Art & Culture

3 days in Vienna

2 days in Vienna

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VIENNA TIPPS

The most beautiful places in the city of music are just a few steps away and can easily be reached from Harmonie Vienna.

We are happy to provide you with personal insider tips from here at our hotel.

 

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Art & Culture

Art & culture are what defines Vienna, both coming to life at almost every corner. Enjoy some of the highlights.

Sights

The Ringstrasse is 5.3 kilometers long. Numerous impressive and famous buildings can be found on this street such as the gothic Vienna City Hall, the Parliament, the world famous Opera House, the Burgtheater, the Town-Hall and many more. They were built during the period of historicism in the 1860s to 1890s and are today among the most important sights in Vienna.

St. Stephens Cathedral is a landmark in the heart of Vienna’s first district and Austria’s most significant gothic building. The spectacular cathedral is 137m high and is home to valuable art treasures. Enjoy the view on the top of the spire – it is breathtaking! You will have to climb 343 stairs to get there but it is worth a visit (a lift is also available at a fee).

The Vienna State Opera offers a large variety of operas and ballets performed by world famous artists, directors and conductors. Every year it hosts the famous opera ball. Take a tour and a look behind the scenes and find out everything there is to know about this iconic building, which was built between 1863 and 1869.

The Imperial Palace was the centre of the enormous Habsburg Empire until 1918. Three museums offer authentic historical insights into the traditions and daily life of the time: The Imperial Apartments, showing the daily life of the monarchs, the Sissi Museum, devoted to the beautiful and celebrated empress, and the Imperial Silver Collection mirroring the splendour of imperial dining tables. The Imperial Palace is also home to the Spanish Riding School as well as to the chapel where you can hear the Vienna Boys Choir sing during Sunday mass.

Get to know a very modern Vienna in the Museums Quarter. The former stables of the Spanish Riding School were converted into a large area for art and culture, where old and new architecture combine in a unique way. You will find some of Vienna’s best museums in the MQ: Leopold Museum, MUMOK (museum of modern art) and Kunsthalle. The Tanzquartier, design shops and comfortable restaurants and cafés are also in the MQ offering the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The inner court with its specially designed seats is always the place to be for people of all ages in the summer.

The two beautiful buildings of the Art and Natural History Museum mirror each other. The Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum) was built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace to house the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its vast array of eminent works and the largest Pieter Bruegel the elder collection in the world, it is considered one of the most significant art history museums in the world. The Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum) offers many surprises to its visitors – adults as well as children. Take a tour of the powerful gallery rooms or a rooftop view of Vienna’s first district. Enjoy the exciting children’s tours.

Vienna’s City Hall is a huge neo-gothic building on the Ringstraße. The large area in front of the building (Rathausplatz) offers entertainment all year round: during the summer it is an open air film festival, during the winter the city’s biggest Christmas market (Christkindlmarkt) and an ice skating area with beautifully illuminated scenery.

Theophil Hansen was commissioned to draw up the plans fot the Stock Exchange house, and the building was opened in 1877. Today the Stock Exchange houses event  venues. In the basement: one of Vienna’s finest flower shops and a restaurant.

University. This imposing building was constructed in the Italian High Renaissance style by Heinrich von Ferstel between 1877 and 1884.

Viennese coffeehouses

The Wiener Kaffeehaus has a long tradition. Some of the most important Austrian artists and intellectuals used to meet in their favourite cafés for discussion and inspiration. Today the Viennese coffee house culture is more alive than ever. Whether they are debating, reading, thinking or just enjoying the aesthetics: the Viennese truly love their “Kaffehaus”, and use it as a cosy living room and sometimes even as their office. Here are some of the most popular cafés in the inner city: Café Central, Café Hawelka, Café Landtmann, Café Mozart, Café Museum, Café Diglas, Café Prückel, Café Schwarzenberg and many more.

Classical Music

Vienna is world famous for its classical music. Every day numerous concerts take place for classical music lovers. We recommend concerts in the Wiener Musikverein. This concert hall hosts the celebrated new year’s concert from the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra every year. The Wiener Konzerthaus is also worth a visit. Daily concerts are offered and its architecture is a rarity – a mixture of historicism, secessionism and art nouveau. Smaller but excellent concerts can be enjoyed daily at the Palais Auersperg and the Schönbrunn palace where Mozart used to play.

