We guarantee you: Vienna will sweep you off your feet with its energetic character and sophistication. Hotel Rathaus Wein & Design captures this vibe perfectly, marrying the city’s traditional elegance with its current wine scene. Drop off your bags and make your way to the City Center, a five minute walk, that can easily be stretched to a leisurely two hours.
Depending on your preferred pace, explore the Ringstrasse on foot or by tram. Either way, take a break for lunch at the perennially stylish Zum Schwarzen Kameel, the famed Art Nouveau restaurant and cafe. A mélange at a nearby cafe will give you an excuse for some people-watching before you resume your tour of the historic center. The MuseumsQuartier also awaits, with its vast courtyard teeming with people and impromptu cultural happenings. By evening you’ll be ready for Kulinarium 7, the swanky wine shop and restaurant in the well-preserved Spittelberg district.
Resist the urge to dash out of the hotel in the morning—the phenomenal breakfast is a must. Fully fueled, you’re ready for a jaunt to the city’s not-to-be-missed vineyards. Tram D will take you to Nussdorf, a green suburb surprisingly close to the city center. Roam the vineyards that have been supplying Vienna with its wine for centuries. Even at Schönbrunn Palace, wine has been grown here since the Middle Ages. In celebration of the city’s wine making tradition, this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site recently planted vines in its own backyard. Top off the day with an evening at the world-famous Vienna State Opera.
Needless to say, a search for festivals, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events should precede any visit to the Austrian capital. But regardless of what’s happening while you’re there, be sure to leave an hour or so to wander the Naschmarkt, an international outdoor market that’s been around for nearly five centuries. Make your way through the colorful booths, sample various products as you go. Make sure not to miss the memorable Gegenbauer booth, home to a mind-boggling variety of vinegars. For a proper dinner afterwards, we suggest Steirereck in Stadtpark, which offers renowned cuisine (150 cheeses alone!) in an eminently photogenic setting. And this is Vienna in a nutshell.