VIENNA SPRING & SUMMER GUIDE 2010
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PACKING TIPS 1. “Don’t spend too much time inside the museums; maybe choose one or two museums and one of the two imperial palaces. Walk in the city, listen to the concerts in the streets and feel its unique atmosphere.”—TripAdvisor Member 2. If attending a performance, “there seems to be no real dress-code anymore, but at least you ought to wear darkcolored clothes and proper shoes. No leisure clothing! A tie would be nice.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna 3. Read “Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E. Schorske. This book takes readers back in time to experience Vienna as it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”—TripAdvisor Member, San Francisco, Calif.
VIENNA Visions of Hapsburg grandeur are usually what compels travelers to Vienna, and happily, they won’t be disappointed. Ornate palaces, modern art complexes, delectable pastries and opera await. Those journeying in the winter will have the added treat of the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. While the warm, sunny summers are the most popular tourist season, autumn is also a romantic—and less crowded—time to visit. Cold, snowy winters bring skiers and winter camping enthusiasts, while spring is the perfect time to beat the crowds. The charms of the city have long lured artists and intellectuals. Composers Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, artists Gustuv Klimt and Egon Schiele, architect Adolf Loos, father of modern psychiatry Sigmund Freud and author Joseph Roth have all called Vienna home. And they have left their mark upon the city in the architecture, the museums, the music halls—in the very culture of Vienna. Navigating Vienna is made simple by excellent public transportation. Most visitors will remain within the boundaries of the Ringstrasse, the boulevard circling the Inner Stadt (the city center), leaving only to visit the Prater and Schonbrunn. tripadvisor.com
VIENNA’S BEST VIEWS If the weather cooperates, head to Schloss Schonbrunn. “The gardens are huge and lovely—the climb up to the Gloriette is rewarded with a wonderful view.”— TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom
Take a day trip to “Melk Abbey, a beautiful Benedictine abbey now fully restored. Many say it’s the most beautiful in the world. It has a commanding view of the Danube.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
Gloriette, Schloss Schonbrunn, 1 811 13 239
Melk Abbey, Abt Berthold Dietmayrstrasse 1, Melk, 27 52 555 0
“I enjoyed the big wheel at the Prater. I went on in February and got some fantastic, atmospheric pictures of the view from the top through a snowstorm. It was so silent up there (only me), and the structure is incredible.”—TripAdvisor Member Riesenrad (Giant Ferris wheel), Prater, Prater 90, 1 729 54 30
TOP 10 Attractions 1. Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn), Schönbrunner Schloss-Strasse, 1 811 13 0
6. State Opera House (Staatsoper), Opernring 2, 1 514 44 29 55
2. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria Theresienplatz, 1 525 24 0
7. St. Peter’s Church (Peterskirche), Peterplatz, 1 533 64 33
3. Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1 795 57 0
8. Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt)
4. Naschmarkt, Between Karlsplatz and Kettenbruckengasse
9. Liechtenstein Museum, Furstengasse 1, 1 319 576 72 52
5. Historic Center of Vienna
10. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), Stephansplatz 3/4, 1 513 76 48
FAMILIES Finally, a museum in the Museum Quarter where parents don’t have to plead, “Please don’t touch!” The hands-on Zoom Kindermuseum “is designed for children of various ages and is very popular.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna Children’s Museum (ZOOM Kindermuseum), MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1 524 79 08
“Inside the Butterfly House, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of live, freeflying butterflies in a tropical rainforest environment. There are hollow trees with spiral staircases, bridges and even waterfalls.”—TripAdvisor Member, Berlin, Germany Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus), Palmenhaus Burggarten Hofburg, 1 533 85 70
“One of the main highlights of the Schönbrunn has to be the Tiergarten, reputed to be the oldest zoo in Europe. Today, it contains many modern animal exhibits, like aquariums and a tropical rainforest building. You can see pandas, tigers, rhinos, lemurs and kookaburras.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, British Columbia Schönbrunn Tiergarten, Maxingstrasse 13b A, 1 877 92 94
ROMANCE “The Museum Quarter is a very nice complex of modern museum buildings,” with a center for dance, design, children’s museum, art galleries and more. “We spent some time in the ‘square,’ which is a very lively place with cafes, a museum shop and some comfortable places to sit.”— TripAdvisor Member, Athens, Greece
Be sure to “participate in the tours organized by professional guides inside the Opera and see the building, listen to the history, go up on the stage and visit the main hall.”—TripAdvisor Member State Opera House (Staatsoper), Opernring 2, 1 514 44 22 50
Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier Wien), Museumsplatz 1/5, 1 523 58 81
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It’s an art collection fit for a prince! The Liechtenstein Museum features the personal collection of Prince Liechtenstein in the royal family palace. “This is a fantastic museum! We took a guided tour from the most passionate guide I ever saw.”— TripAdvisor Member Liechtenstein Museum, Fürstengasse 1, 1 319 57 67 252
BUDGET Zentralfriedhof is a “a quirky yet worthwhile diversion. We found the graves of Beethoven, the Strausses, Schubert and Brahms, as well as a monument to Mozart. But the real treat was the walk through row after row of elaborate and creative tombstones of prominent Viennese.”— TripAdvisor Member, Stuttgart, Germany
Stephansdom is a “spectacular cathedral in the heart of Vienna. The area is wonderful and gorgeous to walk around. No cost to walk around the cathedral, and no cost to go inside when it is open to the public.”— TripAdvisor Member, Gualala, Calif.
Naschmarkt is “a market with a difference, where you can buy anything from a carrot to exotic oriental spices. The atmosphere is more of an eastern market, with traders calling and offering samples.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), Stephansplatz 3/4, 1 513 76 48
Naschmarkt, between Karlsplatz and Kettenbruckengasse
Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof ), 11 Simmeringer, Hauptstrasse 234
“…a quirky yet worthwhile diversion.”
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ADVENTURE “The Vienna Woods are rather big. From Gumpoldskirchen, you can take a walk or even a hike on ‘Beethovenweg’ and finish at one of the numerous heurigen.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna Vienna Woods
“The gardens at Schönbrun Palace are very nice to walk around, and the hike up to the Gloriette is worth it just for the view down to the palace below.”—TripAdvisor Member, Auckland, New Zealand Schönbrun Palace (Schloss Schönbrun), Schönbrunner Schloss-Strasse, 1 811 13 0
The hiking paths at Semmering, the “Magical Mountain,” 90 kilometers south of Vienna, are maintained throughout the year. “Try to visualize fin-de-siecle villas built in the late 19th century, scattered in the woods on very steep slopes. The glory of the past, maybe a little haunted.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna Semmering, Passhöhe 248, Semmering
EDUCATIONAL/HISTORICAL The Hofburg Palace is a must-see. Be sure to visit “the Hofburg Imperial Apartments and the Treasury (Schatzkammer). The Treasury provides in-depth information about the Hapsburgs and the history of Austria (great for history buffs).”— TripAdvisor Member, Ipswich, U.K. Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Michaelerkuppel, 1 533 75 70
“There are two parts to the Kapuzinergruft, the church and the crypt. The crypt is held by Capuchin monks and, for a small fee, you can view the tombs of every Hapsburg emperor and empress. The tombs range in size from small to gigantic, and they are decorated in different motifs.”—TripAdvisor Member Kapuziner Crypt (Kapuzinergruft), Tegetthoffstrasse 2, 1 512 68 53
“A nice break from Vienna’s staid palaces and art museums, the Museum of Technology has a well laid-out and diverse collection, with hands-on displays. Recommended for families with children over the age of nine.”—TripAdvisor Member, Amersfoort, The Netherlands Museum of Technology (Technisches Museum), Mariahilfer Strasse 212, 1 899 98 60 00
RELAXATION The Kunsthistorisches Museum “is one of the best museums in Europe. The Breughels, Dürers and Rubens are worth the visit. And the interior of the museum is a work of art in itself.”—TripAdvisor Member, Stuttgart, Germany Museum of Fine Arts - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria Theresien-Platz, 1 525 24 40 25
“The Belvedere Palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. This Palace contains the collections of 19th and 20th century paintings belonging to the Austrian Gallery. The Lower Belvedere displays Vienna’s Golden Age works of art. Next door to it is the Orangery; this houses the Museum of Austrian Medieval Art.” —TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, British Columbia
The pastry shops and cafés in Vienna are renowned. “I like the cafes. I like to sit, to rest, to be comfy, to eat the delectable cakes and food, to gawk curiously at the world and to think thoughts of varying cleverness.”—TripAdvisor Member, Oxford, U.K. Various cafes and pastry shops; Try Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1 535 17 17 0
Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1 795 57 0
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How to Get Around
“The best method of getting around Vienna is via public transportation. A combination system of buses, trams, trains and newer subway lines makes getting around Vienna easy and efficient.”—TripAdvisor Member
Walking tours, bus tours, running tours, boat, bicycle and streetcar tours, even Segway tours—so many ways to explore! For information on the various ways to see Vienna, visit “Sightseeing” at http://www.info.wien.at.