You can find more information about events and sights in Vienna on the website of the Viennese tourist board Wien Tourismus.

3 days in Vienna

First Day

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.

Second Day

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.

Don’t forget to take a look at our 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!

Third Day

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 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!

2 days in Vienna

Spend two days in Vienna. Be inspired by the charm of the capital of music. You can visit quite a lot of interesting sights in two days but most importantly you should take in the unique atmosphere and feel relaxed when you go back home – As the Viennese saying goes „immer schön gemütlich“ (never stress yourself, take it easy!).

First Day

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.

Second Day

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 Servite Quarter near the hotel and find a nice restaurant to eat, e.g. Rochus or Pasteria.

Don’t forget to take a look at our 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!

Neighborhood

Spend a holiday in the Serviten Quarter -The heart of Alsergrund in Vienna

The Serviten Quarter around The Harmonie Vienna is only a few minutes away from the Ringstraße. Despite its closeness to the city center the area seems like a different world far off the beaten tourist track. There is no other district where one can meet so many students and academics and so many retirees at the same time. This makes for a very interesting mixture of bourgeois and trendy lifestyle.

What to see in the Serviten Quarter

Named after a catholic fraternity, the Serviten Quarter is the centerpiece of the Alsergrund, which Vienna’s 9th district. Around the Serviten church you will find small boutiques, bars, cafés and delis. They create an original and at the same time relaxed atmosphere and invite you to relax and enjoy your holiday to the full.

A sight for cultural insiders right next to the hotel is the Strudelhofstiege. Built in Viennese art nouveau architecture it became famous through the novel of the same title written by the Austrian author Heimito von Doderer (1951). Also right next to the hotel you will find the Palais Liechtenstein which was the first important building of the high baroque age. It is owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein and can only be visited with a guided tour. Other sights close to the hotel are the Votive Church, the Volksoper Vienna, the University, the Rossauer Kaserne and the Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Börse).

It is probably Vienna’s most famous address close to the Harmonie Vienna: Sigmund Freud lived for 47 years at Berggasse 19. The  former apartment and practice of Sigmund Freud are now furnished as a museum.

Theatre & Opera

The Schauspielhaus in Porzellangasse is a small theater which shows modern plays, some of them in English. The Burgtheater can be reached with the D tram in 10 minutes, the Opera house in 15 minutes.

The Volksoper offers an incredible array of stagecraft: operas, classical musicals, contemporary dance and concerts as well as operettas – with 300 performances in the season.

The Burgtheater, originally known as the K. K. Hoftheater next to the Burg is one of Europe’s largest theatres and plays a seminal role in the German-speaking theatrical world.

The Staatsoper is the Vienna State Opera, can be reached with the D tram directly.

Recommendations

We recommend the following restaurants and cafés near the hotel:

  • Cafè Francais
  • Wickerl
  • Rebhuhn
  • Mast
  • and the restaurants in Servitengasse (Servitenwirt, Porzellan)
  • Ragusa

Business and Embassies

The 9th district is a business district where you will find numerous banks, the American and Swedish embassy, the French cultural institute, the General Hospital (AKH), the University clinic and the Viennese private clinic.

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Shopping

A shopping tour in Vienna is pure joy. According to taste and budget there are shopping possibilities for everyone.

  • We recommend the shopping streets Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärntner Straße for those who prefer rather exclusive shopping pleasures and design products. Take the D tram from Harmonie Vienna or walk about 15-20 minutes to get there.
  • Mariahilferstraße in the 7th district is the longest shopping street in Vienna. Take the U and get off at the station “Museumsquartier”. In the side streets of Mariahilferstraße you will find small designer shops with interesting, creative and handmade products. Those shops unified and founded the Initiative 7tm.
  • The former red light district Spittelberg is also located within walking distance of Mariahilferstraße. There you will find small galleries and one of the most charming Christmas Markets in the winter.
  • The Naschmarkt near the U4 station „Kettenbrückengasse“ is ideal to shop for food. There is also a flea market every weekend in this area for hunters of rare Viennese treasures. The Naschmarkt is a must see even if you are not looking to buy anything. The excellent selection of exotic products, top quality restaurants and bars and general flair is something which must be experienced.

Have we been able to inspire you to shop in Vienna? We are looking forward to your visit!

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