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Weekend in Vienna: How It Was for a Solo Traveler and 15 Personal Tips

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Straight to the point, my three-night stay in Vienna as a solo female traveler was nothing short of wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I did it in winter. Vienna in winter is Vienna in spring or autumn with more layers. 🙂 Literally. Metaphorically. And even though I stayed there for four days, I felt that it was not enough an introduction. I felt that I could have stayed longer and knew the city better like any blooming affair. But dang, there is life, cats, a partner, and plants to go back home to in Munich. But here are some personal tips to make your own solo trip to Vienna more fun, more personal, more organized, if that is even possible. (I’m that contradicting blogger that wants you to ditch the content that I write even though business-wise, you should read this because it means business for me. Or coffee.) And if you’re one of those cray crayyyy travelers or simply pressed with time and you only have one day in Vienna, I created a very practical Vienna itinerary for it based on my personal experience. From Munich, a weekend in Vienna is a lovely respite to reset for another week of work.

Packing Tip: Traveling to Vienna in Winter

Layer up. Vienna can get chilly in winter, so packing versatile clothing is key. Layering allows you to adapt to changing temperatures. Start with a thermal base layer, add sweaters, and top it off with a warm, waterproof coat. Don’t forget a cozy scarf, gloves, and a hat to keep extremities toasty.

Additionally, make sure to pack comfortable and waterproof shoes, as snow and rain are common during the winter months. Vienna is known for its Christmas markets, so if you visit in December, bring some festive spirit and maybe even an extra bag for all the delightful holiday souvenirs.

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A long weekend in Vienna as a solo female traveler who kept bothering strangers to take photos of her. I stopped doing this when I bought a lightweight tripod 😛.

If you are traveling in warmer months, still bring a cardigan with you since temperature can drop at night. I traveled in February, the tail-end of winter, but still it was very chilly and windy during the day.

Vienna Accommodation for Solo Travelers

When it comes to accommodation in Vienna, location is key. Opt for a central district like Innere Stadt or Neubau for the perfect base to explore the city’s treasures. These areas offer proximity to major attractions, ensuring you’re never far from Vienna’s iconic landmarks, charming cafes, and cultural hotspots.

Traveling on a budget? No problem. Vienna boasts a range of budget-friendly options, from cozy hostels that foster a social atmosphere to welcoming guesthouses that provide a homely touch. With convenient lodging in the heart of the action, you’ll have more time to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine.

Since I was on a budget, I stayed in an all-female dorm that provides individual lockers with a key. It was somewhat problematic since someone snored like crazy, and I’m quite a light sleeper. When it comes to staying in a dorm, I always pick places that has curtain. I still want some privacy even though it is a dorm.

Is Vienna safe for solo female travelers?

Absolutely, Vienna is a safe and enjoyable destination for solo female travelers. I’ve been there myself, and I can vouch for the city’s overall safety. The locals are friendly and helpful, and the public transport is reliable. Just use common-sense precautions like you would in any other city.

Don’t be sneaky and board the public transportation without buying your ticket since the penalty is a whopping €105 cash on the spot. I saw it with my own eyes: three doe-eyed tourists who didn’t know any better.

Is Vienna safe for solo female travelers?
Is Vienna safe for solo female travelers? Totally!

The worst thing that happened to me was I ran out of battery and my sense of direction is one of the worst. I simply approached a woman and kindly asked her to check on Google Maps the right direction of the S-bahn I had to take.

Stick to well-lit areas at night, keep an eye on your belongings, and trust your instincts. Vienna is known for its rich culture, stunning architecture, and vibrant coffeehouse scene. So, go ahead, explore the city, savor those delicious pastries, and soak in the history worry-free. Vienna is a fantastic place to wander solo!

Book ticketed destinations online

Booking tickets online when exploring Vienna’s cultural and artistic wonders is a game-changer. With popular sightseeing destinations drawing crowds year-round, securing your tickets in advance comes with several key advantages.

Firstly, it saves you valuable time. Instead of waiting in long lines, you can breeze past them, ensuring more time to immerse yourself in Vienna’s rich history and culture. Booking online also grants you flexibility, allowing you to select preferred time slots or even special guided tours, enhancing your experience.

Plus, it often means discounted rates and exclusive offers, making your Vienna adventure both efficient and budget-friendly. So, when in Vienna, do yourself a favor and go digital for hassle-free exploration.

