3 days in Vienna
We suggest that you start your first day in Vienna with our delicious and organic breakfast buffet at The Harmonie Vienna. It will make you will feel strong and ready for a productive day. Start your walk towards the inner city. First you will reach Ringstraße and pass the Burgtheater, Vienna City Hall and the Parliament. Cross the Volksgarten park until you get to the Imperial Palace. If you do not like walking, you can always take the D tram and the station is only two minutes away from the hotel. In the Imperial Palace you will find numerous attractions and reminders of the former Habsburg regency, like the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum, the Imperial Silver Collection and the Spanish Riding School.
Upon leaving the Imperial Palace continue your walk through the exclusive shopping streets Kohlmarkt and Graben until you reach St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It is one of the town’s modt famous and loved landmarks and the Viennese simply call it their „Steffl“. Climb up the 343 stairs of the gothic building until you reach the famous Boomer Bell (Pummerin). Enjoy the breathtaking view over the City!
From Stephansplatz stroll along Kärnter Straße, pass the Opera House and continue your walk to Karlsplatz. There you will find the impressive baroque dome of the St. Charles Church. Finish your sightseeing tour by visiting one of the numerous traditional Wiener Kaffeehäuser such as Café Landtmann, Café Central or Café Sacher and study the Viennese “Gemütlichkeit” (which translates as a mixture of cosiness and sociability). If you simply order “coffee” or “Cappuccino” the waiter might show you another typical Austrian character trait called „Grant“, which is a certain Austrian way of being grumpy. In Vienna you can never order just “coffee”, you have to specify which coffee you want, e.g. a “Wiener Melange” or “Kleiner Brauner” (small brown coffee – like an espresso). Try your coffee with a Viennese cake or Strudel.
After an extensive breakfast in our hotel you should start your trip to Schloss Schönbrunn. Walk eight minutes to the U4 station “Roßauer Lände”. Get off at the station „Schönbrunn“ and stroll through the magnificent baroque gardens. You can also go up to Gloriette and take a break and enjoy the outstanding view there. Then you will have to decide whether you want to visit the palace itself or if you want to see the animals in the Tiergarten Schönbrunn, one of the oldest zoos in the world. The zoo is especially fun for kids. In the palace itself you can visit the Imperial Apartments and salons with all their treasures. Guided tours or audio guides are available to help you understand and experience this historical place.
If you still have enough energy you could take the U4 back to the city, get off at Karlsplatz and take the D tram to the station Belvedere Palace. This baroque castle was built by Prince Eugene of Savoy and consists of two parts, the upper and the lower Belvedere. Visit permanent exhibitions in the Upper Belvedere, among them the biggest collection of Klimt paintings worldwide. The Lower Belvedere displays the fancy living quarters of Prince Eugene and special exhibitions. Enjoy the Baroque Gardens of the Belvedere and the near Botanical Gardens. After such a productive day you will most definitely need some time to relax in the evening. Take some time out in charming Serviten Quarter near the hotel and find a nice restaurant to eat, e.g. Rochus or Pasteria.
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On the third day we suggest you take it easy. Take a break from history and culture and visit the Prater. The Prater is the biggest park area in the city, ideal for long walks and picnics in the grass. One part of the Prater is an amusement park for kids as well as adults called Wiener Wurstelprater. There you also find the famous Riesenrad (giant ferris wheel) one of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks. If you have seen the movie “The Third Man”, then you have to pay this a visit. It was renovated a short time ago and shines in brilliant splendour now. A spin with the Riesenrad is also worthwhile as it gives you a beautiful view over the city. If you have kids you will not be able to leave the Prater quickly. Roller coasters, ghost trains, halls of mirrors and other fun attractions guarantee pleasure and action for all of the family. Don’t forget to visit to the popular Schweizerhaus in Prater. Order a homemade “Krügerl” (big beer) and one of their famous knuckles of pork.
Spend the last evening of your short trip pleasantly at a Heurigen in Grinzing. The Viennese Heurigen is as famous as the empress Sissi, Schönbrunn palace, the Vienna Boys Choir or the Lipizzaner horses. Numerous songs were dedicated to the Heurigen and a lot of movies used it as scenery. Above all the Heurigen offer guests a comfortable atmosphere, relaxed conversation, fine Viennese wines of the region and traditional food. It’s a good place to feel at ease and welcome. The German word „Heuriger“ is not only a term for this special kind of restaurant but also means „this year’s wine“, which grows in the beautiful vineyards surrounding the city. Therefore the owner of a “Heuriger” is usually an innkeeper and a winemaker at the same time.
Don’t forget to take a look at our The Harmonie Vienna packages in order to get the best out of your enjoyable stay in Vienna. We are looking forward to welcoming you in our hotel!
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