“Consider getting the Vienna Card. I got three days of unlimited travel on public transport, along with discounted entrance to all but one of the museums/attractions I visited.” —TripAdvisor Member, Birmingham, U.K.
“The bike path along the Danube is very popular. Excellent paved pathways, well-marked and mostly away from vehicle traffic.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
For a “quick introduction to Vienna, ride on streetcar one or streetcar two.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
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FAMILIES “Tichy is probably the most famous of all ice cream parlors in Vienna. I have yet to find a hazelnut that comes close to their perfection. The strawberry is quite scrumptious, too.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
Expand your hot dog repertoire at one of “the many würstel stands seen all over the city—good sausage. Try the käsekrainer, sausage filled with cheese.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna Würstelstands, Throughout Vienna
“Ilona Stuberl is a tiny place with a family feel to it. The service is excellent, and the local cuisine is probably the best I’ve had in Vienna.”—TripAdvisor Member, Moscow, Russia Ilona Stuberl, Brauner Strasse 2, 1 533 90 29
Tichy, Reumannplatz 13, 1 604 44 46
“I would happily move to Vienna based on this meal alone!”
ROMANCE “My husband celebrated his birthday in Vienna and I had booked at Do & Co. The food is to die for! The view is directly on Stephansdom. The service is great, very courteous. We HIGHLY recommend Do & Co.”— TripAdvisor Member, Montreal, Quebec Do & Co., Stephansplatz 12, 1 535 39 69
BUDGET “Just behind the State Opera, Rosenberger offers a good buffet at a fair price. Many tourists do not know this place.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna Rosenberger, Maysedergasse 2, 1 512 34 58
“As a lover of gastronomy, I was amazed by the quality of the food at Le Salzgries, which follows the French tradition of simple dishes and honest cuisine. The Wine Cave is also interesting, with great service. An unforgettable experience!”—TripAdvisor Member, Paris, France Le Salzgries, Marc Aurel Strasse 6, 1 533 40 30
Figlmüller is where to go for wiener schnitzel. “My husband and I split what had to be the largest pork schnitzel I have ever seen! Prices were reasonable and the staff was friendly. The atmosphere, although busy, was still intimate.”—TripAdvisor Member, Ohio
“Steirereck was the best restaurant experience I’ve ever had. The service was amazing, with at least six different waiters/ waitresses attending to us. The food was superb. I would happily move to Vienna based on this meal alone!”—TripAdvisor Member, Rome, Italy Steirereck, Am Heumarkt 2a, 1 713 31 68
Serving up filling dishes from Carinthia, “Gmoa Keller was very nice. Food was delicious and atmosphere great.”— TripAdvisor Member, Redlands, Calif. Gmoa Keller, Am Heumarkt 25, 1 712 53 10
Figlmüller, Wollzeile 5, 1 512 61 77
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HEALTH-CONSCIOUS “Trzesniewski is a Vienna institution. You will see people with boxes of these sandwiches being taken home or to offices. This is a very small place—just point to what you want. In good weather, there are tables outside.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
“Kuishimbo doesn’t serve sushi, but instead what my Japanese friends call ‘Japanese home cooking:’ oyakodon, miso soup, horenso salad, kabocha or okonomiyaki. It’s always hard to decide what to have!”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
Trzesniewski, Eight branches in Vienna; Center branch Karl Tornay Gasse 34, 1 493 13 32
Kuishimbo, Linke Wienzeile 40, 1 194 06 73
Wiener Kochsalon, Bauernmarkt 10, 1 533 15 26
“Lots to choose from, even for carnivores.”
