The initial time I ever visited Vienna was in January 2018. The occasion? Celebrating my mom’s birthday by attending the Bank Austria ball. And with that excuse, I also had the chance to get a taste of lovely Vienna. We arrived to Vienna late afternoon on Friday, and right away began exploring the city center. Vienna is a city that screams Imperialism. From the spectacular Baroque architecture, to the Art Nouveau buildings and Neo-classical palazzi, Vienna is actually a marvellous and lovely city. Here’s how I spent my quick time in the Austrian capital.
Tasting the original Sacher-torte at Café Sacher
The Bank Austria ball was on January 20th, so we had a bit extra than 24 hours to discover Vienna’s city center. After walking by the opera property, we stopped by the well-known Hotel Sacher for, nicely, a Sacher-torte. What is Sacher cake? A lovely-searching chocolate cake, pretty dry, with a layer of apricot jam, coated with dark chocolate. We had been fortunate sufficient to uncover only 1 particular person in line ahead of us (I’ve heard the line typically goes all the way down the street to get a slice of Sacher cake)! When I’m not a huge fan of sacher cake, I am a huge fan of the common Viennese coffee-property atmosphere, and this spot unquestionably has it. As you step inside the cafe, you are immersed in a grand and plush setting, with marlbe-topped tables and sumptuous red colors, you unquestionably really feel transported back into the 19th century. I extremely suggest it, even if you are not a huge fan of sachertorte, it is a will have to-cease!
Exploring Stephansplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Immediately after warming up with some Sacher cake and tea, we kept exploring the center of Vienna and headed towards the beautiful Stephansplatz. The buildings are sophisticated, the lights are lovely, the retailers leading-good quality. But the accurate sight is the spectacular Baroque-style cathedral – Stephansdome – or St. Stephen’s Cathedral, that rises in the center of the square. It is basically 1 of the tallest churches in the globe, and it is exactly where Mozart was married back in 1782! If you are on a hunt for a panoramic view, stroll the 343 methods all the way up to the north or south towers to get a fascinating view of the city. I actually suggest going to the cathedral, it is actually jaw-dropping!
Dinnertime: Turkish dinner at Ali’s Bar
I’ve lived 4 years in magical Istanbul. So you can picture how hesitant I was when my brother recommended we have dinner at a Turkish restaurant in Vienna. Ever considering the fact that my brother moved to Vienna, he’s grow to be a common at this spot, so I decided to go with the flow and embrace the Turkish dinner in Austria. Conclusion? It was 1 of the most effective Turkish meals I’ve ever had, practically nothing to envy Turkish meals in Istanbul. As you step inside Ali’s Bar, the smell requires you back to Istanbul, to the Bosphorus, to the genuine restaurants of the city among two continents. The service is definitely leading notch, friendly, type and effective. There is a giant charcoal grill exactly where you see diverse types of meats and vegetables getting grilled. As a starter, they arrive with a huge trey filled with diverse types of cold Turkish appetizers served with yummy oven created bread. Absolutely have the humus, the Abagganus, the Beyaz peynir and the patlican. As a key course, I had the spectacular Tatli sis, which is marinated spiced chickenleg fillet – to die for! If you like lamb, do not miss out on the Pirzola, barbecued lamb chops served with olive oil. This spot was actually a treat, and the place is strategic: positioned in the initial district, footsteps from the Viennese Opera Residence. Generally make a reservation!
Late breakfast at Café Central
I’m guilty, we type of slept in on Saturday, seeing that we knew the Viennese ball would final nicely previous the right after hours. So rather of obtaining a appropriate lunch, we just headed to Café Central for a late breakfast. And thank God we did that. Once again, we had luck in the line, just two individuals ahead of us and we had been seated in no time! But when we left, wow, the line was so extended! Café Central is an historic coffe property that dates back to 1876, identified as Vienna’s literary café for getting frequented by Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Altenberg e Adolf Loos, Sigmund Freud, Hugo von Hoffmannsthal and so numerous extra intellectuals. Its grand architecture, vaulted ceilings and lovely artwork transport you back in time. As you indulge in fresh pastries, krapfens, coffee, cake and tea, you immerse oneself in the common Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere with piano notes floating in the background.
