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Let me tell you a little story about why I believe Vienna is such a great city…
First of all, I am not originally a Viennese. I was raised in Carinthia – the most southern region of Austria, living just a stone throw away from the Italian border.
After school I moved to Vienna to work on the airport loading and unloading planes. This I did for 3 months, until I started studying in Vienna. The next 10 years I first studied and then worked in Vienna for a couple of years.
During my study time I was already very fascinated from this beautiful city. If you walk through the streets of this city, especially in certain areas, like the very popular shopping areas (Graben, Kaerntnerstrasse or Mariahilferstrasse), which are main streets in the inner districts you can feel the vibe, see the culture and breath the diversity…
It’s hard for me to explain this city in words… you just have to experience it.
If you are visiting Vienna for the first time, there are a few things you HAVE to do. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you are rich or poor, if you are from Africa or from China.
Here is my list of 11 things you have to do:
- Try the awesome pastries (get in one of the coffee houses, and order at least 5 pieces of yummy pastries). Some people prefer the very traditional and old coffee houses e.g. Landtman, Sacher, Griensteidl, Deml and many more… Personally, I think other coffee houses like Aida are very nice too. Especially the pastries there.
- Visit Vienna’s amusement park in Prater and do some fun stuff there
- Walk or drive (bus) onto Kobenzl and experience one of the most spectacular views over Vienna (for free)
- Spend a day shopping at Mariahilferstrasse, Graben and Mariahilferstrasse
- Make a walk along the Wiener Ringstrasse and view the oldest Viennes buildings including the Parliament, the Burgtheather, the Town Hall (Rahaus), the Opera House, the university of Vienna and of course the old Imperial Palace. These buildings are a must see. Tip: If you are visiting Vienna in July or August you will probably have the chance to be part of the yearly occurring food festival at the Townhall – and experience yummy dishes from different nations
- Visit the Wiener Stephansdom (the most popular cathedral in whole Austria) – it’s located in the heart of Vienna at the underground station Stephansplatz
- Get some great ice cream at Rotenturmstrasse (either from Zanoni, Eis Greisler or Bartolotti). My personal favourite: Zanoni
- Visit one of the Heurigen in the 19th districts and enjoy great wine with a snack in a very comfortable atmosphere surrounded by wynyards
- Visit the UNO city which is located in the eastern part of Vienna
- Eat the largest Wiener Schnitzel ever at Figlmueller (this is an absolute must)
- Grab a bike for low cost and make a ride along the Danube (a good location to rent bikes may be Schwedenplatz, but make sure to arrive early as bikes can be rented quickly)
- If you are into Museums, make sure to visit one of the great museum Vienna has to offer (personally I like the technical museum most as you can also play with the devices there)
These are the 11+1 bonus tips I can give you when visiting Vienna.
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