If I could sum up this lovely city in a few words, it would be the feeling of richness figuratively and literally. Narrow streets give way to wide open streets and gorgeous architecture. It’s hard not to think of Paris and Geneva as you stroll through the city.
I now understand why it’s considered by Parisiens to be a romantic city because there is an air of romance that isn’t overdone. I can’t remembered the last time I walked into such a beautiful church besides Rome.
Let’s start with the food.
Schnitzel is the MUST try dish of Vienna. Try to book a table at Figlmueller and you won’t be disappointed with the schnitzel and beer. The potato salad and apple horseradish was to die for! $$
In the same square, you will also find the world famous Hotel Sacher for the best Sacher-Torte chocolate cake. $$
And last but not least, if you’re a fan of pastries and tea, you MUST stop by Mozart Cafe for a wide array of desserts in a beautifully decorated live music venue. $$
Things to Do
Naschmarkt – famous outdoor market with food stalls, restaurants with outdoor seating and all kinds of fresh produce available for purchase. Stop by for lunch or brunch for a lively atmosphere. $$
Museum of Military History – A MUST see in Vienna with impressive World War I and II artillery including fighter jets, military uniforms and war tanks. http://www.hgm.at/en.html
Donaukanal (Danube Canal) – Similar to the Paris Seine where everyone gathers for drinks and hanging out on lawn chairs without being overcrowded. Impressive graffiti covers the overpasses for a distinct hipster feel.
Haus des Meeres Aqua Terra Zoo – 11 story building which hosts a vast array of sharks, deep ocean fishes and reptiles. If you make it to the top floor, you will have spectacular views of the city and enjoy a nice ginger beer or spritzer.
Prater – Carnival and Amusement Park accessible by public transportation. Fun to go for some rides and games.
Schonbrunn Palace & Tiergarten Schonbrunn- Unlikely combination but the two are right next door to each other separated by a beautiful park. Great for a relaxing stroll. https://www.zoovienna.at/en/zoo-and-visitors/welcome-worlds-oldest-zoo/
Stephansplatz – Walking Square in the City Center with shopping and a beautiful Cathedral. For those of you inclined to check out the Casino, bring your passport for entry.
Overall, Vienna was a lovely place to visit and would be a great place to live. Will definitely return another time and go back for more Schnitzel!