Seeing Vienna has always been a “bucket list” item for years, and I will be there for the first time 3-7 December (I arrive mid-afternoon on Monday, 3 Dec. and depart mid-morning on Friday, 7 Dec.). That means that I’ll have 3 ½ days to get my first taste of Vienna.
My hotel is inside the Kämtner Ring, so I’ll be pretty centrally located.
I was able to get a ticket to the Vienna Boys Choir Advent Concert in the Great Hall of the Musikverein in the afternoon of Tuesday, 4 Dec. I’m sure that both the music and the venue will make it an amazing experience.
I’ve looked through the forums, read the Vienna Guide, and read the 3 Days in Vienna article, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’d like to see and do. I’m not one to try and cram all of Vienna into 3 days; I’d rather spend quality time at fewer attractions or wandering the streets away from the tourists to get a real feel for the town.
So here’s what I’m thinking for an itinerary and would like some feedback on (good, bad, substitutions, other recommendations):
Mon PM – Stephansdom and perhaps the Freyung Christmas market.
Tue AM – Kunsthistorisches Museum
Tue PM – Vienna Boys Choir Concert (Need to be at Musikverein by 3 PM)
Wed – Schönbrunn Palace / Christmas market
Thu AM – Treasury at Hofburg Palace (not sure I should see the palace, too, after having seen Schönbrunn—any thoughts?)
Thu PM - Naschmarkt (I loved Munich’s Viktualienmarkt - thoughts about it?)
One other thing that I may try to squeeze in on Tuesday or Thursday is the morning practice session at the Spanish Riding School (10 AM – 12 PM), but I don’t know that that’s on my “essential” list.
I plan on getting around on foot or using public transport.
That schedule should allow me some time to wander the back streets of Vienna or visit some of the other markets. Are there any neighborhoods that you recommend I explore? Or avoid? (I speak enough German to stay out of—or perhaps get into—trouble.)
Finally, I’ve looked at the websites for the attractions above, and I don’t see any rules about bringing cameras (in a backpack style camera bag) into the palaces or museums, and whether photos are allowed or not. Does anyone have any insight into that? Do bags have to be checked at the entrance? (I know Musikverein prohibits both bags and cameras and the SRS also prohibts photography.)
Thanks in advance for your assistance and guidance.