This is part 2 of the luxury Vienna series. To read part one, catch up on it here.
See this: Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School is a traditional riding school where the horses perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg. The centre for classical dressage also offers public performances as well as public viewings of selected training sessions.
The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world which has practiced the tradition for more than 450 years.
Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Eat here: Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper
Want to try the best Wiener schnitzel in Vienna? Then head over to Plachutta’s Gasthaus zur Oper. Its name may not be the most memorable, but their authentic Wiener schnitzels definitely are!
If you don’t already know, Wiener schnitzels are cuts of veal, dipped in flour and egg and fried until crispy golden brown. In one word, delicious.
Eat here: Demel
Start your day with a sweet breakfast treat at Demel. The confectioners on Kolmarkt was a firm favourite of Empress Sisi, who was a big fan of the candied violets.
It’s no surprising that Demel gets very busy during the day, with queues forming around the shop. Therefore, get there early and beat the afternoon crowds. Check the website for details on opening times.
Kohlmarkt 14, A-1010 Vienna
“In one word, delicious.”
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Do this: Belvedere
Set in a Baroque park landscape, Belvedere is a building complex with 2 Baroque palaces, an orangery and the palace stables. The complex was originally built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, and was the Imperial capital and home to the Habsburg empire.
The palaces are home to an excellent art collection from the Middle Ages to the present day. By far the most notable collection is the works of Gustav Klimt, and his famous piece, ‘The Kiss’.
Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
Eat here: Do&Co
The Do&Co restaurant is part of the 5-star hotel which is located in Stephansplatz. Situated at the top of the building, the restaurant offers Austrian and international fine dining as well as a sushi menu. If you’re looking for a little elegance and a luxury experience in Vienna, you can do no wrong at Do&Co.
I can personally recommend the Dover Sole Meuniere and the Uruguay beef as a main course. Well cooked, flavoursome and a good-sized portion. Visit the website for further details on opening times and the latest menus.
Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien, Austria
See this: St Stephen’s Cathedral
St Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Vienna’s most recognisable and famous landmarks. The impressive limestone structure built in Romanesque and Gothic styles is totally worth going shoulder to shoulder with the masses of people trying to get inside.
The cathedral is 107m long, 40m wide, and 136m tall at its highest point. Inside the cathedral, prepare for your jaw to drop. There are 18 altars in total in the main part of the church, 5 chapels and a Gothic sculpture stone pulpit. This isn’t even mentioning how awe-inspiring the ceiling is. In other words, you have to see it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.
Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Eat here: Zum Schwarzen Kameel
We came upon this restaurant after visiting nearby St Peter’s Catholic Church. A restaurant in a historic art nouveau setting, Zum Schwarzen Kameel serves Viennese dishes as well as international cuisine.
Do as the locals do and stand and eat at the bar. Try the delicious hand-cut ham or roast beef sandwiches, served with an ice-cold beer.
Bognergasse 5, A-1010 Vienna
Do this: Schönbrunn Palace
While Hofburg was the principal winter residence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, Schönbrunn Palace was the summer home. The palace is a short distance from the centre, so take the underground, tram, bus or taxi to get there.
It won’t come as a surprise that Schönbrunn is always busy, so the earlier you get there the better. If you’re planning on entering the palace — and I suggest you do — get your tickets first and explore the grounds after. There are scheduled times for the tours, meaning there’s plenty of time to walk around the magnificent gardens.
“In short, you get a real feel and appreciation for the place by just walking around.”
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There are 1,441 rooms in total in the Baroque palace. The imperial apartment tour includes the decadent state rooms and the residential suite of rooms where the Emperor and his wife stayed during the summer months.
The Grand tour further includes the imperial apartments of Maria Theresa and Franz I Stephan, and the Franz Karl Apartment. It’s where the Emperor’s parents, Archduchess Sophie and Archduke Franz Karl used to reside.
Despite the oohing and aaahing when walking around the palace, my favourite were the gardens and grounds. Grand, green and sprawling, they measure 1.2km east to west, and 1km north to south. In short, you get a real feel and appreciation for the place by just walking around.
For the most up-to-date information on opening times and prices, check the website.
Schloß Schönbrunn, 1130 Vienna
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