Our Insider’s Guide to Vienna
Vienna is a city like none other. Packed with imperial grandeur, the city is rich with history, a lively culinary scene, and many quiet corners to explore. When winter envelops the city with brisk temperatures and a soft blanket of snow, there are few places more magical than Vienna. A city of music, art, architecture and glamour, Vienna has everything you need for a chic winter getaway.
Stay: Park Hyatt Vienna · Am Hof 2, 1010 Wien · +43 1 227401234
Located in the center of the city’s Golden Quartier, the Park Hyatt Vienna is an opulent and glamorous hotel. Packed with historic character, the hotel is located in the former headquarters of the Austrian National Bank, dating back to the early 1900’s. However, our favourite feature of this sparkling hotel is the fact that the interiors are inspired by none other than Coco Chanel. The hotel has named it’s cocktail bar “Pearl”, a tribute to the designer’s favourite jewel; and the Lounge’s art deco interiors are modeled on her famous mirrored staircase at 31 Rue Cambon.
Sip: Café Sperl · Gumpendorfer Strasse 11, 1060 Wien · +43 1 5864158
Vienna takes its kaffee und kuchen very seriously. Open since 1880, Café Sperl is quaint, with delicious coffee and pastries. The beautiful interior of the café features a parquet floor, rococo ceilings and chandeliers, and has been featured in the film Before Sunrise. Be sure to try their famous Sperl Chocolate Cake as you sip on a delicious latte and bask in the Viennese coffee culture.
Supper: Steirereck im Stadtpark · Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien · +43 1 7133168
For a special meal in Vienna, the two-Michelin-starred Steirereck im Stadtpark is always flawless. Located in one of the most beautiful settings in town, the restaurant features modern Austrian cuisine. While the menu changes seasonally, this restaurant perennially holds a spot on the top of many “world’s best restaurant” lists.
Shop: NFive · Neubaugasse 5, 1070 Wien · +43 1 5238313
NFive is one of the chicest spots to shop in Austria. They offer a vast selection of mostly Scandinavian designers such as Filippa K and Becksöndergaard, along with more familiar international brands such as Marc Jacobs and Velvet.
See: Schönbrunn Palace · Schönbrunner Schlostrasse 47, 1130 Wien· +43 1 81113239
The iconic Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence. Enthralled in lavish architecture, the Rococo palace is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in the country. About 40 (out of a total 1441) lavish rooms are open for viewing, including the white and gold mirrored room, where a six-year old Mozart once performed. If you’re visiting Vienna at Christmas time, the palace is also home to the most beautiful Christmas Market in Vienna. Renowned for their beautiful handcrafted items, visitors will enjoy fragrant holiday treats, twinkling lights, and festive displays.