From Austria with love – Day 2: Vienna's cultural wealth combined with the aesthetics of parks and traditional Viennese desserts

As they say, if you haven't been to Vienna for a day, then you haven't been to Austria at all! Today's your day is full of contrasts! You will see the most famous architectural sights, majestic castles and palaces, as well as get aesthetic pleasure from visiting museums and enjoy the coziness of Christmas markets. All this is accompanied by rest in popular Austrian restaurants, and the most fascinating thing for dessert - the Viennese opera!
From Austria with love
Visiting:

Trip duration: 7 days

Viktoria Afanaseva

Café Sacher

Cafés, Dessert Shops, Cupcake Shops


A luxurious cafe in the famous Sacher Hotel. The interior is amazing! It feels like you're in a gorgeous palace. Come and have breakfast early in the morning, as this place is visited by a huge number of people in the afternoon and queues line up from the street. You should try the popular cake and apple strudel. The cafe has a shop where you can buy sweets as a souvenir. The cafe's open from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.

Vienna City Hall (Wiener Rathaus)

City Halls, Monuments / Landmarks


The Vienna City Hall and the adjoining Vienna Ratospark are the most famous and favorite places for tourists. The neo-Gothic building is delightful and makes you admire this attraction without having to worry about it. The building houses the offices of the mayor of the city and hosts the meetings of the Land Parliament and the municipality. There are two libraries, a land library and a Viennese city library, two archives, a Viennese city library and a land library. At the peak of the main tower you can see the iron guard sculpture "Rathausman". And next to it there is an observation deck, which can be accessed by climbing 256 steps. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 13:00 a.m. there is a free guided tour of the City Hall building (except for meetings and holidays). So you can always come back here at this time and see the inner City Hall. There are audio guides in English, French, Italian and Spanish, no Russian. From January 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Town Hall Square turns into a huge ice rink with a DJ. And the best part is the Christmas markets. A huge number of shops with souvenirs, Christmas toys, sweets and spices. For kids, their favorite activity is riding on carousels, horses, trains and participating in funny contests and games.

MuseumsQuartier

Plazas


In place of the cavalry arena, stables, barracks and other buildings that were formed in the 18th century to provide for the imperial court, there is now a magnificent exhibition hall. Once you enter the courtyard of the museum complex, you will see two cube-shaped buildings: the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Not only adults, but also children like the Zoom museum, because they are allowed to draw on walls and clothes, learn how to build houses and make cartoons. In the building of the former cavalry arena there is the Kunsthalle Gallery, where the works of young people are shown. If you are a museum-like aesthete, be sure to stay here for a couple of hours.

Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien)

Art Museums


The famous Museum of Art History, which presents masterpieces of Western art, such as paintings by Bruegel, as well as monuments and sculptures of the ancient world, ancient Egypt and the East. The museum is located on Maria Theresa Square together with another one - the Museum of Natural History and the picturesque park and monument to the Empress. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Thursday (on this day the museum is open until 9 p.m.). Between the Museum of Art History and the Natural History Museum is the Christmas Village on Maria Theresa Square. Before Christmas, tents appear here too, where you can buy traditional handicrafts and unusual gifts. Musicians inspire a festive mood. On December 27, the Christmas village is being replaced by the New Year's Eve.

Hofburg

Palaces


The mighty and austere palace and park complex of the Hofburg unites 20 palaces and 19 buildings, created in different periods and with different styles of architecture: Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Empire. The ensemble has about 2600 premises. It houses the official residence of the President of Austria. Important areas to visit: the Silver Chamber, the Sissi Museum and the Imperial Apartments.

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Palaces


Schönbrunn Palace is a Viennese residence belonging to the Austrian emperors, one of the most important architectural sights of the Austrian Baroque, the architect of which is Johann Bernhard Fischer von Earlach. Schönbrunn is also home to the Palm House, the Glorietta Pavilion, the maze park and the zoo. There is a café where master classes on the production of the famous Viennese strudel are held, the secrets of its baking are told and, of course, it can be tasted!

Café Central

Cafés


Cafe "Central" with its rich history is especially attractive for the warm atmosphere, live music and delicious coffee and dishes. He was visited by all kinds of celebrities, even Sigmund Freud himself. The most favorite traditional types of coffee: 1) traditional mélange coffee; 2) The famous Maria Theresa coffee; 3) specialty coffee "Central"; 4) blond coffee; 5) "Viennese coffee." In addition to coffee and pastries, there is a wide range of Austrian cuisine. From Monday to Friday the cafe is open from 7:30 to 22:00, and on Sunday it opens later - at 10 am.

Lower Belvedere (Unteres Belvedere)

Palaces


The Belvedere Gallery is a place to see Gustav Klimt's legendary canvas "The Kiss" and to discover the artists Schiele and Kokoschka. And also enjoy the magnificence of the Baroque palace ensemble and park.

Hundertwasserhaus

Monuments / Landmarks


"The Ecological Home, so named by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, immediately attracts with its unusual design! It's an avant-garde residential building with ordinary civil servants there. The architect created a very unusual appearance: uneven walls, mosaic, various figures and statues. And the trees are growing right inside the building! It may seem that the house looks "chaotic", but this is done in order to show the fusion of man with nature and the harmony between them.

Naschmarkt

Markets, Farmers Markets, Flea Markets


The market is located within walking distance of Maria Theresa Square and represents long covered rows. On the one hand, they are successive cafes and restaurants, on the other hand, they are products. It sells literally everything: wine, seafood, groceries, pickles, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, sweets. You can eat inexpensively at the cafe. Different kitchens for every taste. The market is open until 7:30 p.m. and the restaurants near it last longer.

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opera Houses


The Vienna State Opera is one of the most iconic places, built in 1863-1869, where you enjoy talented voices and music at the highest level, and the famous stage offers a daily changing program. Subtitles can be included in German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian or Japanese. Once a year, the main hall of the State Opera is transformed into the Viennese Opera Ball in the presence of the Austrian President.