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Romance and Music in Vienna

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A May 2004 trip to Vienna by Barb B

Vienna - Iside the Court Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: When my husband and I were first married, I asked, "If you could take me to only one city in the world, what would that be?" Without hesitation, he answered, "Vienna!" There is no escaping its cosmopolitan, yet nostalgic worldliness. Trulythe political, economic, intellectual and cultural hub of Austria.

Romance and Music in Vienna

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Overview

Vienna Photo, Vienna, Austria
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TAKE the #2 trolley around the city and enjoy an excellent overview of the city sights. VISIT some of Vienna's galleries. With more than 120 galleries in Vienna, many of Europe's greatest paintings are on display. WALK the Ringstrasse, a pleasant thoroughfare encircling the city center. RELAX and take a break in the Stradpark (City Park). Landscaped walkways link monuments recognizing Vienna's famous Painters, Musicians and Composers. Quick Tips: Best shopping buys: crystal, porcelain, musical instruments, fur hats, and ski wear. Area specialties include: Lederhosen (leather pants), loden cloth coats and Sachertorte (chocolate ...Read More

Inter-Continental Wien

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Hotel

Inter-Continental Wien Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Yes, this hotel was a definite extravagance--BUT--We loved it! Everyone needs to feel special from time to time, and everything about the hotel says "You are special!" Fluffy white bathrobes, overstuffed bed comforters, fine quality shampoos, lotions and scented soaps all contribute to the feel of luxury we experienced during our stay at the Inter-Continental Hotel. Rooms are extremely comfortable with huge closets, cozy bed linens and comforters, and CLEAN carpeted floors! (So often in Europe, I find clean rooms with ''nasty'' carpets!!) TV, Room Service and Telephone Services were the best, of course! Our room overlooked the Stadtpark (City Park) and each morning we awo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 22, 2001

Inter-Continental Wien
Johannesgasse 28
Vienna, Austria
43 (1) 711 22.0

Sofitel Vienna

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Hotel | "Sofitel Hotel Vienna"

Sofitel Vienna Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Huge bowls of elegantly arranged white roses and lilies welcomed us into the lobby at the four-star Hotel Sofitel in Vienna. A prime location at 35-37 Am Heumarket, we were in the heart of the baroque capital of the world and very close to the Ringstrasse, St Stephens Cathedral, the Opera House and Karntner Strasse (the prestigious shopping district). Room 309 was assigned as our home during our stay from May 15-18, 2004. Tastefully decorated with artwork inspired by the painter Gustav Klimt, there was a small sitting area and table by the window. Although our third-floor room overlooked the street, we did not notice an excess of traffic noise. Our queen-sized...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2004

Sofitel Vienna
AM HEUMARKT 3537
Vienna, Austria
43-43-716160

The Brasserie

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Restaurant

The Brasserie Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This pleasant dining spot with its crisp blue and white decor, is a welcome treat for travelers. Three dining areas are available to choose from; a formal dining room with an elegant grand piano and classic wall murals, a club-style wood toned dining area, and an airy atrium room with potted rosemary and herb bushes. This restaurant offers a tasteful dining area to satisfy the taste of individual travelers. Our favorite dining area was the more casual atrium area, with huge windows, antique sideboards and lots of potted plants. The restaurant serves lavish buffet breakfasts. The extensive Asian Breakfast Buffet which featured seafood, rice dishes and oriental specialties ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2001

The Brasserie
28 Johannesgasse
Vienna, Austria
711-22140

Heuringer Weinbottich

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Restaurant

Heuringer Weinbottich Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Wine taverns or Heuriger abound throughout the hillsides to the North and West of Vienna. Each offers wine, food and entertainment (if a bit touristy) for visitors. Heuriger has two meanings: (1) it describes the young wine and (2) it identifies the place where the young wine is sold. Since we had only a limited time in Vienna, we decided to join a tour group for our wine evening in the nearby town of Grinzing. The Weinbottich Heuringer is over 270 years old and was recently named a national monument. Authentic historic artifacts include the old bellows used by the smith, the 200 year old lime tree in the garden and the memorial column giving thanks for a good harvest. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2001

Heuringer Weinbottich
Cobenzlgasse28
Vienna, Austria
320-4237

Wirtshaus am Stadtpark

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Restaurant

Wirtshaus am Stadtpark Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Our first mistake was when we walked in the door--the rank odor of stale cigarette smoke and nasty cigars hit me immediately! I checked the address and realized that we’d entered a neighborhood tavern instead of the restaurant that our friends had recommended.....Thank God, we were in the wrong place! After making a hasty retreat, we found the restaurant we were looking for just a few steps down the street. This time, the rich smells of sage and rosemary gently lured us into a comfortably decorated dining room. We’d spent the evening walking in Stadtpark, and we wanted to have dinner at this restaurant near the park which acquaintances had recommended. Once the jov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2001

