One of the big adjustments we have had to make since going abroad is getting used to things being closed down on Sundays. Coming from San Diego where things are always open (even on major holidays for most businesses!) this has been quite a shocker (but not in a bad way actually). We now plan ahead for our grocery shopping and have gotten good at finding what is open and what activities we can do do (if we so desire) when everything else is closed. So here is our list of recommendations for fun things to do in Vienna on Sunday (or other days in the week).
Play a game or read a good book at a local coffee shop
Our favorites are:
- Coffee Junkie- http://junkie.coffee/
- Coffee Pirates- https://coffeepirates.at/
- Jonas Reindl Coffee- http://www.jonasreindl.at/
- Caffe’ Amouri- https://www.caffeamouri.com/
- Cafe Hawelka- http://www.hawelka.at/cafe/de/
- Phil- http://phil.info/
See a concert
There are SO many opportunities to hear incredible music or see an incredible performance that you really can’t go wrong. The difficulty can be in narrowing down your options and finding the right performance for you. Bandsintown is a helpful app that lists different music options based on a particular part of town/city, and you can do specific searches based on the genre you want. We also find that Facebook “events” section will be a good resource for finding events.
Ride the giant ferris wheel and enjoy spectacular views of the city
A full cycle around takes 20 minutes and at the top of the wheel you can enjoy looking at Vienna from 213ft in the air (10 Euro for adults): https://www.wienerriesenrad.com/en/giant-ferris-wheel/history
Visit the Sigmund Freud Museum
Now I know I am a little biased here because I am a therapist, but I think Freud and his work is interesting enough to appeal to anyone interested in psychology or it’s history. And come on, we all know Freud was a bit of a deviant himself so what’s not to like?! The museum is based in what used to be Freud’s home/office which makes it extra exciting as far as I am concerned and it is open everyday (yes, including Sunday) from 10:00am-6:00pm. (Adults € 12,00; Students € 7,50): https://www.freud-museum.at/en/
Hear the Vienna Boys Choir as they accompany mass at the Hofburg Chapel at 9:15am
Tickets can be purchased online here and for more information about other performances you can check out their performance page: https://viennaoperatickets.com/upcoming-classical-concerts/vienna-boys-choir-sunday-mass/?p=62&l=2&id=11
Check out the street art
The ever-changing art installations that cover the passageways to the Museums Quartier are worth checking out. Of specific note is the “Street Art Passage” which is on the bridge that leads to Spittelberg as it contains a permanent piece by French artist Invader and only a few streets down is INOPERAbLE, a gallery that specializes in local urban and street art. http://www.inoperable.at/new-page/
See free/low cost classical performances by the students of the University for Music & Performing Arts
There is hardly a day of the week they aren’t putting on some type of performance and luck for you (and us) this includes Sunday performances, often in a beautiful church or other awesome cultural setting. For details of their shows check out their website: https://www.mdw.ac.at/6
Check out one of the most beautiful libraries
This place is a work of art in-and-of-itself and makes it a must-see for all book lovers and those who appreciate gorgeous architecture and history. Open every day from 10am-6pm (although we recommend going in the evening when it is less crowded). https://www.onb.ac.at/en/visitors-information/fees/museums/
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