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City Focus: Things you can do for free in Vienna
No matter how many pennies you save, when you travel you will always need to budget for transport (unless you choose to walk everywhere), food and gifts to bring home. But there is a way to save money when you’re away and that’s by taking advantage of the free stuff cities have to offer. Hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, here are a few things to do in Austria’s capital city of Vienna without having to dip into your pocket.
Mainly a food market, you can use this to pick up a few bits for your lunch. Open every day 6.30am to 7.30pm except Saturdays when it closes at 6.30pm and it’s closed on Sundays. On Saturdays there’s a flea market with all sorts of things from clothes to electrical items or artwork.
Schonbrunn palace and gardens
This baroque design building is very popular with visitors. It is pretty to look at and the gardens are ideal for a lazy stroll. In May there is even a free concert in the gardens by the Vienna Philharmonic. You do have to pay to get into the palace itself and parts of the park which include a maze and the Gloriette viewing terrace.
This is a mountain which looks down upon Austria’s capital. A short bus journey will get you there and on a clear day you can see for miles and miles. Bring some food and a blanket with you, sit back and enjoy the scenery.
St Marx Cemetery
A place to remember the composer, Mozart, is at St. Marx Cemetery. Known for having unmarked graves - including Mozart’s – the area was restored and opened to the public as a tourist attraction in the early 1900s. A great place to be transported back in time and though graves are unmarked, a headstone can be found where Mozart is thought to be buried.
Best enjoyed in the summer, this garden contains many statues but most popular would be Mozart’s. You may also enjoy the butterfly garden or feeding the ducks at the lake. Something to round off your day after seeing the city’s attractions.
Vienna open air opera
In the months of April, May, June and September, next door to the opera house in Herbert-von-Karajan Square, you can watch live operas as they are performed on a big screen. Some of these could be world famous and bearing in mind how much the opera can usually cost, this gives you the chance to boast back home about your free experience.
These days we can hardly go a moment without using our phones and checking our emails or social media sites. Vienna offers free wifi in public places around the city – look out for signs and get posting your travel photos as soon as you take them.
Prater and Danube Island
If you are looking for a few hours to relive your childhood then the amusement and water park is a must – especially when it’s free! Donauinselfest is also a free open air music festival usually held in June. It’s one of the biggest open air festivals in Europe with 11 stages.
There are a number of museums which always offer free admission - Geldmuseum, Kunsthalle am Karlsplatz, Bezirksmuseen and MUSA. But there are others that are free if you are under age 19 and if you are visiting around the first Sunday of the month then you can visit even more as the admission will also be free.
Thanks to Tax Credits, gunar Grummt, nonanet and Charleston's TheDigitel for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Thanks also to the Air Guitar World Championships for the photo. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.