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…♥
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!
Tichy in Vienna
If I want to be honest to you, I would say that the 10th district is the only district in Vienna that I don’t like to visit. But when the discussion comes to “where do we find the best Eismarillen knödel in the city” we take the metro and we get off at the last station “Reumanplatz” in the 10th district. There you will find Tichy.
The ice cream shop is “hilarious”. A little bit old, the waitresses wear pink uniforms and they run here and there to serve the customers. It is crowded especially when the weather is sunny, and the Eismarillen Knödel works its way into my heart!
The waitress asks me in German: How many of them would you like to have?
The answer is three. Three Eismarillen Knödel a day, keep the doctor away!
Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography
Whenever I go for a stroll in a Viennese garden and, to be more specific, to Schoenbrunn gardens, I have a neighbor who keeps telling me, “stop doing all the touristic things, you have been living in Vienna for three years and there are many other things to discover and places to go.” So, according to my friend, visitors of Schoenbrunn are mostly tourists and I guess locals who live close by. Schoenbrunn palace to Vienna is like Versailles to Paris: the most popular sight in Vienna. It’s huge, magical, and ideal for taking some pictures with my friend Elena.
If you are curious to see how does this place look like in the winter, have a look here!
Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography
As you know, the Viennese girl goes everywhere and spies on everything. I have visited this bar many times, during the day but in the night as well and I think that this blog should include a post about this unique place.
The lift that brings you to the 18th floor is like a dark and black box with a white ceiling, some people are scared, and some are impressed.
I guess the highlight of the roof bar is the colorful ceiling. You have to see it from outside in the night. It something that catches your eyes and makes you wonder: “what is that?”
Βe careful on Saturdays night, because you will probably need a reservation. They will not let you enter in, if the place is full.
One thing that is very disappointing is that they only allow you to sit next to the window only if you go there to eat. Dear Le Loft manager, can you do something to change this? Thank you in advance.
Le Loft Sofitel Vienna