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Vienna Rolls--And Rocks!

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A June 2006 trip to Vienna by phileasfogg

Figlmüller Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: Apfelstrudel, topfenstrudel, sachertorte, and guglhupf: Vienna’s heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Add to that two of Europe’s most historic palaces, some interesting museums, and an imposing cathedral, and you have the perfect destination.

Vienna Rolls--And Rocks!

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Vienna is a city to be savoured. It’s not chockfull of famous sights, but there’s plenty of scope here for enjoying life in the slow lane. We were a little short on time, so we could afford to spend only two days in Vienna. It didn’t leave us time to visit any of the city’s museums, but we didn’t find ourselves really regretting it; Vienna was gloriously relaxing.Vienna- or Wien, as the locals call it- is a historic city, and two of its most impressive sights date back to the days when the Austro-Hungarian Empire played a critical role in European politics. The 17th century Schloß Schönbrunn, the centre of imperial life for the Habsburgs, is perhaps the best known of Vienna’s sights. The imp...Read More

Austria Trend Hotel Favorita

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Hotel | "Trend Favorita Hotel"

Austria Trend Hotel Favorita Photo, Vienna, Austria
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When we booked our double room at the Favorita Hotel, we knew nothing about the Austria Trend group of hotels. Today, going by our experience at the Favorita, I’d happily stay in an Austria Trend property.With a total of 161 rooms, the four-star Trend Favorita is not a posh hotel, but it’s convenient, clean, and very comfortable. Besides that, it’s only about a 5-minutes walk from the Keplerplatz U-bahn station, which makes it quite easily accessible.Our room, which was on the fourth floor, was very spacious and besides a massive bed, had a table, chairs, dressing table, minibar, a large television (with BBC and CNN), and a wardrobe, which also had a built-in safe. Our room also had its own ...Read More

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Austria Trend Hotel Favorita
Laxenburger Strasse 8-10
Vienna, Austria 1100
+43 (1) 601 46

Figlmüller

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Restaurant

Figlmüller Photo, Vienna, Austria
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In a brochure from the reception counter at our hotel was a brief anecdote about a Chinese dignitary who’d been visiting Vienna. Before he left for home, a mediaperson at a press conference asked him which was the most enduring memory he had of Vienna. The Chinese gentleman did not hesitate in his answer: "The Wiener schnitzel at Figlmüller!"Since Wiener schnitzel was high on our list of priorities, we immediately decided that Figlmüller it was. Accordingly, after our taxing hike through Hofburg, we took ourselves off towards Stephansplatz and the nearby Bäckerstrasse, where one of the two outlets of Figlmüller is located. The other outlet is less than two minutes’ walk from Bäckerstrasse; it’s at ...Read More

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Figlmüller
Wollzeile 5
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 512 61 77

Phönixhof

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Restaurant

Phönixhof Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Phönixhof was another of the `best value for money’ restaurants listed in our Vienna brochure, and since we were in the vicinity of the Volkstheater anyway, we decided to visit it for a late lunch. Unfortunately, we got very late and reached at 5 in the evening, only to discover that Phönixhof had already closed after lunch.The restaurant opens at 6 for dinner, so we wandered around in the neighbourhood for the next hour, before returning. Phönixhof was (as you’d probably expect for this hour) very empty; we were the only guests around. We had a look at the menu pinned up outside, then entered, to be ushered in by a friendly young lady. She led us into a room that immediately conjured up...Read More

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Phönixhof
Neustiftgasse 55
Vienna, Austria A-1070
+43 (1) 523 43 51

Café Korb

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Restaurant

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Listed as one of the best cafés in Vienna, Café Korb is the quintessential "coffee place": synonymous with a long, relaxed cup of coffee over newspapers, books, or just a comfortable conversation with someone nice. The café has a somewhat staid (and, or so we thought, boring) interior--white walls, large windows, tables covered with snowy white tablecloths--but outside, it’s typical café style. There are round tables and chairs under garden umbrellas, and although the Korb’s tables are almost contiguous with those of the relatively unknown café next door, there is little doubt about which establishment is more popular.We managed, after waiting for a couple of minutes, to find a table at the far end...Read More

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Café Korb
Brandstätte 9
Vienna, Austria 1010
+43 0664 22 589 70

