VIENNA FALL & WINTER GUIDE The best places to eat, sleep and play in Vienna this fall and winter






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The best places to eat, sleep and play

in Vienna this fall and winter


Visions of Hapsburg grandeur are usually what compels

travelers to Vienna, and happily, they won’t be disappointed.

Ornate palaces, modern art complexes, delectable pastries

and opera await. Those journeying in the winter will have the

added treat of the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School and

the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

While the warm, sunny summers are the most popular tourist

season, autumn is also a romantic—and less crowded—time

to visit. Cold, snowy winters bring skiers and winter camping

enthusiasts, while spring is the perfect time to beat the crowds.

The charms of the city have long lured artists and intellectuals.

Composers Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, artists

Gustuv Klimt and Egon Schiele, architect Adolf Loos, father

of modern psychiatry Sigmund Freud and author Joseph Roth

have all called Vienna home. And they have left their mark

upon the city in the architecture, the museums, the music

halls—in the very culture of Vienna.

Navigating Vienna is made simple by excellent public

transportation. Most visitors will remain within the boundaries

of the Ringstrasse, the boulevard circling the Inner Stadt (the

city center), leaving only to visit the Prater and Schonbrunn.


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1. “Don’t spend too much time inside the museums; maybe choose one or two museums and one of the two imperial palaces. Walk in the city, listen to the concerts in the streets and feel its unique atmosphere.”—TripAdvisor Member 2. If attending a performance, “there seems

to be no real dress-code anymore, but at least you ought to wear dark-colored clothes and proper shoes. No leisure clothing! A tie would be nice.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

3. Read “Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and

Culture by Carl E. Schorske. This book takes readers back in time to experience Vienna as it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”—TripAdvisor Member, San Francisco, Calif.




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If the weather cooperates, head to Schloss Schonbrunn. “The gardens are huge and lovely—the climb up to the Gloriette is rewarded with a wonderful view.”— TripAdvisor Member, United Kingdom

Gloriette, Schloss Schonbrunn, 1 811 13 239

Take a day trip to “Melk Abbey, a beautiful Benedictine abbey now fully restored. Many say it’s the most beautiful in the world. It has a commanding view of the Danube.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Melk Abbey, Abt Berthold Dietmayrstrasse 1, Melk, 27 52 555 0

“I enjoyed the big wheel at the Prater. I went on in February and got some fantastic, atmospheric pictures of the view from the top through a snowstorm. It was so silent up there (only me), and the structure is incredible.”—TripAdvisor Member

Riesenrad (Giant Ferris wheel), Prater, Prater 90, 1 729 54 30


Finally, a museum in the Museum Quarter where parents don’t have to plead, “Please don’t touch!” The hands-on Zoom Kindermuseum “is designed for children of various ages and is very popular.”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Children’s Museum (ZOOM Kindermuseum), MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1 524 79 08

“Inside the Butterfly House, you’ll be surrounded by hundreds of live,

free-flying butterflies in a tropical rainforest

environment. There are hollow trees with spiral staircases, bridges and even waterfalls.”—TripAdvisor Member, Berlin, Germany

Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus), Palmenhaus Burggarten Hofburg, 1 533 85 70

“One of the main highlights of the Schönbrunn has to be the Tiergarten, reputed to be the oldest zoo in Europe. Today, it contains many modern animal exhibits, like aquariums and a tropical rainforest building. You can see pandas, tigers, rhinos, lemurs

and kookaburras.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, British Columbia

Schönbrunn Tiergarten, Maxingstrasse 13b A, 1 877 92 94


“The Museum Quarter is a very nice complex of modern museum buildings,” with a center for dance, design, children’s museum, art galleries and more. “We spent some time in the ‘square,’ which is a very lively place with cafes, a museum shop and some comfortable places to sit.”— TripAdvisor Member, Athens, Greece

Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier Wien), Museumsplatz 1/5, 1 523 58 81

Be sure to “participate in the tours organized by professional guides inside the Opera and see the building, listen to the history, go up on the stage and visit the main hall.”—TripAdvisor Member

