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Best ice cream in Vienna

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As we were walking around the center, I said to Tony that I want to make a blog post about the best ice cream in Vienna – since I love ice cream so much – and write about the places where I usually buy my gelato. We had some time and the photo camera at our disposal, so we went to try different ice creams from the following ice creams shops in the first district of Vienna:

Eissalon Tuchlauben Eis Greissler  – Gelateria Hoher Markt  – Zanoni Zanoni – Ferrari ice cream in Krugerstraße 9 (Ferrari doesn’t have a website at the moment)

Another recommendation for ice cream in Vienna is Tichy.

But if you live in Vienna you might not need to read this blog post, because you might have already checked out all those places I mentioned above and you already know where to find your favourite ice cream. After all, everyone has her or his own preferences. As for me, I don’t have a special preference concerning ice cream shops, so I usually go to the closest one. It always depends on which part of the city I am in. As for the flavors I love chocolate, stracciatella and nutella.

And after that blog post, you know how and why I gained one kilo in one day. 🙂 ♥

Spring in Vienna

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I had the perfect afternoon light and the perfect flowers in front of me. Fortunately, I also had my camera with me. I spent about one hour taking photos of those gorgeous peonies in Burggarten the other day and wouldn’t mind to spend one more hour if I didn’t had to get to an appointment. I spotted them unexpectedly although I can recall, they were there, at the same place, last year as well. If you see the peonies in Burggarten, you cannot just ignore them and walk past. Don’t say that I was the one who was taking pictures of them. They must be one of the touristic attractions on spring in Vienna, I guess. Sadly enough, they will wither soon but then we will have the flowers in Volksgarten, if my memory doesn’t fool me from last year.

Volksgarten Pavillon

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I love Volksgarten Pavillon in Vienna for two personal reasons: first it reminds me of Samos, and second, because this is the place where my best friend in Vienna and I used to catch up during the summer. And yes finally the weather is warm again in Vienna, and we can spend some time together sitting outside here. The decoration is a little bit strange. By saying strange I mean that it has a touch of vintage and it seems a bit untended, it’s not really a fancy place but it evokes a certain summer mood, summer feeling and a lot of carefreeness. Although it is located in the center of Vienna, near to Hofburg, it seems that it’s not discovered by tourists yet but after this post I don’t know… 🙂 ♥

Hermesvilla in Lainzer Tiergarten

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I have been longing for a stroll at Lainzer Tiergarten and visit at Hermesvilla for many months now. But it wasn’t possible because Hermesvilla was closed during the winter and reopened its doors on 28 March 2015.

On one hand, I wonder how come I haven’t visited Hermesvilla not even once in the past 4 years I’ve been living in Vienna, but on the other hand, I am glad there are still new things to see and do in the Austrian capital. If you plan to visit Hermesvilla, just remember that the entrance is free every first Sunday of each month.

Sisi used to live in Hermesvilla, therefore you can see the interior and some furniture, but what I liked the most was the charming stairs and beautiful black and white checkerboard floor.

To sum it up, on this blog post there are some pictures of Hermesvilla, its surroundings, and the cafe restaurant on the ground floor. I didn’t take many pictures of Hermesvilla because it was under construction. But what a romantic place for a stroll, right?

For more info, click here.♥

Hotel Daniel Vienna

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I was around the 3rd district in Vienna and I was freaking out because of the cold. Actually, it was a bit of my fault because I had a spring outfit on me. As I was walking desperately, Daniel Hotel appeared in front of me like a green oasis of warmth in the midst of a cold city. I didn’t give it a second thought and stepped in. I have to document this and write down that there was a fireplace on and it was 1st of April. I found a table and ordered a yummy cheeseburger with lemonade and as dessert a delicious cake from the display window to sweeten up and brighten my day.

As you can tell from the pictures, the decoration inside Daniel Hotel Vienna is modern with plenty of clever details and the waiter was very kind and friendly that he let me take some pictures for The Viennese Girl blog. If the weather were better, I would have done a walk to Belvedere gardens that are right next to the Daniel Hotel Vienna. Besides, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy a meal at the Daniel Bakery on the ground floor. Breakfast is served during the week from 06.30 am to 10.00 am and on weekends from 06.30 am to 12.00 am. More info on their website.

Dreamy Vienna

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The story goes like this. We were sitting hungry in our favorite French bistro downtown Vienna. Le Bol was busy and noisy but we enjoyed our breakfast. After we were done with our breakfast and happy, Elena (the girl of the photos above) asked me if I wanted to accompany her to the shop, next to Le Bol, which has eyeglasses and I asked her to go to that magical street with the blossoming trees so we can take photos. We did both. First we went to the eyeglasses shop and then, we took the metro line U4 from Karlsplatz to Pilgramgasse (where I used to have an aparment once) and went to the cherry blossom trees. And this is what happened. No special make up and no hair dresser, we had a spontaneous photoshooting. So, this is my friend Elena in front of my camera. Elena doesn’t model in her life; she posed only for me. It’s safe to say that my friends are beautiful 🙂 As for me, one day I hope, I will be shooting for Dior #bigdreams :)) ♥

Naschsalon

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You know…that kind of small cute cafes in Vienna that I like to visit every now and then. This is Naschsalon, situated in the 9th district and it was suggested by my friend Patricia Vincent. She said that it is her favourite cafe in Vienna, so we met here twice. Both times, I ordered the same breakfast. Salmon with butter, marmalade and warm fresh bread but the best was my hot lemonade with honey. Patricia also told me that they have delicious pastries, but I was so enamoured with my salmon and that warm bread that I couldn’t resist them. Fortunately, Naschsalon is on my way to the university, so I guess I will have that breakfast more often in the future. The best way to reach Naschsalon is by the tram D and you get off at Bauernfeldplatz.♥

Schottentor Vienna

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While everybody else was waiting to catch the next tram, I was taking photos of the cherry blossoms. I really feel like a tourist in my own city and I have a lot of fun with it. While everybody else was in a hurry to get back home or work, tell me, how could I ignore those blossoming cherry trees with Votiv church in the background? Only the cars were disturbing my visual creativity at that moment but I couldn’t do anything to stop them. (Excuse me mister driver, could you please stop driving on that street because at this moment I need to take a photo of the cherry blossom?) I am sure people would look at me strangely too, but I knew I shouldn’t miss that shot.

Schottentor is one of the most frequented and busiest metro stations in Vienna, located between the first and ninth district opposite to the University of Vienna. Not only the U2 metro line but also many trams depart from Schottentor towards the 9th district and 19th district.♥

Coffee Pirates

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I loved the Coffee Pirates. Ideal meeting point in Vienna for a hot chocolate and slice of cake before the uni lesson starts or in between lessons for a pause. You will probably not see any tourist in Coffee Pirates, situated next to Altes AKH in 9th district, but rather young students who crowd the entrance and make it difficult for me to open the door to step outside. Rumors say that they make very nice coffee there, but since I never drink coffee, I am not able to know. You have to try and find out yourself. What I especially liked was the decoration and the coffee cups in what they serve their drinks. This place is very very cute, and here on The Viennese Girl blog, you know, we love all the cute things in life ♥

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