Some important tickets you can get online

Vienna Transportation

Vienna’s public transportation system is a traveler’s dream. The city’s efficient trams, buses, and the U-Bahn subway network make getting around a breeze. To simplify your journey even further, grab a Vienna Card, granting you unlimited access to this well-oiled transit machine.

Is Vienna safe for solo female travelers
This is the most dangerous thing I’ve seen in Vienna. Their UBahn platform is quite low and some ballsies really have the balls or the vaginas to do this

With this card in hand, you can effortlessly explore Vienna’s charming neighborhoods, iconic landmarks, and vibrant markets. It’s not just a practical choice; it’s a ticket to convenience, ensuring you won’t miss a beat while experiencing the city’s rich history and cultural wonders. Vienna’s public transport is your passport to a seamless and enjoyable adventure.

The Vienna Card will save you some time. Plus it offers some discounts in popular sightseeing destinations. If you are pressed with time, I highly recommend that you get it yourself.

English Bookshopping in Vienna

Well, it is my personal bias. I travel solo because I like spending a lot of time in places that I love without being pushed or forced to go somewhere else. And a weekend in Vienna is incomplete without dropping by at least to one bookstore.

You will find a lot of English bookshops in Vienna. But my personal biases are ChickLit and Shakespeare and Company, until I found there are actually a lot of cool independent bookstores in Vienna. ChickLit is all about cozy contemporary feminist reads, perfect for getting lost in a feel-good story. They’ve got the latest bestsellers, so you’re bound to find something you’ll love.

Shakespeare and Company is one of the best independent English bookshops in Vienna

Shakespeare and Company, inspired by the famous Parisian shop, is a bit more eclectic. It’s a cool spot for classic lit enthusiasts and those who love something a little offbeat. You’ll find both old and new books, and they often host cultural events. So whether you’re into timeless classics or modern reads, these two bookstores are a bookworm’s dream in Vienna.

Coffee culture

Vienna’s coffee culture is a delightful experience not to be missed. Dive into the local tradition of coffee houses, where time seems to slow down. One must-stop spot is Café Central. Order a classic melange, a harmonious blend of espresso and frothy milk, and pair it with a delectable pastry.

The atmosphere is rich with history, and the elegant surroundings make for a perfect setting to unwind and people-watch. Vienna’s coffee houses are more than just places to grab a drink; they are a way of life, a chance to savor the moment, and Café Central is an ideal place to savor both coffee and culture in one delightful sip.

Brunch or Dine at Stephenplatz

Having brunch at Stephansplatz in Vienna is a real treat. You can grab a bite at one of the cafes and just people-watch. It’s pretty cool to see the mix of locals and tourists while you munch on your food.

With St. Stephen’s Cathedral right there, it’s a nice spot to enjoy your meal and soak in the city’s vibe. It’s not fancy, but it’s a lovely way to start your day and get a taste of Vienna’s daily life.

From solo traveler to another, isn’t people-watching one of the best things you can do when you travel solo?

St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the many things you can see in one day in Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or Stephansdom, in Vienna, is a solo traveler’s must-visit. Or every traveler’s must-visit. The grand Gothic architecture and rich history make it a captivating sight. While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to climb the cathedral’s tower. It’s a bit of a hike, but the panoramic view of Vienna that awaits at the top is absolutely worth the effort.

You’ll get a bird’s-eye perspective of this stunning city, with its red-tiled roofs, historic landmarks, and the Danube River in the distance. It’s a breathtaking reward that offers a moment of reflection and connection with Vienna’s captivating past and present.


During my three-night solo travel in Vienna, I find Hundertwasserhaus the one that surprised me the most. Hundertwasserhaus, in Vienna, is a solo traveler’s gem. This whimsical and colorful apartment complex is a true work of art, designed by the eccentric artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. As a solo traveler, you’ll appreciate the freedom to explore this unique site at your own pace.

Vienna solo travel means a visit at Hundertwasserhaus
Vienna solo travel means a visit at Hundertwasserhaus

The façade’s irregular shapes, bold colors, and lush greenery make it an Instagram-worthy spot. You can also step inside KunstHausWien, a museum dedicated to Hundertwasser’s work. It’s a place where creativity knows no bounds and serves as an excellent reminder that Vienna’s artistic spirit extends far beyond its renowned museums and palaces.

Aside from a bookshop, if there is one thing you must do on your weekend in Vienna, it should be a quick visit to this whimsical architecture and a brunch at Stephenplatz.

The Austrian National Library

Another personal bias. This place is so fragile, old, yet grand.