State Opera House (Staatsoper), Opernring 2, 1 514 44 22 50

It’s an art collection fit for a prince! The

Liechtenstein Museum features the personal collection of Prince Liechtenstein in the royal family palace. “This is a fantastic museum! We took a guided tour from the most passionate guide I ever saw.”— TripAdvisor Member

Liechtenstein Museum, Fürstengasse 1, 1 319 57 67 252

TOP 10 Attractions

1. Tiergarten Schonbrunner - Zoo Vienna, Maxingstraße 13b, 1 877 92 94 0 2. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria Theresienplatz, 1 525 24 0

3. Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn), Schönbrunner Schloss-Strasse, 1 811 13 0 4. Historic Center of Vienna

5. State Opera House (Staatsoper), Opernring 2, 1 514 44 29 55

6. Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1 795 57 0 7. St. Charles’s Church, Karlsplatz, 1 504 61 87

8. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), Stephansplatz 3/4, 1 513 76 48 9. Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier Wien), Museumsplatz 1, 1 523 58 81 10. Liechtenstein Museum, Furstengasse 1, 5 767 25 2


“The Vienna Woods are rather big. From Gumpoldskirchen, you can take a walk or even a hike on ‘Beethovenweg’ and

finish at one of the numerous heurigen.”—

TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Vienna Woods

“The gardens at Schönbrun Palace are very nice to walk around, and the hike up to the Gloriette is worth it just for the view down to the palace below.”—TripAdvisor Member, Auckland, New Zealand

Schönbrun Palace (Schloss Schönbrun), Schönbrunner Schloss-Strasse, 1 811 13 0

The hiking paths at Semmering, the “Magical Mountain,” 90 kilometers south of Vienna, are maintained throughout the year. “Try to

visualize fin-de-siecle villas built in the late

19th century, scattered in the woods on very steep slopes. The glory of the past, maybe a little haunted.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Semmering, Passhöhe 248, Semmering


The Hofburg Palace is a must-see. Be sure to visit “the Hofburg Imperial Apartments and the Treasury (Schatzkammer). The Treasury provides in-depth information

about the Hapsburgs and the history of Austria (great for history buffs).”— TripAdvisor Member, Ipswich, U.K.

Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Michaelerkuppel, 1 533 75 70

“There are two parts to the

Kapuzinergruft, the church and the crypt. The crypt is held by Capuchin monks and,

for a small fee, you can view the tombs of every Hapsburg emperor and empress. The tombs range in size from small to

gigantic, and they are decorated in different motifs.”—TripAdvisor Member

Kapuziner Crypt (Kapuzinergruft), Tegetthoffstrasse 2, 1 512 68 53

“A nice break from Vienna’s staid palaces and art museums, the Museum of Technology has a well laid-out and diverse collection, with hands-on displays. Recommended for families with children over the age of nine.”—TripAdvisor Member, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Museum of Technology (Technisches Museum), Mariahilfer Strasse 212, 1 899 98 60 00


The Kunsthistorisches Museum “is one of the best museums in Europe. The Breughels, Dürers and Rubens are worth the visit. And the interior of the museum is a work of art in itself.”—TripAdvisor Member, Stuttgart, Germany

Museum of Fine Arts - Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria Theresien-Platz, 1 525 24 40 25

“The Belvedere Palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. This Palace contains the collections of 19th and 20th century paintings belonging to the Austrian Gallery. The Lower Belvedere displays Vienna’s Golden Age works of art. Next door to it is the Orangery; this houses the Museum of Austrian Medieval Art.” —TripAdvisor Member, Vancouver, British Columbia

Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1 795 57 0

The pastry shops and cafés in Vienna are renowned. “I like the cafes. I like to sit, to rest, to be comfy, to eat the delectable cakes and food, to gawk curiously at the world and to think thoughts of varying cleverness.”—TripAdvisor Member, Oxford, U.K.

