Exploring the Luxurious Vienna

By Rana Kamaly

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Vienna, the charming city in Austria, is known for its old and historical churches and palaces, which complements and contrasts the modern city they are found in. It offers the perfect mix of vintage and modernity, and that is reflected in the architecture and the interior designs of many hotels and restaurants.

This destination should be in your top five places to visit in Europe as it is home to many historical monuments, as well as being a great place for shopping, nightlife and enjoying different activities.

If you are planning on only visiting Vienna, then I would recommend a four-day stay, but of course if you stay longer, you can use that extra time to visit surrounding cities.

5.jpgAccommodation

Hotel rooms there are quite expensive, but if you check with Airbnb, you will be able to find a place to stay that is close to the center of the city, yet is affordable. Also, Ibis has a number of hotels in the area that are clean and of good quality, but make sure that there is a metro, tram or bus station close by.

Places to Visit

Wakeboard Lift

If you are into water sports, then make sure to spend some time at the Wakeboard Lift, which is Vienna’s only cable park. This destination is easily accessible via public transportation and has some of the best equipment for wakeboarding.  It also offers packages for those looking to spend a few hours there, with lunch included.

Donaupark

This is one of the largest parks in the city standing over 800,000 square meters in size, and is also very close to the river so you can enjoy a nice summer day on the beach after you spend some time walking around the beautiful landscape and even setting up a picnic.

The park is home to impressive bike paths, a huge chessboard, a skater park and a zoo, and so a fun-filled, relaxing day there is guaranteed.

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Hundertwasserhaus

This museum is also an exhibition for modern photography. The building itself is a piece of art designed and founded by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of the most influential Austrian artists of the twentieth century.  The museum hosts a large collection of his paintings, graphics and architectural designs, where his choice of formats, colors and shapes are magical and are reflected in his timeless pieces.

6.jpgSt. Stephan Cathedral

A mix of Romanesque and Gothic style, this cathedral is the mother church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Being one of the most famous religious attractions in the city, its colored tile roof is one of the city’s symbols, and its intricate details provide visitors with a spiritual connection, especially with the accompaniment of the old piano playing at the entrance.

8.jpgHofburg Palace

This palace will give you a closer look into the life of the once ruling family of the Hasburg dynasty. The palace today is also a museum that represents the traditions and history of that era, where specific areas still hold the royal furnishing and decorations. There is also a section dedicated to the tableware of the royal family.

Today, this palace is also the official home of Austria’s president, but certain areas are open for visitation.

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It is 30 minutes away from the city center if you are taking public transportation, but it is worth the commute. The palace is over 300 years old and used to be an imperial summer residence. The 1,441-room Baroque style palace is inspired by Italian decor, which was famous during the 16th century.

4.jpgIt is also one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical palaces in Austria and one of the main touristic attractions until this day.

Allow yourself at least 40 minutes there to explore the place and its vast gardens.

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If you are up for some outdoors shopping, then make sure you visit Mariahilfer street, where you can find all the brands as well enjoy the nice walk, so free yourself for around four hours.

st.jpgAlso, Stephan platz, the area surrounding Stephan’s Cathedral, is a great place to shop for souvenirs and luxury brands.

If there are any events taking place at the opera, then I would highly recommend you attend, as you will not only get to enjoy the show, but also admire one of the oldest operas in the world, the Vienna State Opera, that’s architecture is absolutely breathtaking and unique.

2.jpgCuisine and Dining

Vienna is rich in cuisine, as you can find all the international dining areas available everywhere. One place you must try is Le Burger, which is located at Mariahilfer Str. 114 and offers all types of burger including delicious veggie options.

Not only is it very well decorated with a welcoming atmosphere, it is also very affordable in comparison to other stores and in comparison to the quality offered as well.
If you are interested in jazz music and looking to dance and have some drinks, then make sure you visit the roof bar at the 25 Hours Hotel in downtown that offers a great view of Vienna while you enjoy the music.

Transportation

Public transportation is the most affordable way to get around and they have 24, 48 and 72 hours passes that allow you infinite number of rides across all the systems. Every place around the city is accessible by public transportation. If you are traveling with bags, kids or just need a quick ride, Uber is also widely available and within a few minutes most of the time, but the cash option is not available there.

Budget and General Tips

If you are on a budget, then you can aim to spend 50 euros a day, which will include a simple breakfast, a light lunch like a sandwich or pasta, a mini snack and juice for dinner, transportation, one touristic place and a souvenir.

The best thing you can do is head out in the morning and just walk around the city. Exploring Vienna on foot is always a good idea as you get to discover incredible places at every corner.

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