What To Do? A Day In Vienna
Vienna – The capital of Austria was, according to the Mercer study, voted most liveable city in the world for the ninth time last year. If that wasn’t enough, it just overtook Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city after seven years in the survey of the Economist Intelligence Unit as well. If you still need convincing to come visit us in Austria, here’s what a typical day of your stay could look like.
8:30 am – Breakfast at Figar 1040
Always good to start the day with a nourishing breakfast. At Figar 1040, you’ll definitely find that. From delicious toasted Avocado Bread over Menemen (oriental scrambled eggs) to sweet Porridge, they have a very nice selection for every taste.
10:00 am – Instant Tours Polaroid Tour
Now that you’re prepared for the day, we’d suggest to get an overview of the city. How? Just join us for the Polaroid Photo Tour Classic.
The tour starts at the picturesque Karlskirche where you will meet your local guide for a short introduction to your new best friend: The vintage Polaroid camera.
Then we’ll slowly make our way along the magnificent Ring boulevard where many of the city’s most important sights are. You’ll catch a glimpse of the Hofburg, the Parliament, the famous State Opera and the not much less famous Burgtheater, the gorgeous City Hall. We end our tour at beautiful neo-Gothic Votivkirche, right next to the University of Vienna.
At the end of your experience you will hold eight unique Polaroid souvenirs in your hands.
12:45 pm – Traditional Austrian Lunch at Rebhuhn
After a longer walk and probably many beautiful Polaroids later, you’ll surely be a little hungry (or a lot). Lucky for you, the lovely Viennese restaurant Rebhuhn is just around the corner from Votivkirche, in Berggasse where you can enjoy a nice traditional lunch. Schnitzel, Tafelspitz and more. Check out our food guide to get a taste and an idea on what to order
3:30 pm – Walk through the gardens of Schloss Schönbrunn
Schloss Schönbrunn – not only known for its beautiful architecture but also for the gorgeous park and garden around it. A great place to take a stroll and take some more photos. Don’t miss out on climbing the small hill to the Gloriette. A fantastic view will reward you.
If you like to take a dive into Austrian history, we recommend taking a palace tour. There’s even a so called Strudelshow at the nearby Café Residenz where you can learn how make delicious Viennese Apfelstrudel!
How do you best get to the palace? If you had lunch at Rebhuhn before, just walk down Schlickplatz until you reach the Ring (you’ve walked on it before, at your Polaroid tour), turn left and walk all the way down to the Danube Canal where you’ll see the sign of the metro station Schottenring to your right. The metro line U4 (green) will take you straight to the station Schloss Schönbrunn.
6:00 pm – Dinner at Disco Volante
Mmhmm.. did someone say pizza? Disco Volante makes some of the best pizzas in town! Why is the place called Disco Volante? It’s because their wood oven looks like a gigantic disco bowl. Super cool and a definite recommendation from us 🙂
They’re open every evening but opening hours slightly change depending on which week day you go there. Also very easy to get there from Schloss Schönbrunn. Just hop on the U4 in the direction Heiligenstadt, get out at Margaretengürtel and then it’s just a short walk along Morizgasse. Turn right into Gumpendorferstraße where you will find the restaurant on the corner of Stumpergasse.
8:00 pm – Evening walk through the charming 7th district
After dinner you should take walk in this young and hip district of Vienna. You’ll find many contemporary art galleries, cafés, bars and beautiful independent fashion designer shops.
Of course, many of those will already be closed at 8:00pm but still great to get some inspiration which ones to visit on the next day 😉
I would recommend walking up Gumpendorferstraße for a while until you reach Otto-Bauer-Gasse on your left, walk up to Mariahilfer Straße (one of the city’s biggest shopping streets), follow it to Kirchengasse, turn left and go until you reach Siebensterngasse.
This obviously isn’t the only way to reach your next destination but one I like a lot.
9:00 pm – Drinks at Café 7 Stern
I just love this place! Café 7 Stern is great to sit outside in summer and super cozy inside during the colder months of the year. They’ve a variety of delicious drinks from non-alcoholic to alcoholic and their cakes are simply amazing. Perfect if you feel like having a little dessert after dinner 😉
Where to stay?
The Guesthouse Vienna – Boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna
25 Hours Hotel
Editor’s note: This entry is not sponsored by any of the places above and reflects the authors opinion