Various cafes and pastry shops; Try Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1 535 17 17 0


Zentralfriedhof is a “a quirky yet worthwhile diversion. We found the graves of Beethoven, the Strausses, Schubert and Brahms, as well as a monument to Mozart. But the real treat was the walk through row after row of elaborate and creative tombstones of prominent Viennese.”— TripAdvisor Member, Stuttgart, Germany

Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof ), 11 Simmeringer, Hauptstrasse 234

Stephansdom is a “spectacular cathedral in the heart of Vienna. The area is wonderful and gorgeous to walk around. No cost to walk around the cathedral, and no cost to go inside when it is open to the public.”— TripAdvisor Member, Gualala, Calif.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), Stephansplatz 3/4, 1 513 76 48

Naschmarkt is “a market with a difference, where you can buy anything from a carrot to exotic oriental spices. The atmosphere is more of an eastern market, with traders calling and offering samples.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Naschmarkt, between Karlsplatz and Kettenbruckengasse





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“…a quirky yet


Tichy is probably the most famous of all ice cream parlors in Vienna. I have yet

to find a hazelnut that comes close to

their perfection. The strawberry is quite scrumptious, too.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Tichy, Reumannplatz 13, 1 604 44 46

Expand your hot dog repertoire at one of “the many würstel stands seen all over the

city—good sausage. Try the käsekrainer,

sausage filled with cheese.”—TripAdvisor

Member, Vienna

Würstelstands, Throughout Vienna

Ilona Stuberl is a tiny place with a family feel to it. The service is excellent, and the local cuisine is probably the best I’ve had in Vienna.”—TripAdvisor Member, Moscow, Russia

Ilona Stuberl, Brauner Strasse 2, 1 533 90 29





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“My husband celebrated his birthday in Vienna and I had booked at Do & Co. The food is to die for! The view is directly on Stephansdom. The service is great, very courteous. We HIGHLY recommend Do & Co.”— TripAdvisor Member, Montreal, Quebec

Do & Co., Stephansplatz 12, 1 535 39 69

“As a lover of gastronomy, I was amazed by the quality of the food at Le Salzgries, which follows the French tradition of simple dishes and honest cuisine. The Wine Cave is also interesting, with great service. An unforgettable experience!”—TripAdvisor Member, Paris, France

Le Salzgries, Marc Aurel Strasse 6, 1 533 40 30

Steirereck was the best restaurant experience I’ve ever had. The service was amazing, with at least six different waiters/ waitresses attending to us. The food was superb. I would happily move to Vienna based on this meal alone!”—TripAdvisor Member, Rome, Italy

Steirereck, Am Heumarkt 2a, 1 713 31 68


“The best method of getting around Vienna is via public transportation. A combination system of buses, trams, trains and newer subway lines makes getting around Vienna easy and

efficient.”—TripAdvisor Member

“Consider getting the Vienna Card. I got three days of unlimited travel on public transport, along with discounted entrance to all but one of the museums/attractions I visited.” —TripAdvisor Member, Birmingham, U.K.

For a “quick introduction to Vienna, ride on streetcarone or streetcar two.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Walking tours, bus tours, running tours, boat, bicycle and

streetcar tours, even Segway tours—so many ways to explore! For information on the various ways to see Vienna, visit “Sightseeing” at

“The bike path along the Danube is very popular. Excellent paved

pathways, well-marked and mostly away from vehicle traffic.”—

TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

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Pasta e Basta has great prices and a great atmosphere. If you like good pasta and aren’t afraid of other people sitting at your

table, this is definitely the place to go.”—

TripAdvisor Member, Graz, Austria

Pasta e Basta, Werdertorgasse 10, 1 796 65 42

Figlmüller is where to go for wiener schnitzel. “My husband and I split what had to be the largest pork schnitzel I have ever seen! Prices were reasonable and the staff was friendly. The atmosphere, although busy, was still intimate.”—TripAdvisor Member, Ohio

Figlmüller, Wollzeile 5, 1 512 61 77

“The GasthausKopp is a gourmet’s paradise. The portions are more than generous and

the food tastes like your mother’s home cooking. The ambiance is very simple and Viennese.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

GasthausKopp, Engerth Strasse 104, 1 330 43 92


“I would happily move to Vienna

based on this meal alone!”





