How to spend 36 hours in vienna, Austria

The first stop on our “20 cities in eight week” summer was Vienna, Austria. We stayed two nights at a charming, spacious Airbnb in a neighborhood within walking distance to the MuseumsQuartier 36 hours on the ground in the largest city along the Danube River, here’s what we did.


  • Durum kebabs from Miros Kebab & Pizza, a small mom-and-pop stand run by an elderly couple, or Wiener Gemüse Kebap Mustafa Usta, a food stand that bakes wraps fresh for each customer.
  • “Good Morning Vienna” breakfast at Kaas am Markt, a cafe with outdoor seating inside an outdoor market.
  • Käsekrainer (cheese-filled sausage) and bratwursts from stands across the city.
  • Persian stew over humus and rice at Hungry Guy, an Israeli street food restaurant with outdoor seating.
  • Ramen from Mochi Ramen Bar, a small Japanese restaurant at Vorgartenmarkt, a neighborhood market with a Saturday farmers market.
  • Soup from Suppenwirtschaft, a takeout soup and curry restaurant featured in The Washington Post’s Vienna guide.



  • Play on the rope course and slides at Karl Farkas Park, an enclosed public park in a mural-lined space.
  • Ride water rides, explore fun houses, and more at Prater, a 1766 pay-as-you-go amusement park with a historic ferris wheel.
  • Take the easy-to-navigate public transportation. Buses, trams, subways, etc. come every few minutes. We bought the 48-hour pass. Our six-year-old daughter rode free.
  • Wander the trails in the Augarten, the city’s oldest Baroque park with a palace, a World War II tower, gardens, and an enclosed playground.
  • Walk through the Karmelitermarkt, an outdoor market in the Jewish Quarter that’s open daily.


  • Graffiti art along the Danube Canal.
  • Street art on stairs in the MuseumQuartier near the mumok, a modern art museum.

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