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Innere Stadt is the most inner district of Vienna. It's historic centre dates back to roman ages.

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People\'s Garden

Imperial Crypt in Vienna

Albertina

Capuchin Church

Stephansplatz

St. Stephen\'s Cathedral

Rotenturm Street

Hofburg Imperial Palace

Michaelerplatz

Sissi Museum

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Kohlmarkt Street

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Vienna State Opera

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About Vienna

History

The low-lying Danube plain in and around what is now Vienna has had a human population since at least the late Paleolithic: one of the city's most famous artifacts, the 24,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf, now in Vienna's Natural History Museum, was found nearby. Vienna's own recorded history began with the Romans, who founded it in the 1st Century CE simply Vindobona, one of a line of Roman defensive outposts against Germanic tribes. Vindobona's central garrison was on the site of what is now the Hoher Markt (the "High Market" due to its relative height over the Danube), and you can still see astounding excavations of its foundations there today.

Given its prestige, Vienna hosted the Habsburg court for several centuries, first as the Imperial seat of the Holy Roman Empire, then the capital of the Austrian Empire, and later of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which finally fell in 1918 with the official abdication of the last Emperor Karl I. The court tremendously influenced the culture that exists here even today: Vienna's residents are often overly formal, with small doses of courtliness, polite forms of address, and formal dress attire. One distinguishable paradox of the quirky city is that its residents can be equally modern and progressive as they are extremely old-fashioned.

The empires also served to make Vienna a very metropolitan city at an early time, and especially so through the years of industrialization and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the turn of the 20th century. Imperial Austria and Austro-Hungary were multi-lingual, multi-ethnic empires and although the German-speakers normally played the dominant role in Vienna there has long been ethnic and lingual diversity in the city. Proof of Jews in the city dates back to 10th century [1]. After World War Two many of the city's minorities had been exiled or killed and much of the city lay in ruin. When Austria was given sovereignty after the post World War Two occupation, it was eventually established that Austria was going the way of the West and not that of the Eastern Block. So the city became more isolated from its previous ties to its Slavic and Hungarian neighbors; the east of Austria was surrounded by the Iron Curtain. Vienna had gone from being the well established metropolitan city of Central Europe to the capital of a small, predominately German-speaking nation of states with strong regional identities.

Since the formation of the first Austrian Republic and the first mayoral election 1919 the Social-Democratic Party of Austria has had the majority of representatives on the common council and controlled the mayoral seat. During the early years, the socialist Red Vienna ("Rote Wien") [2] revolutionized the city, improving the extreme conditions that the industrial revolution and rapid urbanization had created. Most famously the city built many housing projects (housing estates or "Gemeindebauten"), and they also began to offer many social services and made improvements across the board in quality of life. The public housing that was built at that time is now famous for its distinctive style. To this day the city continues to build public housing and about a third of the city's residents live in it, some 600,000 people! Obviously through this high percentage, the quality, and the integration of public housing across the city have kept it from becoming as stigmatized as in most cities. The Viennese are used to having the city government in their lives, and of course have a love-hate relationship with it. Vienna functions on its own as a federal state in the Austrian system (along with 8 other states) and the sense of local pride and home is more of being Viennese than being Austrian, many say.

Climate

Spring starts sometime in late March, normally it is very brief and summer-like weather sets in before the trees have had time to grow back their leaves.

Summer in Vienna is usually warm. Weather in June is moderate and sunny with a light summer windy breeze. In July and August, there are some hot and humid days where it reaches 35°C (95°F), but overall, summer in Vienna is pleasant.

Autumn starts around September, although an "Indian Summer" with warm and sunny days often occurs that month and it gets colder as it approaches November. A main disadvantage of the Viennese climate is that it is rather windy and usually overcast during these months.

Winter in Vienna can be just above 0°C (32°F) and drizzling for days on end, or just below with dustings of snow that manage to melt again quickly. There is the occasional cold-snap where it will stay below freezing for a week or two at a time. Due to Vienna's relative easterly position in the Central European Time Zone its daylight hours (if it's not too gray outside entirely) are relatively early during the winter.

Activities

Cultural events

Vienna is of course famouse for its classical music. Both the Musikverein or the Konzerthaus feature excellent concerts at their famous halls. The Opera plays classical master pieces. As student one can get reduced tickets, where one has to stand together with other aficionados.

