Vienna Travel Diary

Vienna Travel Diary

After what feels like weeks since I shared my last travel post, I’m so excited to finally share with you the next leg of my European journey! The second stop of my trip was Vienna, Austria. I fell in love with Vienna the moment I stepped foot in it. From the beautiful architecture, to the delicious food, and it’s amazing culture, Vienna truly is a city I will never forget. The birthplace of classical music, Vienna was home to numerous musical geniuses from Mozart to Beethoven, and was even the stomping grounds of intellectuals like Sigmund Freud. Walking through the streets you can just feel the artistic soul of the city.

Since we were only in Vienna for 2.5 short days, there is still so much to this beautiful city that we didn’t get the opportunity to see.. but here is a little snapshot of some of the things I found most memorable <3

 

 

 

 

What to See: Karlskirche

Karlskirche, located near Karlsplatz, is widely considered Vienna’s most outstanding baroque church. Although we didn’t get a chance to check out the interior, it’s absolutely stunning from the outside. I can just never get enough of buildings with dome roofs, they look so elegant and sophisticated!

 

 

 

 

Checking out Hofburg Imperial Palace

 

Walking the grounds at Hofburg Imperial Palace

The Architecture in Vienna was absolutely stunning. Everywhere you turned there were buildings with elaborate statues, gold gilding, and the iconic domes I quickly fell in love with.

 

Standing by the Pestsäule, a holy trinity column on Der Graben

 

Gold details on the Pestsäule

 

 

What I Wore Day 1 in Vienna:

Culottes – H&M // Top – Urban Planet // Sandals – Expressions (Old – But also love these) // Bag – Calvin Klein // Sunglasses – Thierry Lasry // Scarf – Zara

 

Wine and olives at Hubers

 

Where to Eat: Huber’s Essen & Trinken

We were lucky to have stumbled upon Huber’s because it was located near our airbnb, right across from the Belvedere Palace. Although we had two absolutely amazing dinners in Vienna,  the most memorable for me was definitely Huber’s. Huber’s is a delightfully tiny restaurant & bar owned by a man who runs the front of house (serving, running the food, and bartending), and his wife who works alone in the kitchen. It’s just a two person show, and yet the food is beyond unreal. We sat out on the terrace next to street overlooking Belvedere Palace and had truly an exceptional experience.

Where to Eat: Gmoakeller

If you want traditional Viennese food that’s a step above your neighborhood pub, Gmoakeller is the place to go. Rated #50 of 3400 restaurants in Vienna, it’s the kind of place that the locals love and isn’t teaming with tourists. Just across the street from the Konzert Hause, it’s a great place to pop into after a show for a delicous meal that isn’t too pricey. I had the trout, and it was one of the best meals I had my entire trip!

 

So what is traditional Viennese food?

Some of the most popular and common Viennese dishes are (of course) Wiener Schnitzel (breaded and fried veal escalope), Tafelspitz (boiled beef which is extremely tender and delicious), Sachertorte (more about this one later!), and  Kaiserschmarren (a dessert prepared from pancake dough which after the Sachertorte is the second most popular dessert in Vienna!)

 

 

What To Do: Explore Vienna at Night and Catch an Outdoor Screening at the Vienna State Opera House

One of my favorite thing to do with my mom during our trip was to head off exploring each city after dinner. As we were walking around enjoying just how stunning Vienna looked at night, we accidentally discovered that the Opera House does live screenings of the ballet & opera shows on an outdoor screen right on the Opera grounds. You can sit on the grass, enjoy a glass of wine and watch one of the many ballets & operas that are being filmed live from inside. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I only wish we had known about it sooner so we could have caught more than just the end of the show!

 

 

 

Standing out side Schonbrunn Palace

 

Where to Go: Schonbrunn Palace

If you haven’t already caught on, I’m obsessed with palaces and castles, and Schonbrunn Palace was no exception. The grounds were incredibly large and absolutely beautiful and the inside was just as mesmerizing. We decided to do the self guided audio tours through the interior of the Palace rather than just walk around outside, and I’m so glad we did! Although we weren’t allowed to snap any photos inside, it was not only absolutely gorgeous, but also very interesting and educational. I really enjoyed learning so much about not only the stylistic eras of the imperial monarchy, but the lives of the palace inhabitants who had more than their fair share of drama. Skip the guided tour and pick up an audio guide to move through the palace at your own pace, or even better – you can download the audio guides from i-Tunes ahead of time and follow along on your phone! How’s that for convenience?