HIDDEN GEMS “From the essential oils and flavored salts served with rolls to the fine-tuned and harmonized tastes of each dish, dinner At Eight never ceases to take my breath away. The service is helpful and charming. A must for fine-cuisine lovers.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna
“For something completely different, I like Wiener Kochsalon. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but they have a couple of meat dishes and the food is lovely. Lots to choose from, even for carnivores.”—TripAdvisor Member, Oxford, U.K.
“A local favorite with young Viennese, Palmenhaus is a beautiful restaurant on the grounds of the Hofsburg Palace. In the summer, locals love to lounge on the grass or enjoy desserts in the outdoor cafe. The restaurant inside is elegant and beautiful.”— TripAdvisor Member
At Eight, The Ring Hotel, Kaerntner Ring 8, 1 221 22 3 830
“Finkh was the perfect way to ease into our sightseeing week. It’s a very relaxed place and a great neighborhood spot for classic Viennese dishes.”—TripAdvisor Member Finkh, Esterhazygasse 12, 1 913 89 92
Palmenhaus, Burggarten, 1 533 10 33
SPECIAL EVENTS Featuring hundreds of performances in drama and music from countries as far ranging as Canada, Bosnia, France, India, New Zealand, South Korea and beyond, the Vienna Festival. (Festwochen) provides ample entertainment for the most devoted theater fans. (May 14 – June 20) Vienna Festival (Festwochen), Various venues, 1 589 22 0, http://www.festwochen.or.at
Celebrate the spirit of Vienna at the Wiener Stadtfeste, when the streets fill with entertainment from parties and DJs to live bands and theater. Dance in the streets during the day, head to the clubs for more at night and chill out at the end of the festival with the laid-back jazz brunch. (May 28 – 30) Wiener Stadtfeste, Various venues, 1 515 43 94 2, http://www.stadtfest-wien.at
Classic acts such as Marianne Faithful, Omara Portuondo and the Buena Vista Social Club join a multitude of exciting contemporary and cutting edge performers at Jazz Fest Wien. (May 30 – July 9)
Join in a full month of events and entertainment in celebration of Vienna GLBT Pride, culminating with the colorful Rainbow Parade along the Ringstrasse on July 3. (June 5 – July 3) Vienna Pride and Rainbow Parade, Various venues, http://www.hosiwien.at/regenbogenparade
The islands of the Danube play host to hip-shaking open air concerts during Donauinselfest, featuring acts ranging from world-renowned artists to local up-and-comers. Try some of the tastebud-tempting food on site and bring the kids. There are plenty of children’s activities! (June 25 – 27) Donauinselfest 2010, Donauinsel, 1 535 35 35, http://www.donauinselfest.at
Offering dance workshops and exhibitions in world, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, modern dance and much more, plus workshops for children and for people with disabilities, there is something at ImPulsTanz to get everyone dancing. (July 15 – August 15) ImPulsTanz, Kunsthalle Wien, 1 523 55 58, http://www.impulstanz.com
Jazz Fest Wien, Various venues, 1 712 42 24, http://www.viennajazz.org
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FAMILIES Hotel Konig Von Ungarn was a “superstar hotel, from the location to the friendly and helpful staff, from the spacious rooms to the scrumptious full breakfast. This hotel was the perfect place for a family, but would be perfect no matter what type of traveler you are.”—TripAdvisor Member, The Hague, Netherlands
We “loved K+K Hotel, tucked away on a side street yet in easy walking distance to all the main attractions in Vienna. Wonderful breakfast buffet and several cute restaurants within a two-block walk.”—TripAdvisor Member, Boston, Mass. K+K Hotel Maria Theresia, Kirchberggasse 6, 1 521 23
“Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien has got something special. It’s clean, warm and friendly and so convenient to the center of Vienna. The breakfast is good, and the free internet is handy for finding out what’s currently happening in in the city.”—TripAdvisor Member Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien, Frankenberggasse 10, 1 505 17 01
Hotel Konig Von Ungarn, Schulerstrasse 10, 1 515 84 0
