Vienna on a Student Budget

With a reputation for being one of Europe’s most expensive cities, it’s easy to write Vienna off as a student. But there’s plenty to do on a budget – here are some must-see attractions:

Schonbrunn Palace Gardens

You can amble around these gardens without paying a cent to enter: a ticket is only required to visit the palace itself, and there’s plenty to explore in the gardens without setting foot in the palace.

They also stay open fairly late, so head there in the early evening to get an amazing view of Vienna as the day draws to a close.

Schmetterlinghaus (The Imperial Butterfly House)

Experience a tropical paradise within the castle gardens. The Schmetterlinghaus is
located close to the Hofburg Palace. It’s a great place to get away from the tourist crowds; plus, it provides excellent aesthetic photo opportunities.


Grab some sachertorte and relax in one of Vienna’s many city centre parks. You’ll never be bored of things to see, and each park has its own unique character.
In particular, make time to visit the Prater, home to the Wiener Riesenrad and some of Vienna’s most spectacular views.


Check out some of Vienna’s weird and wonderful museums, many of which offer reduced entrance prices for students. Highlights include the Globe Museum, the Museum of Art Fakes and the Esperanto Museum, but there are so many options that one or two are bound to take your fancy.

If not, you can walk around and soak up the Viennese atmosphere along the Danube.