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11 Scenic Tram Rides to Take Around Vienna

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Updated: 15 December 2017
Although there are plenty of guided bus tours you can take around the city, often the best and cheapest way to see the sights is by hopping on and off Vienna’s public transport system. The city’s tram network has existed since the 1800s and is one of the most popular forms of transport for tourists and locals alike, with around 30 different lines in operation. Here are 11 tram (known locally as also Straßenbahn) rides that you should try.
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Prater to Ringstaße

This route takes you through some of Vienna’s most prominent sites around the main road, the Ringstrasse, where you will see many of the landmarks of the city centre including the Habsburg Palace, the Austrian National Library, the Rathaus (which has a Christmas market and ice rink outside the front in the winter) and the parliament building. It begins at the Prater, one of the city’s largest parks, and gives you a chance to see both sides of the Danube. Take tram number 1 from anywhere on the ring road and hop off anywhere you would like to explore.

Hofburg Palace at the Michaelerplatz, Vienna | © Yuriy Biryukov/Shutterstock

Hofburg Palace at the Michaelerplatz, Vienna | © Yuriy Biryukov/Shutterstock

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The number 38

Viennese wine is among the finest in Europe, with a vineyard culture no other capital city can rival and a legacy dating all the way to 1132 AD. Heuriger (meaning ‘this year’s wine’) are cosy wine taverns run by local grape growers, offering guests the chance to sample some locally produced wines alongside traditional Austrian cuisine. Leaving from Schottentor, the 38 tram takes you all the way up to Grinzing, an area with rolling hills and some of the city’s best vineyard walking routes.

Blick vom Nußberg über Weinberge auf die Stadt

View of Vienna | Vienna Tourist Board

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D Tram

Similar to the 38, this tram whisks you from the densely packed city centre up to the quiet and green hills of the vineyard areas. Leave from outside the Habsburg Palace or the parliament building and enjoy spotting some of the city sights along the way. The line terminates in Nussdorf, a suburban area that is perfect for summer strolls.

 St. Josefskirche at Kahlenberg near Nussdorf in Vienna | © Dziewul/Shutterstock

St. Josefskirche at Kahlenberg near Nussdorf in Vienna | © Dziewul/Shutterstock

Hietzing to Mariahilf

The number 60 tram takes you from the district of Hietzing (home to the famous Schonbrunn Palace, with its glorious and sprawling gardens), past the Technology Museum and up to the less scenic area of Westbahnhof, where you can wander along the shopping street of Mariahilferstrasse and then venture into one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods, the happening Mariahilf.

Red roofs in Graz, Mariahilfer church and Kunsthaus
Red roofs in Graz, Mariahilfer church and Kunsthaus | © Alexander Jung/Shutterstock