“From the essential oils and flavored salts served with rolls to the fine-tuned and

harmonized tastes of each dish, dinner At Eight never ceases to take my breath away. The service is helpful and charming. A

must for fine-cuisine lovers.”—TripAdvisor

Member, Vienna

At Eight, The Ring Hotel, Kaerntner Ring 8, 1 221 22 3 830

“A local favorite with young Viennese, Palmenhaus is a beautiful restaurant on the grounds of the Hofsburg Palace. In the summer, locals love to lounge on the grass or enjoy desserts in the outdoor cafe. The restaurant inside is elegant and beautiful.”— TripAdvisor Member

Palmenhaus, Burggarten, 1 533 10 33

Finkh was the perfect way to ease into our sightseeing week. It’s a very relaxed place and a great neighborhood spot for classic Viennese dishes.”—TripAdvisor Member

Finkh, Esterhazygasse 12, 1 913 89 92


Trzesniewski is a Vienna institution. You will see people with boxes of these

sandwiches being taken home or to offices.

This is a very small place—just point to what you want. In good weather, there are tables outside.”—TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Trzesniewski, Eight branches in Vienna; Center branch Karl Tornay Gasse 34, 1 493 13 32

Kuishimbo doesn’t serve sushi, but instead what my Japanese friends call ‘Japanese home cooking:’ oyakodon, miso soup, horenso salad, kabocha or okonomiyaki. It’s always hard to decide what to have!”— TripAdvisor Member, Vienna

Kuishimbo, Linke Wienzeile 40, 1 194 06 73

“For something completely different, I like Wiener Kochsalon. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but they have a couple of meat dishes and the food is lovely. Lots to choose from, even for carnivores.”—TripAdvisor Member, Oxford, U.K.

Wiener Kochsalon, Bauernmarkt 10, 1 533 15 26


“Lots to choose from,

even for carnivores.”

Vienna, the classical music capital, provides the perfect backdrop for Wien Modern, the premier festival showcasing the latest trends in contemporary classical. The city’s most ornate venues host concerts featuring a vast variety of music ranging from Georges Aperghis to Frank Zappa. This year’s festival will be spotlighting three composers: Friedrich Cerha, Wolfgang Mitterer and Gerald Resch.

(October 28 – November 25)

Wien Modern, Various venues, 1 242 00,

Find last minute gifts and treat yourself to sweets and surprises in the magical Christmas Market, when the Rathausplatz is filled with lights, decorations, music and festive activities.

(November 12 – December 24)

Christmas Market, Wiener Rathausplatz,

Count down to midnight with myriad activities, from the Kaiserball, kicking off Vienna’s Ball Season, to assorted DJ sets and entertainment villages on New Year’s Eve. (December 31)

New Year’s Eve, Various venues

Welcome in the New Year with the famous Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert. Tickets to this popular concert are awarded on a lottery basis, so enter your ballot and cross your

fingers! (January 1)

Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Day Concert, Golden Hall, Musikverein 1 505 65 25,

Glide across the ice to the music of pop, rock and, of course, the traditional Viennese waltz at Wiener Eistraum. (January 19 – March 4)

Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream), Wiener Rathausplatz, http://, 1 24 555 (Tourist Board)

The LGTB community in Vienna host their own contribution to the Ball Season with Regenbogenball, featuring a traditional ballroom as well as a second disco party for those who crave the less traditional dance. (February 11)

Regenbogenball (Rainbow Ball), Parkhotel Schönbrunn, 676 725 27 52,


“The Imperial Vienna is a wonderful hotel with ambience and a real sense of history. The rooms are truly amazing - antique

furniture, classic art work, chandeliers and ceilings that have to be close to 20 feet high!”—TripAdvisor Member, Sydney, Australia

Hotel Imperial Vienna, Kaerntner Ring 16, 1 501 10 0

“I have stayed in many hotels in my life, but Das Tyrol was the best! Definitely worth the money if you want to treat yourself. Really, and this sounds corny, there was not one little thing to complain about. I am spoiled now.”—TripAdvisor Member, Hamburg, Germany

