A day in Vienna with friends
A good friend from student days is visiting Adia in Vienna. In this Vienna/Now episode, she takes him to her favorite spots in the city center. And it includes a little bit of everything: sightseeing, good food, culture, shopping, and even places to relax...
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The perfect way to start off is to enjoy some coffee with a view of the “Steffl” – for example at the Lamée Rooftop Bar. This is best followed by a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral. This landmark of Vienna is not only the most important church in the city but also the most significant Gothic building in Austria. Seen from a distance, the roof with its colorful rooftiles is especially breathtaking. A must for everyone visiting Vienna!
The 1st district around St. Stephen’s Cathedral stands out not only in terms of attractions – there is also an abundance of places for shopping. Between larger chain stores and smaller boutiques in the city center, you can find numerous artisanal shops where real treasures are made by hand. Mühlbauer has made high-quality hats since 1903. Stars like Brad Pitt and Madonna haven’t been able to resist!
Just a few minutes away on foot, you can impress your friends with one of the city’s most legendary coffee houses. Mr. and Mrs. Hawelka opened their famous café in 1936, launching a true Viennese institution that exudes its own unique charm. Local and international celebrities and other prominent art and cultural figures also like to stop by and enjoy coffee from the in-house roast house or the famous Buchteln (buns filled with jam).
After all the impressions gained in the 1st district, it’s time for a break in nature. And in Vienna, you don’t even have to leave the city center for this. The Volksgarten is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Be sure to see the Theseus Temple built in the Greek style and the Sisi Monument. In (early) summer, the wonderful scent of over 3,000 rose bushes will captivate you!
The MuseumsQuartier (MQ) has been on of the city’s most popular meeting places since 2001. In a space of over 90,000 square meters and with 60 cultural facilities, it is one of the largest art venues in the world. The Viennese are fond of sitting on the colorful seats called “Enzis” in the inner courtyard to chat with friends in a relaxed setting. New since 2020: MQ Libelle, a cool rooftop location on the roof of the Leopold Museum. Your friends will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of Vienna.
If you want to get to know Vienna, be sure to stop by the Naschmarkt! The most famous of the Viennese markets offers an incredibly broad culinary selection (from Viennese and Indian to Vietnamese and Italian) and is popular with young and old. Here you can end your day at a restaurant or bar of your choice. By the way: The legendary flea market is bustling with activity every Saturday.
Tip: Out and about with ivie
The ivie app – a digital tour guide – can accompany you as you explore Vienna. And not only does ivie know the way, it knows Vienna from the inside out. Insider tips, curious anecdotes and stories about special places all over Vienna are waiting for you.
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