the street from the stop via zebra crossing, free time for coffee in Bratislava. At noon meeting with your guide in front of the main entrance to Park Inn by Radisson Danube Hotel. Stroll through the historical center of Bratislava. See all the city’s important landmarks including the Opera, Reduta building, Man at Work statue, Central Square, Primate's Palace, and Michael's Gate. Enjoy a coffee and cake at a café after your walking tour. Take advantage of more free time to explore the city on your own. Meet up back at the bus station at 6:20 PM, arriving in Vienna at 7:20 PM.

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Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

5. Budapest Day Trip from Vienna

Experience the beautiful and historic city of Budapest with a day trip on a comfortable tour bus from Vienna. Take a comfortable ride through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest, located on the scenic banks of the Danube River. Take an informative tour of the Buda and Pest districts, learning about their historical and cultural significance of the Hungarian capital along the way. Admire the most famous sights of the city, such as the majestic Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the city. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, a building inspired by the Palace of Westminster, and Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen's Basilica, Matthias Church, and enjoy a visit to Margaret Island as you learn the meanings of these diverse sights from your tour guide. At 17:00, return to Vienna and enjoy a drop off at your hotel.

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From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

6. From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

Every Saturday & Sunday between July and September, you can have the opportunity to take a ride on the luxurious MS Kaiserin Elisabeth II, traveling from Vienna to the Wachau Valley. Enjoy the navigation and the beautiful view of the surrounding villages, meadows and forests as you sit back and relax. During your two-hour journey, you can stroll through Dürnstein and explore the quaint village. The ship has a well-equipped onboard restaurant which allows you to choose from a wide range of breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. All meals are freshly prepared for you on board and the emphasis is placed on regional cuisine. Schedule: • 8:30 AM: Departure Vienna / Marina Wien • 9:00 PM: Arrival Vienna / Marina Wien

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Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Experience the stunning beauty of Austria’s most picturesque valley, noted for its spectacular white wines. The true allure of the Wachau Valley is revealed once you travel outside the city centers and onto the smaller country roads. On this full-day tour you’ll travel in a van that accommodates up to 8, and is able to maneuver the narrow roads that will take you into the heart of the Wachau Valley. Accompanied by your expert driver/guide, you’ll learn about wine-making and the fascinating history and culture of the region.   During the tour you’ll taste a wide variety of the valley’s dry and fruity whites and sample other local delicacies such as the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. You’ll have free time to explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a highlight of the region. The town is overlooked by a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Enjoy lunch in a heuriger, a traditional family-run Austrian wine tavern. Sit back as your driver takes you through quaint villages and picturesque vineyard landscapes. End the day with a 1 hour River Cruise down the Danube River from Spitz to Melk (28th April 2018 - 7th October 2018).

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From Vienna: Half-day Countryside Wine Tour with Meal

8. From Vienna: Half-day Countryside Wine Tour with Meal

Your half-day wine tour starts with a pickup at your downtown hotel (or recommended pickup location) with an air-conditioned minibus. After the last pickup, you will start your 30-minute drive to Weinviertel wine region. En route you’ll learn about Austria's fascinating history and hear about the country’s long and rich wine tradition. After arriving in the region, you’ll visit 3 unique wineries. These small, family-owned wineries produce about 35,000 to 50,000 bottles of wine each year, mostly sold in selected restaurants and from their cellars. In the small groups, you will have the opportunity to look behind the scenes and taste 4 wines at each of the wineries. At the last stop of the winery tour, you finish the day with a classic Austrian countryside dinner so you can discuss your wine discoveries as you enjoy your meal. After the tour and meal, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel or preferred downtown drop-off point in Vienna.

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From Vienna: 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour

9. From Vienna: 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Vienna, sit back in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy your short ride through the Austrian countryside. Admire beautiful landscapes as you cross the border into Slovakia. After arrival in Slovakia, meet your experienced local guide for a walking tour. Admire the monuments of the Old Town, such as St. Michael's Gate and Tower. Follow your guide to St. Martin's Cathedral where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned between 1536 and 1830. Continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, which is the residence of the President of Slovakia. Admire Primate's Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own. Try out the local cuisine before driving back to Vienna in the afternoon.

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Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

10. Vienna: 60-Minute Guided E-Bike Tour

With the use of an E-Bike you will be able to quickly shift from one Viennese highlight to the next. The tour starts at Karlsplatz and will then pass by Musikvereinshaus, the Opera Hall, Hotel Sacher and the Albertina. You will then go on from the Hofburg to Heldenplatz where you can catch the spirit of good old Vienna, complete with a view to the museums. Your path will then lead you to the Parliament House and Rathaus, before arriving at the Burgtheater and passing the Stock Exchange. The Stephansplatz must not be missed, and following its visit, you will travel onward to the city park on Schwarzenbergplatz to the Belvedere. Your tour will conclude by returning back to Karlsplatz. If you are in the mood to experience something else, you may inquire to rent your E-Bike for the whole day. Within 20 minutes you can reach the nearby recreation areas Donauinsel, Prater or the nearby vineyards around Vienna. At the conclusion of your day, you can drop off your E-Bike at Karlsplatz or to our Headquarters near Schönbrunn. If convenient we can also pick up your bike from your hotel.

