On our recent visit to Vienna we did a bit of a whirlwind three-day trip. Staying in three different neighborhoods of the city, seeing as many museums as possible and eating and drinking our way through the city, we got a great taste of Vienna. Although we didn't get to experience even half of what we wanted to in the city, there's a lot we loved. Here's a little guide to get you acquainted with different parts of Vienna.
Innere Stadt (Inner City)
Vienna's inner city is where you will find the majority of the tourist sites, like the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, The Austrian National Library, and more. It's also just nice to wander the old streets (though you'll be fighting through mobs of tourists in high season).
Note: This is probably pretty obvious, but we forgot to look up opening times and days for the sites we were visiting. Some close on Mondays, some close on Tuesdays. Some close at certain hours. You might think you can hit all the sites in one day, but if you don't check ahead of your visit you might be disappointed.
We know. It's on every list. But it's for a reason. Go to Demel and eat the apfelstrudel (apple pie). Get it with whipped cream. Maybe get another...
If you've got a hankering for an afternoon drink, Strandbar Herrmann is a cool faux-beach bar right on the river. You'll notice that the Viennese are not shy about taking any and every opportunity to get a good tan on.
Take a quick metro ride or a nice walk out to Prater theme park. The park gives some serious nostalgic vibes with it's candy-colored rides and games. Why is it worth walking through if you're not into rides? Well if the sights aren't enough, the epic beer hall, Schweizerhaus, should make it worth it. The hall is home to some of the fastest pint pouring we've ever seen.
We stayed at the Ruby Lissi Hotel & Bar, with a great location along the river and close to many of the city's best outdoor bars. The hotel is all about lean luxury, and it shows. The rooms were clean and modern, and the 100% organic breakfast was simple but delicious.
The Leopold Museum's Egon Schiele collection is a must see for art lovers - or even those don't know much about art. There are also some great pieces from Klimt, who was a mentor of Schiele.
Closeby, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is worth the steep price of admission for its architecture and art collections alone. We were also pleasantly surprised by its ancient Egyptian and Roman artifacts collections.
If you're looking for some traditional Viennese cuisine, try Glacis Beisl. Don't be a fool and get the goul... ash.
For a local hangout area check out Naschmarkt. During the day it's a traditional food market but in the evening the restaurants and bars open up. Hop around as each place specializes in something different, often with live DJs and other entertainment.
We had an incredible stay at 25Hours hotel, which had a unique, old-time circus theme throughout the entire space. Steps away from some of the best museums in MuseumsQuartier, 25Hours also has a great rooftop bar that is also a local and ex-pat watering hole after work.
Beyond the Center
If you have time, take a trip out to Schönbrunn Palace, it's apparently one of the most impressive sights in Vienna, and home of the world's oldest zoo and a stunning greenhouse (according to our Instagram searches). We didn't get a chance to visit, but it's a good excuse for us to go back.
We had a chance to stay at the grätzlhotel Meidlinger Markt. It's only a few stops on the subway from the center and offers a more affordable and quiet area. Their rooms also have little kitchenettes and some have their own little reading rooms.
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