Vienna, Austria

Yet another castle in the middle of Vienna.

Yet another castle in the middle of Vienna.

Vienna, the capital of Austria, has serveral universities and academies, including the famous business school “WU Wien”, the home of the programming language “R”. Vienna also hosts several conferences. Architects have gone completely wild in Vienna in a competition to include the whole European heritage into a single kilometer of a boulevard. Get a guidebook… there’s not enough space on the Internet to go into detais!

For German speakers, this dictionary may be useful.

What to do

  • Check out the food. Vieanna has serveral gastronomic specialities (e.g. “Wiener Schnitzel”, “Tafelspitz”, “Erdäpfelsalat”. BTW. it’s always a good idea to ask for a “Melange”, as well). Austrian food has funny names in many cases.
  • Hit the pubs. (beware of “Piefke Jour Fixe”-offers).
  • Visit the “Wurstelprater” leisure park (frequently referred to as “Prater”)

Where to stay

  • Hotel Bellevue, Althanstrasse 5, A-1091 Vienna. Nice rooms, nice breakfest.
  • Hotel Fürst Metternich, Vienna, Esterházygasse 33 (near Westbahnhof station). Affordable, if breakfast is taken in one of the numerous bakery shops on Mariahilfer Strasse. Very close to the subway. Right in the shopping part of Mariahilfer Strasse, with fashin shops all around.

Getting around

  • Use Vienna’s dense public transport network with single, return or single or multiple day passes.
  • Use the city bikes to get around the city center! You can use your credit card to subscribe to the city bike service right on the bike stand terminals. Free bike use in 30 minutes, then 1€/30 minutes.

Where to eat

  • Enjoy Vienna’s largest Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmüller’s – Unser Schnitzel ist das Grösste! Located downtown, not far from Stephansdom. Unlike the name implies, the place serves phantastic meat, including one of the best pieces of beef you can get. Matched only by the family’s own red wine from the wineyards in eastern Austria. Get a timely reservation, preferably in the quieter Bäckerstrasse location.
  • Gasthaus Birner is located directly at the Donau river and offers a nice place to eat, especially during the summer. They have a nice garden with a great view. If you sit there, the food will be brought to you across the street.
  • DOTS experimental sushi. A modern sushi restaurant offering two locations in Vienna. We tested the restaurant in Mariahilfer Strasse 103. Sushi á la carte or as special menus composed by the chefs. You can order “bombs”, which basically are sushis, but approximately half the size of a normal sushi, while they’re shaped as a ball. Named “Geisha Lips”, “Bloody King Crap Roll”, “Green Bean Nigirsh Ship” or “Russian Bombs”, the experimental sushi menu offers many suprises. The “Russian Bombs” are rond ball-shaped sushis decorated with Beluga caviar and flakes of pure gold. Get a reservation for a table in time, this place is popular!
  • Aux Gazelles. An oriental restaurant, spa, hammam, night club, øyster bar and sllf-proclaimed “Hotel without rooms”. Not much to be added here. Centrally located in Vienna.

What to bring home

  • Coffe beans. Vienna roast. Can’t avoid the coffee shops (“Kaffeehaus”) selling your favorite drug, roasted the Vienna way.
  • Chocolate in all known forms and shapes.
  • A selection of Austrian wines and spirits.
  • But a fashionable hat or cap at Maurer Hutmoden, a traditional Vienna hat shop serving men and women in Mariahilferstrasse 117. Anything from a golf cap to a cylinder is available… be it for Indiana Jones or for use in your cigar club!
  • Shop ham and salami made of wild boars and deer, but an organic grill sausage and sample organic Austrian wine produce on this occasional food specialty market at Freyung square.


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2 comments to Vienna, Austria

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  • Lorem Ipsum

    Try the “Heurigen” area. Formerly, these were hostels for the transport coaches that hauled goods into Vienna. The drivers used the occasion for some socialising and drinking, particularly on the way out with money in their pockets. These days, you’ll find traditional Austrian restaurants lined up, waiting to serve regional, greasy food and lots of beer and wine.

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