Where’s Wagner:  A Wombat’s Tour of Vienna in 2 Days

Where’s Wagner:  A Wombat’s Tour of Vienna in 2 Days

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This was my second trip to Vienna, but it had been a while since my last visit.  I couldn’t remember much about Vienna so I was glad to have a guide to show me around the city for a couple of days and help me to discover the best places to visit in Vienna in 2 days.  His name is Wagner, and he is a wombat.

Now, before you think I’ve gone completely mad let me explain.  We were staying at Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt, part of funky hostel chain Wombat’s City Hostels, whose mascot is, unsurprisingly, a wombat.  These furry marsupials inspired the name of the hostels after the owners Marcus & Sascha met a fun-loving Australian on their travels who had an idea for opening a hostel and naming it after his favourite animal.  Sadly, he was killed in an accident a year later so in honour of their Aussie friend, Marcus & Sascha decided to name their hostels after these cute Australian animals.

Places to vist in Vienna in 2 Days - Wagner Wombat outside the Wombats Vienna Naschmarkt
Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days – Wagner Wombat outside the Wombats Vienna Naschmarkt

I actually have a great affection for wombats, which stemmed from watching a documentary about them as a child.  For some reason, we took to calling my mum a wombat, a term of endearment for this cuddly creature that we all loved.  When I saw that Wombat’s hostels have cuddly wombats, I couldn’t resist the chance to take one of them around Vienna for the day.  We named our wombat Wagner and had a lot of fun taking photos of him around the city.  We got quite a few strange looks I can tell you, especially the following day when my fellow #WombatsTraveller Helene left, and I was wandering around on my own taking photographs of a stuffed toy by myself as Wagner posed in front of various Viennese landmarks, and chowed down on all the delicious Viennese food we could find.  We hit up all the popular sites in Vienna and some others which I didn’t expect before arriving in Vienna

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What to Do in Vienna in 2 Days

Free Walking Tour

Before we met Wagner, I took a walking tour from Wombat’s to see many of these places on foot.  Our guide was a human this time, and he told us a lot of information about the history of Vienna, the best food to try in Vienna, and everything about the landmarks we passed.  This was a great introduction to the city, and worth a couple of hours to get your bearings.

Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Naschmarkt

Where's Wagner? The Naschmarkt - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner? The Naschmarkt – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

The Naschmarkt is an essential stop off, especially on Saturdays when the market expands to include a flea market and loads more food stalls.

The Opera House

Where's Wagner Wombat? The Opera House - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? The Opera House – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Get off the underground at Karlsplatz to see the beautiful Opera building.  You can get tickets for live performances here by booking in advance or queueing up outside for cheaper standing room tickets.  However, you need to be there to queue at around 5 pm to get tickets for the 7.30pm show.  Alternatively, shows are usually played on a big screen behind the Opera House so you can watch there for free.  Nearby, Wagner found a friend to talk to – a huge pink rabbit (which is actually a sculpture of Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer).

Where's Wagner Wombat? With the Pink Bunny - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? With the Pink Bunny – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Heroes’ Square (Heldenplatz), Maria-Theresien Platz & the Museums Quarter

I’ve included these together, as depending on how much time you have in Vienna you may want to visit some or all of the museums here.  The statues are impressive, although Wagner was a little nervous being this close to a lion!

Where's Wagner Wombat? The Museums Quarter & Heroes' Square - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? The Museums Quarter & Heroes’ Square – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Volksgarten

This pretty garden was filled with roses when we visited Vienna in June and is worth strolling through if nothing else!

Where's Wagner Wombat? In the Volksgarten - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? In the Volksgarten – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Town Hall

The Vienna’s Rathaus or Town Hall is a beautiful building, and often the site of various events from Christmas markets to Pride celebrations which were going on when we were there.  We missed the Pride parade, unfortunately, but Wagner still wanted show his support for the LGBTQ community and bought a little flag to wave.  Love is love after all, even for wombats.

Where's Wagner Wombat? At Pride by the Town Hall - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? At Pride by the Town Hall – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

The Hofburg

The Hofburg Palace is a huge complex, and if you go inside to visit any of the museums this could take a whole day alone.  We just admired the beautiful building from the outside and saying hello to the many horses and carriages that wait outside.

Where's Wagner Wombat? The Hofburg Palace- Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? The Hofburg Palace- Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

The National Library

This is one thing I am very glad I didn’t miss!  I had seen photographs of the stunning Baroque building, which is the largest library in Austria.  The ceiling frescoes and statues were beautiful, and there are millions of books here.  It is €8 to get in, but totally worth it.  And wombats get in free, so Wagner was pleased.  (No real pets are allowed though!)

Where's Wagner Wombat - National Library. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – National Library. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days

The Spanish Riding School

I had dreamed about seeing the Lipizzaner horses perform since I was a little girl.  These magnificent horses are usually white and are trained with their riders to perform incredible jumps to music.  You can also take a guided tour of the stables or watch their training, but we caught a performance which was quite short, but incredible for me.  We also got lucky as we bought the cheapest standing room tickets, but the seats in front of us were vacant so we had great views!  No photographs are allowed during the performance in case it spooks the horses, so we just took a photo before the show.  The arena itself is also stunning!

Where's Wagner Wombat - The Spanish Riding School Vienna. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – The Spanish Riding School Vienna. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

St Stephen’s Cathedral

This was my highlight of Vienna, and although Wagner didn’t come inside, I climbed up the tower to see the beautiful tiled roof up close and to see the views of Vienna.  The cathedral is free to enter, and the tower is just €6.

