Guide : Summer in Vienna

You might be aware that Vienna has been rated the number one city globally on the Global Livability Index for several consecutive years. Impressive, right? And there’s a reason for that. This blog post will explore some of the incredible experiences and hidden treasures that Vienna has to offer. Keep reading to discover how to spend a day exploring Vienna.

Before we jump in

I’ll begin with a somewhat controversial opinion – Vienna is way better during summer! When most people think of Vienna, they imagine the Christmas markets and mulled wine in December. Don’t get me wrong; I too savour a cup of mulled wine while strolling through the Christmas markets…however, the long sunny days in summer offer an unparalleled experience. There’s simply a broader range of activities: from beach trips at the Danube River to wine tasting at a hilltop vineyard. Let’s take a sneak peek at what a summer day in Vienna entails.

Start your day with breakfast at an upcoming café

Cafe Drechsler, once associated with end-of-night drinks, has recently been refurbished into a quaint breakfast hotspot. You’ll be nestled in a classic Viennese café environment. Conveniently situated directly across from Naschmarkt, it’s perfect for a post-breakfast stroll through the market lanes. You can often enjoy live music during weekends, which provides the perfect backdrop for morning chats. The quality of the food is simply top-notch. You can’t go wrong with any choice, so ensure to visit this place when in Vienna.

Other cool breakfast spots include Hildebrandt Cafe, Stilbruch, Das Augustin, Cafe Telegraph, and Ulrich.

Discover the Innere Stadt

There’s an abundance of sightseeing to do by merely wandering around Vienna’s historic centre. Your first stop should be the Museums Quartier, which houses several museums (such as Leopold, mumok, and Kunsthalle). The spacious open square at the centre frequently hosts events during the summer months. It’s a great spot not only for the museums but also for outdoor hangouts and grabbing a drink. What’s more, entry is entirely free. Close attractions not to miss include the Hofburg Palace and gardens, Rathausplatz, and the Opera. They’re all conveniently located, so be sure to stop by and explore. From there, simply take one of the narrow streets behind the opera and lose yourself in the old city.


Located across the river, Augarten is worth a visit, especially if you’re seeking some shade from the sun. Vienna is bike-friendly, so consider renting a bike for the day. There are two cool things about this area – 1) Monte Ofelio, a charming café right across the street, and 2) an open-air movie theatre in the evenings. The park is also great for picnics.


Situated on a small island in the Danube, this park is the perfect summer escape. You can swim or paddleboard, relax in the park, or grab a bite. There are also several spots around Donauinsel Island where you can barbecue and picnic. So, if you want to immerse yourself in the local weekend culture, join the grilling festivities here.

Nussberg Vineyards

A must-visit on my list is Nussberg Vineyards. Did you know that Vienna is the only global metropolis with sizable vineyards within city limits? Nussberg is not far from the city centre, and I assure you, it’s worth visiting. You can stroll around the vineyards and savour the breathtaking panoramic city views. The vineyards also serve light meals with the tables set amid the vines. It’s an absolute must, especially at sunset.

A Walk in the 18th District (The Wahring)

Take a stroll on Wahringer Strasse, dotted with small, independent cafés and bakeries. This district is not a typical tourist destination, making it an excellent spot to soak in authentic Vienna vibes. Visit Auman Platz, a cosy small garden with a café. It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy an Aperol spritz outdoors. Another local weekend favourite is Kutschkermarkt farmers’ market. The Himmelblau coffee spot nearby is also worth a visit. If you fancy a walk, head to Turkenschanz Park. En route, you’ll pass village-like houses on hilly streets, typical of this part of the city. The 18th district is an excellent location for accommodation since it’s well connected and not in the crowded tourist area.

Rooftop Bar

Located next to the Museums Quartier is the 25hours hotel. Inside, take the elevator to the top floor where you’ll find a chic rooftop bar with an open terrace. The panoramic city views are stunning as you’re right in the city centre. Be wary because when the weather is nice it can get quite crowded so make sure to book a table or go there slightly earlier. 

Where would you start?

Related stories
Guide : Barcelona off the beaten path

There is probably not enough time and space to describe all the things Barcelona offers in one single blog post but we’ll give it a shot. […]

Read more
Summer Getaways in Europe

Europe is an exquisite tapestry of history, culture, and stunning landscapes. Whilst cities like London and Paris tend to take centre stage, there are countless other […]

Read more
Travel Ideas for Adventurous Couples part II: Exploring Latin America

In part one we discovered some adventurous activities throughout Europe for couples. Now let’s dig in part two and see what Latin America has to offer. […]

Read more
Join our community & never miss a thing

Ready to rent?

Reserve your next flat away in just a few clicks! Enjoy smooth communication with our expert team and relish the comfort of an apartment fully equipped for remote work.
Book now