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25 Jan 2017

Vienna: a 'to do' list

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria

Michelin starred cuisine, quirky bars and cafes, musical performances, Christmas markets and cultural experiences galore: Vienna delivers all this and more. Having lived in Austria for a few years as a child and having returned during many teenage summers, I remembered Vienna in a very different light. It took me exploring it as an adult to truly appreciate just how much this magnificent city has to offer. I recommend any (and all) of the following for a fun and culture-packed few days in the capital.

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GERSTNER

A whimsical sweet shop cum cafe/restaurant. 
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Pop in to the shop downstairs for all manner of sweets, cakes and chocolate, or take some time and head upstairs to the grandiose dining room gilded in gold and adorned with vintage portrait paintings and draping curtains. Dine on classic Austrian dishes, and fantastic freshly baked desserts. Note: Google says it's permanently closed but this is a mistake. It is still open and going strong!

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

If 'tis the season to be jolly, then Vienna is the place to be.
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If you're going to Vienna around Christmas time, take full advantage of the multitude of jovial, festive markets set up all around the city. Feast on all kinds of meat, kässpätzle (my favourite - it's like mac 'n' cheese but made with a delicious soft egg noodle and often topped with crispy onions), some very potent gluhwein, hot potatoes, sweet bakery treats and countless more decadent snacks.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria

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VIENNA STATE OPERA

All dressed up with somewhere very special to go. 
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The Vienna State Opera is a magical experience from start to end. Attend a performance and enjoy watching not only the singers but also the attendees, many of whom dress to the nines. My next mission: to attend the Vienna Opera Ball one day.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Vienna State Opera, Austria

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DAS LOFT, SOFITEL

Don't forget to look up...though it's not likely you'll miss it
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An otherwise simple and elegant bar on the 18th floor of the Sofitel has a pretty trippy twist - just look up at the brightly coloured nature-inspired ceiling, which features animated videos in technicolour. There are also extensive views of Vienna, though I have a feeling things would look even better during the day or at sunset.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Das Loft, Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Das Loft, Vienna, Austria

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BLUE MUSTARD

A melting pot of food, drink, music and interior design.
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Beautiful gothic interiors with atmospheric low light, decent cocktails at reasonable prices and a fun, buzzy vibe. We stayed for 3 or 4 drinks, enjoying the live music and friendly bartenders. Go early to avoid missing out on seats.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Blue Mustard Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Blue Mustard Vienna, Austria

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STEIRERECK

Number 9 on SP's Top 50 Restaurants in the World list.
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Modern design and refined cuisine in one of Vienna's most stunning locations, in the heart of Stadtpark, with white-gloved service that is both professional and good-naturedly playful. It's well worth carving out a good three hours to enjoy one of the top 10 restaurants in the world (San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2016).

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria

We'd booked a little too close to the time we had to leave for the airport and so had to rush out at the end of our meal rather abruptly (we literally just made our flight). It certainly was a hell of a way to conclude our trip to Vienna on this occasion. So, having been reminded of just how culturally fascinating the city really is, I'm making it a mission not to let another 8 or so years pass by before I return again.

14 comments :

  1. oh my gosh, I LOVE vienna! I went back in my early-20s and am dying to go back. your pictures are stunning!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! I adore it, too!

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  2. Fabulous Vienna to do list. Such fun attractions and yummy food spots. I love the looks of the yummy desserts.

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. They are gorgeous desserts, aren't they!

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  3. I once did a project in middle school where I had to build a mini model of the Vienna Opera House. Have wanted to go ever since.

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    1. Sounds interesting! You should definitely go, I'm sure you'd love it.

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  4. Vienna has been on my travel wishlist for what feels like an eternity, and you've absolutely made me push it to the top of the list - what a majestic city! Vienna State Opera sounds wonderful and Gerstner looks like such a luxurious place for sweet treats. Once again, totally blown away :)

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    1. Yessss, go, go! You'll fall even more in love! :)

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  5. That MEAT!!!! and that dress!!! i don't know which I love more hahaha
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    1. Hahaha I know, it's all so delicious...:D

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  6. such a great guide, Vienna is on my must see list, hoping to go later this year.

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    1. Hope you do get to go later this year, Leslie!

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  7. I want to visit Vienna! Thank you for you information! Nice photos! =)
    http://www.julia-fetisova.com/

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