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5 best day trips from Vienna

Day trip to Budapest

1. Day trip to Budapest

Follow the Danube River and head to Budapest, Hungary’s magnificent capital. A city with a fascinating history, Budapest has been home to diverse cultures, from Celts and Romans to Huns and Hapsburgs. Travelers can choose from all kinds of activities, like soaking in thermal springs at the Szecheyni Baths, taking the funicular up to Buda Castle, and admiring the fairytale towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Recharge with a drink at one of the city’s urban ruin pubs or cake and coffee at Café Gerbaud.

How far is Budapest from Vienna?

Allow plenty of time for the 243-kilometer (150-mile) journey to Budapest from Vienna. By car or train, you can expect to arrive after two and a half hours. The bus from Vienna's bus terminal takes just over three hours. Of course, don’t forget your passport since you’ll be crossing an international border.

Day trip to Bratislava

2. Day trip to Bratislava

Just over the Danube and across the Slovakian border, your chance to explore the vibrant city of Bratislava awaits. Though it’s one of the smaller European capitals, the city still receives around a million visitors every year. A true cultural center, visitors can tour the baroque palaces of the historic center, like the president’s residence of Grassalkovich Palace, and the dominating hilltop Bratislava Castle. In the Old Town, hunt down the statue of Čumil (“the watcher") and rub his hat for good luck.

How far is Bratislava from Vienna?

Just 80 kilometers (50 miles) away, Bratislava is easy to reach. Whether you travel by car or by train, it will only take about an hour.

Day trip to the Wachau Valley

3. Day trip to the Wachau Valley

People hoping to get out to the countryside will find a wonderful retreat in the Wachau Valley. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley is rich with history and culture. A well-known wine producing region, fans of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner will love their time in the valley. Visitors to Wachau shouldn’t miss a stop in Melk at the grand abbey, with its famous frescoes and incredible library. Other worthy stops include the town of Krems, Schallaburg Castle, and Göttweig Abbey.

How far is the Wachau Valley from Vienna?

Drive time for the 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Vienna to the Wachau Valley averages an hour. Train travel time is similar but can take up to 90 minutes.

Day trip to Burgenland

4. Day trip to Burgenland

With 300 sunny days a year, the easternmost state of Burgenland is a tranquil getaway from the city. With its temperate climate, Burgenland is considered true Austrian wine country. Apart from sipping the local wares, the regal Halbturn Palace warrants a visit, while nature lovers can get outdoors on Lake Neuseidl. Finally, make sure to check out the majesty of Esterházy Palace.

How far is Burgenland from Vienna?

As its own state, the distance to Burgenland depends on the specific destination to which you’re traveling. The journey from Vienna to the capital of Eisenstadt is around 65 kilometers (40 miles). By car, you should arrive in just over an hour, while the train can range from one hour to 90 minutes. By bus, plan for just under two hours.

5. Day trip to Vienna Woods

Day trips to the Vienna Woods, also known as the Wienerwald, are extremely popular with the Viennese locals, as well as adventurous travelers who want to experience the nature of Austria. The most common activities in the woods are hiking and biking in Naturpark Föhrenberge, but there’s more to the area than the stunning scenery. Hear the heavenly Gregorian chants of the monks at the Heiligenkreuz Abbey, cruise across the underground lake of Seegrotte, and take in the views from Hoher Lindkogel.

How far is the Vienna Woods from Vienna?

Depending on which part of the forest you decide to travel to, the trek from Vienna to the Vienna Woods could be anywhere from 40 minutes to over an hour by car. Unfortunately, you can’t access Naturpark Föhrenberge easily by train, but you can get to nearby towns like Hinterbrühl by bus in about 45 minutes.

Vienna day trip FAQ

What transportation options should I choose for my day trip?

Every method of transportation has its pros and cons, but there’s always one that’s just right for your needs.
  • • Vienna day trips by train

    Traveling around the Vienna area is easy thanks to Austria’s great rail network. Trains are frequent and reliable. Tickets can be purchased easily online or in person practically any time of day.

  • • Vienna day trips by bus

    Though the bus is your best public transportation option for more rural or mountainous areas, you should plan ahead as weekend service can slow down or stop entirely.

  • • Vienna day trips by car

    The convenience of traveling with your own vehicle just can’t be beaten. It allows you to tailor your day trip to your own interests and needs. The freedom of a car is perfect for exploring less busy places and making impromptu moves.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

No matter your motivation, a guided tour can be the ideal option for many travelers. You get to avoid the headache of booking tickets, transportation, navigation and even sometimes waiting in line. Guided tours can be an especially good idea if your day trip plans involve tricky logistics like multiple stops.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Your destination will greatly affect what you need to bring on your day trip. Some destinations may require some warm layers or rain gear. Some guided tours may provide everything else you need, from your tickets to meals.


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What people are saying about Vienna

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,900 reviews

What a great trip! The driver drives so professionally. The van for taking passengers is really good, I feel so comfortable the whole trip despite being on this for 4 hours. Ms tour guide is nice as well, given the ability to speak many languages fluently at the same time to convery information for passengers. Hallstatt is like a fairy tales.

Yolo was great! Yes that is his name! He was very informative from the start of the tour. He even changed the pick up location the day before in concern of protestors the day of the tour. Yolo loves the Wachua Valley as they do him. Knows his way around the valley and the really good wines. Great tour!

This was an amazing tour! Definitely wear athletic clothes and be prepared to bike a ways, but it's totally manageable for the average person. Highly recommend going in the fall if possible, the colors were gorgeous!

very beautiful it is worth going there it is a fairytale paradise only of course pay more for transportation not for anything else ahahahha

It was a gratefull experience..full o historic and leisure time..our guide held us to underdtand all about Hallstatt