Catch the vibe of the charming city of Vienna
Vienna is the city of music, charming little quarters, tasty food and wines, hip and vibrant places, street art and beautiful sunsets at the Danube beach. We have picked out some extraordinary places and locations where you feel Vienna’s special charm and vibrant nightlife.
#1 Spittelberg artistic flair
If you want to discover a completely different world, without traffic noise or crowds of visitors, just have a short walk from the city center to the historical area of Spittelberg. Quiet during the day, but full of life in the evening, it is a favourite place of artists and students. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the tiny romantic restaurants and cafés with idyllic gardens and courtyards. Take a look to the small hidden shops selling arts, crafts and fashion from local designers.
#2 Coffee Culture unique in the world
Cafe Hawelka in Dorotheergasse is one of the most famous original coffee houses. Order a ‘Schwarzer’ for a black coffee, a ‘Brauner’ for a black coffee with milk or a ‘Melange’ for coffee with cream. Sit back and enjoy the cozy coffee shop environment which consists of wooden seating arrangements and interesting people to watch. In Hawelka they offer the famous fresh ‘buchteln’ with apricot jam and vanilla sauce, delicious apple strudel, cheese strudel or sausages. Directly in the city center on the ‘Graben’ this is the perfect place for you to relax after a shopping spree.
#3 Rooftop Bars luxurious ambience
As a highlight in the evening catch a sunset drink at one of the rooftop bars. Aurora, Vienna’s hottest new rooftop bar, is on top of the luxurious Andaz hotel right next to the main railway station ‘Hauptbahnhof’. Inspired by the word Aurora which means the Northern Lights, the bar offers Nordic design with an open fireplace. From a spacious rooftop terrace you have a view of the glittering starlit sky.
Our second rooftop recommendation is in Praterstraße in the 2nd district and very stylish. Take the elevator to Das LOFT at Hotel SO Vienna to watch the sunset through the numerous glass windows of the rooftop bar. Enjoy your delicious meal or cocktail with a view over Vienna. There can hardly be a sight more spectacular than from this place.
#4 Danube Canal urban beach feeling
Now it is time to get some fresh air and stretch the legs. Take a walk along the water of the Danube Canal to check out the vibrant street art and enjoy the numerous bars and restaurants, which offer you a perfect place to chill out. The trendy bar Strandbar Herrmann provides a Riviera feeling with its sandy beach, deckchairs, hip music and cocktails, and offers you brunch at the weekend. On the Badeschiff (pool boat) a few steps further along, an outdoor pool and refreshing drinks on the top deck are an attraction on hot summer days. A romantic sunset in the evening makes you feel like at the seaside.
#5 Naschmarkt exotic herbs and fresh seafood
Built in the 16th century the Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular open-air market and a real hot spot for gourmets. Many bars and restaurants invite you to sit down for lunch or for a glass of selected wine. You can also buy fresh seafood or choose from a rich selection of fruits, vegetables or even exotic herbs from all over the world. The market is located in the fancy 6th district close to the metro line U4 and is about 1,5 kilometres long. Each time you visit the famous Naschmarkt, you will again experience the extraordinary feeling of a variety of cultures in a single place.
#6 Palmenhaus Imperial charm meets trendy location
The Palm House is one of the most beautiful steel and glass constructions of the 19th century and was once used by the Austrian emperor as a place for entertainment. The attractive Art Nouveau building is a real oasis in the city, filled with tropical plants, trickling waterfalls and beautiful butterflies. Located close to the Imperial Palace ‘Hofburg’, the ‘Palmenhaus’ is a beautiful place to enjoy some Brunch-style dishes, homemade pastries, coffee or wine. From the outdoor terrace you have a wonderful view at the Castle Garden ‘Burggarten’ and in the evening cocktails are served while you listen to ‘relaxed grooves’.