Secret escape to … Vienna

The Austrian capital has a lot to offer. From cultural delights to eco-friendly leisure activities - Here is our insider tip Vienna

Insider tip Vienna
Image source: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Author: Elisabeth Klokar

We show the insider tip Vienna with classic must haves and green oases away from the mainstream.

For the tenth time, the international consulting agency Mercer named Vienna the most liveable city - that makes an impression. Excellent infrastructure, more attractive Living space and varied Culture- and educational opportunities are just some of the criteria why Vienna has been at the top of the international rankings since 2009.

The cultural heritage of Mozart, Beethoven and Gustav Klimt shaped the almost 400 km2 large city as well as imperial palaces, the Wiener Schnitzel, the Sachertorte and the Prater. Vienna doesn't only live from history. There are halls full of art, high- Ess- and pop culture, cabaret and DJ entertainment and loads of it Attractions.

You have to get used to the Viennese shame. You can never get enough of the Viennese waltz and the melange is best ordered with apple strudel. The many small designer stores, chic, prove that Vienna can not only be classic Bar concepts and creative cooks with sophisticated kitchen creations.

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Where to sustainably and stylishly eat, sleep and entertain in Vienna?

STAY

Every successful trip begins with the search for the right one Hotel. Vienna has something to offer for every budget.

You spend the night in a luxurious and modern way Hotel Sans Souci Vienna, The hotel connects imperial and urban Vienna and is only a 5-minute walk from the Ringstrasse. Equipped with a spa, pool and a first-class restaurant, the five-star hotel is distinguished by TripAdvisor's eco-status silver.

sustainable Vienna

Image source and copyright Hotel Sans Souci

Our insider tip Vienna: You can also sleep green and environmentally friendly in Boutique Hotel Stadthalle, A zero-energy balance, an idyllic inner courtyard and organic products for breakfast make you want to experience the diverse city, which you can also discover by bike in a climate-neutral way.

DISCOVERY

Divided into 23 districts, each Grätzel has its very own charm: Francophile touch in the 9th (Alsergrund), Heurigen pleasure in the 19th (Grinzing), hip chic in the 7th (new building) or regional organic enjoyment on the Carmelite market in the 2nd . (Leopoldstadt).

The Vienna tip: rental bikes. You can either get these from classic bike rental or you can use a bike sharing provider in the city. You can also drive eco-friendly with the public transport network of the Wiener Linien (subway, tram and bus).

Insider tip Vienna, bike sharing

Live in the center, vacation in the most environmentally friendly way - most attractions such as the Karlskirche, Albertina, Hofburg and the adjacent shopping streets Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärntner Straße including St. Stephen's Cathedral are within walking distance.

CULINARY

Hearty and sweet - the Wiener is light kitchen not really. But super food shops, juice bars and healthy restaurants can actually be found everywhere as a healthy alternative. The best way to start the morning is in the café - which Vienna is known for. A delicious breakfast tastes best when reading the newspaper.

The Café Ritter in Ottakring or in the Joseph Bakery you order handmade croissants, jam and sometimes an avocado bread with egg. Dining out is part of every vacation.

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Image source: Joseph Brot Wien

The award winning Tian gourmet restaurant takes you into the world of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Natural wines round off the dishes. You can also get these in Mast, a wine bistro with a lunch and dinner menu. Here too, only regional vegetables and meat from selected farmers are served.

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Image source: Tian Vienna

Cultural influences from the Orient also ensure enjoyable variety in Vienna. The Naschmarkt is an oasis of spices and indulgence. Stands invite you to browse and taste. You never actually leave the market without a sack of fresh, warm falafel.

An insider tip: There is less going on during the week, but you would miss the flea market on Saturday: a treasure trove for everyone looking for something special. And you also buy antiques in a sustainable way.

SHOPPING

Our shopping insider tip Vienna away from the conventional fashion chains around the First District is particularly located in Neubau. The seventh, as it is also called, is the epitome of hipster chic and avant-garde coolness. There are small designer shops and individual shopping offers.

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Image source: Park Concept Store

Im Concept store park In the Mondscheingasse, selected designer names are framed by a clear shop design. This address is next to Song in the Praterstrasse one of the chicest in Vienna. You shop consciously and sustainably at Greenground.

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Image source: Green Ground Vienna

CULTURE

Vienna is of course not possible without a cultural program. Modern or old masters - actually both have to be. The MuseumsQuartier is the meeting point in summer and winter. In addition to three museums and 60 other cultural institutions, the former imperial stables now also offer culinary and musical items.

A few meters further awaits you at the Kunsthistorisches Museum imposing historicism architecture and an antique and painting collection from Rubens to Caravaggio and of course the famous Saliera.

Ideally, you should leave the evening in style Opera finish. However, if you have not got a ticket anymore, you will find performances in the Burgtheater, Ronacher and Co.

History and modernity - the insider tip Vienna

The city presents its historical charm immediately, the modern shows itself at second glance. But the impression remains lasting.

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Elizabeth Klokar

Text: Elisabeth Klokar

Elisabeth is an author and freelance journalist. She studied art history in Graz, Art & Communication and Moden & Styles and Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London. For more than ten years she has been writing about modern and contemporary art, fashion and architecture for a wide variety of print and online media. 

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