Vienna: Secrets of the Fiaker & Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
- Small group
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 1.5 hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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This place was the sole reason for my vacation. The journey I took to reach this place came with a few sacrifices of rest and sleep but it was totally worth it. The beautiful journey starts from Vienna to this small village Hallstatt which is so awesome with snow-peaked Alps on both sides of the road , If you are lucky it might snow the whole day which makes it more beautiful (I was lucky enough) and mesmerizing experience. When you reach the village it's just so unreal that its jaw-dropping beauty. The famous picture of the village with alps moutions in the background is a must, this view was worth the sleepless night and spending the money on this tour. I had to make a run for it back and forth the bus because I was bit late , but worth spending every penny.
This tour is worth considering if you don't want to have to worry about where to go, and driving conditions. The guide kept us on time, although it felt rushed at our meal breaks/WC breaks along the way. The guide, Elena, was super knowledgeable about the region, and had great stories to share, suggestions on where to visit next time. Not sure I would go to Hallstaat if given the opportunity again. Felt like the local community is quite overburdened with tourists. I couldn't imagine living there, with the deluge of visitors they receive, and I went during Corona Virus fears had cut those numbers significantly.
I’m so glad we joined this tour and get to see the lovely Wachau Valley and other attractions like the picturesque, quiet towns of Krems, Durnstein & Melk. The schedule was on time and just right for us. Thomas, our guide did a wonderful job in explaining Austrian history from tue context of the monarchy to religion and everything else in between. My husband and I had a great time.
Everything was nice, Dürnstein city was beautiful. Our guide Thomas was really knowledgeable. The boat trip was less pleasent than I had in mind. It was so warm and not many seats were available on the deck. The Melk Abbey was really nice and everything was very well explained by outmr local guid. In general I had a nice experience and I am satisfied.
it was a great trip, first I would like to mention about our tour guide and driver Alex, he was so informative and on time. we started with a small group a mini coach. the way he explained things during the trip was fantastic and so professional. would definitely love to explore more with Alex/travel agent. thanks and wish you good luck.