A romantic citytrip to Vienna
Which airline to choose for flying first class to Vienna?
Austrian Airlines is the national carrier of Austria and offers flights to Vienna. Unfortunately, they don´t have first class tickets, but their business class is pretty good as well. Austrian Business Class is offered on both long-haul and short-haul flights.
If you have your mindset on flying first class, British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM are the best options for European flights. With these, you can benefit of all the perks of flying first class.
Why choose Vienna as your destination?
Mention the word romance and you think of Paris. Justifiably! Yet it is a shame that Vienna is not more often mentioned in the same breath as the French capital. This city also exudes romance. Visit the Spanish Riding School, Schönbrunn Palace and the Hundertwasserhaus and take a ride on the Prater Ferris wheel.
The City Airport Train takes you to the city center in 16 minutes. So this is the fastest option from the airport. The train leaves every half hour and takes you without stopping to Wien Mitte-Landstraße, about a 15-minute walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral. From here you can easily switch to another means of transport to get to your accommodation. A single ticket will cost you €11 and a return ticket is €19.
There is also a 'regular train', from the Austrian railways to the center of Vienna. That's the ÖBB railyet. It leaves every 30 minutes from the airport and takes you to Vienna Central Station in about half an hour. The costs for this are €4.80 for a single ride and with the Vienna City Card a ride will cost you only €1.80.
The fastest way to get around Vienna is by metro. With Karlsplatz as the main station in the heart of the city, five metro lines depart from here, running from 6 am to 12 am.
Schönbrunn Palace: imagine yourself in the world of Sissi
The highlight of romantic Vienna is without a doubt the summer residence of Kaiser Franz Joseph and his Sissi. More than 1,400 rooms of all shapes and sizes, huge Baroque gardens and courtyards with fountains; what you call a luxury 'summer cottage'.
The castle, which was built between 1692 and 1713, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996 and is not only Austria's most important cultural heritage, but also the main attraction of Vienna. Take a look here to imagine yourself in the world of Sissi.
Hofbürg: the white palace of Vienna
Sissi can also be found in the Hofbürg, the white palace of Vienna. The palace is home to a treasure trove of jewels, the Spanish Riding School and the Sissi Museum. In the latter you will find posters, clothing and paintings of Sissi, who was crowned Empress of Austria when she married Kaiser Franz Joseph.
In the Spanish riding school, the oldest riding school in the world, you can enjoy shows of white Lipizzaner horses. If there is no show, you can watch the training sessions. And they are just as special.
Escape the crowds in Belvedere Park
A city with as many sights as Vienna has is impressive. But after a few days, you may need a place to relax. This is perfectly possible in the Belvedere Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Vienna. The park is characterized by ponds, waterfalls and romantic spots. In addition, you will find two summer residences of Prince Eugene of Savoie.
The symbol of Vienna is this Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. The cathedral is located in the heart of downtown. A Romanesque church once stood here, which was destroyed by fire. Only the Heidentürme and the central portal were miraculously spared. The current view dates from the 15th-16th century. The Südtoren is the dominant tower that rises above everything. It is 136 meters high. You can climb the tower via 343 steps.
Vienna State Opera
You cannot visit Vienna without classical music. And then you really shouldn't miss the Vienna State Opera, the largest opera in Austria. The Opera House is absolute world class and is often regarded as the best in the world. There are many other opera houses in Mozart's city.
Café Central is the perfect place to unwind in the afternoon after a long walk around the city's sights. It is the most famous coffee house in the city. You can eat delicious Viennese pastries with a cup of coffee in a decor that radiates the grandeur of yesteryear. The cafe has been around for 150 years and the revolutionary Trotsky and psychoanalyst Freud were regular guests!
As the name suggests, you can visit Mozart's house in Vienna. He lived in this house with his family for more than two years and composed Le nozze di Figaro, among others. You can explore the different floors on your own, such as the four rooms, the back rooms, and the kitchen.
Apart from that, it is of course also very fascinating to see how someone like Mozart lived in the years 1700-1800.
Reservations are usually a must in Figlmüller. In every travel guide, this restaurant is tipped as the place to eat the one and only Wiener Schnitzel.
The service at Figlmüller is traditional, smooth, and correct unlike many other things in Vienna. The schnitzels served here barely fit on the plate. For small eaters it is recommended to share a schnitzel and have an extra side dish.
The schnitzels are just perfect and also affordable. The meat is buttery soft and the crust crispy and fluffy. Figlmüller really is 'The home of the Schnitzel.'
Hotel Villa Kumpf is located in the heart of Vienna in a quiet part of the city, a stone's throw from St. Stephen's Cathedral and other sights of Vienna. Most of the museums and other important sights in Vienna, such as the Imperial Palace, the Opera and the Kärntner Strasse, can be easily reached on foot. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel, you will find three metro lines. Hotel Villa Kumpf offers five comfortable, traditionally furnished rooms that are fully equipped. A comfortable location in a very central location in Vienna.
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