 

Some of the grounds behind Schonbrunn Palace

 

 

Feeling like a princess for the day on the steps of Schonbrunn Palace

 

 

 

 

 

on the grounds of Schonbrunn Palace

 

 

 

We could have walked the grounds at Schonbrunn Palace forever… There was just so much to see!

 

 

What I Wore Day 2 in Vienna:

Romper – Japna (from Winners) // Sunglasses – Kate Spade // Wedge Sandals – Aldo // Bag – Calvin Klein

 

 

Where to Go: Stadtpark

The Stadtpark (City Park) in Vienna is a municipal park that spreads across 28 acres right in the middle of the city. Scattered throughout the park are statues of famous Viennese artists, writers, and composers, and there are often jazz concerts playing on the outdoor terrace. Stadtpark is a beautiful escape for many of the locals from the bustling city, and you can see people scattered throughout having picnics, enjoying beers, playing music, or just catching some rays. Think of Statdpark as the Viennese version of Central Park, and take a break from the city and enjoy the greenery before carrying on with your day!

 

Johann Strauss Monument in Stadtpark

 

 

 

One thing I couldn’t get enough of were the tiny narrow streets in Vienna, everything was just so charming.

 

 

 

What to Drink: Viennese Coffee

With so many places to go and things to see in Vienna, it’s almost guaranteed that your feet will need a break and you’ll need a hit of caffeine mid-afternoon. While in Vienna you absolutely have to try a traditional Viennese coffee. Viennese Coffee is a cream-based coffee beverage made by preparing two shots of strong black espresso in a standard sized coffee cup, and infusing the coffee with whipped cream (rather than milk and sugar) until the cup is full. Decadent? Definitely. A must try? Absolutely.

 

 

What To Eat: Sachertorte at Hotel Sacher

Of all the desserts in Vienna, the most famous is the Sachertorte. This chocolate sponge cake has a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and is topped with a rich dark chocolate icing (can you say yum?!). Head to the Hotel Sacher while you’re in Vienna for a slice of this famous cake, or stop in their bakery to buy a cake to bring home with you! (That is if it can make it out of your hotel room untouched..)

 

 

Where to Go: Danube Island

Just a couple of subway stops away is the beautiful Danube Island, a beach escape frequented by locals and tourists alike. There’s tons of things to do on the island, which stretches over 42 kilometers of sand, gravel and grassy beaches on the banks of the New Danube. There are tons of bathing coves, places to play volleyball, running and cycling trails, places to hire boats, bikes and surfboards, and even nudist areas for those wanting to see more than just the sights (lol). If you’re looking more to enjoy the great outdoors from a patio or lounger, there are tons of beach bars, cafes and restaurants at both Copa Cagrana and Sunken City, which turns into a beach club scene at night.

 

 

 

 

Checking out the views from Danube Island

 

What I Wore Day 3 in Vienna:

Top – Zara // Skirt – Urban Planet // Sandals – Expressions (from Hudson’s Bay) // Earrings – H&M // Sunglasses – Aldo (On sale now!) // Bag – Calvin Klein

 

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On day 3 after exploring Danube Island and refuelling with Viennese Coffee, we boarded a train and said goodbye to this beautiful Austrian city. While I wish I could have spent so much longer than 2.5 day in Vienna, a little something tells me this won’t be the last I’ll be seeing of this wonderful city…

 

Next Stop: Budapest, Hungary

 

Stay tuned for my Budapest travel diary!

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xoxo

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. July 18, 2017 / 9:06 am

    It’s been years since I visited Vienna, but when I was there I only had 2.5 days as well and I have to agree – absolutely not enough! It looks like you made the most of every minute you were there, though. And I admit that my mouth is watering at the memory of Sacher torte, glad you got to indulge during your visit as it was such a highlight for me 🙂
    xox,
    Cee

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      July 18, 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Vienna truly is a wonderful place to visit, and I hope we both get the opportunity to go back sometime but for a bit longer <3

  2. July 18, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Dear Kirsten,
    I am truly amazed by how lovely Vienna is and how completely thorough and enjoyable this post is. I really can’t believe you did all this in 2 and a half days. The architecture is truly stunning and magnificent and nothing I’ve seen before. I love the different traditional Viennese food you share and all the descriptions. Your outfits were all completely gorgeous and perfect! My favorite was the romper you wore on the second day. The design looks so current and glamorous but it also looks so comfortable and easy to wear for traveling. Thank you so much for sharing so many beautiful captures because you definitely made me feel like I was there!
    Yours truly,
    Jennifer

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      July 18, 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Jennifer, I’m SO glad to hear that! Honestly I find travel posts so stressful because it really is so difficult to capture just how amazing a city is in a blog post, but to hear that reading this you felt like you were there means the world to me. I really hope you get the opportunity to visit Vienna one day!

