“What is typically Viennese in my opinion? The multi-cultural nature of the city, it is a melting pot,” explains Max Gaier, singer of viennese soul band 5 / 8 erl in Ehr’n.
Barbara Wiesinger of Austria’s Eurovision qualification participants Dawa loves Austria’s capital because of its diversity and “the world-famous grumpy waiters.” The diversity is reflected in its restaurants: “MaschuMaschu has got the best falafel in town, while Deewan has some spectacular specialities.” Musically the city is “full of talented musicians and wonderful places to enjoy music of any kind.” This is something Bobby Slivovsky of 5 / 8erl in Ehr’n also subscribes to, “there is so much, that you sometimes do not know where to begin!”
This is not all the city has to offer though. “There are so many places you have to visit in Vienna. The Brunnenmarkt is a bustling example of Vienna’s multi-cultural lifestyle while just a short-distance away the Baumgartner Höhe awaits you with its beautiful scenery and view of the city,” says Max. Vienna-based singer and participant in Austria’s Eurovision qualification tournament ZOË loves taking walks along Vienna’s main shopping streets in the early morning as the sun rises. “It helps you forget the daily stress and really makes you realise just how beautiful this city is.”
Here are a few places in Vienna that you really do not want to miss out on during your stay.
Night owls will love Vienna. Want to party until the early hours of the morning? Then Pratersauna is for you. The Techno Café or Chaya Fuera will also satisfy those late night needs, while Volksgarten has been one of the most popular clubs in Vienna for years. If it is music you are in the mood for, then Vienna has plenty to offer. Head over to some of the cult bars like b72 on the “Gürtel” for smaller gigs or check out bigger venues like WUK and ARENA for some of the bigger names.
If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the Eurovision Song Contest then the Eurovision Village should not be missed.
The morning after: Where to go for breakfast?
Looking to stock up on energy as soon as possible after a late night? Then head on down to Café im Motto am Fluss for one of the best breakfasts in the city, and it is available until 4pm for those that like to sleep a little longer. If breakfast with a more oriental flair is your thing, then look no further than Café Ansari.
Rest and relaxation
City holidays can be a tiring affair, but Vienna has plenty of places to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Danube Island, famous for hosting Europe’s biggest open-air festival is also the perfect place to go for a picnic, long walk, jog or even a bike ride to recharge your batteries after a busy day of sightseeing.
A walk through Vienna’s most famous vineyards and wine-taverns in Grinzing is a must on a warm afternoon. Breath-taking views of the city, traditional Viennese cuisine, and of course a good glass of wine can be enjoyed. If you want to see some of the more unusually beautiful places in Vienna then Beethoven’s grave at the Zentralfriedhof and the imposing backdrop of the flak tower in the picturesque Augarten should not be missed.
An afternoon energy boost
Vienna is renowned for its coffee culture, and you can find good coffee in many restaurants, bars and cafes in the city. But if you’re looking to avoid the tourist traps but still want that Viennese flair then check out Jonas Reindl, where you will find a healthy mix of locals and tourists alike soaking up the atmosphere, coffee and some of the best desserts in the city.
Nothing beats a walk through the lively Naschmarkt in the morning, where your senses will be delighted by the colours, smells and tastes on offer. Once you have had enough of the busy market area then take a short walk to the best hummas and falafel in town at Neni, while fish specialist Umar and Asian tapas at the hip ON Market are just around the corner. Like your pizza with a disco flair? The pizza’s in Disco Volante are prepared in a pizza oven which also functions as an over-sized disco ball at night.
You can’t tell your friends you’ve been to Vienna unless you have tried a Wiener Schnitzel. The biggest in town can be found at Figlmüller, but be sure to reserve. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, then head to the Kantine at MuseumsQuartier, where you can enjoy a quality schnitzel and soak up the atmosphere at one of Vienna’s most popular hang-out places for students and families alike.
Back into the night
The best way to finish off the day is to dive back into Vienna’s nightlife and enjoy the ambience and positive atmophere of a warm summer’s evening at Tel Aviv Beach Bar on the Danube Canal. Roberto’s American Bar located right in the middle of the 1st district offers the best drinks in town, while the uber-cool If Dogs Run Free has a reputation for making a mean cocktail. If you want to enjoy your drinks with a view then the rooftop terasse at Café Bar Bloom is where you should go.