In April, en route to a wedding in Bratislava, we took a short trip to Vienna to finally discover this beautiful historic city we’d been meaning to visit.
Some of my colleagues, who were in Vienna for a shooting, recommended Hotel Daniel a while back so choosing a hotel was a breeze. Hotel Daniel is a contemporary design hotel which is comparable to hotels like 25 hours Hotel. All in all, it was very chic and comfortable to stay in.
Landstraßer Gürtel 5,
The buildings in Vienna were beyond gorgeous. It was unlike anything I had seen before in Europe. The older, more decorative buildings were well-preserved from the war and it almost felt like I was in another century.
We also had some luck with the weather, which made it a lot more fun to roam around the city. Everything was close by and most places were totally walkable.
We visited a few places which were recommended by the trusty Monocle Guide (seriously, a must when traveling). NENI, which also has locations in Germany, had a relaxed atmosphere and served out some great Middle Eastern food. It’s located at Naschmarkt, a marketplace with a bunch of eateries so the area is definitely worth a visit. Another good restaurant was Mama Liu & Sons, which serves gourmet hot-pots which are definitely worth the slightly higher price.
Mama Liu & Sons
Gumpendorfer Str. 21
For our fifth wedding anniversary, we went to Steirereck im Stadtpark, which is an Austrian restaurant inside a park. Daniel had a wiener schnitzel and I had white asparagus, which was in season. To finish it off, we had Kaiserschmarrn, a typical Austrian dessert. It was a lovely experience overall.
Steirereck im Stadtpark
Am Heumarkt 2A,
And of course, the famous Hotel Sacher and the Sachertorte. Ever since I saw a mini-series on ZDF about Hotel Sacher, I’d been dying to visit this hotel and try the famous cake. So touristy, so overpriced, I know, I know, but it was oh so worth it.
Café Sacher Wien
Philharmoniker Str. 4,
Austrian National Library
One of the highlights of this trip was visiting the Austrian National Library. This magnificent library from the 1368 is what dreams are made out of.
The history, the sheer volume of the books and of course, the architecture and the art… It was absolutely breathtaking and surreal, just to be able to be there and to observe it all.
The shopping scene was relatively similar to Germany, but there were some real gems that were really worth visiting. Saint Charles Apothecary is a historic pharmacy which dates back to 1886 and still has some of the vintage interior preserved. Also, Zur schwäbischen Jungfrau is an interesting shop to visit for high-quality, traditional textiles and is the home of one of the loveliest porcelain coin jars I’d ever seen.
Saint Charles Apothecary
Gumpendorfer Str. 30,
Zur schwäbischen Jungfrau
Am Graben 26,
And finally, the main event. The wedding took place in a picturesque town near Bratislava. After the wedding, we took a day to discover the city and visited main sights like the Blue Church and had traditional Slovakian food.
All in all, it turned out to be a memorable trip to discover the cities we’ve been meaning to visit for a long time. We’ll always remember the beautiful cities and the joyful event that brought us there.