  •    Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper), Opernring 2,  +43 1 514 44/2250, 7880, e-mail: information@wiener-staatsoper.at. Probably the most-beloved symbol of Viennese arts, and one of the first buildings to be rebuilt in the postwar era. It was built from 1861-1869 under the direction of architects Eduard van der Nüll and August von Siccardsburg for then-emperor Franz Josef I. The first performance was Don Giovanni, an opera by Austrian native Mozart, on 25 May 1869. The architecture of the opera was barely tolerated by the picky Viennese when it opened. Van der Nüll did not take these criticisms of his work lightly and committed suicide. A few weeks later, von Siccardsburg died of a heart attack. Doubly cursed, the opera building succumbed to bombs less than 100 years later, during WWII. After ten years of Allied control after the end of the war, many cultural institutions reopened to celebrate the birth of the new Austrian state. This time the opera opened with an adopted son of Vienna's work: Beethoven's Fidelio. The lush curtains and overall elegance contribute to the atmosphere (even the nosebleed seats, so steeply pitched and close to the ceiling a nosebleed becomes a distinct possibility). Inexpensive standing room tickets are made available for every performance and sold the day of the performance. The line forms about two hours prior to the performance. Guided tours in a number of languages are offered. The line at the front side door forms about 1/2 hour before the tour.
  •    Vienna Philharmonic (Wiener Philharmoniker), Kärntner Ring 12 (ticket office),  +43 1 505 65 25, fax: +43 1 505 65 25-270, e-mail: info@wienerphilharmoniker.at. Considered one of the world's best orchestras, subscription tickets are notoriously difficult to get with a waiting list lasting up to 13 years. Individual tickets however are available in limited numbers online from the Musikverein (where performances take place) as well as at the ticket office.
  •    Musikverein (Viennese Music Association), Musikvereinplatz 1, e-mail: tickets@musikverein.at. Home to the Vienna Philharmonic, and venue for a wide range of other classical music performances. Its largest hall, the Großer Musikvereinssaal (Goldener Saal) is considered to be one of the world's finest concert halls. For visitors wanting a closer look, daily 45-min guided tours are offered (entrance at Bösendorferstraße 12, €6/€4 adults/youth 12-16).
  •    Burgtheater, Universitätsring 2,  +43 1 514 44-4140, fax: +43 1 514 44-4143, e-mail: info@burgtheater.at. Guided tour Burgtheater – Behind the Scenes: Sep-Jun M-Th 15:00 (German w/English summary), F-Su 15:00 (German and English); guided tour Gustav Klimt – Main Staircases and Angelika Prokopp Foyer: Sep-Jun F-Su 14:00 (German w/English summary). The building was completed in 1888 and is home to one of the most respected German-language theaters, as well as the second-oldest theater in Europe. Non-German speaking visitors will find the building itself worth visiting, as the foyer contains paintings by Viennese artists Gustav and Ernst Klimt, and Franz Matsch, which can be viewed with a tour. Tours: €5.50 (adults), €4.50 (seniors), €2 (students/children); performances €5-51, standig room €2.50.
  • Vienna Hofburg Orchestra (Wiener Hofburg Orchester) (at the Hofburg's historic halls, Redoutensaal and Festsaal),  +43 1 587 25 52, fax: +43 1 587 43 97, e-mail: konzerte@hofburgorchester.at. Three times a week May - mid Oct. Performs live. The program features the most famous waltz and operetta melodies by the King of the Waltz, Johann Strauss, Franz Léhar and opera aries by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is led by conductor Gert Hofbauer, is composed of 36 musicians and six international vocal soloists from Vienna’s largest orchestral societies. On 31 Dec and 1 Jan the orchestra also performs the traditional New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Concerts in the flower decorated halls at the Vienna Hofburg.
  •    Opera Film Festival (Sommerkino Rathausplatz), Rathausplatz,  +43 1 4000-8100, e-mail: redaktion@wien-konkret.at. Jul-Aug. Each day, weather permitting, you can watch an opera on a huge open-air screen. On another part of the square, there are plenty of food stalls (maybe a little overpriced) which offer Viennese, as well as international food. On pleasant summer evenings, the atmosphere can be quite relaxing. Free.
  •    Porgy & Bess (Porgy), Riemergasse 11,  +43 1 512 88 11, e-mail: porgy@porgy.at. The Jazzclub features international Jazz artists. One can reserve seats in advance, which is recommended for special events. The bar offers good wine and some food too. ~ €15-30.
  •    Jazzland (Wiens ältester Jazzkeller), Franz Josefs-Kai 29,  +43 1 533 25 75. M-Sa 19:00. The Jazzclub plays kind of old-men Jazz in a relaxed ambience operating since 1972.
  •    Gartenbaukino, Parkring 12,  +43 1 5122354. The biggest Viennese one projection theater cinema opened in 1960 is screening artsy production and has electronic music events. The cinema hosts Viennese premieres and can screen 70mm films too.
  •    Burg Kino, Opernring 19 (U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz, in front of Burggarten),  +43 1 5878406. A classic 70's theatre which hosts international films. They regularly play "The Third man" movie.

Sports and other activities

  •    Casino Vienna (Casino Wien), Kärntner Straße 41,  +43 1 512 48 36, fax: +43 1 512 48 36-21222, e-mail: wien@casinos.at. Su-Th 15:00-03:00, F-Sa 15:00-04:00. The casino is located at Palais Esterhàzy, on the famous Kärtner Strasse near the Opera and is operated by state-owned Casinos Austria. In addition there are several poker casinos (e.g. Montesino) and many, many tiny slot-machine and betting places. The latter often occur in groups of three (because there is a legal limit on the number of slot machines per venue). They do not offer any glamor or flair and are best avoided by tourists.
  •    Edelweiss Center, Karlsplatz (Walfischgasse 12),  +43 1 5138500-21, e-mail: office@edelweiss-center.at. M-F 09:00-22:00, Sa,So 11:00-22:00. Austria's biggest boulder hall is located in the town center. One finds tons of boulder problems to solve. They offer courses for beginners and advanced. Can get crowded on after business hours.
  •    Kletterzentrum Austria, Rotenturmstraße 14 (Stephansplatz / Schwedenplatz),  +43 1 5131003-21. Mo-Fr 18:00-, Sa, Su. It has a small boulder place and some interesting structures to lead climb on. €5.50.
  •    Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream), Rathauspark, Rathausplatz,  +43 1 4090040, e-mail: info@wienereistraum.com. Daily 09:00-22:00. Every year from late January until the beginning of March a section of the park is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink, with music. Ice skates can be rented directly onsite, and a baggage check is available. There are also a number of food and drink booths offering warm drinks including punch, mulled wine, and tea, as well as traditional Austrian food. €6.50 (adults), €5 (seniors/children).
  •    Kaiserbründl Herrensauna (Zentralbad Wien), Weihburggasse 18-20,  +43 1 5133293. Su-F 14:00-24:00, Sa 14:00-02:00. This historic men's sauna was opened in 1889 and since then has been considered to be the premiere bathing spots of Vienna. Visitors have included Habsburg royalty as well as modern day celebrities.

