Back In Gran Canaria I prepared a little Vienna Travel Diary about our time in Vienna. Put this places on your bucket list if you are planning to visit Vienna as well!
We were lucky to visit our friends Manu and Nina, who live directly in Vienna. Manu and Nina have their apartment in the 4th district of Vienna and we could stay with them at their house. Still very grateful that they took their time to show us the best places in Vienna, I would like to share some of the places we could discover due to Manu and Ninas perfect guided city tour. We had such a great time!!!
Although we only stayed for 2 days we had the opportunity to see under the surface of Vienna, the generally elegant, traditional, melancholic and slow moving city. The two showed us places that we could dig a little deeper and we find out that Vienna is also bohemian, trendy and a good place with many stylish restaurants, which invite for lunch and dinner. The nightlife offers some cool clubs and bars as well.
Vienna’s elegance and tradition are centrally located in the Inner City, or more formally, the first district, which we visited at night on our arrival day. You’ll find stunning architecture made up of palaces, museums, theatres and churches. Many tourists stay in this small area of Vienna to see the major sights.
…pity, because those people missed out on seeing what Vienna is really about.
In order to avoid the same mistake, we got out of the Inner City and head over to the districts that surround it. After a long awaited heathy breakfast, we checked out the Naschmarkt (meaning ‘snack market’) that borders the 4th and 5th districts. The most famous market in Vienna, with its many market stalls and restaurants, makes a varied culinary offer from Viennese to Indian, from Vietnamese to Italian. The Naschmarkt has become a meeting place for young and old, where even the locals eat a snack at noon.
In the 7th district with the huge shopping street and the bohemian-urban flair, we visited funky coffee houses, local designer shops and we saw also great street art. The Biedermeier-Houses in the streets of the 7th district are particularly nicely renovated and more and more trendy alternative shops, new businesses, restaurants and clubs, open their doors, which could also be found in Soho or Berlin-Mitte.
Vienna is a versatile town that has much more to offer than cakes and cathedrals. But it is not to be denied, that it is the birthplace of the coffeehouse and The Sacher Café/Hotel, which is the most prominent Café with its famous Sacher Torte. Pair the sweet torte with a strong cup of Viennese coffee (Melange) and the sugar and caffeine rush will keep you buzzing for hours.
Not to forget the Käsekrainer! A sausage filled with small chunks of cheese, commonly fried or grilled to serve hot and melt the cheese inside, was a must to try. Because after the Sacher Torte, we needed to eat something salty. So we went to the best Wurstel-Stand (Snack-Bar) next to the the Vienna State Opera, called Bitzinger. However, we have all shared only one Käsekrainer, because we were still filled after the Sachertorte.
With the Käsekrainer and a white wine Spritzer we went to the Burggarten, which is located close to the Britzinger and next to the Ringstrasse beside the Hofburg and the Albertina. We enjoyed the sunny and warm weather, while we ate the sausage, sitting on the lawns of the parks and had a good conversation (like always with these two nice people).
In Vienna are two important sights outside of the Inner City. One is the Schönbrunn Palace. Which was our next sight we visit after the Burggarten. We spent a beautiful time walking in the gardens behind the the castle. These gardens are the dream of every runner, because there are countless long sandy trails which have not only a romantic effect in the evening hours, but also a good protection from the sun under the numerous trees, which create a small fresh breeze. A little secret about the palace is that it has the world’s oldest zoo. But we didn’t visit it, because for all of us animals are better to see in the wilderness. Therefore, we were pleased about free-running squirrel in the park, which were relatively tame. 😉
After a long day of touring the city, we spend the rest of the evening at the shore of the Donaukanal a nice surrounding to take another “Spritzer” (Water with gas and white wine). With good company, a little bit of music and a beautiful atmosphere we enjoyed the Sunset, which is, by the way, really beautiful in Vienna. When the day comes slowly to an end, then the party nightlife awakens in most of the pubs, trendy bars / restaurants and clubs. But after that day of the semi-marathon sightseeing (we went more than 15 km), we decided to take a good dinner and allow ourselves some drinks at home. Because the next day we wanted to get up early.
The Austrians are also masters of making delicious breakfasts. So next day we went first to a really good dining place having a brunch. The Restaurant called Bits & Bites! They have their own philosophy. Conscious slowing down in a comfortable and relaxed surrounding. You feel like in a spa for sense, mind and soul. And it is true, you can forget the busy world and enjoy fine dishes from the open kitchen, which also take a while in the production process, because they are so-called slow-food dishes. The relaxed atmosphere invited us to stay a little longer then we planed. But that was totally ok because we gonna get enough of the stress anyway, when we are back home.
After the delicious brunch at Bits & Bites we decided to take the car to get to Lake Neusiedl after one hour and a half drive. First we visited the new home of Manu and Nina, which is, when it’s done, a nice and cozy home, and we walked along the Neusiedler Lake. Including a visit to the beach bar in Weiden am See. The beach bar is right on the shore of the lake. So we spent some time in the shade of the trees and enjoyed the perfect weather and took, like always, a few drinks and a tarte flambée. The Lake Neusiedl has a kind of Mediterranean climate, like someone from North Germany, will simply notice that it is quite far in the south.
The other important sight in Vienna is the giant Ferris Wheel and the highest traditional Chair-O-Plane at the Prater. One of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. Photo opportunities from the ground looking up can be really nice and from the shining and colorful surroundings of the rides as well. Thats why we decided (back in Vienna) to check out this kind of curious and trashy place. But in the end it wasn’t so ood, it was rather a really funny and impressive place. I even overcame my fear of heights and drove with this really high chair-o-plane (117 m). Full of adrenalin I was very impressed to see Vienna from above although it was actually dark. 😆
This evening was an awesome ending of our second and unfortunately last day in Vienna. Next morning we were heading with this new impressions and great ideas in the luggage to the airport to catch our flight back to Las Palmas.
Goodbye wonderful city full of history and secrets!!!
And thank you very much, Manu and Nina, for the unforgettable time!!!!
Looking forward to see you guys again in a while… :-D.
And I hope we will be able to revenge if you visit us one day in Gran Canaria.
And now, for all those who have read our personal Vienna Travel Diary: I hope you will get some inspirations for your next trip. As you can see I put for you the Google-Maps Links of every place in our Vienna Travel Diary. Hope it will help you to find this places and have a wonderful time, too.
If you already know a few other interesting places in Vienna, which you would recommend it, then leave a comment to expand this Vienna Travel Diary. Because a Vienna Travel Diary can always help a bit.
Have a nice day,