As a solo traveler in Vienna, don’t miss the Austrian National Library. It’s in the Hofburg Palace, and it’s pretty awesome. You can stroll through the State Hall, which is a fancy place with old books and cool architecture.

It’s a bit like stepping into the past, and even if you’re not a bookworm, the place is still pretty impressive. So, if you’re up for a bit of history and some quiet time, this library is a great spot to explore on your own in Vienna.

a weekend in Vienna means a visit at the Austrian National Library

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is a real gem. This stunning palace and its vast gardens are a must-visit. To make the most of your visit, aim to get there early before the crowds roll in. The palace is a true architectural marvel, and a walk through its opulent rooms gives you a taste of the Habsburg dynasty’s grandeur.

The gardens are equally impressive, with perfectly manicured lawns and charming paths. Don’t forget to hike up the Gloriette for a breathtaking view. Schönbrunn is a slice of imperial history that’s best enjoyed with some early morning tranquility before the day’s hustle begins.

Personal tip: buy your ticket in advance. Lines, even in winter, are long. Save yourself some time.

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace, a Viennese architectural masterpiece, is a must-see attraction in Vienna. This baroque beauty is actually two palaces, Upper and Lower Belvedere, connected by stunning gardens. The Upper Belvedere houses an incredible collection of Austrian art, including Gustav Klimt’s iconic “The Kiss.”

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The Lower Belvedere, with its opulent interior, offers a glimpse into the palace’s historical grandeur. The perfectly manicured gardens and fountains are a treat for the eyes and soul, providing an ideal backdrop for leisurely strolls and photo ops. Belvedere Palace encapsulates the grandeur and elegance of Austria’s past, making it a visual delight and a cultural treasure for travelers exploring Vienna.

Personally I did not enter the palace because the line was too long and I was pressed with time already. I still enjoyed facade of the palace and the garden. If you badly miss Klimt’s “The Kiss,” book your ticket in advance.


I mean you can’t be in Vienna without visiting at least one museum. And if you ask me that museum is Leopold Museum for the expansive works of the Vienna Secession. Sure, the Belvedere Palace has Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” but a bulk of his works can be found at Leopold Museum. You need at least four hours for this place and a sturdy back, because there is a lot of walking and standing in front of art works. It is quite a feast and a feat.

Solo travel to Vienna means a lot of time spent in Museum
Solo travel to Vienna means a lot of time spent in Museum. Well, or is it just me?

Museumsquartier, or MQ for short, is a must-visit in Vienna. This artsy district is a vibrant hub for culture and creativity. As you wander through its spacious courtyards, you’ll encounter a blend of contemporary and historic architecture housing cool museums and galleries. The Leopold Museum and the MUMOK are highlights for art enthusiasts, boasting an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works.

What’s more, the district’s walls come alive with vibrant street art, adding to its dynamic atmosphere. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or just curious, Museumsquartier promises a captivating journey through Vienna’s thriving cultural scene that’s as visually stunning as it is intellectually stimulating.

And again, book your ticket online since the line is eye-rolling inducing.

Take a day trip from Vienna

This is one of the joys of traveling solo. You can mingle with other travelers and join day tours from Vienna. Vienna’s allure extends beyond the city limits, offering enticing day trip options. The Wachau Valley, a short journey from Vienna, is a wine lover’s dream. This picturesque region boasts rolling vineyards, historic villages, and the enchanting Danube River, making it an ideal escape for a taste of Austria’s winemaking heritage.

Alternatively, consider a day in the charming city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its baroque architecture, the Sound of Music attractions, and the iconic Hohensalzburg Fortress promise a day filled with culture and history.

Both destinations offer a delightful break from Vienna’s urban buzz, showcasing Austria’s diverse beauty and culture.


Vienna’s Naschmarkt is a vibrant and diverse haven for solo travelers. This bustling market is a delightful sensory journey. As you stroll through the colorful stalls, you’ll encounter an array of food from around the world, from fresh produce to exotic spices, local delicacies, and international street food.

It’s a culinary adventure and a perfect place to sample some of Vienna’s finest bites. Beyond food, the market also offers an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, and unique souvenirs, making it an ideal spot to find mementos of your Vienna journey. Naschmarkt’s energy and variety ensure a memorable solo experience in the heart of the city.


So there you have it. Hopefully you enjoy your solo trip to Vienna. And if you do and you wanna virtually hang out, find me on Instagram and let’s share travel stories.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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