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The term Heurige refers to both the final harvests of the season and also the local tavern where the harvested fruit is enjoyed. It’s a true institution at the heart of Viennese gastronomy. These welcoming and rustic meeting places are present in one form or another throughout the hills which surround the city, but we specifically advise you to visit the village of Grinzing.
Mount Leopoldsberg is one of the favorite places for Vienna residents. These lusciously green hiking paths, just a few miles from the city allow you to escape for a few hours and enjoy the local nature. In clear weather, it’s possible to watch the sun rise over Vienna. A unique moment which will become unforgettable.
Anyone who has already been to Vienna will know about the Prater, but few tourists risk discovering this enormous park, a true paradise of pleasure. The “green lung” of the city offers over 8 miles of footpaths and gives you the feeling of being at one with nature. Shaded forests, large expanses of water and vast meadows, and more. An enjoyable place for all ages, whether you’re visiting by yourself or with your family.
Coffee grains arrived in Vienna in the 17th century, giving birth to a unique tradition. The local people of Vienna have established these moments spent in cafés into a true way of life. You can experience the tradition by entering the majestic halls of the different historic cafés of the city, the very place where a number of literary and musical masterpieces were created. Even today, sitting down at a table is still the best way to immerse yourself into the atmosphere which reigns in the Austrian capital.
A magnificent baroque architectural building complex comprised of two distinct palaces, the palace-garden was the summer residence of Prince Eugène de Savoie in the 18th century. The Upper Belvedere houses one of the most important collections of Austrian art works, featuring the masters of the Viennese Secession Egon Schiele and Klimt, whose famous painting of The Kiss simply has to be seen. Visiting the Upper Belvedere, you can really appreciate the architecture of the buildings, their interiors decorated with marble, gildings and grotesques, as well as the gardens and the mirror pool in which the palace is reflected.
What would Vienna be without music? A real institution within the Ring, Staatsoper opera house gave the city the musical quality that has been its trademark since the 18th century. Since opening in 1869 with Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, the opera house has alternated between the likes of Gustav Mahler, Karl Böhm, and Herbert von Karajan. Every year, the traditional Opera Ball gathers prominent personalities together on the dance floor of the concert hall.
With architectural lines undulating on multicolored facades, and asymmetric windows with vegetation emerging from all sides, this is the original Hundertwasser House. Designed by the visionary artist Hundertwasser in collaboration with the architect Joseph Krawina, this collection of 52 apartments was built between 1983 and 1985. Located at Kegelgasse 34-38, taking the short detour to this building is sure to make an impression!
Visiting Stephansdom, a magnificent Gothic cathedral dating from the 12th century, is a must when staying in Vienna. Climb the 343 steps to the Tümerstube for its breathtaking views across the city. Another point of particular interest regarding the cathedral is the Pummerin, the largest bell to still be in use in Austria, which weighs some 20 tonnes. Lastly, the interior combines multiple styles to stylish effect. The high altar is a masterpiece not to be missed.