“Vienna. Most glorious of capitals. What can I say, I’ve never been a big fan of yours. You’re loud. You’re big. And you’re full of dangers. You’re new. You’re old. And your inhabitants are f’ing rude. You act like you’re so much better than every other place in Austria. But where are your mountains? Where are your lakes? Where’s the tradition?
And how the hell did you make me fall head over heels in love with you??”
Miss Getaway x Vienna
After being finished with all our exams we decided we were in desperate need of a break from Graz. That meant either going home to Carinthia a little earlier or going on a short weekend getaway. We thought about it and spontaneously booked our tickets for Vienna. We quickly sorted out accommodation and off we set en route Vienna.
It’s funny how I’ve (literally) been in Vienna once a month in 2016 but never really got to do touristy stuff. As I usually go there for meetings, events or grabbing a drink with friends I somehow never get around to do anything besides that. Besides, as you could probably tell from the into… I’ve never been a massive fan of Vienna.
That all changed during this weekend getaway, though. Okay, to be fair – it probably was a bit earlier. But this weekend getaway made me realized how incredibly amazing Vienna really is. It certainly is a city like no other and I think we ought to appreciate it a lot more. Growing up I always was told how rude and arrogant the Viennese people are. How dirty and dangerous the city was. Which might be true.. but Vienna is so much more.
My Weekend Getaway to Vienna
After arrival, we quickly headed towards our hotel (The Mercure Vienna City – review will follow). Then we finally set off to explore Vienna. Our first stop was the Schönbrunn Castle and the Zoo. Both were absolutely stunning. I’m usually not the biggest fan of Zoo’s but this time I absolutely enjoyed myself. It was so beautifully designed and the animals had plenty of space to roam. Would definitely recommend that – even though the entrance price for about 20€ isn’t what I’d call cheap.
On our second day we got the opportunity to test drive a Tesla S. I’ll tell you all about my experience with Jollydays and the trip we did in the following week. But you can already get a glimpse in the video below. So we took the car out for a drive around the ‘Wachau’ with stops in Krems and Dürnstein. It was absolutely fabulous. After dinner, we sat down at Tel Aviv Beach at the Danube channel for drinks.
Our last day we used for sightseeing and shopping. We explored the Burggarten, the Parliament, the ‘Heldenplatz’ and the inner city. Vienna is such an incredible city filled with historical buildings and places. Wherever you go you’ll find yourself in awe at what’s standing in front of you. I’m absolutely in love with this city.
A Foodie’s dream
Big cities usually are a dream come true for everyone loving food. Including me. So naturally what we did was eat our way through Vienna. After our arrival, we treated ourselves to the most delicious vegan burgers from Swing Kitchen. The mister is a massive meat lover and, believe me when I say he knows his stuff. This burger, however, he absolutely loved even though it’s entirely vegan. So I’d definitely recommend this place to everyone loving burgers. Burger + Side (Coleslaw FTW) + Drink cost about 8€, which is an extremely fair price in my opinion.
On day two we decided to grab some pizza. After a massive list of pizza places was recommended to me the choice wasn’t a particularly easy one. In the end, we opted for Pizzeria Riva. And we loved it. Real authentic Italian pizza in the heart of Vienna. Seriously, what’s not to love? After that, we walked through the city to get some ice cream at Veganista Ice Cream. They sell the craziest collection of vegan ice cream. This time, I opted for Basil, Peanut Butter and Cookies. Heaven!
Have you ever been to Vienna? Are there any things missing this list that you’d like to add?