Food

The inner district has many restaurant options of which the more prominent are listed. Some restaurants may be touristy others very upclass due to beeing in the historical center the Innere Stadt of Vienna.

Budget

  •    Esterházykeller, Haarhof 1,  +43 1 533 34 82, e-mail: keller@esterhazykeller.at. M-F 16:00-23:00; Sa-Su, holidays 11:00-23:00. Atmospheric old (since 1683) cellar restaurant serving good, cheap, wine, beer, and simple traditional food. Prices budget to moderate. A good place to go if you just want a drink and some grub, but still want to enjoy some local color.
  •    Katze die Café Bar, Laurenzerberg 1/18 (Schwedenplatz),  +43 650 693 03 39, e-mail: katzediekaffeebar@gmx.at. M-F 10:00-17:00. The place started with original crepes and now mostly serves good Curry. The owner previously founded the Salon Wichtig next the Technical University. Home-made pastry and coffee is sold too. €5.
  •    Maschu Maschu (Maschu Rabensteig), Rabensteig 8 (Schwedenplatz U1/U4),  +43 1 5332904. Su-W 11:30-24:00, Th-Sa 11:30-04:00. Good for veggies and meat eaters alike. Maschu Maschu is an Israeli fast food joint that serves some of the best falafel in the world. A healthy and gut busting falafel and beer should cost around €7 and leave you set up for the day (they also serve a wide range of other Middle Eastern meals).
  •    Mensa in the NIG (Mensa im NIG), Universitätsstrasse 7, 7th floor (near the University of Vienna (Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 1)),  +43 1 40645940. NIG is the Neues Institutsgebäude - a University of Vienna building. During the summer you can sit outside and enjoy the sun. You have a nice view over the roofs of Vienna. €4.50.
  •    Chattanooga Cafe & Grill, Am Graben 29a (U1/U3 Stephansplatz),  +43 1 533 5000, e-mail: office@chattanooga.at. Daily 07:00-02:00. Fast food versions of local food. Not bad if you are on a budget and do not have much time to spare. Mains at €9.
  •    Trzesniewski, Dorotheergasse 1,  +43 1 512 32 91. M-F 08:30-19:30, Sa 09:00-17:00. The snack bar sells small breads (Brötchen) with specific spread (Aufstrich). One has many choices including vegetarian. The place is very full at lunch time, but the queue advances quickly. They only use organic eggs. The smallest possible beer (Pfiff) is available, otherwise they sell excellent fruit juices too. One eats either standing next to a table or on the go. €1.10 per Brötchen.

