It’s city sightseeing time again! (Well, to be fair: You can visit Vienna all year around, but I needed some sort of hook for this article ;)) As all of you may know, sightseeing can get really pricey. Entrance fees to museums, public transport and so on. Thank god you don’t have to worry about that when coming to Vienna. Cause here you can get a cool little thingie called City Pass.
It is more or less a plastic card on a lanyard, but with it you get free entrance to more than 60 top attractions in Vienna and at the most popular ones you can even skip the lines. And if I say “top attractions” I’m not talking about a dingy small museum of nonsense, but the real stuff. The major attractions in Vienna, such as the Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School, the Schönbrunn Zoo, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Giant Ferris Wheel, Albertina, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Freud Museum, Nature History Museum, the Albertina and so on. At most attractions even audio guides are included. And on top of that you get the whole Hop-on, Hop-off bustour in multiple languages.
What I personally also liked a lot is the fact that you don’t have to wait in lines at the crowded sights. By just showing your City Pass you can jump the queue and save a lot of time. Speaking of saving: You also save money. Trust me, I tried it. Because for example the Grand Tour at the Imperial Palace Schönbrunn is 15,90 Euros, a ride at the Giant Ferris Wheel is 9 Euros, the Art History Museum is another 14 Euros and the sightseeing tour by bus is 29 Euros (unlimited for three days). The Spanish Riding School costs another 15 Euros, while the Hofburg Imperial Palace is 12,90 Euros. That adds up to about 96 Euros. And there’d still be time to see so much more.
So if you get the Vienna Pass for three days you already saved about 7 Euros, because the adult three days pass is 89 Euros (for kids it’s 44,50). Sounds like a good deal, right? And it is, it really is. Getting the pass is easier than ordering at Subway. You can either go online and get it there, you can get it shipped home or collect it directly in Vienna, or you just buy it at their office. And if you please, you can also add your ticket for public transport, which is highly recommended by yours truly. Oh, oh, oh – and did I mention the cool guidebook you get, where all the attractions, the opening times and a short description are mentioned? No? Well, I should have, cause that’s a cool thing, too.
Customer Service Center is at Opernpassage, 1010 Vienna (the underground station in front of the opera house!)