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Our most recommended Vienna Day Trips

From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

1. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

Vienna: Wachau, Melk Abbey, and Danube Valleys Tour

2. 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.

From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

3. 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

From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

4. 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.

From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

5. From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

Depart Vienna and travel along a panoramic road through the heart of the Austrian Alps. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Austria at Admont Abbey on the banks of the Enns River, and marvel at the Baroque architecture of the building, famous for its vast monastic library. Take a guided walk through the village of Hallstatt and learn about its remarkable history. Explore the culture of the region as you get stunning views of the mountains rising abruptly from the narrow valleys. Continue to the town of Gmunden, popular as a health resort for its warm climate and fascinating scenery. Get a stunning view of the 11th-century castle of Schloss Ort in the middle of Traunsee lake. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the town, known for its traditional crafts since the 17th century, and purchase souvenirs before the drive back to Vienna.

Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

6. Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

This day trip begins in the morning. Journey by modern bus to Bratislava, the beautiful capital city of Slovakia. Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you and show you around the picturesque old town. Stroll around the city or enjoy shopping. After a fun day in Bratislava, head to the departure dock, Pontoon HUMA 6 at Razus Embankment, on time for your return trip. Experience high speeds on the water in the comfort of the air-conditioned catamaran. 

From Vienna: Half-day Countryside Wine Tour with Meal

7. 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.

Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

8. Grape Grazing: Wachau Valley Winery Biking Tour

Discover the most beautiful section of the Wachau Valley on this full-day biking and wine tasting excursion in Austria’s most beautiful valley, voted the Best Historic Destination in the World in 2008. Enjoy a glorious day of sipping, swirling, and casual cycling through the country’s most famous wine-making regions. World-renown for its quality white wines, stunning villages, and breathtaking scenery, the Wachau Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Arrive by train and then hop on your bike to explore with your expert guide. Breathe in the fresh country air as you cycle by historic towns, charming villages, and spectacular scenery. Stopping at local wineries, you’ll sample dry and fruity whites as well as other delicacies, like the valley’s famed apricot jams and liqueurs. During free time, explore the medieval town of Dürnstein, a well-known Wachau highlight, complete with a castle where Richard the Lionhearted was once held prisoner. Or perhaps you’d rather swim in the Danube and then enjoy lunch at the local tavern, a traditional family-run restaurant. When your time in the valley is up, take a relaxing train ride back to Vienna. This winery bike tour of the Wachau Valley is the perfect choice for those looking for a unique wine tasting experience that combines fun, biking, and stunning scenery.

From Vienna: Bratislava City Tour with Food Options

9. 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.

From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

10. From Vienna: Sound of Movies Musical Tour to Salzburg

Start your trip in the idyllic scenery of the Austrian Alps. Visit the famous church of Mondsee, chosen by the director of The Sound of Music as an ideal location for Maria's wedding. On the way to Salzburg, take the chance to snap great pictures of the beautiful lakes and peaks. Enjoy the fresh air in the Hellbrunn Park, and see the famous Gazebo keeping the secret of Liesl's first kiss. See the Nonnberg nunnery, the oldest in Europe that became famous thanks to voice of Maria Kutschera, whose story served as inspiration for the Sound of Music movie. Take a stroll through the magnificent Mirabell Gardens, where Maria and the children danced around the Pegasus Fountain singing the song Do-re-mi. See the picturesque Hourse Pond shot in the film and Residence Square's famous Residence Fountain, the most famous fountain in the city, chosen for the I Have Confidence in Me song. Take pictures of the Summer Riding School where the von Trapp family took part in the world-famous Salzburg music festival, and enjoy the silence of the oldest cemetery in Austria at the Saint Peter's Monastery, where the von Trapp family found a secure hiding place before escaping to Italy.

Frequently asked questions about Vienna Day Trips

What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Vienna?

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

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At the end of my vacation in Vienna, I went on this tour to Dürnstein with friends, which we really enjoyed. The Kaiserin Elisabeth 2 is a great ship, the price for this tour simply can't be beat.

It was an amazing tour. You have time to visit other towns on the road and visit the famous library and museum at Admond. I highly recommend this tour! Hallstatt is such a magic town!

If you have enough time, definitely do it! It is very calming there. Nice change from the busy city. Something you must see. The bus was very comfortable.

Highly recommended experience! Precise and attentive organisation, opportunity to taste excellent local wines in a typical Austrian countryside setting.

Well organized tour. Our guide was excellent. Highly recommended