Can’t believe my Vienna trip was already a week ago! Last week was my first time ever in Vienna and I fell in love with the beautiful city. It was a very inspiring trip with Just Away, a new online travel platform that launched in the Netherlands last week offering inspiring trips and holidays. But let me tell you more about them later, because I really want to show you more of Vienna and all I’ve seen and done..
On day 1 I arrived in Vienna and went to see the famous Spanish riding school and had a workshop at Swarovski. Did you know Swarovski is originally Austrian? I didn’t!
After that we went to the main shopping area (the Golden Quarter) and took a horse carriage ride, as pictured above with Kim from NSMBL. It was quite easy to get around in Vienna by foot actually, although the city has a lot of grandeur, it’s less big than I expected which is a good thing, I love to be able to explore cities by foot.
At night we had an amazing dinner in a restaurant that used to be a metro station, called Albertina Passage, and cocktails at the Palmenhaus which was a gorgeous location in the Hofburg Palace gardens that used to be a greenhouse part of the old palace. Definitely a place you can’t miss when in Vienna!
Day 2 was a gorgeous sunny day that started with a bike tour along the Ringstrasse where you’ll find many gorgeous historic buildings and along the Donau river. A good way to spend the morning and Vienna is a great city to cycle through as well! I wore comfy travel gear because my days in Vienna were packed with activities and black never fails. Nor do leather jackets.
I also had a taste of the Austrian cuisine. Which is not my favorite in the world (too many brown and beige food) but when you find a good place to eat (such as Corbaci), a cooked ball of dough called knödel is actually quite delicious!
There’s many gorgeous historical architecture in Vienna, pretty much everywhere you go, but we also got to see the University of Business & Economics which was an amazing piece of modern architectural work. It almost (yeah, almost) made me want to go back to school, I wish my university had looked like this!
There was not much time for shopping on this trip, which I for a change didn’t mind that much because I really wanted to see Vienna and the special places Just Away showed me, not just the shopping streets. We did get to do some shopping in the 7th district though (also known as Bobo) which was a really nice area with small streets and shops where I could have walked around for hours. I also discovered my favorite store in Vienna there, called Park. A huge store carrying brands such as Acne, Haider Ackermann and Maison Martin Margiela. Couldn’t resist to get myself a souvenir, although I’m not sure a Margiela scent really counts as a souvenir ;) Another plus: Vienna has a Wood Wood store!
On the second night we had dinner alongside the Donau and after that we went to the spectacular Le Loft bar at the Sofitel hotel (pictured above). The cocktails were amazing, the view was breathtaking and they have a gorgeous colored ceiling that made this bar one of the most spectacular ones I’ve ever been. Again, a must-see!
Day 3 consisted of a visit to the famous Naschmarkt, a huge food market where we went to get ingredients for a traditional Viennese lunch. The market is open all week except on Sundays but on Saturday there was a flea market as well. I can spend hours on flea and food markets, but there was lunch that had to be made. With a chef, we prepared a soup, the original Wiener Schnitzel (which was better than I thought) and a yummy dessert. That part of the day might have been my favorite of the week, the cooking studio and preparing local food is such a great idea when visiting a city! Especially for me because I love to cook and who doesn’t love food?
Last but not least I just have to show you the hotel. My image of Vienna was an image of a traditional, historical city. Which it absolutely is, but there’s a lot of modern architecture, stores, restaurants and hotels as well. I spent my Vienna nights at the 25 Hours Hotel which is a super fun, kind of bizarre and surreal place to stay. It gave me a bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel with a fun touch (like the rug of the elevator saying ‘claustrophobic therapy centre’. Check out their website and more pictures here.
Soon there will be a bookable citytrip available on Just Away with this hotel or with the cooking workshop, which were my 2 favorites of this trip. But do have another look at Just Away every now and then (and check out their inspirator!) because they offer thematic and inspiring trips and packages that change every now and then and there’s really something for everybody.