THE VIENNA LOCAL: Christina
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST HER: Christina is a foodie and a coffee lover from Vienna. Her inspiring Instagram account was how we met! Check out her feed for a delicious dose of architecture, travel and artfully plated meals here- https://www.instagram.com/chrisiisgrammin/
1. Favorite Street/Park in the City?
Around the Schoenbrunn Palace, there is a giant park which is impressive and nice to stroll through. Volksgarten is another much smaller park, but still very beautiful and worth a visit. It is near the Heldenplatz and features fountains and a rose garden. My absolute favorite area is the city centre of Vienna. It’s definitely worth your time to stroll through the streets of the city centre. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Favorite Coffee Shop(s)?
3. Best area to shop for Local Goods?
Meinl am Graben is really worth seeing – it´s a historic shop with goods from all over the world.
4. Your Recommended Sunny Day Agenda?
The agenda will vary, depending on your age and your interests! But for young people, I´d recommend hanging out at MQ (The MuseumsQuartier, an art complex near the Imperial Palace). Especially in the summertime, a lot of young people gather there to meet friends for a drink at one of the restaurants or cafés, or just to sit and talk. There are several museums to visit, including the Leopold Museum, the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art), and the Kunsthalle Wien (a contemporary exhibition space). In the summertime, there’s a free open-air festival called Wiener Festwochen, which this year runs from May 13 to June 19th.
I’d also recommend- for all ages- a stroll through the historic city center of Vienna.
5. Suggested Weekend Getaway near Vienna?
In the summer, people tend to go to Lake Neusiedl for swimming, sailing, biking and bird-watching. The Lake is about 45 minutes from Vienna, bordering on Austria and Hungary. There’s also an annual windsurfing world cup there, which is possible because of the shallow waters. In the wintertime, many plan a getaway to Stuhleck on the weekends, the closest ski resort to Vienna. You can travel to Stuhleck by car, train or bus in about one hour. Another nearby ski resort, Semmering, has a toboggan run as well as many other available winter activities.
TripAdvisor’s Top Five Vienna Attractions
1. Historic Center of Vienna– Thumbs up! This centre in unity was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2001. As you stroll throughout the area, you’ll see the influence of three important periods on the buildings and architecture, including the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Baroque Imperial Palace, and the nineteenth century State Opera House. For a comprehensive city centre guide, visit myVienna.com.
2. Schoenbrunn Palace– Thumbs up. If you like historic places and learning about the days when Austria was governed by a royal family, this is an excellent place to visit. There’s also a very nice park around the palace.
3. Kunsthistorisches Museum– Thumbs up! This is the Museum of Fine Art, which houses many famous paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Dürer, Raphael, Titian and Velazquez. The architecture alone makes it worth a visit. It was built around the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum (the Natural History Museum) which has a nearly identical exterior and faces the Kunsthistorisches Museum. If you like to go to museums, a few other I’d suggest are:
4. Tiergarten Schoenbrunn – Zoo Vienna– If you like zoos or have kids, thumbs up.
5. State Opera House– Thumbs up. It’s a building worth seeing, especially if you like opera!
Were any top attractions missed?
If you are young and into architecture or just an instagrammer or photographer, I think the campus of the Economic University of Vienna (WU) is worth seeing. The campus was built by several modern architects from around the world, and all of the buildings are centered around the futuristic-looking library building, built by Hamburg architect Zaha Hadid.
Christina’s Favorite Vienna Restaurants
(from Christina) Actually, I LOVE food and I spend more money than I should on good food but I’ve never even heard of the top five restaurants on TripAdvisor. Instead, here are some of my favorite spots in the city.
If you are looking for traditional Austrian food, I would definitely recommend Plachutta. They are famous for Tafelspitz, which is boiled beef, and their classic Viennese cuisine. Wollzeile 38, 1010 Wien
And, if you are looking for just unbelievably good food, I´d recommend:
- Appiano– Austrian restaurant in the Inner City. Schottenbastei 4, 1010 Wien)
- Mochi– At Mochi (a Japanese fusion restaurant), you’ll have to make dinner reservations around two weeks ahead of time. They don’t take reservations for lunch, so around the lunch hours you can drop by and get a table within 15 minutes max…and it´s definitely worth the 15 minute wait! There’s also take out if you prefer. Praterstraße 15, 1020 Wien
- Skopik & Lohn– Traditional Austrian food. Order the Schnitzel! Leopoldsgasse 17, 1020 Wien
- Kussmaul– Go for breakfast or brunch. For dinner, choose between the Bistro or the Restaurant, which have different menus. Spittelberggasse 12, 1070 Wien
- Motto am Fluss– Go here for good eats and views of the Danube. When it’s nice, sit on the terrace! Schwedenplatz 2, 1010 Wien
Are you a Vienna local? Did we miss any can’t-miss spots? If so, tell us about them in the comment below!