Travelling by yourself has the advantage that you can do all the things you like at your own pace, having all the time you need. So, if you are alone in Vienna and do not want to bother about which, where and what, hire a private guide :). Get a personalized itinerary according to your taste and explore the city in company. I treat my guests like friends and show them my favorite places besides the main attractions of Vienna. If you nevertheless would like to explore Vienna on your own, let me give you some suggestions:
There are simple, but interesting historical houses which have green courtyards you would never imagine that exist. To get a better understanding for the life in this area take my Off-the-beaten-path Vienna Tour. That is the perfect tour if you are alone in Vienna. Groups are not welcome into the hidden courtyards…
See the art collections of the Habsburgs in the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum), a Highlight in Vienna or the Leopold Museum, which focuses on paintings, furniture and design of the period around 1900, when Vienna was the cultural centre of Europe. To learn more about the art in these museums you can book my Guided visits to Viennese museums or my Vienna 1900 tours. Only in Vienna you can visit The Snowglobe Museum, a Viennese tradition since 1900 and design your own snowglobe. Or visit a curiosity museum like the Museum of Contraception or Abortion or the Museum of Art Fakes.
Parts of the Vienna Woods are within the limits of Vienna. Pötzleinsdorferpark in the 18th district (end stop of tram 41) is a park in the woods, so you will not get lost. You can take an extended walk in the fresh air and admire the posh neighborhood with beautiful houses. Do not worry if you are alone in Vienna. It is one of the safest capitals. If you really want to hike in the Woods and see the wine area and the Danube, then book my Vienna Woods Private Hiking Tour.
A Viennese Coffeehouse is a place where you can be alone among people (Stefan Zweig). It is the extension of the living room; you can work, think, write, watch the persons around you or simply read a newspaper. There is a big variety of newspapers, national and international. My favorite Viennese Coffeehouses are Bräunerhof (Stallburggasse 2, 1010 Vienna), Sperl (Gumpendorferstrasse 11, 1060 Vienna), Ritter (Ottakringer Str. 117, 1160 Vienna).
The Viennese design neighborhood is the 7th district of Vienna (area around Lindengasse, Siebensterngasse, Neubaugasse). Modern Viennese designers and off-the-track companies have their stores there; clothes, shoes, accessoires, furniture, curiosities.
We have several movie theaters in Vienna, where you can watch the film in its original version or in English: Haydn Kino, Artis Kino, Burg Kino. The Vienna English Theater has performances almost every evening in English and it is also a favorite theater of the Viennese.
Have you heard about Internations? It is a social network for expats worldwide. See what they offer during your stay in Vienna. It might be a party in a grand place in the city or a group activity during the day.
Enjoy your stay in Austria!