Mid-range

  •    Akakiko, Singerstrasse 4 (just off the Graben),  +43 57 333 140. Daily 10:30-23:30, kitchen closes at 23:00. Part of a local chain. Non-smoking. Informal and popular place serving generic but reasonably priced Japanese and Korean dishes. The menu has a vegetarian section. Quick service by efficient waiters.
  •    Al Hamra, Eschenbachgasse 6 (U2 Museumsquartier), e-mail: office@alhamrarestaurant.at. M-Sa 11:00-24.00. The Lebanese restaurant serves Lebanese specialities with a big choice of different entries. There is a daily lunch menu.
  •    Brezl-Gwölb, Ledererhof 9 (close to Am Hof and Judenplatz, between Färbergasse and Drahtgasse, a bit hidden),  +43/1/533 88 11, e-mail: info@brezl.at. Daily 11:30-01:00, kitchen closes at 24:00. A very nice restaurant with a cellar dating back to the 17th century. The furniture consists of parts from three centuries. A place that deserves the label gemütlich. They play classical music and serve some really unique dishes.
  •    Bio Bar von Antun, Drahtgasse 3 (between Platz am Hof and Judenplatz),  +43/1/968 93 51, e-mail: antun@biobar.at. T-F 11:30-14:30, 17:00-23:00; Sa Su and holidays 12:00-23:00. Really nice organic vegetarian and vegan restaurant and bar with colourful decor. A great place for those who want to sample traditional Viennese food like Wiener Schnitzel but in meat free versions. Has a good range of organic beers and wines. Lunch mains €5.90-10.90, dinner mains €8.50-15.90.
  •    Capatosta, Johannesgasse 33 (U4 Stadtpark, Pavillon Stadtpark),  +43 1 890 61 47, e-mail: info@capatosta.at. W-Sa 18:00-. Stonebaked Pizzas are served in a relaxed ambiente.
  •    Figlmüller, Wollzeile 5,  +43 1 512 61 77. Daily 11:00-21:30, kitchen closes at 22:30. Famous for Wienerschnitzel. They claim to have the biggest schnitzel in the world. If you are not really hungry, one may easily be enough for two people (just ask for a second plate). Traditionally, you would want a potato salad with that.
  •    Inigo, Bäckerstraße 18,  +43 1 512 74 51, fax: 01-512 74 51 00, e-mail: inigo@caritas-wien.at. M-Sa 09:30-24:00, closed Su and holidays. Modern and diverse cuisine, not crowded but most visitors are local. Charming modern interior instead of imperial chic. Overall, a rare combination of features. Menu has equal parts for vegetarians and carnivores. Friendly to families with toddlers. Almost non-smoking. Staff speaks only basic English. Great bulghur here. Mains around €10, average dinner with a glass of wine €20.
  •    Koi Asia, Schwarzenbergstraße 8/1,  +43 1 208 08 61, e-mail: info@koiasia.at. M-F 11:30-15:00, 17:30-23:00; Sa-Su 12:00-22:00. Asian cuisine. Arguably a delicious change to traditional Austrian fare. Great ambience, lounge music, has non-smoking area.
  •    Le Bol, Neuer Markt 14,  +43 699 1030 1899. M-F from 08:00, Sa Su and holidays from 10:00. Fine French Provencal-style fare with a communal table at the center and a smoking section only at the back, goat cheese salad is highly recommended (€6,90).
  •    Levante, Wallnerstrasse 2,  +43 1 533 23 26. Daily 11:00-23:00. Part of a world-wide but small chain which has several branches in Vienna. The one on Wallnerstrasse is full service. Authentic Middle-Eastern restaurant serving mostly Turkish and Greek dishes with some Viennese daily specials. Good place for both meat-eaters, for the kebabs, and vegetarians, for the many Middle Eastern salads.
  •    Palmenhaus (Brasserie Palmenhaus), Burggarten 1,  +43 1 533 10 33, e-mail: office@palmenhaus.at. Nov-Feb W-Th 11:30-24:00, F-Sa 10:00-01:00, Su 10:00-23:00; Mar-Oct 10:00-02:00. Good value for money, great ambience with imperial decor. Large mains served with a bowl of salad included. Very high ceilings, full of air and palms. Friendly staff speaks fluent English. Children-safe wide couches. Consider seating at elevated Mezzanine (reservation recommended) which has a special view over park. On warm days one can sit outside. Full lunch €18.
  •    Pat's Brainfood, Plankengasse 4 (tucked away on a little side street of Neuer Markt),  +43 664/2038303, e-mail: office@pats-brainfood.com. M-Th 11:30-15:30, F 11:30-15:00, closed Sa Su and holidays. A wonderfully creative and fresh soup and salad joint with a weekly rotating menu and take-away. Standing room only.
  •    Reinthaler Gasthaus, Gluckgasse 5 (just south of the Kapuzinerkirche),  +43 1 512 33 66, e-mail: gasthaus.reinthaler@gmx.at. M-F 09:00-23:00, kitchen 11:30-22:00; closed Sa Su and holidays. One of the better traditional Beisl restaurants, with old fashioned food priced below comparable places. Daily specials usually include a couple of vegetarian options. Good non-smoking section.
  •    Reisinger's am Salzgries, Salzgries 15,  +43 676 648 17 48, e-mail: service@cafe-reisinger.at. M-Th 11:30-10:00, F 11:30-15:30. Small excellent restaurant/Beisl offers daily changing menu composed out of Viennese and Mediterranean food and fabulous home made desserts. Beer on tap, wines by the glass, home made lemonade. 25 seats indoor, 12 seats outdoor. English menu.
  •    Ristorante Rossini, Schönlaterngasse 11,  +43 1 512 62 14. M–Sa 12:00–14:30, 18:00–23:30. An italian place serving good mostly authentic italian food.
  •    Vietthao, Friedrichstraße 2 (U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz),  +43 1 5852031, e-mail: office@vietthao.at. M–Th 11:30–15:00, 17:00–22.30, F, Sa 11:30–22:30. The vietnamese restaurant offers lots of vegetarian choices. Their vegetables are well prepared using good herbs combinations. €8-€18.
  •    Zum Leupold (Das Wiener Restaurant), Schottengasse 7 (U2 Schottentor),  +43 1 533 93 81 12, e-mail: office@leupold.at. 10:00-24:00. A bourgeois Viennese restaurant offering good seasonal local food. In summertime one can nicely sit outdoor.

