Matching Paris in charm, London in culture and Bologna in gastronomy, the Austrian capital of Vienna is truly a city that speaks the language of art, culture and history. While the buildings reflect a unique creativity with its old-world Baroque facades, a lingering sense of romanticism offers a sense of warmth and familiarity. Yet, for an otherworldly European experience, there is no better time to take in Vienna than in winter as it teases with a different story, a different taste and a different charm. This is Buro 24/7 Middle East\’s guide to eating, staying and exploring the whimsical capital.
Unwind at Palais Hansen Kempinski
Modern, innovative and unconventional, the luxurious five-star hotel Palais Hansen Kempinski is housed in a historic building that is within stone\’s throw to the must-visit St. Stephen\’s Cathedral as well as other iconic sites within the city centre. History is engraved in every nook and crevice of the stunning architecture while modern amenities offer the epitome of luxury matched only by the warm hospitality of the exceptional staff.
After a peaceful slumber, head to the hotel\’s signature restaurant Die Küche, where a team of talented international chefs prepare a delectable menu with cuisines that span the globe, topped off with sweet delights. If you\’re on calorie watch, then rest easy as you have the opportunity to concoct your own fresh juices from apples, oranges, carrots or any other fruit or vegetable.
Indulge at Café Landtmann
Winter is the ideal time to have a delicious lunch at the Viennese coffee house Café Landtmann, where extraordinary plates are served, in addition to a wide variety of coffee. For dinner, visit the traditional Viennese tavern Heuriger that combines comfortable atmosphere with an amazing culinary experience and musical entertainment. If you\’re within the city though, take some time to taste one of Vienna\’s most popular gastronomic offerings: the original torte cake and there\’s no better place than the iconic Hotel Sacher.
Cultural exploration around the charming capital
A trip to Vienna is incomplete without a visit to some of the landmarks and museums such as the Kunstkammer Vienna where priceless Austrian treasures are beautifully displayed, offering a glimpse into the rich traditions as well as the opulence of its past. For the more musically inclined, the six-storeyed House of Music is your go-to place where you can immerse in Vienna\’s fine musical sounds and history. Or choose from a multitude of musical houses where skilled musicians will play some of the capital\’s most renowned compositions, including Mozart\’s popular Eine kleine Nachtmusik. This is Vienna: the romance and beauty through history and art.