48 Hours in Vienna
Firstly a disclosure: I loved Vienna so much this is going to be a long blog. I’m going to cover the following if you want to skip bits:
- The itinerary
I can’t get across more how much I loved Vienna. I fell in love with the place. The architecture, the food, the culture. It was just a beautiful weekend.
Once we arrived in Vienna on a Friday evening in late March, we took the City Airport Train into the centre of the city and then took the tube to our accommodation. Buy your tickets online before you leave to save you time and hassle at the airport. The tube system is really cheap and easy to use so I would recommend it. However Uber was also useful in the city.
We got an Airbnb in Vienna, as we always do. I had paid for this trip as a birthday present to my boyfriend so I chose a slightly more expensive apartment to what we would have normally gone for but it was so worth it.
This was the nicest Airbnb I have ever stayed in. It was incredible. It was so beautiful with high ceilings and large wooded doors. It was also in an amazing location. Within walking distance of everything and right in the museum quarter.
The host couldn’t greet us when we arrived as we got in quite late, so she had left us some champagne on arrival. It was a lovely gesture.
If you’re ever in Vienna and this place is available then I would highly recommend: 7th Heaven Apartment.
We started the day with brunch (my fave). I found a place on trip advisor called Erich which happened to be round the corner from our apartment. This was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had. Second to the brunch I had in Barcelona.
After filling up on deliciousness we took the tube to the Schoenbrunn Palace. We got the Grand Tour ticket which comes with a headset and tells you about the history of each room. Myself and boyfriend really enjoyed the tour and found it really informative.
There was also a market on in the gardens where we got a beer and soaked up the sunshine.
After this we took the tube to the Naschmarket. This is a long market of people selling tat and some selling food. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. All the food stalls were selling the same which was a disappointment. However we did stop for a drink along the way for some people watching which is always great.
Later that evening we attended a concert of Mozart Requiem at St Charles Church. It was sensational. The Church was stunning and the whole ensemble were brilliant. The only downsides were that the Church was freezing and we were way over dressed.
As it was Saturday evening we headed for a few bars however the places we had found online were rammed so we ended up just going back to the apartment and having a chilled evening.
On Sunday morning we walked to St Stephens Cathedral and had a walk around the centre of the city. Right next to the cathedral was a shop selling Manner. This is a famous wafer biscuit from Vienna so we went and bought some gifts to take home.
After this we walked to the Schloss Belvedere. We entered from the lower Belvedere where they had an exhibition on showcasing Klemens Brosch. I’m not really an art gallery fan but I actually really enjoyed the experience. The Upper Belvedere had some great pieces in, but it was absolutely heaving with people.
We then took a taxi back to the apartment (Uber wasn’t very expensive in Vienna) and chilled out before going for a drink and then dinner.
On our last day we went to the famous Cafe Central for breakfast and then headed to the Hofburg Palace.
We enjoyed the Hofburg Palace but it was similar to the Schoenbrunn Palace so we didn’t stay for too long. We did some last bits of shopping and beer drinking and then headed to the airport and home.
As I mentioned earlier this was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had. My boyfriend had breakfast tacos and I had poached eggs on sourdough. My breakfast was so cool because you could choose your toppings to make it your own which I really liked.
I had this on the list of potentials but didn’t think we would bother as I had Cafe Central on the to do list. However we were walking past and captivated by the cakes in the window. We stopped for a cake and coffee. I had apple strudle and a hot chocolate. I can’t even put into words how delicious this was. The strudel was beyond expectations and I’m still dreaming about it to this day. The hot chocolate was also freshly made with their chocolate and it was insane.
We went to Cafe Central on the morning of the last day. The interior was beautiful and the cake display fantastic. However I thought I would compare apple strudels and I have to say that Cafe Demel’s strudel was miles better. I didn’t really enjoy the strudel here.
This was a last minute decision as everywhere we wanted to go was closed on Sundays. It was close to the apartment so we thought we would give it a try. It ended up being one of the nicest meals I’ve ever had. I had the goulash for main and it was so yum. The wine was also really good.
In Vienna there are sausage stands outside most tube stations and busy areas. There was one really near our apartment and these sausages ended up being our stable diet for the weekend.
I know, not healthy at all.
They take a long bun sort of like a baguette but softer and poke it down a hot spike and put the sausage in the hole with mustard or ketchup. This means the sauce doesn’t squirt out when you bit into it. Revolutionary I know. They have different types of sausage but the best is the one with cheese inside. A sausage with cheese inside. I say no more.
Overall Vienna was an 11/10.
Let me know if you’re going to Vienna.
Thanks for reading.
Love Charlie xx