Waltz, Schnitzel and a Backpacking Break – Vienna, Austria
Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 6/10
Occasionally backpackers want to get away from the squalor that is associated with travelling and taste the finer things in life. Vienna is the perfect place to do exactly that.
Its location in central europe makes it easily accessible whether your backpacking trip is primarily around western or eastern europe and it’s certainly well worth a visit. The city itself is overflowing with beautiful architecture and it is worthy of a visit for this alone. However, there is so much more on offer, as the city is famed for its music, theatre and opera which, whilst perhaps stretching the backpacking budget slightly, should certainly be included on the itinerary. Where better to see a Viennese Waltz than in Vienna?
Transport around the city is fantastic and makes it very easy to explore and take in all the sites on offer, and if all that exploring takes it out of you can dive into some local cuisine. Austrian food is similar to its German neighbour, with schnitzels galore and plenty of sausage, but the city is also famed for its wonderful cafes which have a long and distinguished history that dates back centuries. Rest those legs with a filter coffee (a process the Viennese claim to have invented!) and a glass of water, an age old Viennese tradition.
Vienna echoes Paris in that backpackers will have to reach slightly deeper into their pockets than usual, but it is also similar in that it will leave you with a travelling experience you will never forget. It’ll also give you a nice break from slumming it before you end up in another hostel with ten strangers who haven’t changed their sock for a week!