Wirtshaus am Stadtpark
Am Heurmarkt 5
Vienna, Austria
01-7137102

Trattoria Al Caminetto

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Restaurant

Trattoria Al Caminetto Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Following a morning of vigorous shopping along the Karnter Strasse, hunger began to motivate us to seek a place for lunch. We’d been in Vienna for 3 days and really could not face another Weiner Schnitzel; so we looked for menus other than Austrian fare. Many Italians live and visit neighboring Austria; therefore, Vienna boasts a number of excellent authentic Italian restaurants. Situated on Neuer Market at the corner of Marco Aviano, we found Trattoria Al Caminetto. Outdoor tables covered with green, orange and blue cloths provided a perfect location for a light lunch. Tempting paninis (sandwiches), formaggio (cheese) plates, and a vast selection of pasta dishes were offered. No problem o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2001

Trattoria Al Caminetto
Neuer Markt at Marco Aviano
Vienna, Austria

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "SCHONBRUNN IN AND OUT-The Gardens"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Gardens of Schonbrunn There and numerous guided tours to the Schonbrunn, summer residence of the Hapsburgs, but I think the easiest, cheapest and BEST way to see The Schonbrunn is on your own. Take the #4 U-Bahn Underground Tram (cost is 19 Aust Schillings - $1.38). I recommend that you travel one stop BEYOND Schonbrunn and get off at the "Hietzing (Zoo)". This way you can stroll to the Palace through the gardens. This is a much more pleasant walk than approaching from the front. Emperor Maximillian II purchased the land for Schonbrunn Gardens in 1569. The characteristic stelliform system of ‘planted avenues’ of flowers is modeled after traditional French style garde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

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

Demel

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Attraction | "DEMEL- A Delightful Chocolate Experience!"

Demel Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Not simply a dining experience, a visit to Demel is a visit to a Vienna Institution! Ahhhh! Exquisite white and dark chocolates, sweet cakes, and magnificent pastries to die for! Even the Emperor Franz Joseph called upon Demels to provide sweets, cakes and pralines to enjoy during his tête-à-têtes with his numerous lovers, while his sad and unhappy wife, Sissi sat alone. Fortunately, Sissi was addicted to the legendary Demel violet Sorbet, so at least she was not alone. And so, until this day, we continue to enjoy our "Sweets--to--Die--For." For over 200 years Demels has provided decadent and excessive sweets and treats to please one and all. I could now recite a long and d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2001

Demel
Kohlmarkt 14
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 535 17 17 39

Ringstrasse

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Attraction | "Walk Around the Ringstrasse"

Ringstrasse Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Vienna’s Ringstrasse or "Ring," was originally the city wall. Constructed in the mid 19th century to protect Vienna from outside threats, it now surrounds the Old City. This 2 1/2 miles long and 187 feed wide Boulevard today encircles many of the city’s main sights. We found it easy to walk the Ringstrasse since most of the area is a pedestrian zone and traffic is limited. With 3 underground U-Bahn stations along the Ring (U1, U2, and U4), if you get tired, just hop the U-Bahn on and head home. Here are some of the significant sights that we visited along the "Ring": Stephansdom - St Stephen’s Cathedral with its 450 ft high spire is a major sight and symbol ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Ringstrasse
Ringstrasse
Vienna A-1010

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "SCHONBRUNN IN AND OUT-The Palace"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Have you ever dreamed of living in a magnificent Palace? - One with great huge fountains, a spectacular concert hall filled with seats of red velvet, rooms lined with gilded mirrors and a ceiling painted with hundreds of cherubs and angels, all illuminated by spectacular chandeliers carved from wood and painted over with pure gold? Well, with just a little imagination and a few Austrian Schillings, you can have at least a vision of that dream. Close your eyes and imagine the sound of stately carriages drawn by proud horses entering the courtyard of the Schonbrunn. Visualize yourself ascending the elegant curved staircase and revel in the beauty of this storybook palace, which served as the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

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

A Walk In The Stadtpark

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Attraction

A Walk In The Stadtpark Photo, Vienna, Austria
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After a morning filled with historic museums, cathedrals and significant sightseeing attractions, we chose a quiet walk in the Stadtpark near the city center instead of an afternoon tour. What a pleasure to escape the crowds and madness for a quiet stroll in this world-famous 28 acre park which straddles the Danube. The park dates from 1862 and inviting walks, eye-catching monuments and secluded benches for quiet conversation beckon to weary travelers. Manicured paths lead past marble statues honoring Vienna’s famed artistic types: Painters Hans Canon, Friedrich von Amerling, Hans Markart and Emil Schundler along with Composers Johann Strauss the Younger, Anton Bruckner and Franz Schubert. Duc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 30, 2001

A Walk In The Stadtpark
Near City Center
Vienna, Austria