Café Raimund

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Named for the Austrian dramatist and actor, Ferdinand Raimund (1790-1836; his statue stands in the square opposite the café), the Café Raimund is another of those delightful old coffee shops that are a specialty of Vienna. It is one of the classic cafés of the city, and was at one time, especially around the late 1940’s, extremely popular with the writers, dramatists and intellectuals of Vienna. Today, the quiet, old-fashioned atmosphere of Café Raimund is not a venue for hectic debates and serious theorising, but it remains the perfect place for a relaxing cup of coffee.We had walked down to Café Raimund after a satisfying (and very early) dinner at Phönixhof. We were headed for the Volkstheater U...Read More

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Café Raimund
Museumstraße 6
Vienna, Austria
+43 (1) 5232 582

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)

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Attraction | "Hofburg I: Silberkammer (Silver Collection)"

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Constructed in the 13th century, Hofburg was the winter palace of the Hofburgs. A massive complex, it’s today divided into three main sections: the Silberkammer or Silver Collection; the Sisi Museum; and the Imperial Apartments. All three can be seen for the price of one ticket, €8.90 per adult, inclusive of an audio guide. I’ll describe the three sections in separate entries, since all three are very distinctive.The tour begins with the Silberkammer- a misnomer, since there’s also porcelain, glassware, crystal, and table linen. Spread out in glass cases across a series of rooms, the collection once formed an important part of the Imperial household’s possessions- vast quantities of silver even wen...Read More

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Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)
Centre Of The Old Town
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 01 533 7570

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)

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Attraction | "Hofburg II: Sisi Museum"

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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While the Silberkammer shows off the Imperial silverware, the Sisi Museum focuses on the Empress Elisabeth (`Sisi’; 1837-98), the consort of Franz Josef I. One of the most popular of Austria’s royal figures—although her popularity was posthumous—Sisi is today iconic. You’ll see her lovely face on posters, chocolate boxes, postcards, and other souvenirs across Austria. If Mozart has competition, it’s Sisi.Elisabeth met her cousin Franz Josef when she was 15, and he fell head over heels in love with her (a love that lasted through his life, even though it doesn’t seem to have been reciprocated: Sisi admitted to regretting her marriage). Sisi was wedded when she was 16, and faced initial problems adju...Read More

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Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)
Centre Of The Old Town
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 01 533 7570

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)

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Attraction | "Hofburg III: Kaiserappartements "

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The third—and last—section of Hofburg is the Kaiserappartements, or the Imperial Apartments, once inhabited by Sisi and Franz Josef. Like the Imperial Apartments at Schloß Schönbrunn, the apartments here also vividly reflect the personalities of those who lived here.The tour of the Imperial Apartments includes both public and private rooms. Among the public rooms, the more prominent ones are:1. The waiting room for subjects seeking an audience with the Emperor. Anybody from the Austro-Hungarian empire could meet the Emperor, the only stipulation being that they must be either formally dressed, or if they did not possess formal clothes, should wear national dress—a costume often adopted by pe...Read More

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Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)
Centre Of The Old Town
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 01 533 7570

Stephansdom

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Attraction

Stephansdom Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The main cathedral of Vienna, the impressive and somewhat forbidding Stephansdom (St Stephen’s) is a mass of richly carved stone, its spires soaring high above the surrounding square. The sloping roof of the cathedral, covered in glazed tiles of different colours, rises above carving that’s fine enough to be almost lace-like, and the sheer intricacy of the work continues even on the inside.Stephansdom began life as a fairly modest parish church built in the Romanesque style in the mid 12th century. Over the centuries, it was expanded and enlarged till it reached its present proportions. A lot of reconstruction and renovation was carried out in the early 1500s (when some Gothic features were also ad...Read More

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Stephansdom
Stephansplatz
Vienna, Austria A-1010
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Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "Schloß Schönbrunn"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The lovely golden Schloß Schönbrunn, built between 1696 and 1712, was once home to the Habsburgs. Today, it’s one of Vienna’s hottest sights, and you can choose from a variety of ticket options to see it. The Imperial Tour, at €8.90, is basic; you see the staterooms and the private apartments of Franz Josef and Sisi. The Grand Tour, at €11.50, also offers a tour of the private apartments of Maria Theresa, while the Classic Pass (€14.90) also lets you enter the Privy Garden, and the Gloriette pavilion. It also includes the Maze and a special apfelstrudel demo. We bought tickets for the Grand Tour, which came inclusive of informative audio guides.The tour leads through a series of magnificent rococo ...Read More

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Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47
Vienna, Austria 1130
43 1 811 13-239