Splurge

  •    ARTNER am Franziskanerplatz, Franziskanerplatz 5 (opposite Kleines Cafe),  +43 1 503 50 34, e-mail: franziskanerplatz@artner.co.at. M-Sa 12:00-00:00. Belongs to a famous winery Artner. It offers creative, fresh fare that tends to be on the lighter side than most Austrian cuisine. Excellent wine cellar, reservations recommended.
  •    Bristol Lounge (Restaurant Bristol - Das Restaurant bei der Oper), Kärntner Ring 1,  +43 1 515 160-553. 12:00-14:00, 18:00-23:00. The big lunch room in the Hotel Bristol reopened with the original art déco chandeliers and decorated ceiling. The restaurant may serve as elegant after Opera dinner. €18,50-34, menu €49-74.
  •    Daihachi, Schottenring 3 (in Hotel de France),  +43 1 31 368-0. M-F 12:00-14:30, Sa 18:00-23:30, closed Su. Sushi bar popular with business travellers. Serves fresh and tasty fish that comes at a high price.
  •    Fabios, Tuchlauben 6,  +43 1 532 2222, e-mail: fabios@fabios.at. M-Sa 09:00-01:00, breakfast 09:00-14:00, kitchen 12:00-23:00. Italian fish restaurant combined with bar/lounge for Vienna's glitterati. Quality is excellent, but prices are steep. Entrés €30-35.
  •    Hollmann Salon, Grashofgasse 3 (Heiligenkreuzerhof),  +43 1 961196040, e-mail: essen@hollmann-salon.at. M-F 08:00-23:00, Sa 09:00-23:00, closed Su and holidays. Modern Austrian cuisine in one of Vienna's most beautiful courtyards from the baroque period. Reservations can be made online.
  •    Plachutta, Wollzeile 38,  +43 1 512 15 77, fax: +43 1 512 15 77-20, e-mail: wollzeile@plachutta.at. 11:30AM-24:00, kitchen closes at 23:15. A very nice restaurant that specializes in beef (claimed to be only local and from trusted farmers) and has some flavour of traditional Austrian cuisine. Try the Tafelspitz, it comes in a copper pan and still is in the soup it was cooked (the soup alone is worth a trip to Vienna). Alternatively, try the Backhendl. The chef claims that they prepare more than 100 kg of beef each day. Probably three to five waiters will be at your disposal. Reservations recommended. Mains €18-€26.
  •    Procacci, Göttweihergasse 2,  +43 1 512 22 11, fax: +43 1 512 22 11 11, e-mail: office@procacci.at. Bar: daily 11:30-01:00, restaurant: daily 11:30-24:00. Excellent northern Italian fare with a range of fine specialties. Slightly small portions but an extensive wine list to drown this particular sorrow in. Reservations recommended.
  •    Tenmaya Japanisches Restaurant, Krugerstrasse 3,  +43 1 512 73 97, e-mail: restaurant@tenmaya.at. Daily 12:00-15:00, 17:00-23:00. Traditional Japanese restaurant and setting that serves everything from kaiseki to teppanyaki. Reservations recommended.
  •    Weinbotschaft, Annagasse 12,  +43 1 5128510, e-mail: weinbotschaft@weinbotschaft.at. T-Sa 11:00-24:00. The restaurant offers a menu with freshly cooked organic ingredients – from the classic Wiener Schnitzel to Chocolate-Almond-Cake without flour and Bio-Fruit-Ice-Cream.
  •    Unkai (Wolkenmeer), Kärntner Ring 9 (Top floor Grand Hotel Vienna),  +43 1 515 80 - 9110, e-mail: unkai@jjwhotels.com. Tu-Su 12:00-14:30 M-Su 18:00-22:45. The japanese cook Hiroshi Sakai once governed this place that serves authentic japanese food. One dines on the top floor of a splendid Viennese Palais, that is nowadays the Grand Hotel. It has an excellent choice of special wines. The restaurant is awarded with Gault-Millau caps.
  •    Vestibül, Universitätsring 2 (Burgtheater),  +43 1 532 49 99, e-mail: restaurant@vestibuel.at. M-F 11:00-24:00, Sa 18:00-24:00. Viennese bourgeois restaurant cooked by Christian Domschitz.
  •    Zimolo, Ballgasse 5,  +43 1 512 99 82, e-mail: zimolo@zimolo.at. Mo-Sa 12:00-15:00, 18:00-24:00. This hidden gem features Italian food. One may sit outside in the small pedestrian street.

Ice cream

You can buy excellent ice cream (Eis) at a number of places in central Vienna.

  •    Eissalon am Schwedenplatz, Schwedenplatz 2 (U1/U4),  +43 1 53 31 996. Daily 10:00-23:15; streetside sale after 09:30. Maybe the most popular place. You can choose from a lot of different flavors, but it's always crowded and you often have to stand in a queue for a few minutes.
  •    Eissalon am Tuchlauben (Perizzolo), Tuchlauben 15,  +43 1 533 25 53, e-mail: tuchlaubeneis@chello.at. Mar M-Sa 10:00-20:00, Su 11:00-20:00; Apr-Sep M-Sa 10:00-23:30, Su 11:00-23:30; Oct M-Sa 10:00-20:00, Su 11:00-20:00. Another excellent and popular ice cream parlour. Ask for the Special Nougat ice cream.
  •    Eis-Greissler, Rotenturmstraße 14. Daily 12:00-21:00. A small new ice parlour, that has been overrun by customers after its opening. They sell excellent organic ice cream, made from milk of their own organic milk farm and without artificial flavours.
  •    Zanoni & Zanoni Gelateria, Am Lugeck 7 (just down Rotenturmstrasse from Schwedenplatz towards the Stephansdom),  +43 1 512 79 79. 07:00-24:00. In the same district as Eissalon. Popular with Viennese and tourists for its huge €2 cones to go.

Drinks

Cafés

In the inner town one finds the most historic Viennese Cafés, many like Demel, Café Central or Gerstner dating from imperial times. For a complete description on how and what to order read the Vienna overview article entry about Viennese Cafés.

