A city celebrated for its mighty contributions to classical music, opera, ballet, literature and psychology, Vienna epitomises high culture. In this Austrian city you can walk in the footsteps of the countless artists and intellectuals who have called Vienna home and let yourself get swept away by the romance of it all. From its picturesque Baroque architecture to its bohemian coffee shop culture, Vienna oozes with a cultural and historical legacy that proudly pervades through its streets. While you will find countless museums and palaces to explore, Vienna is by no means living in the past. Alongside the city’s pride in its heritage is a growing alternative scene that buzzes with anticipation for new things to come. Whether you’re a history buff, music lover or art aficionado, our snapshot city guide to Vienna takes you to the best attractions, hotels and restaurants that this popular European destination has to offer.
Birthplace and home to some of the greatest artists of the early 20th century such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, Vienna is a city for art lovers, and Hotel Altstadt is a delightful hotel perfectly designed for them. The unassuming townhouses blend into the street but from the moment you step inside, you’ll know that this is no ordinary accommodation. The two buildings are connected by long corridors and the walls are covered in the hotel’s private collection of over 300 contemporary artworks (guided tours can be organised on request). Designed by renowned architects and interior designers, each of the 45 rooms and suites vary in both size and aesthetic. From grand traditional Viennese-style suites to quirkier contemporary options, the rooms are all completely individual, the only common features being the high ceilings, grand windows and of course, the world-famous Viennese “Gemütlichkeit” (a feeling of warmth, friendliness and comfort). The hotel is also ideally situated a short walk from the famous Spittelberg arts and crafts market and MuseumsQuartier, an area home to 60 of the city’s cultural institutions.
There is no shortage of good cafés in Vienna, in fact the long-established coffee culture is one of the biggest draws for tourists coming to visit this cultural haven. Once you’ve exhausted the traditional Viennese spots, we highly recommend that you visit Supersense Café for a spot of lunch and shopping. A concept store-cum-eatery that cherishes the analogue elements of life, here at Supersense you can follow a cup of coffee and an open-face sandwich with some browsing through the store’s plethora of unusual and 'never-knew-you-needed' items. An example of the innovative and artistic spirit growing in the city, Supersense strives to showcase “products you have never heard of before” – the majority of items are either invented by the Supersense team or exclusively on sale here. From smell memory kits to make-your-own-stamp stations, you can’t beat this spot for finding (or making) the ultimate unique souvenir to bring back home.
Lugeck: A modern twist on a traditional Viennese tavern – come for the Wiener schnitzel.
Labstelle: A welcoming restaurant serving a menu focused on regional dishes made from fresh, local products.
Salonplafond: Located in the Museum of Applied Arts, this restaurant serves Austrian cuisine with an international twist.
Blaue Bar: A legendary bar with opulent interiors at Hotel Sacher – perfect for a post-opera nightcap.
Heuer: A restaurant and bar with an emphasis on provenance. Great outdoor seating on the terrace if the sun is shining.
Founded in 1869 during the time of Emperor Jospeh I, the Wiener Staatsoper ( Vienna State Opera House) on the picturesque Ringstrasse boulevard is a national treasure and has witnessed some of the brightest and darkest periods of Austrian history. The institution is considered to be one of the most important opera houses in the world and with 60 operas and ballets, it has the largest repertoire of them all. While we would absolutely recommend seeing an opera or ballet here during your visit, be sure not to overlook the 40-minute guided tour which gives visitors a glimpse into the building’s architecture, history and fascinating details about what goes on behind the scenes at this iconic opera house.
Postal Savings Bank: Famed architect, Otto Wagner’s most important work and a prime example of European Modernism and Viennese art.