The Week in Vienna #02 Summer Edition
It`s been a busy offline Spring, and I collected a few recommendations for you in the meantime. Summer found it’s way to Vienna, and we are all happy to spend some time outdoors.
4 pictures for 4 categories each
Where to EAT?
- The minute the temperatures get higher you find people, who just want to sit inside. A Oldie but Goldie is Theatercafé (Linke Wienzeile 6) for this needs with very reasonable priced lunch offers (8-9 Euros) and a good selection of austrian wines for an after work chat.
- I find myself wondering around Viennese Markets lately. One of my favorited spots at the moment: Meidlinger Markt in the 12th district with 2 new Cafés. ANNA is a little french Bistro with a small selection fine regional dishes and if you are lucky she offers you a french Gâteau Chocolat with Fleur de Sel. And just a few steps away you will find
- MILCHBART, which is quite the Hot Spot on the little market (Tue-Sat from 9 AM).
- And then there opened a small sensation in the City of white wine and Heurige. The first Heuriger, who only serves organic food and wine: Zum gschupft’n Ferdl (Windmühlgasse 20) in the charming Raimundhof, right next to my favorite Austrian avant-garde designer of all times: Kayiko which brings me right to
the Shops where I liked to BUY some little Extras for daily pleasures lately.
- I first recognized Stenders in Salzburg some years ago and was pleasantly surprised that there is a shop on Tuchlauben in the first district, because I can’t get enough of the heavenly smelling natural products from Latvia.
- Karin van Vliet is not only one of the most booked Make-Up Artists, but has a girls dream shop with many little unique gifts for your BBF.
- Pop Shop (6, Stiegengasse 16) offers a fine little selection of danish household products in-between textile ropes and Vintage dresses.
- Right around the corner of Meidlinger Markt I found a lovely little shop, where you can book a workshop to make your own custom-made Etagere from old plates. I brought my own dishes from Spain and am so happy with my unique Tapas Etagere for summery evenings on the terrace made by Die Wohngestalterei (Reschgasse 6).
Where to GO?
My favorite spot in summer has always been Schönbrunn, which has much more to offer than the palace itself, like
- the 28-metre high Palm House from 1881, which was the last of its type to be constructed in continental Europe,
- or the World’s Oldest Zoo, which became one of the most modern educational centers for many nature and species conservation projects and the Best European Zoo in 2012. Unfortunately I didn’t see the newest attraction, the 1.700 qm large Ice bear World, yet. But this will definitley be my next stop on a free day soon.
- What I really love to do on hot summer days, is to drive to Laxenburg Castle in the south (easily reached from Wien Hauptbahnhof with Bus 566 in 30 min.) for a ride with a pedal boat on the lake.
- Another nice trip is the old town of Reichenau and the Rax Ropeway, where you can inhale some new energy in 1600 meters hight.
What to SEE next?
In summer I always recommend to take a casual walk around the City with a good ice-cream. Vienna’s architecture is so beautiful and you will find so many details on every corner.
- House in Fleischmarkt/Griechengasse
- view over the city from St.Stephens Cathedral
- And, if the weather is not to your expectations choose one of the air-conditioned museums. I visited the 22.000m² large Technical Museum (14, Mariahilfer Straße 212) a few weeks ago with a nice group of viennese Instagramers (#igersvienna), and had an amazing guided tour organized by Energieleben and have to share a separate post about this event soon with you, because this museum is so special and something for every age and interest.
VIENNAforFREE Recommendation: After extensive renovation and restauration works, the opulent Art Nouveau Imperial Court Pavillion at Hietzing station from 1899 has been reopened to visitors, that Emperor Franz Joseph and his entourage used only twice for a trip on the former Stadtbahn (now U6 and parts of U4). A must see for Otto Wagner Fans and FREE entrance this weekend!
NEW in town: Probably one of the biggest tourist highlights in town, when it comes to international (fast) food: Hard Rock Café is opening a 700qm restaurant in Vienna, after a 10 year search for the right location in Rotenturmstrasse 25 (about 2 min. walk from Schwedenplatz), including a concert stage for austrian bands and a small garden area. I will sure visit the Café now and then for their amazing Caesars Salad.
Find a small glimpse in the video, how the Café will welcome their guests:
Wishing you lots of fun at the Midsummer Partys!