  •    Café Bräunerhof, Stallburggasse 2 (Stephansplatz),  +43 1 5123893. M-F 08:00-20:30, Sa 09:00-18:30, Su 10:00-18:30. Thomas Bernhard used to come here daily as do many other Viennese literate. It exists since more than 35 years. Happily expect Viennese grumpy senior waiters.
  •    Café Central, Herrengasse 14 (corner of Strauchgasse),  +43 1 533 37 63, e-mail: cafe.central@palaisevents.at. M-Sa 07:30-22:00, Su 10:00-22:00, live pianist daily 17:00-22:00. One of most famous Vienna coffee houses, which opened in 1876, recently authentically restored. Beautiful premises inside the Palais Ferstel, it is too touristy and a bit more expensive for having a meal, but can be worth it for a cup of coffee. There is an occasional pianist that is delightful to hear, and a good non-smoking section.
  •    Café Diglas, Wollzeile 10 (U1 Stephansplatz),  +43 1 51257650, e-mail: office@diglas.at. 08:00-22:30. Famous traditional coffeehouse, and equally good place for having a meal. They opened a second branch on Fleischmarkt. Soups €3.70, mains €10-16, capuccino €4.10.
  •    Café Frauenhuber, Himmelpfortgasse 6,  +43 1 5125353, e-mail: office@cafefrauenhuber.at. M-Sa 08:00-24:00, Su and holidays 10:00-22:00. This traditional café existed already at the times of Mozart and Beethoven. One can eat Viennese food.
  •    Café Griensteidl, Michaelerplatz 2 (near the Hofburg and the Michaelerkirche),  +43-1-535 26 92-0, e-mail: office@cafegriensteidl.at. Daily 08:00-23:30. An elegant café/restaurant where you also get warm food for lunch. Smoking is banned from this traditional coffee house.
  •    Café Hawelka, Dorotheergasse 6 (just 100m from the Stephansdom, hidden on a side street),  +43 (1) 512 82 30, fax: +43 (1) 32 815 31, e-mail: office@hawelka.at. M-Sa 08:00-01:00, Su and holidays 10:00-01:00. One of the most famous intellectual cafes in Vienna. Established in 1939. Surprisingly cheap for its location and its fame and can get quite cozy. Josephine Hawelka (former owner, deceased 2005) was proud of the marriages she caused by placing random people together at tables. Try the Buchteln. Usually quite smoky.
  •    Café Landtmann, Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 4 (near the Rathaus, right beside Burgtheater),  +43 1 24100-0, e-mail: cafe@landtmann.at. 07:30-24:00; all menus until 11:30, except Franz Landtmann served until 15:00. Old café, cozy and romantic. Used to be frequented by Sigmund Freud. Delicious food and desserts. Breakfast sets €7-12.50, menu of the day around €11, starters €8-14, soup €4-8, schnitzel €20, coffee €4.
  •    Café Museum, Operngasse 7,  +43 1 586 52 02, e-mail: museum@cafe-wien.at. 08:00-24:00. This cafe was designed by famous architect Adolf Loos, however the interior has been entirely refitted (most recently from 2010, its 80s atmosphere is now gone). Serves food as well as coffee, teas, and other drinks. Casual, quiet atmosphere, good non-smoking section.
  •    Café Prückel, Stubenring 24, Luegerplatz,  +43 1 512 61 15, e-mail: cafe@prueckel.at. Daily 08:00-22:00; live music M W F 19:00-22:00; closed 24-26 Dec. Established in 1903. Quite the hang-out in the evening, during the day this cafe is a bit more laissez-faire.
  •    Café Sacher Wien, Philharmonikerstraße 4. 08:00-24:00. The Café Sacher, directly in front of the Opera House, of course serves the famous cake "Sacher-Torte".
  •    Sacher Eck, Kärntner Straße 38 (U1, U2, U4 Oper),  +43 1 51 456 699. 09:00-01:00. The Sacher bar next to their shop is on the Corner of Kärtner Strasse and is a bit less formal than the traditional café. Still on rush hours expect some waiting time to get seated in order to be able to order the "Sacher Torte".
  •    Cafe Schwarzenberg, Kärntner Ring 17 (Schwarzenbergplatz D/1/2/71),  +43 1 5128998, e-mail: office@cafe-schwarzenberg.at. M-F,Su 07:00-24:00, Sa 09:00-24:00. Beautiful traditional Viennese café with view on the Schwarzenbergplatz and the Ring avenue. It has fine pastries and coffee choices.
  •    Café Tirolerhof, Führichgasse 8 (just behind the opera and near the Albertina),  +43 1 5127833. M-Sa 07:00-22:00, Su 09:30-21:00. Quaint, traditional café with art deco accents. Established in 1900.
  •    Conditorei Sluka, Rathausplatz 8 (behind the Rathaus),  +43 1 4057172. M-F 08:00-19:00, Sa 08:00-17:30. A very traditional small Viennese café, opened at the end of the 19th century by Josef and Josefine Sluka, serves excellent pastries and bread. To the breakfast one can order oeuf poché. The choice on the menu is adjusted according season. Free Wi-Fi is available. The place is non smoking and in summer time one can sit outside.
  •    Demel (K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker), Kohlmarkt 14 (walk 5 min from St. Stephan along Graben pedestrian street, Kohlmarkt is on your left hand),  +43 1 535 17 17-0, fax: +43 1 535 17 17-26, e-mail: wien@demel.at. 10:00–19:00. Café and confectionary shop. Good pastries are ubiquitous in Vienna, but Demel is considered by many to have the best of all and indeed was once the pastry caterer to the Imperial household. As a result of this it is usually jammed with tourists, though their amusing marzipan display window can be admired even from the street. Outdoor seating in warm weather, but the inside is more atmospheric. Partly smoke-free.
  •    Gerstner (K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker), Kärntner Straße 13-15,  +43 1 512 49 63, e-mail: cafe@gerstner.at. M-Sa 08:30-20:00, Su and holidays 10:00-18:00. A very traditional Viennese café, hence visitors take their time to enjoy the lovely cakes.
  •    Kleines Café (lit. small cafe), Franziskanerplatz 3. As the name suggests, this café is rather small. It was created by architect Hermann Czech during the 1970s for notable Austrian actor Hanno Pöschl, who still owns it. It is a popular meeting place for artists and actors (or would-be variants) and enjoys an excellent location in a quiet square inside the city. The few seats are often occupied but hang around and they are vacated regularly. Seating on the square in fine weather, a bit smoky at peak times.

