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VIENNA CITY GUIDE by VIENNA WEDEKINDVienna, the capital of Austria, is well known as the City of Music, beautiful architecture and traditional coffeehouses. BUT in the past years it has transformed into a modern city with lots of cool cafes and inspiringplaces. I'm super proud of my city and happy to live here, that's why I wanted to share some of my Viennahotspots with you:
DISCOVER THE OLD VIENNAWhenever I come back from my travels I love to stroll through the charming Inner City. THE GRABEN, onethe most famous streets in the first district, is full of historical buildings and the most beautiful shops. Youneed to go to MEINL AM GRABEN (Graben 19), a traditional grocery store where you'll get the finestAustrian Delicatessen. And even if you don't buy anything: This place is magical!
Almost around the corner you'll find JOSEPH BROT (Naglergasse 9), the best bakery on planet earth (andI'm not kidding). Try a Mohnflösserl or a sweet Nusskipferl – you won't regret it! Then follow along theTUCHLAUBEN, another famous street, and stop by at DUFT & KULTUR (Tuchlauben 17) if you lovescented candles as much as I do. Not far away you'll find one of my favorite fashion boutiques in Vienna,INKED (Bauernmarkt 15), always worth a visit.
Close by you'll have a nice view of the ST. STEPHEN'SCATHEDRAL (Stephansdom), the most famous sight in Vienna. If you prefer a nice overview over Vienna'sinner city, I recommend you to have a drink at the LAMEE ROOFTOP BAR (Rotenturmstrasse 15). Theview is breathtaking!
VIENNA'S HOTSPOTSA definite must-see for every visitor is the NASCHMARKT, a vibrant market where you can buy freshvegetables, fish and herbs. There are also nice cafés & restaurants like the NENI, where you can orderhealthy snacks and refreshments. Every Saturday the Naschmarkt FLEAMARKET takes place, one of thebest fleamarkets in Europe. Definitely a must for every vintage lover!
A few blocks away you'll find the famous KARLSPLATZ with the beautiful KARLSKIRCHE, which is byfar the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna. Every summer there is an OPEN-AIR CINEMA in frontof the church, where you can watch hand-picked movies for free.
I can also recommend you to take a walk along the WIENER RINGSTRASSE, just like Sigmund Freuddid. The Ringstrasse is a circular boulevard surrounding the historical city centre of Vienna. Along the 4kmwalk you'll see the PARLIAMENT, the OPERA HOUSE and the BURGTHEATER as well as thebeautiful town hall and the HOFBURG. Note: Please don't take any Fiaker Rides, the famous horsecarriages, since the poor horses are being tortured and suffer from the cobblestones and summer heat.
ART & SHOPPING IN VIENNAOne of my favorite places to be is the 7th district called NEUBAU, one of the coolest and most inspiringareas in Vienna. I recommend to start at the MUSEUMSQUARTIER and visit the MUMOK (Museum ofModern Art) or the LEOPOLD MUSEUM. In general the Museumsquartier, or MQ as the locals say, is afantastic place to hang out. There are colourful plastic sofas everywhere and you can enjoy free lectures,concerts and performances.
Near the MQ you'll find the BURGGASSE, a vibrant street with great shops and restaurants. Stop by atDIE SELLERIE, my favorite gift shop. They sell lovely stationery, prints, books and pottery. More favoriteshops: COMERC, SOUBOIS and KAUF DICH GLUECKLICH, which are all quite close.
Need a break? Go to ERICH (Neustiftgasse 27) for a healthy Sweet Potato Bowl or Eggs Benedict. If youprefer something more sweet, grab a yummy icecream (try Cookies!) at VEGANISTA. t's just around thecorner. After a long shopping day go to the nearby 25 HOURS HOTEL and enjoy a sundowner at theDACHBODEN ROOFTOP BAR.
WHAT ELSE IS THEREIf you have some extra time make sure to visit the PRATER, a large public park in Vienna's 2nd district. It's alovely place for picnics and relaxing walks but you can also have lots of fun at the bespoke amusement park.Another great place to hang out is the DONAUINSEL, where you can rent a bike or enjoy a dip into theDanube. If you like to stay at the center, walk along the DONAUKANAL and enjoy a drink at the TELAVIV BEACH. Have fun!
I hope you've enjoyed my City Guide! For more Vienna Inspiration follow along on my Instagram@viennawedekind