Immersing Yourself in Vienna, Austria
No matter your interest, Vienna can (and will) capture your heart. The city is bursting with a rich history, stunning architecture, exquisite cuisine, and classical music and art begging to be explored. You can spend your days visiting the numerous museums, cafe-hopping for the perfect "melange," or experiencing the ornate culture sights around the Ringstrasse. At night, join fellow party-goers along the Danube Canal's beach bars or nightclubs.
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Where to stay
Vienna Marriott Hotel
Comfy and central stay on the iconic Ringstrasse boulevard, opposite leafy Stadtpark.
Not only a decadent architectural icon in the first district, but also the place where the delicious Sacher Torte was invented.
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Aparthotel Adagio Vienna City
A favorite for its central location and apartment-sized rooms, most with full kitchens.
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Things to do
Soak in the culture and architectural marvels with a walking tour through Vienna's Innere Stadt. You'll see old world architecture mesh with modern conveniences, like the famous Staatsoper sitting near new shopping streets, and many beautiful churches and museums that you can spend your day exploring.
Experience coffeehouse culture and hop from spot to spot, trying the decadent desserts of Cafe Central, Vienna's key meeting ground for intellectuals of the 1800s, to the prettily pink Cafe Diglas where you can enjoy a melange while people watching.
Feel like a child again and explore the old Prater Amusement Park, a destination where you can play bumper cars or ride the large ferris wheel and get some incredible views of the city from the top.
A note from Rabia
Like other parts of Europe, one of the most magical times to visit Vienna is during the Christmas Market season. From late November through the New Year, there are multiple holiday markets set up around the city, each offering handmade goods and artisan crafts, along with tasty treats and drinks such as warm glühwein, a mulled wine. You'll get festive mugs specific to the market you're visiting to drink your mulled wine, and can either return them and get your two euro deposit back when you're done, or keep the mug as a unique souvenir of your trip.
Places to eat & drink
Cafe Central is technically the actual center of Vienna, and has been since the 1830s. Intellectuals would come to debate and swap ideas over a coffee, sometimes staying for hours under the ornate ceilings, while others read newspapers and sampled the delicate pastries. You'll feel as though you're transported back in time in the splendor of this cafe.
The Viennese never seem to be in a hurry, so don't deprive yourself of a decadent breakfast. The best place to do so is the unassuming, hidden tea room Haas & Haas nestled beneath Stephansdom Cathedral in the first district. Creamy eggs, tasty scones, and of course, the richest, thickest, and most delicious hot chocolate in Vienna will be the best start to your morning. Take a few minutes to browse the shop afterwards, so you can purchase some of the incredible hot chocolate mixture to take home with you!
If you're craving traditional, Austrian food, there's no better place to go than a Heuriger, or traditional Viennese wine tavern.
Figlmuller in the centrally located first district has the largest schnitzels you can imagine, along with Austrian favorites like kasespatzle, potato salad and hearty soups. Not only is the wine always flowing, but you'll get to enjoy traditional live music most evenings!
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