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Vienna on the Inside

The gate to the city center

Beyond the usual best places to eat Wiener Schnitzel we love to give our guests recommendations on unbeaten paths within minutes from our hotel. The great thing about our location is the great combination of being a stone throw away from all major sights while still remaining a little hideaway from the masses.

Take a walk to St. Stephens Cathedral

Art & Culture at every turn

Take a walk between Rathaus (on your left) and Parliament (on your right) and continue straight into Volksgarten (people’s park). Enjoy the beautiful array of rose gardens in the summer until you reach the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) to your right. In front of the palace you will reach Heldenplatz. Look through Heldentor to spot the monument of Empress Maria Theresia between Vienna’s two most famous museums. Turn around and continue through the portal of Imperial palace. Now you will have the choice: Schatzkammer, Spanish Horseriding School as being the oldest horse riding school in the world or maybe continue to the renowned Café Demel?

Continue straight onto Vienna’s grand Kohlmarkt which leads you straight into Graben, probably Vienna’s most prominent shopping mile. At the end of Graben, you will reach St. Stephens Cathedral. A few steps further around St. Stephen´s Cathedral and you will find some of the oldest little streets in Vienna which will throw you back to a time centuries ago.

Creative scene Spittelberg

What used to be Vienna’s red-light district in the middle ages is now one of the most progressive parts with many small craftsmen and boutique shops away from mainstream Vienna. Numerous shops as well as great bistros and cafes with a mix of Viennese and authentic international cuisine are now situated in this charming quarter only 5 minutes walk from our hotel.

Naschmarkt food market on the hunt for Harry Lime

Naschmarkt is a must-see when visiting Vienna. Endless miles of delicatessen and food specialities to explore and best part – only a 10 minute walk from our house. Look out for some of Austria’s finest food specialties as well as delicacies from exotic cultures.  The large variety and lavish selection will be a treat for your senses.

On Saturday, you will also find Vienna’s flea market there. In close proximity you will also be able to follow of the foot steps of Harry Lime. The Third Man tour gives you an insight into Vienna’s Underground. Discover Vienna’s post-war history and the phenomenon of its large tunnel and canal system.

Enjoy art and living space – the MuseumQuartier

What used to be the imperial horse stalls is now home the largest art and culture area in the world. The young museum complex is a diverse pool of art ranging from Leopold museum to mumok – museum for modern art, Tanzquartier Vienna and Architekturzentrum Vienna. The offering is seemingly endless with elements of art, architecture, music, fashion, theather, dance, literature, art for children, design and photography. Make sure to stop for coffee or a quick lunch at one of the great restaurants and cafes Museumsquartier has to offer or relax on the famous Enzis which invite to relax in the middle of Vienna’s impulsive hot spot.

The other Schönbrunn

It is considered one of the most famous palaces in Austria – a tour through the Imperial residence is a definite must. Nevertheless, Schönbrunn has more to offer starting with its picturesque imperial park to the giant kaleidoscope with its mathematical challenges ensures to combine to best bits for the family.

Vienna’s coffee houses – a way of life

Melange, Fiaker, Kleiner Schwarzer, Kapuziner, Einspänner, Verlängerter – the range of Viennese coffee specialties as well as the love to good coffee in this city is endless. Coffee house tradition looks back to a long history. Alfred Polgar used to say: ‘coffee houses are for people who prefer to be on their own but in good company.’ In fact, coffee houses have been considered the cultural hot spot for the urban elite since the Biedermeier time. In the 1900s deep concepts and ideas were discussed in places like Café Herrenhof, Griensteidl or Central.

In fact,  our personal recommendation is the legendary Café Central in Palais Ferstel. First and fore most for its delicious Viennese Mehlspeisen (cakes and pastries). In the evening piano sounds give this place a special vibe. With over 140 years, Café Central is a must-visit in Vienna. Nothing was lost from its original charm and you can feel its deep history and soul that goes back to times where Sigmund Freud was a regular.

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