Nathan and I both have a MASSIVE crush on Austria – last time we were there we spent some time on the countryside, up in the alps and in the cities, and we fell in love with the country straight away. Watch our Vienna Austria Travel Video
The snowy alps with year-round skiing, the green valleys and turquoise lakes, and Vienna with its amazing historical architecture – brings you back to a romanticized past, and and a place you don’t want to leave anytime soon.
Vienna, Austria – The Capital Of Café Culture
Vienna is the capital of Austria, and it’s also the capital of cafe culture.
Few places take their cafe culture as serious as Vienna, and out of all the museums, theaters and opera’s, the Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) were the one thing I looked forward to revisiting the most. The coffee house culture is a big part of Viennesse history and culture, and with well over 2,000 cafes in the city you have a lot to choose from.
Coffee has been served in Vienna since the 17th century, making the coffee houses some of the oldest in the western world.
There are all kinds of cafes, from traditional 19th century baroque cafes to modern or futuristic cafes.
Personally I really loved the traditional cafes, where the waiters are dressed in dinner jackets, the interior is in dark wood and red garment, and with an atmosphere so cozy and welcoming that people sit for hours on end reading, writing and trading gossip over a cup of coffee.
In Sweden – where I’m from – coffee culture is also very important, and in my family we’re brought up to have “coffee breaks” (fika) with cakes at least once a day – so perhaps that was why I really enjoyed how Vienna had not only preserved their old coffee culture and traditions, but truly valued it.
Since I used to work as a barista I know a bit about coffee, but in Vienna I was lost!
The list of coffees to order was endless, and there were some that I had never even heard of before.
A must try are the Viennesse cakes, especially the famous Sacher torte.
If not for the taste, then for its history, the Sacher torte has become one of the most famous cakes of Vienna and cafes in town have fought each other for decades over the most ”original” Sacher Torte.
But it’s not all about cakes and coffee in Vienna, the city itself looks pretty like a cake.
The Schönbrunn palace with its gigantic manicured gardens, Burg Theater and Hofburg palace made it easy to dream yourself away a few hundred years back and imagine what things were like then, with Mozart sipping a coffee in a corner cafe, and empress Sisi walking around the gardens of her palace.
Vienna is for the indulging and dreamy type people – in other words, perfect for me… how about you?
Making The Most Of Austria Guide
Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, with its magnificent Alpine landscape and beautiful villages scattered over the country, not to mention the beautiful cities Salzburg and Vienna. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your time in Austria…
Hang out in the Coffee Houses
With its historical buildings, castles, opera houses and theaters, Vienna is a very special city, art and classical music fans especially enjoy it.
But the best way to really get to know the culture is to sit down at one of the many coffee houses with a cup of coffee and one of the famous Viennese cakes like Sacher Torte.
Vienna has one of the oldest cafe cultures in Europe, and the coffee houses are one of the most important places for the locals to meet, relax and hang out.
Take a hike
The nature in Austria is absolutely stunning, and in the Alps there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying the nature to the fullest.
Summer, late spring and early autumn is perfect for hiking, while you can enjoy some of the best skiing in Europe during winter.
With countless hiking trails, you have a lot to choose from. Some hikes can last for several weeks, while others a day or just an hour.
It’s up to you and what you want to do. If you just want to take a nice and easy walk and explore the nature, there are many opportunities to do that too.
Stay At The Sound of Music Hotel
Salzburg with its musical festival is a big draw for visitors. It is also the location where most scenes in the classical movie “The Sound of Music” was staged, and today you can even stay in the very same house that used to belong to the Von Trapp family which the movie is based on!
These are just three of many things to do in Austria, we hope you enjoy your time in this beautiful country!