Let me start off by saying Vienna is STUNNING. Unlike the last couple of small towns I have visited, there is so much to see and do here. There are endless streets of beautiful and historic architecture, as well as more modern buildings and locations. I didn’t even come close to visiting everything during my few short days and mostly had the basic shell of an experience. As much as I wish as I had the time to really engage in a private tour and delve into each main attraction, it really wasn’t in the cards for me this time. Nonetheless, the time I did spend was 100% worth it and it definitely gives me a reason to come back!
The Donau Canal gives me lots of Williamsburg and Art Basel vibes, decorated with graffiti (in the best of ways) and pop art. I highly recommend giving it a good long walk. Especially during summer, there are tons of “beach bars” and places to eat along the way. If you’re not much of the walker you can also experience the beauty along the canal by taking a river cruise.
No matter what age you are or how much time you have I would suggest a visit to Prater Amusement Park. The giant ferris wheel is one of the main symbols of Vienna and also one of its oldest landmarks. Taking a ride on it will give you some spectacular views of the entire city.
Now St. Stephens Cathedral is definitely a can’t miss. One of the most iconic buildings in Vienna and one of Austria’s most prominent symbols. I regret not making the time to climb to the top… DON’T make the same mistake as me!
Kunsthouse, now an art museum, was designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser
I’m all about the authentic food experience and you’ll always find me having thorough conversations with waiters about what to order. Sachertorte (basically a glorified chocolate cake) is a Viennese specialty and to say that it’s delicious would be a major understatement. Also no complaints on the apple strudel which is another classic thing to order while in Austria. Where to get them? Well for the Sachetorte , the original spot would be at Hotel Sacher. But if you can’t make it there, Aida is one of the most popular coffee shops in Vienna and is now franchised all over the world! Cant make it to Aida? Try any one of the other countless coffee shops in Vienna. There are so many cute options, I wish I had time to try them all!