Going to Vienna’s Imperial Palace
I really like history. Ever considering the fact that I was young, I was so intrigued by it. If Vienna is such an imperialistic and striking city, it is mainly because of Austria’s history. For the duration of the centuries, the Habsburg Monarchy dominated millions of European individuals of diverse ethnicities and had been 1 of the richest empires of all time. So you can picture that for me, going to the Imperial Palace, household to the political center of the monarch till the finish of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, was on leading of my to-do list. The Imperial Palace – or the Hofburg – is exactly where the Congress of Vienna met, it is exactly where Emperor Franz Joseph held audiences, it is exactly where the residence of the Austrian sovereign was for extra than 600 years. So how in the globe could 1 miss this spot? It is so intriguing.
With just a single ticket, you get access to the Austrian silver collection (my grandmother would have loved this), the Sisi Museum and the spectacular Imperial Apartments. The Silver Collection provides insights into the Austrian dining culture. Some of the silver is nevertheless made use of right now for state dinners! The Sisi Museum provides detailed info on the world’s most well-known princess: Sisi. There are extra than 300 objects on show, which includes gowns, travelling gear and letters, that will aid you comprehend the Empress’s character. And final but not least, the Imperial Apartments are striking. Apart from functioning as the seat of government and administrative centre of the Habsburg Monarchy, the Hofburg was also the winter residence of the imperial loved ones. You will uncover furnishings dating back to the 18th century, original beds, bathrooms, and so a lot extra. The rooms are sumptuous. Prepare to be stunned! The audio guide is wonderful and particularly informative.
Ice skating at Rathausplatz & enjoying a krapfen
Immediately after going to the Hofburg, we walked to Rathausplatz to be entirely mesmerized by the lovely Winter Wonderland park set up in front of Vienna’s City Council – the Rathaus. If you want to show your stuff on the rink, two amazing ice skating rinks await you, which includes an ice skating path! It was unquestionably lovely, along with the music and the lights. I can only picture how magical it must’ve been through Christmas time! There are also a lot of small wooden homes exactly where you can obtain some classic Viennese meals! We went for the krapfen, and OMG this was the most effective krapfen I have ever had. It was so a lot much better than the 1 in Café Central! The name of the little stand promoting the creamy krapfen is Groissböck. They also have their personal Café! I do not know exactly where it is and I haven’t attempted it, but if their krapfen tastes like the 1 I had in Rathausplatz, it is unquestionably a spot I will have to go to in the future!
Attending the Bank Austria Ball in Vienna’s Rathaus
Immediately after our scrumptious krapfen, it was time to get prepared. The Bank Austria Ball opened its doors at 8pm, but the actual dancing didn’t commence till 9pm. Nonetheless, we wanted to get prepared and go to the ball as quickly as probable. As soon as you arrive to the spectacular Rathaus, and right after walking up a handful of flight of stairs, you leave your coat and have your image taken. Then it is time to enter the sophisticated dance area, exactly where you are going to be swept off your feet. The ball is divided in two diverse regions, there is a dance floor, exactly where at 9pm the debutants commence waltzing in their white dresses, and there are private tables. To enter the ball, you either have to function for Bank Austria, or you can basically obtain your ticket and participate.
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Day three: Going back to Budapest
On Sunday we had planned to go to the spectacular Shönbrunn Palace, born as the imperial hunting lodge for Crown Prince Joseph I. It later became the imperial summer time residence of the monarchy. However, we didn’t have sufficient time to go to it, and had to go back to Budapest a bit earlier. But no worries, I’ll be back in spring to go to the spectacular imperial palace!