Freedom of choice
Freedom of choice

Seeing the sights of Vienna. Cultural weekend


Vienna – this amazing city in which reigns a very special atmosphere.

It intricately connected brilliant Imperial luxury, the sublime spirituality of the middle Ages and the daring, the outrageous extravagance of the present, and the main attractions of Vienna, which each year attract to this amazing city hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, they captivate from the first sight and forever.

To start exploring Vienna is a special recipe. To feel the taste of each moment in this amazing city, you need to learn it slowly.

Menu one city

One of the main rules for tourists first arrived in the Austrian capital-is the choice of a late flight. The first day in Vienna you must stay a minimum of free time – just for dinner in the nearest cafe or a small restaurant. The city has several restaurants that are worth a visit, but in order to appreciate their merits, to go to them better immediately.

In Vienna there is an unusual tradition of democratic dinners in hourigan – small restaurants on the outskirts of the capital. This is a very unusual colourful restaurants and cafés, where you can meet sitting at the next table workers, owners of Ferraris and typical representatives of “white collar”. The room is always there is comfort and understanding, all visitors to peacefully communicate with each other and are happy to regale simple traditional dishes: sausages, meat, potato salad and an ordinary wine from a local vineyard. In these restaurants there is no place too ostentatious – only comfort, delicious food and pleasant friendly atmosphere, where you generously share with everyone.

High gastronomy

Of course, you can spend the evening in the prestigious gourmet restaurant, for example, located next to the Vienna Opera Kulinarium7. Here you can offer a variety of delicacies such as quail breast with foie Gras, apricot and morels. Those who love old and unusual experiences, will enjoy the wine tasting in the cellar, which became a ritual for guests of this restaurant.

In such a place the waiter will make a meal of a real little show, and at parting you will be served traditional schnapps on the house and send white rose. Beautiful, luxurious, refined. After visiting Kulinarium7 necessarily comes the realization that food – is not only a means but also a target.

And in Vienna are experts not only in cooking but also in eating dishes. Vienna cooks for centuries have created culinary wonders with which little can compare. For example, delicate Wiener schnitzel, which is served always with the local white wine such as Gruner Veltliner. In Vienna there is even a restaurant where this dish is traditionally cooked with 1905 – Figlmuller. Once you try it prepared by the chefs of this restaurant is a real Wiener schnitzel, you will definitely want to have a gastronomic asylum in Austria.

Vienna: the scent of the coffee

The next day after his arrival in the Austrian capital, when first impressions will settle down a bit, you can go to Old town to look at the  attractions in the centre of Vienna and, of course, enjoy the famous Viennese delicacies.

Start with a fragrant Cup of strong Viennese coffee. According to legend, the famous Viennese coffee appeared quite unusual. It is believed that in the XVII century the Turks, retreating after the unsuccessful siege of Vienna, in a hurry left the town walls, sacks of coffee beans, which picked up Yuri-Franz Colicky. According to another version of captured Turkish coffee he chose as a reward for assisting in the lifting of the siege of Vienna. But, anyway, these bags came to Mr. Colchicum, which opened after some time, the first Viennese coffee house.

And if Kolchitsky, for some time lived in Turkey, knew a lot about good coffee in Europe, this drink has gained popularity – clean and coffee was for the sweet tooth-the Europeans are too strong and bitter. Then the owner of the first European coffeehouses revolutionized the art of drinking coffee. He made coffee the way it is known by millions loyal fans of this amazing drink – filtered, with the addition of milk, honey and sugar. Today we know the taste of coffee thanks to this enterprising Ukrainian merchant who was able to teach Europe to enjoy this drink.

The place where you live traditions

Coffee shop – one of the brightest and most famous symbols of Vienna. In them is concentrated the cultural and social life, and yet there is always a amazing atmosphere.

The owners of each of the Vienna coffeehouses tenderly hold both their heritage and interiors. There is a natural respectability and stiffness, waiters in tuxedos, and Nickel silver saucers. Immersed in this atmosphere, you see that everything is in their places, and differently simply can not be. And here if to remove any item, such as vintage portable wood music stand for papers, impeccable charm will be broken. Viennese coffee house – this is the place where you can enjoy a Cup of coffee and a long, long time to sit while enjoying every SIP of this aromatic drink.

If the soul asks for something sweet, walk to the patisserie Demel, which is the street Kohlmarkt – here be sure to buy a box of candied petals of violets. Without the subtle flavor of this delicacy, which adored Empress Elizabeth, the perception of Vienna will be incomplete.

A walk through Vienna

Vienna Imperial Vienna and the medieval co-exist so harmoniously, that divide them into separate routes will be a real sacrilege. And to try to systematize them, too. While walking through Vienna should not be any good idea-you just need to go.

Probably the only thing worth to remember is the translation of the phrase “Kein trink Wasser”, which means “do Not drink the water”. A sign that says you can meet some Viennese fountains. Of all the fountains, taps and sources in which you don't see, you can drink the water safely – in Austria it is always crystal clear and meets the highest requirements.

But in the evening it's worth getting familiar with the Vienna Opera. Only if you want to get inside and not watch the broadcast on the screen located on the outside wall of the theater, the tickets should take care in advance – here are always sold out.

Vienna La Boheme

Vienna – a laboratory of art. It worked, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Klimt and Kokoschka. We can say that there is always a very appreciated art, but, rather, in a mouthwatering Viennese atmosphere, which arouses or attracts talent.

By the way, once Sigmund Freud was asked where to live. He did not hesitate, said: “In England and will tell you why: it allowed everything that is not prohibited specifically. And in Germany, everything is prohibited, except as specifically permitted". When asked what he thinks of Vienna, Freud replied: “In Vienna is all that is forbidden”. Is this not one of the most important touches to the portrait of the cultural capital of Europe?


Date of publication: 20.11.2013