MorningStart the day at one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses, for a typical Viennese breakfast. Or head to Motto am Fluss, on the Danube Canal. Resembling a glassy yacht and featuring a spacious terrace, the second-floor Motto Cafe is one of Vienna’s hotspots and a perfect – and delectable – launchpad for your explorations.
Next, head across the street to Schwedenplatz for a 30-minute sightseeing tour on the Vienna Ring Tram. The tram circles the famous Ringstrasse, introducing you to some of the city’s most glorious sights such as the Opera, the Parliament building, the Imperial Palace and City Hall. The tram leaves on the hour and on the half hour at Schwedenplatz, with the first one leaving at 10 a.m.
After a full circle around the Ring, hop off at Schwedenplatz and walk up Rotenturmstrasse toward Vienna's beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral. Construction of the cathedral commenced in the 12th century; it was the site of both Mozart's wedding and his funeral. Today, it remains one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. Guided tours are available for both the cathedral and the catacombs below. You can also walk 343 steps up the South Tower (or take the elevator up the North Tower) for a rooftop view of Vienna’s first district.
Afterwards take a leisurely stroll along the Graben, a wide pedestrian street sprinkled with inner-city palaces, coffeehouses and typical Viennese stores. Stop briefly at the Pestsäule, a 17th century baroque column commemorating the Great Plague and its devastation of the city over three centuries ago.
For lunch, stop at one of Vienna’s premier culinary institutions, Zum Schwarzen Kameel. Opened as a spice shop in 1618, the restaurant serves authentic and typical Viennese cuisine. Mingle with the chic clientele in an Art Deco salon and enjoy a lavish meal of Eiernockerl – a local version of spätzle with eggs – with black truffles, and a glass of Viennese white wine.