Bars

There are several bars in the first disctrict of which most attract formal public. In contrast to that the Flex is highly popular amongst students.

  •    Alt Wien, Bäckerstraße 9,  +43 1 5125222. This cafe/restaurant/bar is on a very medieval-looking lane in the central district and is a time warp of another kind: its folky-bohemian atmosphere could convince you you're in North Beach or Greenwich Village, circa 1967. Liveliest late.
  •    Bonbonniere Tagesbar, Spiegelgasse 15,  +43 1 512 68 86. M-Sa 18:00-02:00. Special establishment where the time stood still.
  •    Dino's (DINO´s American Bar), Salzgries 19,  M-Th 18:00-03:00, F-Sa 18:00-04:00, Su 19:00-02:00, e-mail: info@dinos.at. +43 1 535 72 30. The bar serves classical cocktails.
  •    Flex, Augartenbrücke 1, Donaukanal (U2/U4 Schottenring, exit Augartenbrücke),  +43 1 533 75 25, fax: +43 1 533 75 89, e-mail: office@flex.at. You have not been to Vienna if you have not been to the Flex, particularly if you are younger than thirty. The meeting point of the off-mainstream, bohemian, artsy people. During the summer nights when it is warm, there are always a lot of people sitting on benches outside the club. It's easy to socialise and make new friends. Inside the club you can enjoy bands and DJs. At the bar you can ask for free soda water.
  •    Loos American Bar (Loos Bar, Kärntner Bar, American Bar), Kärntner Durchgang 10,  +43 1 5123283, e-mail: office@loosbar.at. Th-Sa 12:00-05:00, Su-W 12:00-04:00. Built in 1908, this small bar was designed by Adolf Loos and inspired by his stay in the US from 1893-1896, and will delight fans of Art Deco. Famous for its architecture and interior decoration, it is a time warp of Vienna from 1908 when it opened. Drinks are expensive, but very good and the price is worth the experience. This is a quiet, sophisticated bar, where boisterous behavior or very casual dress will not be appropriate. Usually smoky due to small size. There is outdoor seating in warm weather but there is not much point in using it since what justifies the prices is the interior. Groups and sight-seers are not admitted.
  •    1516 Brewing Company, Schwarzenbergstraße 2 (Schwarzenbergplatz),  +43 1 961 1516, e-mail: HQ@1516brewingcompany.com. M-Th 10:00-02:00, F 10:00-03:00, Sa 11:00-03:00, Su 11:00-02:00. A brewery and a bar with quality beers. The food menu includes Viennese classics and burgers. A non-smoking area upstairs (which hence doesn't fully stop smoke).
  •    Schrittesser (Speck & Bar), Reichsratsstraße 11, Innere Stadt,  +43 650 33 20 213, e-mail: office@schrittesser.at. M-F 11:00-24:00, Sa 18:00-24:00. The place is specialised on Carinthian drinks and food. Speck in all kinds is served. Carinthian noodles and Schnaps are recommended too. The bar is just hidden behind the Viennese university.

Nightlife

  • Bermuda Triangle (next to Schwedenplatz (U1/U4)). A night-life area popular for young people as the alcoholic beverages are cheap.
  •    Club Passage, Burgring 3 / Babenbergerstrasse 1 (in a former underpass on the Ring, behind the Art History Museum),  +43 1 890 05 61, e-mail: office@sunshine.at. An upscale club.
  •    Clubschiff Wien, Franz-Josefs-Kai 27-29 (floating in the canal). Alternative clubs.
  •    Volksgarten Clubdiskothek, Burgring 1,  +43 1 5324241, fax: +43 1 5324241 15, e-mail: info@volksgarten.at. Up-market.
  •    Badeschiff, Donaukanallände (in the Danube Canal just south of Schwedenplatz (U1/U4)),  +43 699 1513075. An orange boat. All sorts of events and parties go on here, in the summer you can take a dip in the outdoor pool-barge during the day. There is a lower level that is the main club at big parties and a more comfortable lounge upstairs.

Shopping

The inner centre has both old traditional Viennese, international luxury stores as Hermes or branches of cheaper shops like H&M.

