Districts to savor
The MuseumsQuartier is not only one of the world's leading cultural complexes, it is also a popular outdoor recreation area brimming with numerous restaurants and cafés. A few streets further on is the Spittelberg district, which offers an exciting blend of bars and restaurants, boutiques and craft stores.
A thriving bar scene has sprung up around many of Vienna's markets. The Naschmarkt and the neighboring Freihaus district are two of the city's most vibrant areas. The Naschmarkt itself is awash with color - wherever you look there are stalls laden with vegetables, meat and fish, as well as busy restaurants serving everything from Viennese classics to Indian specialties. The trendy Freihaus district is full of galleries, bars, cafés and restaurants. Yppenplatz on the Brunnenmarkt and the Karmelitermarkt are also popular meeting places.
Young bar owners are steadily transforming the area around Gumpendorfer Strasse into another hotspot as they snap up the empty shops in the side streets between Mariahilfer Strasse and the Naschmarkt. A number of popular restaurants have set up shop amidst the venerable old Biedermeier buildings around Margaretenplatz - the various guest gardens are hidden away in the courtyards of the Schlossquadrat area just off Schönbrunner Strasse.
The bars and restaurants located beneath the railway arches along the Gürtel have been a highlight of the city's nightlife for decades. The Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Döblinger Gürtel sections of this busy traffic thoroughfare are lined with music clubs and bars. The Altes AKH university campus, once home to the university clinics, is now a popular student hang-out. This oasis of green adds a rich blend of different bars and restaurants to any visitor's itinerary.
The Open-Air Scene
City Hall Square draws the crowds all year round with a packed program of events. In July and August it makes way for the Music Film Festival and dozens of concessions stands, while in November and December it is time for the Magic of Advent in Vienna and its traditional Christmas markets. January and February bring the Vienna Ice Dream, a festival of ice-skating fun, music, punch and culinary delights.
During the summer months the Danube Canal comes into its own thanks to locations such as Summer Stage, Strandbar Herrmann, Tel Aviv Beach and Adria Vienna. Also on the Danube Canal, Badeschiff and Motto am Fluss are popular year-round locations.