Das Tyrol, Mariahilferstrasse 15, 1 587 54 15

“The Grand very successfully marries tradition and cutting-edge technology. The decor of the recently renovated and

upgraded rooms was superb. While the atmosphere of a bygone era was doubtlessly evoked, it was not accompanied by frumpy furniture and musty smells.”—TripAdvisor Member, Venice, Italy

Grand Hotel Wien, Kaerntner Ring 9, 1 515 80 0


Pension Kraml was a lovely place for our stay. The family is friendly and kind; they preside over the more-than-ample breakfast buffet provided every morning. Our room was quite large and clean, with big sunny windows, and the mattresses were very comfortable.”—TripAdvisor Member, Toronto, Ontario

Pension Kraml, Brauergasse 5, 1 587 85 88

If you’re looking for a “charming little hotel with excellent location, staff and value,” Pension Suzanne may be the place for you. “The staff could not be nicer or more friendly.”—TripAdvisor Member, Paris, France

Pension Suzanne, Walfischgasse 4, 1 513 25 07

“We had a double en suite room at K & T Boardinghouse and it was really lovely— decorated well, clean, comfortable, spacious, bright and everything worked! Even outside in the stairwell, there were plants and a little bench.”—TripAdvisor Member, London, England

K & T Boardinghouse, Mariahilferstrasse 72/18, 1 523 29 89


Hotel Konig Von Ungarn was a “superstar hotel, from the location to the

friendly and helpful staff, from the spacious rooms to the scrumptious full breakfast. This hotel was the perfect place for a family,

but would be perfect no matter what type of traveler you are.”—TripAdvisor Member, The Hague, Netherlands

Hotel Konig Von Ungarn, Schulerstrasse 10, 1 515 84 0

We “loved K+K Hotel, tucked away on a side street yet in easy walking distance to all the main attractions in Vienna. Wonderful breakfast buffet and several cute restaurants within a two-block walk.”—TripAdvisor Member, Boston, Mass.

K+K Hotel Maria Theresia, Kirchberggasse 6, 1 521 23

Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien has got something special. It’s clean, warm and friendly and so convenient to the center of Vienna. The breakfast is good, and the free

internet is handy for finding out what’s currently

happening in in the city.”—TripAdvisor Member

Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien, Frankenberggasse 10, 1 505 17 01






Kaiserin Elisabeth is a beautifully and stylishly decorated, quiet and cool hotel, right in the centre of the city. What more could you ask for? When we saw our room, we immediately booked another night.”— TripAdvisor Member, Perth, Australia

Kaiserin Elizabeth, Weihburggasse 3, 1 515 26 0

The Ring was the most memorable of all the hotels on our trip. It combines both the casual and the luxurious, the best of two

worlds. Without the stuffiness you would

expect in many hotels in Vienna, but with all

the amenities you want for a five-star hotel.”—

TripAdvisor Member, Toronto, Ontario

The Ring-Vienna’s Casual Luxury Hotel, Karntnerring 8, 1 221 22

“We were celebrating our anniversary, so we wanted a romantic hotel, close to the action. The Steigenberger was all that and more. The rooms were modern, the bar was a nice place to end an evening and the location was unbeatable.”—TripAdvisor Member, London, England

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Wien, Herrengasse 10, 1 534 04 0

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Guests appreciate Stadtnest B&B “for friendship, long breakfast talks, the best marmalade ever eaten, lots of information and the feeling that you can forget time when there.”—TripAdvisor Member, Düsseldorf, Germany

Stadtnest B&B, Stumpergasse 29, 1 545 49 38

“For more than ten years I have returned to the miracle of Altstadt Vienna. Vienna’s most individual hotel gives you friendly

atmosphere, first quality living and breakfast,

so you can feel at home day by day. Little surprises guaranteed.”—TripAdvisor Member, Berlin, Germany

Altstadt Vienna, Kirchengasse 41, 1 522 66 66

Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design Wien is “WUNDERBAR—a wonderful boutique hotel. Each room is themed on a different Austrian vineyard. Samples of the wines are available to purchase. The rooms themselves are beautifully designed in a modern, chic and minimalistic, but very comfortable, style.”—TripAdvisor Member, The Hague, Netherlands

Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design Wien, Lange Gasse 13, 1 400 11 22


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