Shopping Streets

The shops are mostly concentrated at those 3 bigger, popular and pieton streets:

  • Kärntner Straße (runs south from the Oprea (Karlsplatz U1/U2/U4) to Stephansplatz). A major shopping artierial with mostly international chains.
  •    Am Graben (continuing from Stephansplatz (U1) to the going to west). An up-scale shopping promenade, with many local specialties such as Wien Porzellan. A notable landmark is the Plague Column (Pestsäule), a memorial erected in 1693 commemorating one of the last major plague epidemics which swept through Vienna in 1679.
  • Kohlmarkt. Perhaps the fanciest shopping area picking up from the end of the Graben jogging over to Michaelerplatz with almost exclusively high-end luxury shops and designer stores.

Shops

  •    Altmann & Kühne (Confisserie), Graben 30 (U1,U3 Stephansplatz),  +43 1 533 09 27, e-mail: info@altmann-kuehne.at. M-F 09:00-18:30, Sa 10:00-17:00. The chocolate confectioner sells for more than 100 years exquisite hand made miniature choclate. Their boxes are beautifully designed.
  •    Xocolat, Freyung 2,  +43 1 535 43 63, e-mail: xocolat@xocolat.at. Inside the Palais Ferstel is sold excellent handmade chocolate.
  •    Augarten Porzellan, Spiegelgasse 3 (U1 Stephansplatz),  +43 1 512 14 94, fax: +43 1 512 94 92-75, e-mail: Wien1@augarten.at. M-Sa 10:00-18:00. The finest porcelain in Europe. You can also visit their factory at the main entry to the Augarten. They are currently prepairing a limited street-art themed line as an artistic project, now that is Viennese.
  •    Julius Meinl am Graben, Graben 19,  +43 1 1 532 33 34, fax: +43 1 1 532 33 34 2090, e-mail: office@meinlamgraben.at. M-F 08:00-19:30, Sa 09:00-18:00. A legendary store. Its two floors hold many exotic as well as local wares. Even if you do not intend to buy anything, it is worth a look as there are likely things you have never heard of. The store holds just about every kind of wine you can think of, and has a great selection of pastas, chocolate, and cheese. Also has a wide selection of coffee, their own is one of the most recognized in Austria.
  •    Billa, Neuer Markt 17,  +43 1 5130481. M-F 08:00-20:00, Sa 08:00-18:00. Its range is not as wide as that of Julius Meinl, but still better than that of a typical supermarket.
  •    Dorotheum, Dorotheergasse 17,  +43 1 515 60-0, fax: +43 1 515 60-443. Viewing times: M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 09:00-17:00; Su immediately prior to auction 10:00-17:00. The main auction site in Austria. Exhibits all sorts of furniture, art, jewelry, and much more. Highly recommended. There are several locations throughout the city, the main one being at Dorotheergasse 17 in the city center. The surrounding streets in this area offer a great many antique shops, where quality and prices tend both to be very high.
  •    A. E. Köchert, Neuer Markt 15,  +43 1 5125828, fax: +43 1 513 40 22, e-mail: aek@koechert.at. M—F 10:00—18:00, Sa 10:00—17:00. Jakob Heinrich Köchert founded the jewellery in 1814 in collaboration with the artistic French goldsmith Emanuel Pioté. The high end jewellery is dedicated to the fine art of goldsmithing and gemstone. €150-.
  •    Knize, Graben 13,  +43 1 512 21 19, e-mail: office@knize.at. M-F 08:30-18:00, Sa 10:00-17:00. The famous Viennese tailor's house provides the finest bespoke suits since 1858. If you're looking for traditional apparel like a smoking jacket, this is the place to have it custom tailored. It also sells various gentleman accessories like cologne. Parts of the interior like the Dodekaeder lamps were designed by Adolf Loos. It has a saddle seat to fit elegant ridding clothing.
  •    Mühlbauer Manufaktur, Seilergasse 5,  +43 1 512 22 41, e-mail: hut@muehlbauer.at. M–F 10:00–18:30, Sa 10:00–18:00. Producing hats since 1903 they are carefully manufacted in Vienna and worn worldwide by artists or anyone that fancies beautiful hats.
  •    L. Bösendorfer Piano Showroom (L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik), Bösendorferstraße 12, entrance on Canovagasse 4 (in the Musikverein building),  +43 1 505 35 18-0. M-F 09:00-18:00. Pianists may want to visit the Bösendorfer showroom. All pianos are built by hand in nearby Wiener Neustadt.
  •    Musikhaus Doblinger, Dorotheergasse 10,  +43 1 515 03. M-F 09:30-18:30, Sa 10:00-13:00. Has sold sheet music in Vienna since 1817 and is internationally renowned.
  •    Morawa, Wollzeile 11,  +43 1 513 7 513-450, fax: +43 1 513 7 513-138, e-mail: buchhandel@morawa-buch.at. M-F 09:00-19:00, Sa 09:00-18:00. Probably the largest bookstore in Vienna, with a large travel section (some books in English) and a broad range of international magazines. A good selection of English-language books is located on the top floor.
  •    Schwanda, Bäckerstrasse 7,  +43 1 512 53 20, e-mail: office@schwanda.at. M-F 09:00-18.00, Sa 10:00-17:00. One of the larger mountaineering shops of Vienna sells various outdoor gear including climbing shoes and tents.
  •    Taste it, Wollzeile 27,  +43 1 5129423. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 10:00-15:00. The place sells classy high end italian espresso machines and self-imported coffe from small Itailian roasteries. €100-€5000.

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