Photography: Margarita Shut
I feel a little bad about all the radio silence here but I need to finish a thesis for the University of Vienna that has to be ready by the 20th of April. So, apart from the photography love, I am still a student who deals with thesis and deadlines. However, I always try to find a bit of time for a little stroll in the center of Vienna during the day and I promise to myself that I can always study at night. This time Margarita joined me to that little stroll, and as she always carries her photo camera with her, she snapped some photos of me. I thought I should share the photos she took on The Viennese Girl blog to show you how spring looks like in Vienna.
Which is the best time of the year for you? Which is the best season to visit Vienna? I have always wondered how spring is in Sydney, or in Tokyo, or in Singapore… Maybe because I have never been to those places, so I am just a little bit curious, as always! But soon I am going to discover how spring is in Munich ♥
Although I have shared many Vienna travel tips on The Viennese Girl blog, I still receive emails from people asking me what to do and where to go during their stay in Vienna. Recently, a friend of mine (pictured in the photos above) visited me for 2 days in Vienna. As it was her first visit to Vienna, before her arrival, I was thinking of how to make the best of those 2 days for her, so I wrote down a 2 day program. If you are in Vienna in December, here are my recommendations, according to the program my friend and I followed:
We started the day with a breakfast at Cafe little Britain. Then we went to the city centre, and roamed around the streets during the daylight. I showed her the most central streets like Graben, Kohlmarkt and Kärntnerstrasse. Afterwards, I brought my friend to see the view of the city from the top of Stephansdom. After that we went to Beaulieu for a little snack and to warm up our body as it has been cold, very cold outside. That was probably the most beautiful part of the whole day, because of the very Christmassy atmosphere in Palais Ferstel, where this french bistro is situated, and I ordered my favourite baguette with salmon and a rose lemonade, as always. So the day couldn’t end here without paying a visit to a Christmas market at Spittelberg. After the Christmas market, we ended up at the bar of 25 hours Hotel sipping wine. We headed back home, but of course if you still have time and energy, you can visit the Christmas markets in Rathaus, Maria-Theresien-Platz, in Museumsquartier and in Karlsplatz or maybe some of them…
The day started with breakfast at Nascha’s. We simply loved it and we had to fill ourselves up with energy for the long day ahead us. After breakfast, I took my friend to Belvedere. Here, you have 3 options: visit the museum, visit the Christmas market and the gardens. We went back to the center on foot and head over to Sacher Hotel for a Sacher Torte. Then we had two options: either visiting Schönbrunn or going to a restaurant for Schnitzel. We opted for the second option, as it was cold outside and we preferred to stay indoors. My friend wanted to check out that famous Viennese dish, the schnitzel. Last stop of the day was at the bar of Sofitel for some cocktails.
I hope you got some nice ideas from this blog post…ah wait: don’t forget to visit Naschmarkt…♥
Recently someone on Instagram thanked me for all the Vienna tips that helped him to get to know Vienna better. I am still surprised by the fact that my initial idea of making my personal Vienna travel guide and chronicle my discoveries ultimately works. The Viennese Girl blog is about two years old and I gladly keep on writing all my Vienna findings and places I visit in this city where I live, so you can visit them too. So here is to one more of those Vienna discoveries:
Lately, a good friend of mine and I had breakfast at Parlor, a living room decorated in black and white with Vitra Accessoires. My friend and I enjoyed the breakfast, taking pictures inside Parlor and the views over Stadtpark from the 12th floor of Intercontinental Lounge. Thanks for the warm welcome, we’ll be back soon! ♥
You can find more info about the Parlor restaurant here.
All the last posts on The Viennese Girl blog were related to travel, as I had the good fortune to wander out of Vienna pretty much during all of the summer months, so here is one more of those Vienna tips I would like to share with you…
There is a recently renovated European style restaurant and bar situated in downtown Vienna, where my friends and I have been having breakfast lately.. Every time we get to Nascha’s, my friends and I go mad for the Angelina drink which, by the way, cannot be found anywhere else in Vienna. Apart from the Angelina drink, we love blinis, eggs Benedict, exotic fruit mix, salmon and avocado so far…
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a food blogger… I just like eating outside and taking photos of the things that I like. At Nascha’s I like both food and decoration, so above are some of my shots…♥
Where do you like to have your morning coffee in the city, if not at home?
Not far away from where I live, there is a cafe called Kaffee von Sascha, which is run by an adorable couple from Ukraine. Kaffee von Sascha is not like the other cafes in Vienna. Sascha is passionate about making coffee for his guests while Nina makes the T-shirts that you will see hanging on the wall and they are both proud and happy to run a concept store that combines coffee&fashion. Although I went there alone, I felt very welcomed and comfortable while chatting with both of them in a warm summer day, and for that reason, I took some pictures to share with you on The Viennese Girl blog.
I left the Kaffee von Sascha with a T-shirt that portrays a cute dog and really can’t wait to wear it in my summer holidays in Greece. Don’t forget to visit them if you are in Vienna. I personally loved the table next to window and not only their coffee, but also their strawberry smoothie and all the other delicacies they treated me.♥
There isn’t a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon rather than catching up with dear friends in a super cute cafe like Himmelblau, which means azure in English. This was actually my second visit at Himmelblau. I remember the first time I visited it was back in summer, you can find my summery visit here. This time I took some pictures outside in the Kutschkermarkt and later on I jumped into Himmelblau to warm up. Our coffee was served in azure cups, we made ourselves comfortable and uploaded some spontaneous photos of the three of us on Instagram.♥
I have been to Haas&Haas several times. It’s that place, right behind Stephan’s cathedral. Well, it’s definitely not one of my favorite cafes but I must admit they probably make the best hot chocolate in town. Cafe Sperl and Haas&Haas do it like the Italians. I am talking about the thick creamy hot chocolate, and not the liquid one. Besides the hot chocolate, they also have a very big tea selection, which makes it ideal for those who are into afternoon tea, scones, and small sandwiches. However, on my last visit, I didn’t crave the hot chocolate; I chose that toast with egg inside as the photo proves (and I really don’t understand why they put all those chopped chives on it – I didn’t ask for it).
Besides, I didn’t take any photo of the decoration as the Cafe was full of people and I prefer not to take pictures of people that I don’t know who happen to be there and enjoying their meal. If you visit Haas&Haas, don’t forget to visit the shop next to the cafe. You will find countless delicious delicacies.♥
Photos by Tony Gigov
How do you define entertainment? What entertains you most? I was telling Tony that most people enjoy going out at night, smoking and drinking until late in the morning. But in my opinion, Vienna is a place that has more to offer during the day than in the night. For me entertainment is for example meeting a friend in a park, sitting on a bench, having a nice conversation and taking some pictures like I did with Tony in our visit at Belvedere gardens.
Have you ever been to Belvedere? The museum is one of the most significant museums in the world, where you can find Gustav Klimt collection and his most famous painting “The Kiss”. Don’t forget to take a picture in the specially designed mirror like in the photo below. By doing so, you take part in the one-year project “The Perfect Tourist” and you might win one of five extraordinary Belvedere packages. Good luck!