Today we talk about a city ‘lost’ in time. Vienna would be the perfect scenery for a Jane Austin’s romance. Here architecture and interior design take us back to an imperial era. At the same time, new avant garde building are being built, like the biggest building is Austria by Dominique Perrault and the new Vienna central station.
The best Hotels: the first thing to find in Vienna, is a good hotel to stay in. Here are our suggestions.
– Ritz Carlton Vienna
Is located on Schubertring, Vienna’s most elegant boulevard. Formerly a Palais from the 19th century, the hotel offers 202 rooms and 35 suites. Schubertring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 31188
– Ambassador Hotel Vienna
With the moto “Arts and Delights”, the Ambassador Hotel Vienna combines Arts and music, pleasure and relaxation. Kärntner Straße 22, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 961610
– Palais Coburg Residenz
With an outstanding architecture, the Palais Coburg was preserved to maintain the Renaissance fortification from the 16th century. Coburgbastei 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 518180
– Hotel Imperial
Formerly the residence of the prince of Württemberg, the palace on the Ring Boulevard was transformed into the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition in 1873. The Hotel Imperial is known worldwide for its impeccable service and unique Butler Service. Kärntner Ring 16, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 501106389
– Grand Hotel Wien
Recentely re-styles in the Belle-Epoque spirit, the Grand offers a living reminder of the majestic age of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Wien, Austria
+43 1 515800
The best Restaurants: if you are staying in one of the best hotels, you have to try the best Austrian food as well. Here is our selection of restaurants.
– Restaurant Steirereck
Is Vienna’s only double-Michelin-starred restaurant. Here you can taste both classic Viennese dishes and contemporary Austrian cuisine. Chef: Heinz Reitbauer. Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030, Vienna
+43 1 713 3168
Offers innovative Mediterranean cousine. Fabios is considered the finest gourmet restaurant in Vienna. Owner: Fabio Giacobello. Tuchlauben 4-6, 1010, Vienna
+43 1 532 2222
– Glacis Beisl
Is a famous little bistro offering local cuisine. The décor at the Glacis Beisl is elegant and inviting and the food classic and creative. Museumsquartier, Zugang Breitegasse 4, Museumsplatz 1, 1070, Vienna
+43 1 526 5660
This Michelin Star restaurant serves mediterranian food with a contemporary twist. It is also known for the world-class wine tastings with top sommeliers. Chef: Constantine Filippou. Bräunerstrasse 11, 1010, Vienna
+43 1 513 4200
– Walter Bauer
Has earned a Michelin-star for its consistently excellent traditional dishes and for serving the best Austrian wines. Sonnenfelsgasse 17, 1010, Vienna
+43 1 512 9871
Luxury Shopping in Vienna: the most famous shopping streets in Vienna are the Mariahilferstrasse, the Kaerntnerstrasse, the Kohlmarkt and the street called Am Graben. These shopping areas offer store after store full of wonderfully luxurious goods. Next to great department stores you will find either unique luxury boutiques or fantastic jewellers to browse through.
– Mariahilfer Straße
Here you can find both department stores and tiny shops with all kind of things. Alongside, lovely street cafés offer the famous Viennese “Gemütlichkeit”. Is Austria’s longest shopping street.
Is Vienna’s most noble shopping area. Here you will find several flagship stores, including a 3 floor Swarovski.
Art & Culture: Commonly associated with operas, balls, architecture and imperial history, Vienna is also surprisingly rich in contemporary art galleries.
– Bäckerstrasse 4
A space dedicated to art students, Bäckerstrasse4 hosts shows four times a year, with works selected by a professional jury. Bäckerstraße 4, Vienna
+43 676 555 1 777
– Gabriele Senn Gallery
Exhibiting both Austrian and international contemporary artists such as David Batchelor and Andy Hope. Schleifmühlgasse 1A, Vienna
+43 1585 2580
– Galerie Andreas Huber
This Gallery feels like a Viennese apartment thanks to its wood floors, high ceilings and big windows. Has shown works from Florian Schmidt, Rita Sobral Campos and Leopold Kessler. Schleifmühlgasse 6-8, Vienna
+43 1586 0237
– Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
Gallerie MAM was founded in 1972 and places a special focus on sculpture. Weihburggasse 26, Vienna
+43 1904 2004
– Galerie OstLicht
Specialising in photography Galerie OstLicht seeks to create collaborative projects between rising stars and more established artists. It has exhibited photgraphers like René Burri, Bryan Adams and Wim Wenders. Absberggasse 27, Vienna
+43 1996 2066
Vienna by Night: to indulge yourself at night, Vienna offers a world-renowned electronic music scene.
– Viper Room
Has a regular DJ line up or life music and events vary from heavy metal to LGBT nights. Landstraßer Hauptstraße 38, 1030 Vienna
– OST Club
Once an historical cellar, is a jazz club since 2005 and the best place to dance in Vienna. Schwarzenbergplatz 10/1, 1040 Vienna
– Café Berfin
Ideal to hang out with friends, talk, chat, exchange news, swap stories etc. Siebensterngasse 46, 1070 Vienna
+43 1 2363225
– If Dogs Run Free
The perfect place to enjoy a cocktail… or twoGumpendorfer Straße 10, 1060, Vienna
+43 1 9132132
Best Events: Vienna is also a hub of design. Here are the most interesting design events.
– Vienna Design Week
Every year in end September. The Vienna Design Week turns the whole of Vienna into a showplace and showroom for design. Schwarzenbergplatz 9, 1030, Vienna
– Vienna International Film Festival
Takes place every year in October since 1960 in venues such as Gartenbaukino, Urania, Metro-Kino, Filmmuseum andStadtkino. Siebensterngasse 2, 1070 Vienna
+43 1 5265947
– Vienna Fashion Week
Every year in September lead fashion designers present their collections at the MuseumsQuartier and MQ Point. Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
+43 1 523 58 814