Where's Wagner Wombat - St Stephen's Cathedral. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – St Stephen’s Cathedral. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days

The Danube Canal

Where's Wagner Wombat - at the Danube Canal. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – at the Danube Canal. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days

All along the Danube Canal close to Schwedenplatz underground station, there are new bars and restaurants popping up alongside street art and even a floating gym.  The canalside is booming and is THE place to go in the evening.  It is also a pleasant walk during the day, as we went to check out the street art too.  If you want to know more about street art in Vienna, check out this post.

Where's Wagner Wombat - Checking out Street Art at the Riverside.
Where’s Wagner Wombat – Scaring the Street Art at the Riverside.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn is a beautiful place to explore.  We didn’t actually go inside, but Wagner enjoyed walking around the gardens and admiring the fountains.  You can also get a great view of the gardens from up the hill at the far end of the gardens.

Where's Wagner Wombat - Schonbrunn Palace. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – Schonbrunn Palace. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Other Things to Do in Vienna

Depending on how long you spend visiting museums, you may also have time for these, which are worth it if you can afford the time!  We didn’t go here with Wagner though so no wombat pictures for these!

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Prater Theme Park

Prater is a huge theme park which has a range of rides and amusements including a giant Ferris wheel which was built in 1897.  The park and Ferris Wheel has featured in several films, including Orson Welles’ ‘The Third Man’. There is also a chocolate museum here, which we went to but didn’t enjoy, and plenty of scary rides if you are that way inclined!

Where's Wagner Wombat - Prater. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – Prater. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Belvedere Palace

This is a spectacular palace, with beautiful gardens and a wonderful art museum.  I came here on my first visit to Vienna to see the Gustav Klimt pieces, in particular, ‘The Kiss’.  We didn’t have time to fit it in on this trip, but if you are a Klimt fan I highly recommend it!

Where's Wagner Wombat - The Belvedere Palace. Places to visit in Vienna in 2 Days
The Belvedere Palace Vienna

Getting Around Vienna

Vienna is an easy city to get around.  The underground U and overground S trains and the trams can all be boarded with a 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour ticket, which is the best value if you plan to travel around a lot.  Individual journeys cost €2.60, so for any more than 3 single trips in a day is worth buying the day or multi-day ticket.

Where's Wagner Wombat - Getting Around Vienna on Public Transport
Where’s Wagner Wombat – Getting Around Vienna on Public Transport

Where to Eat in Vienna

There are tons of great restaurants in Vienna, check out my other post on what to eat in Vienna for more details.  My favourite places to eat in Vienna were the Naschmarkt for Turkish specialities, and an amazing cheese place, and Café Central, where Wagner loved the delicate cakes and got to meet poet Peter Altenberg, who spent so much time in the Café he listed it as his home and working address!

Where's Wagner Wombat? Cafe Central - Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat? Cafe Central – Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

You can also grab a Viennese sausage for a quick bite to eat at any fast food kiosk around the city.  If you want to take some foodie souvenir from Vienna, then Manner chocolate hazelnut wafers are a great choice for gifts – if you can resist eating them that long!

Wagner Wombat & Manner Wafers - A Wombat's Tour of Vienna in Two Days
Wagner Wombat & Manner Wafers – A Wombat’s Tour of Vienna in Two Days

Where to Stay in Vienna

Wombats Vienna Naschmarkt is a fabulous option for backpackers and budget travellers, with dorm rooms and private rooms available.  The hostel is right next to the Naschmarkt which is Vienna’s largest market, and a great place to get a bite to eat any time of the day.  Wombats Naschmarkt has a bar where you can meet other travellers, and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast for a couple of euros extra, which is well worth it to fill up for a day’s site-seeing, with or without a furry wombat for company.

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Where's Wagner Wombat - At Wombat's Vienna Naschmarkt. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days
Where’s Wagner Wombat – At Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt. Places to Visit in Vienna in 2 Days

Do you travel with a mascot?  I’ve seen a lot of Instagram accounts for cuddly toys, and they are very cute!!  Although Wagner is a little too large to come with me everywhere, I think he’s enjoyed his holidays away from Vienna.  He is now settled at my home in England, with my mum to look after him when I’m away.

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This was actually my second trip to Vienna, but it had been a while since my last visit, so I was glad to have a guide to show me around the city.  His name is Wagner, and he is a wombat.  Wagner joined me to discover the best places to visit in Vienna in 2 days. #Vienna #Austria #Travel #Wombats #Europe

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Last updated: July 22, 2018

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6 thoughts on “Where’s Wagner:  A Wombat’s Tour of Vienna in 2 Days

  1. Haha how cute that you carried that wombat around with you! Honestly I did not even know what a wombat really is till I read your post and its such an interesting story about Wagner the Wombat and the hostels named after the wombat using Wagner as their mascot. On a separate note, Vienna is beautiful! I’ve been there in winter for Christmas but I can see how different yet equally lovely it is in the summer!

  2. I was in Salzburg and it was a lovely visit. Loved the old town with all the shops and small restaurants. But yes, I knew there is more to see, and your post shows that I have only seen a small part.

  3. Don’t worry about the funny looks….. you see a lot of people doing stranger things these days!

    I’ll be going to Vienna later this year for the first time. I have a friend who lives there, and she’ll be my tour guide I guess. Still, I can surprise her by using your post…. ‘Oh.. yes… that’s St. Stephens…’

    By the way… I don’t like the look of that pink rabbit…. he’s too serious.. and creepy.

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