Vienna – On the trail of Franzl & Sissi
Due to the fact that our Deal of the day voucher was going to expire, we decided to take a city trip of 2 days to Vienna over Easter break. After we have arrived in Vienna, we went to the grocery store SPAR and bough a traditional “Wurstsemmel”. We recommend to obtain a Vienna travel card, which is valid 24 or 48 hours in order to use the public transport system. Please note that the airport is not within this zone and you need to pay a little bit extra if you take the train from the airport to the city center. We purchased an app in advance, which allowed us to use the maps, metro-plan and sightseeing advices offline.
We booked the Amedia Hotel in the 4th district of Vienna with our deal of the day voucher. The voucher allowed us to only pay half of the4 price. The hotel was relatively new, and although the design was very reddish, which we had to get used to it. The room was properly cleaned and the breakfast was notable.
We went shopping right after our arrival. There are a lot of stors in the Mariahilferstrasse and you can basically find everything. The shopping street is reachable via tram or metro, and in case shopping is too exhausting, there are a lot of cafes around as well with free Wifi.
Designer-Outlet-Straße 1, 7111 Parndorf
We rent a car on our last day and drove to Parndorf. We have a Mc Arthur Glenn outlet close to Luxembourg, therefore we were very excited to explore the one in Austria. It didn’t disappoint us at all. The variety of stores was amazing: Guess, Uggs, Superdry, Villory & Boch, sportsbrands etc… everything a girl could wish for. We were glad, the guy at the rental service gave us a minivan, otherwise our bags will have never fit into the car.
Food & drinks
Neubaugasse 7, 1070 Wien
For me, the highlight of Mariahilferstrasse was not the shopping possibility, it was a butcher’s shop called Radatz, which was hidden in a side street. They offered the best meat loaf I have ever tried so far. Simply amazing. Radatz also offers affordable traditional Austrian lunch menus.
Stubenbastei 10, 1010 Wien
We decided to check out this restaurant, which is located close to the Stephansdom. Although it’s in Vienna’s 1st districts, the food prices are totally OK. The Bastei Beisl is a traditional Austrian restaurant. You can enjoy a good Wiener Schnitzl or Spätzle. Please make reservations, because it’s usually full. We had a lovely evening in this restaurant.
Mariahilfer Str. 3, 1060 Wien
Lutz is a bar located on Mariahilfer Strasse. The cocktails were amazing. The bar was full with people in party mood, which created a nice after work atmosphere.
We started our sightseeing tour the next day. We took the metro to the Schönbrunn palace. There was an Easter market in front of the palace and we bought tons of gingerbread.
We participated an audio guided tour of the palace. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad and we couldn’t visit the zoo of Schönbrunn or the Gloriette.
We left Schönbrunn after checking out the souvenir market (very expensive souvenirs) and stepped once again by the Easter market.
We strolled towards Mumok. Mumok is located in the museums quarter of Vienna. Candy forced me into a pop Art exhibition but I have to say it was very impressive. I am not very much into art but this exhibition might have changed my mind. Thank god I could convince her to grab a beer at the sweet cafes right next to Mumok afterwards.
The Vienna Naschmarkt is a must. A place where you can basically buy all kind of foods and handmade crafts. Please try the Palatschinke, it’s the Austrian version of a pancake.
Vienna is a beautiful city, and it would have been so much nicer in summer. Unfortunately, we have noticed that some of the people are very rude. The Austrian kitchen, the variety of culture offers and our experience at the shopping mall made this trip perfect, and we didn’t care about those rude people anymore. We might come back but only if the weather is good. Vienna is cool, but you definitely see the difference of the people compared to states like Tyrol, Salzburg or Styria – we prefer those mentalities.
Well, although we were craving for a good lesbian bar or the LGBTQ scene we couldn’t find anything. We went to Mango, which is supposed to be a mixed gay bar but it looks like they are not very welcoming when it comes to female guests. We guess that the scene is only visible, if there are specific lesbian party’s. We still hope that we will somehow make it to a good lesbian party or to the CSD in Vienna because we were a little bit bummed.