Vienna is such a romantic city, not only does it have the most romantic history, but with so many white buildings, picturesque coffee shops, wineries, beautiful parks and old castles it makes this place perfect for a romantic weekend – even for budget travelers. Staying in Vienna is cheaper than most other capital cities in western Europe, and there are some great hostels around. We booked a hotel room for 18,5 Euro per person (which is cheaper than the price of an average dorm in Europe – if you want the name of the hotel, just ask in the comments below), and got great value for the money.
Things To Eat
There are some great local delicacies to try in Vienna, and you can probably spend a whole weekend going between cafes. Here are a few of the must-tries:
Vienna is famous for its delicious cakes. The Sacher Torte is heavenly, and you can try these little dreams in Aida Café Konditorei. It’s a cafe pastry chain which serves the most delicious cakes, and the environment couldn’t be better – pink, sweet and fluffy decor all around!
Vienna is world famous for their coffee, and you simply won’t get enough of it. Try their coffee in the typical old fashioned cafe Hawelka or Kaffe Alt Wien. Here you’ll experience more of the authentic Viennese style cafe with smokey dark wood, and they have kept the old Viennese coffee customs.
Another old cafe in traditional style is Kleine Kafe. Just remember to order the coffee in Viennese style: “Ein kleiner brauner” (Viennese coffee with milk) or “Ein kleiner schwartzer” (back Viennese coffee).
Vienna is the world’s only big city with a significant wine industry, with over 700 hectares of vineyards. You can try the Viennese wine in many bars and restaurants in town.
Austria and cheese go hand in hand, and the cheese is simply amazing. There are quite a few local tiny markets around, but the Naschtmarket is a bigger and the most famous one. There you can try heaps of different samples before you choose your favorite cheese – trust me you will find it…
Things To Watch
Art, music and culture have a long history in Vienna, and many of the world’s best artists, philosophers, musicians and composers hung out here.
If you want to get an even deeper understanding of the city and get a more broad view of the place, visit an opera, theater or musical show.
This also really enhances the experience of being in Vienna and walking among the same buildings the musicians got their inspiration from – the connection between the city and music is so clear!
Choose between the world’s best classical orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the many amazing theaters, or why not a typical Viennese operetta?
There are people dressed up in cloaks and costumes on the streets selling concert tickets, sometimes you can get better deals with them if you’re good at bargaining. 😉
Things To Visit
St Stephen’s Cathedral
If you’re going to see one church in Vienna it ought to be this one. It’s a beautiful Romanesque Gothic cathedral with colored tile roof and nice details.
If you get up in the tower you can get a neat view of Vienna.
This big palace that today is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, used to be a summer house for the monarchs in the old days. The history of this place dates back all the way to the 17th century. It has a huge sculpted garden with a maze and botanic flowers.
Coming here you get a sneak peek into what the rich people’s lives were like in the old days. This is a big tourist attraction so either book a tour in advance or count for a long time in line to get in.
Walking Around Town
Just walking around Vienna and looking at impressive buildings is half the fun of being there, the buildings give such a romantic touch and it feels like you’re stepping back in time a few centuries.
I really recommend you to put on some comfortable shoes, bring a map and start walking.
In the central area there are heaps of nice buildings to see:
- The Parliaments building
- Vienna Rathaus
- Natural History Museum
- The Stadt park (with over-the-top looking statues)
Final Thing To Remember
Pretty much every shop is closed on Sundays, so these days are perfect for some museum touring and simply walking the streets. If you cook your own food, make sure to buy all you need the day before – it can get pretty hard finding an open supermarket on Sundays – trust us, we spent hours doing this :p
Have you ever been to Vienna? Tell us about it, what was YOUR fav. part?