  3. July 18, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Thank you for taking us with you on this lovely tour! The food doesn’t sound like my jam, but I would love to visit that church some day. You definitely made the most of your short stay.

  4. July 18, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I’ve only been to Vienna once, but immediately fell in love with the city just like you did. Being an extreme history nerd I could just see and feel the Habsburgs wherever I went. I traveled with my mom too and we were there right before Christmas last year and it was simply stunning during Christmas season, but everyone told us to come back in the summer as well as it’s like two different cities during winter and summer, which I do believe, but still, to me is was amazing even then. Schönbrunn is amazing and one place I’d want to pin down on the tourist chart is Café Landtmann too where the Wienerschnitzel is said to have been invented. I can’t wait to go back to Vienna sometime in August or September.
    Thanks for a lovely review of an amazing city!
    Thomas xx

  5. July 18, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Oh wow Vienna is actually one of my favorite cities in Europe. It is so beautiful… full of architecture which is both beautiful and mesmerising and so so so much history. Also a bit tragic, and the art gallery there is phenomenal. I really enjoyed ur blogpost and the adventures u had until now and I am sure there will be many more to come

  6. July 18, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I would visit Vienna just for the architecture alone. I am with you on the beautiful dome shaped buildings; I can’t get enough! I’m always up for trying new coffee too, and Viennese Coffee sounds like where it’s at :p You couldn’t have chosen better looks for days of exploring that beautiful city. I am swooning over that romper maxi 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  7. July 18, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I first stumbled upon your page on Instagram. I loved all the travel escapades. Vienna is one my list for next year for a place to explore. But for now, I’m living thru them on your post! such amazing photography!

    http://www.thenewgirl.me

  8. July 18, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    OMG Vienna looks so stunning! I’ve always wanted to go there. Thanks for sharing tips and photos of the places you went to. I have to go the Schonbrunn Palace when I go next year. Looks like such a dream. Is the summer the best time to go? I’ve always been curious what the weather is like and how crazy busy it would be compared to going in the fall.

    Sweet as Fiction xo
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  9. Coco
    July 19, 2017 / 4:54 am

    Dear Kirsten, I love your travel diaries because you show us the best places to see and the yummiest food to eat while looking totally stylish. I was especially hooked by Schonnbrun palace. You look like a real princess walking down those stairs. And Viennese coffee is a real treat. I bet Opera House must have been breathtaking at night. Vienna is on my travel wishlist! Much love dear! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  10. Aimara
    July 19, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    What a beautiful city! These photos are so beautiful girl!
    I’ve never been to Viena and I was just in Europe and I didn’t even think about it!
    This Viennese Coffee sounds just like my thing and I love your outfits!!! You are always so chic, but love your travel style!
    And let’s not even talk about the food! I’m drooling right now!!
    Thanks for sharing gorgeous. Can’t wait for Budapest!!! 🙂
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

  11. July 19, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    The architecture in Vienna is simply breathtaking. I’ve never been but this makes me want to go even more – everything just seems steeped in history, and I can imagine walking around the streets just admiring the buildings all day. What a wonderful experience you must have had! Thanks for the tips, the park looks beautiful, and I love your floral dress with it 🙂

    candi xx
    thelollychase.com

  12. July 20, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Hi Kristen,

    You stated that you were only there for 2.5 days and there is a lot more to see… Can I just say WOW, you got a lot done in those days and the buildings are BEAUTIFUL. I admire architect, so thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us. Your outfits certainly fit the vibe of the beautiful Vienna city!! The Stadtpark is breathtaking.

  13. July 20, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Omg the architecture in Vienna is gorgeoussss! Everything looks so cute, I can’t even deal. Ps. Obsessed with that romper on you!! (is Winners the best place on the planet, or what?!)

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

  14. July 23, 2017 / 3:10 am

    Vienna looks amazing. The architecture there is so beautiful! I am also loving all of your outfits from this trip, especially that floral romper….seriously soo cute. I have never been here so definitely taking notes of this post because I really want to go sometime!

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