Dreaming of feeling the 19th-century atmosphere and enjoying a delicious piece of cake? If this sounds like an ideal day, then head to Vienna, the beautiful capital of Austria, for a dreamy escape full of history, food, and charming vibes.
The city center is easily accessible by every kind of transportation. If you arrive by plane, jump on the CAT, the nickname for the City Airport Train, or on the S7 Metro to head into town. If you arrive by train, you can take a direct connection to the city center in less than 15 minutes. Once there, you’ll find an array of bike-sharing and scooters for moving about the city. However, walking is easy and pleasurable since the city center is small and worth exploring its little streets.
Start your trip the right way by treating yourself to a Viennese dinner at Zwölf Apostelkeller. Make sure to reserve a table in advance and ask for one in the main grotto so you can also enjoy live traditional music. Try the schnitzel, a thin, breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet. Afterward, spoil yourself at Café Demel for a delicious Sachertorte, the most common (and tasty!) cake in the country. Admire the beautiful Rococo-style saloons and browse its shop on the ground floor if you wish to bring some delicacies with you.
Start your next day in the Austrian capital with a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace. Public transportation will take you straight there. Purchase the Sisi Ticket for access to the Imperial Furniture Collection and the Wien Hofburg, along with the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and the Imperial Silver Collection. Walk around these majestic buildings and go back in the time for a day. The tour is lengthy, so wear comfy shoes. You should also download or buy a full guide of the palace or the city itself. You should also try the famous Viennese sausages at one of the Würstelstände, a traditional Austrian street food stop. Check out this list of the best ones, and choose one for a stop along your tour.
After a long day visiting these breathtaking fortresses, unwind with a meal at Pürstner; the portions here are pretty big, so you can share plates. Do not miss out on the Spätzle and homemade soups. Finish the day by taking a nice walk around the city center — Stephansplatz and Karlsplatz are magical at night. Complete your evening by enjoying a fancy cocktail at the rooftop bar Das Loft Bar & Lounge, where you have one of the best views of the city.
Your last day in the beautiful Austrian capital can be spent on an alternative route. Start the day with a tasty Viennese breakfast at Cafè Mozart. Try the delightful apple cake if you did not already have the chance to, and combine it with one of the many teas they offer.
Then, visit the beautiful University of Vienna. A list of guided tours can be found here. Make sure to visit its beautiful old-style library. If you enjoy visiting libraries, here is a list of the best ones in town.
Afterward, head to the Hundertwasserhaus, an ex-working-class district that was built by the architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. His idea was to spread joy through the 50 apartments of the colorful building given to the less-privileged. The shapes are soft with no angles present in the building, and the colors are vivid. In front of the building, you can find the Hundertwasservillage with a restaurant, souvenir shops, and an explanation of the project itself.
After a good Käsekrainer (a hot dog with a cheese sausage) at the kiosk in front of the main building, go straight to the Belvedere Palace to admire the beautiful collections of Klimt, Monet, Schiele. Buy a combo ticket for the Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, and Belvedere 21. Stay until sunset, since admiring the beautiful colors of the sky around the Belvedere Gardens is an amazing show. Finish the day at the chocolate shop Xocolat Manufaktur, where you can try the heavenly Viennese praline.
Let’s be honest: who does not love sweets, chocolate, and the historical fashion of the age of Sisi? You will fall in love with Vienna with the exquisite food, romantic atmosphere, and history throughout the city.