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ROMANCE DO & CO Hotel is a “fantastic hotel in the center of Vienna. We had such a great time at this unique hotel. Service was so helpful. The room with a view to St. Stephan’s Cathedral was one of the best I’ve ever stayed in!”— TripAdvisor Member, Salzburg, Austria DO & CO Hotel, Stephansplatz 12, 1 241 88
“The Ring was the most memorable of all the hotels on our trip. It combines both the casual and the luxurious, the best of two worlds. Without the stuffiness you would expect in many hotels in Vienna, but with all the amenities you want for a five-star hotel.”— TripAdvisor Member, Toronto, Ontario The Ring-Vienna’s Casual Luxury Hotel, Karntnerring 8, 1 221 22
“We were celebrating our anniversary, so we wanted a romantic hotel, close to the action. The Steigenberger was all that and more. The rooms were modern, the bar was a nice place to end an evening and the location was unbeatable.”—TripAdvisor Member, London, England Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien, Herrengasse 10, 1 534 04 0
BUDGET “Pension Kraml was a lovely place for our stay. The family is friendly and kind; they preside over the more-than-ample breakfast buffet provided every morning. Our room was quite large and clean, with big sunny windows, and the mattresses were very comfortable.”—TripAdvisor Member, Toronto, Ontario
If you’re looking for a “charming little hotel with excellent location, staff and value,” Pension Suzanne may be the place for you. “The staff could not be nicer or more friendly.”—TripAdvisor Member, Paris, France Pension Suzanne, Walfischgasse 4, 1 513 25 07
“We had a double en suite room at K & T Boardinghouse and it was really lovely— decorated well, clean, comfortable, spacious, bright and everything worked! Even outside in the stairwell, there were plants and a little bench.”—TripAdvisor Member, London, England K & T Boardinghouse, Mariahilferstrasse 72/18, 1 523 29 89
Pension Kraml, Brauergasse 5, 1 587 85 88
“I am spoiled now.”
LUXURY “The Bristol is superbly located within easy walking distance of most of the city’s main attractions. The building’s interior is a museum of art nouveau design. Our room was small but furnished with impeccable taste.”—TripAdvisor Member, Dublin, Ireland Hotel Bristol, Kaerntner Ring 1, 1 515 16 0
“I have stayed in many hotels in my life, but Das Tyrol was the best! Definitely worth the money if you want to treat yourself. Really, and this sounds corny, there was not one little thing to complain about. I am spoiled now.”—TripAdvisor Member, Hamburg, Germany Das Tyrol, Mariahilferstrasse 15, 1 587 54 15
“The Grand very successfully marries tradition and cutting-edge technology. The decor of the recently renovated and upgraded rooms was superb. While the atmosphere of a bygone era was doubtlessly evoked, it was not accompanied by frumpy furniture and musty smells.”—TripAdvisor Member, Venice, Italy Grand Hotel Wien, Kaerntner Ring 9, 1 515 80 0
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HIDDEN GEMS Guests appreciate Stadtnest B&B “for friendship, long breakfast talks, the best marmalade ever eaten, lots of information and the feeling that you can forget time when there.”—TripAdvisor Member, Düsseldorf, Germany Stadtnest B&B, Stumpergasse 29, 1 545 49 38
“For more than ten years I have returned to the miracle of Altstadt Vienna. Vienna’s most individual hotel gives you friendly atmosphere, first quality living and breakfast, so you can feel at home day by day. Little surprises guaranteed.”—TripAdvisor Member, Berlin, Germany Altstadt Vienna, Kirchengasse 41, 1 522 66 66
“...you can forget time when there.”
Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design Wien is “WUNDERBAR—a wonderful boutique hotel. Each room is themed on a different Austrian vineyard. Samples of the wines are available to purchase. The rooms themselves are beautifully designed in a modern, chic and minimalistic, but very comfortable, style.”—TripAdvisor Member, The Hague, Netherlands Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design Wien, Lange Gasse 13, 1 400 11 22
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Published on Jul 3, 2010
The best places to eat, sleep and play in Vienna this spring and summer SPRING & SUMMER GUIDE 2010 With more than 35 million reviews and...