Austria’s capital is known for its elegant architecture, lively cafe culture, and exceptional museums. The city used to be the residence of royalty and the wealthiest European aristocrats, and even today it is easy to see why Vienna was fit for kings -and queens. Vienna’s charm and romantic atmosphere has turned the city into one of Europe’s best destinations for a romantic holiday or a five-star city break. Need more reasons to visit Vienna? Keep reading and pick your favorite.
Things To Do In Vienna, Austria
Best of Vienna In A Day
Here’s a cool itinerary if you’re short of time or want a quick introduction to the best the city has to offer. Start by visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace. Next, head to the Art History Museum. By the time you’re done it will be lunch time, so why not enjoy a picnic at the Stadtpark gardens? If you visit in the summer, you’ll even get free loungers. In the afternoon, discover the Baroque beauty of Schonbrunn Palace and end your day with a concert at the impressive State Opera House.
Retail Therapy Austrian Style
If you are into shopping, you will simply love Vienna. Many of the city center streets have been turned into pedestrian areas where you can easily go from shop to shop and grab top deals on luxury goods like designer clothes, jewellery, and accessories. All the big names are there, from Louis Vutton to Prada. The best shopping areas are Mariahilfer Street, Favoriternstrasse, and Landstrasser. On the other hand, if your idea of shopping involves browsing through flea markets, Vienna’s outdoor markets will make you happy. There are more than 20 of them all over the city, selling everything from antiques to handicrafts. Recommended stops include Naschmarkt, the Spittelberg handicraft market, and the Time Travel antiques market.
A Tour of Vienna’s Coffeehouses
Traditional coffeehouses are an Austrian institution. In Vienna, coffee time is the most special time of the day. Every local has a favorite coffeehouse, so always ask for personal recommendations and you will be on your way to finding some of the most authentic venues in the city. Otherwise, there’s a bunch of old-style coffeehouses that will not fail to impress you. These include the palatial Cafe Central (a beautiful coffeehouse built in 1876), Cafe Demel (where confectionery is elevated to an art), and the gorgeous Cafe Sperl.
Day Trip To The Vineyards
Did you know that there are more than 300 winemakers in and around Vienna? The local vineyards make for a great day out of the city. The best way to get there is to hire a car (make sure you get car hire excess insurance too) and to drive south to Stammersdorf. Here you can stop by at Wieninger, one of Austria’s best-rated wineries. The smooth Pinots and full bodied Cabernets are always a hit with visitors. To complete your day out, get directions to the nearest Heuriger, a traditional Austrian tavern where you can enjoy local wines, charcuterie products, and scrumptious cheese platters.
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