When finding yourself in Vienna, it goes without saying that a walk through its historic streets and visits of the Gothic or Baroque buildings is a necessity. So take a chance to visit the historic Belvedere which is consisted of two palaces built in Baroque style- the Upper and Lower Belvedere. The estate was built as a summer house for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Tours around its early modern period grounds are always available, so you have the chance to admire the architecture, interior design and visit the museum within, which includes masterpieces by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.
For the art lovers, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is a short minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The Museum was first opened in 1891 and was built by Emperor Franz Joseph for Habsburgs’ collection of art. The museum is home to masterpieces by artists like Raphael, Rubens and Pieter Bruegel while it contains art from ancient Egypt up to late 18th century, covering five different millennia and making the museum a walk through the history of art.
If you have the chance, you will not regret attending a performance at the State Opera or ‘Wiener Staatsoper’ as they call it in Vienna. Opened in 1869, it has hosted numerous performances by well-known composers and musicians. It is estimated that it produces roughly 60 operas and over 350 ballet performances per year, so each day you may be able to attend a different performance! The State Opera is also closely linked to the famous Vienna Philharmonic as its members are recruited from the Vienna State Opera.
Where to shop
Vienna is also famous for its shopping opportunities, so don’t forget to have a stroll down the elegant Kärntner Straße- the most famous street for shopping in Vienna dating back to 1257! Bear in mind though that stores are usually closed on Sundays and during lunch time daily regardless of the season. Austria’s chocolate has become so popular due to Mozart- every shop will sell the famous chocolates- covered marzipan balls, also known as Mozartkugel, wrapped in the gold paper with Mozart’s figure on them. In the markets, especially during Christmas time you will find a variety of top quality Austrian wine, handmade decorations, jewellery and clothes - the atmosphere is something similar of a fairy-tale land.
Where to eat and drink
Austria’s most famous dish is Wienerschnitzel and what better place to have it than in the capital city? One of the most renowned restaurants for this dish in Vienna is Figmuller located just around the corner from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If you don’t feel like dining in a restaurant, why not visit the Naschmarkt, a mile-long food market filled with stalls with foods of exceptional quality from all over the world? The street turns into a flea market every Sunday, so plenty to see and grab! As for the coffee lovers, Vienna has just the places for you with its famous coffee culture. A must-not-miss coffee shop is Café Hawelka- dim lighting, atmospheric interior- this coffee shop was the epicentre of artists in the late 1930s.