Austria's capital city is stunningly beautiful. From architecture, music, to art, fashion, design and food!
The historic vibe is everywhere. However, if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that it's also trendy, bohemian and hipster. I can't imagine anyone leaving here without feeling at least a little inspired. I'm happy to present you some of the best spots a visitor interested in the local experience should check out. Enjoy!
WHAT TO SEE
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral located on Stephansplatz is a Catholic church and its ornate spires can be seen from all over the city (think of a smaller and older version of Burj Khalifa). They are a major sight and symbol of Vienna. If you are touring Vienna during the Christmas season, it's impossible to miss the Stephansplatz Christmas market which is famous for it's hot punch and traditional crafts. Each Christmas market has its own distinct mug each year, yours to bring home for the price of 3 Euros. I really loved the red boot mug this year.
Schoenbrunn is one of the city's most impressive buildings. It's like walking into a fairytale city where every other building seems to be a palace. The palace interiors include the apartments of Franz Joseph and Maria Theresa and more Baroque treasures than you could ever imagine. It's also called the Austrian Palace of Versailles. No wonder, as Empress Maria Theresa found it boring and redesigned the building into a grand palace housing almost 1000 people with 435 acres of gardens along with maze and zoo. The most famous resident of Schoenbrun was kind of a superstar Princess Sisi, formally known as Empress Elisabeth.
Burggarten is an absolutely charming park located to the rear of one of the larger Hofburg palaces. It's a nice place for a stroll or just some downtime. This park also hosts the monument of Mozart statue.
Naschmarkt (think of a place similar to RIPE market in Dubai)
Naschmarkt is a huge open air market featuring a wide variety of international food, colorful vendors and variety of restaurants. If you like to nibble, you'll have an absolute blast here. From falafel, baklavas to cheese and bread, you name it. There's a flea market on Saturdays which is very popular, also live music and DJ's lend an air of revelry.
Oh Vienna, you European beauty! You melt my heart every time I taste your cakes and coffees! Head over to hotel Sacher for a legendary piece of Sacher Torte "mit Schlag" (with a generous dollop of whip cream) and a cup of coffee. Cafe Sacher may be filled wit tourists, but for good reason. The service is old world traditional and the cake is so delicious!
Learn more about Vienna here.