|Weekend in Vienna||Tipps|
|Where to stay?||Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom|
|What to do?||
Big Bus Tour
visit the Vienna Prater
watch a Opera or Theater performance
visit the Donauinselfest in summer
|What to see?||
|Where to shop?||Innere Stadt (Downtown, near the Stephansdom)|
|Where to relax?||
|Where to eat?||
Café Schwarzenberg (Schwarzenberger street)
Café Sacher (Philharmoniker street) for a traditional Sacher cake
The Loft (at the Sofitel) ideal for Drinks - amazing view over the city!
Time travel through Vienna
Our short weekend trip to the historical and charming capital of Austria.
We arrived Friday morning at the Vienna International Airport (Schwechat) and took the CAT (city airport train) to the center. (Stop Wien Mitte) The train is non-stop to the city center but it only departs every hour. As we had some time to kill for the next train to catch we enjoyed an traditional Vienna Melange coffee at one of the coffee shops at the arrival hall.
The city center is not so big and you can pretty much walk to the most of the attractions or sightseeing spots. The Tram and Metro connections are also very good if you prefer the comfort. We walked about 20 minutes to the hotel and were lucky that our room was already available for our early check-in. We refreshed ourself before we headed out to explore the city at that beautiful sunny but freezing day. We stayed at the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom with a view on the cathedral, witch was amazing!
The rooms are established in an urban style, simple and modern. You have a Nespresso coffee machine, a selection of teas and the minibar, with water and some Austrian fruit juices, was included.
Room with view on the Stephansdom
Our first stop was the Stephansdom (Saint Stephens Cathedral) and a few streets further the Peters church, you’ll find lovely buildings on every corner. You can take a carriage ride from the Stephansdom and explore the city in a romantic way. We walked down the Kärntnerstrasse to the Schwarzenbergplatz where we had a quick lunch stop at one of the oldest vienna coffee houses. Warmed up again we set off to the Palace Belvedere. It’s such a huge park, we need to come back in summer when the gardens are bloomed with flowers.
To the Age it's Art - to Art, it's Freedom
The Belvedere is the home of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present where you can see some masterpieces like the The Kiss from Gustav Klimt. We spend the whole afternoon at Belvedere and at our way back we stopped by the Karls Church and the Opera House. Back at the hotel we made us ready for dinner and headed out to the Asian Restaurant Momoya.
Delicious Sushi at Momoya Restaurant
The next day started right off with a delicious breakfast in the hotel restaurant at the 18th floor, where you have an amazing view over the city. Now we were strengthened for the day and we decided to take a Big Bus Tour through the city. One of the bus stops was next to the hotel, which was nice because it was about to begin to snow. We spend the whole day driving around the city and hopped off to see the Natural History Museum, Schönbrunn Castle, the Hofburg and for lunch at the opera district. The weather was not so ideal for walking around, which was very disappointing because I love to explore new citys by foot.
Natural History Museum
The snowstorm was getting heavier, about 10 cm of snow in just a few hours. Well, we were happy to come back at the hotel and set down for a coffee and some treats at the Bar and Restaurant The Loft were we also had breakfast. We were pretty exhausted after this rough day and as we didn’t wanted to set a foot outside anymore we stayed in, had a hot shower ordered some room service and watched a movie. The best part of the day!
View from The Loft
The next moning was again very sunny and we walked around downtown before we made us on the way back to the airport. It was a nice short weekend trip and we definitely need to come back to see more of this beautiful city. But next time in summer!
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Vienna is the perfect city for classical music and art lovers. There are countless performances, especially during the opera week beginning of the year. Vienna is a very multifaceted city, dynamic, modern, young but still in a classic way. Everyone is very friendly and polite. During our short stay I haven't anything negative to mention.