The BF and I went on a trip to Vienna for four days and three nights! Just because we felt like it and because we've never been. We did book our trip way ahead so what the weather turned out to be, we had no control or preview over. It was sunny at times, but mostly just windy and rainy, unfortunately. The city was just lovely anyway and I have to say it's one of the prettiest cities I've seen in a long time.
Here's everything we did on our trip, including where we dined, so hopefully this can be a guide for those who are planning to visit Vienna one day. We mostly dined at the cheaper, affordable places, too, so our choices were definitely budget-friendly! We're just cheap students after all...
The bus ride from Dresden to Vienna lasted 6 hours. We started in the morning and arrived in the afternoon.
We checked into our simple AirBnb near the centre of the city and got there on foot in 15 minutes.
We had a lovely Chinese dinner at Gu [Lederergasse 16], where authentic Chinese cuisine is served. The food was really tasty and all of the meals are cooked without Glutamat!
We woke early to get the day started. We had breakfast at Tunnel [Florianigasse 39] which offers great breakfast plates for a cheap price.
We went on a walk towards the central point of the city and came across a small church that we saw shortly.
We checked out the Naschmarkt is a vast market with food stalls and restaurants.
Vollpension [Schleifmühlgasse 16] is a cute, wholesome café where grandmas and grandpas cook and bake and young people serve you to your homely decorated tables and soft-cushioned sofa-seats.
Directly next to Vollpension, there's a Japanese restaurant called Kojiro [Kühnplatz 4] that has absolutely fantastic sushi to offer! It was named as one of the best Sushi places in Vienna, too.
At Albertina [Albertinaplatz 1], we enjoyed exhibitions from Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Manfred Willmann, Monet, Picasso, Rudolf von Alt, Rubens, Makart and many more throughout time.
We wanted to try some bagels, so we ventured to 1683 Bagels [Währinger Straße 12] where each of us got a bagel (New York and Italian, I think). They were delicious!
In the evening, after 6, we headed to the Museum of Applied Arts MAK [Stubenring 5] because on Tuesdays between 6PM and 10PM, the entrance prices are reduced! We really weren't disappointed. I especially enjoyed their Chinese Whisper exhibition.
We woke up with sore feet and legs. But naturally we wanted to make use of the day ahead and had breakfast at Yamm! [Universitätsring 10] in central. It serves vegan and vegetarian dishes!
Our first stop was the Natural History Museum [Burgring 7] where we spent 3 hours without realising. I really enjoyed it, but I always loved the Natural History Museum in London, too.
Nearby, the Schmetterlingshaus [Hofburg], with the Palmenhaus restaurant in the same building, was our next stop. So pretty.
Schönbrunn Palace [Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47] was reached via subway soon enough. Unfortunately nothing is as green and spectacular yet since it's not even spring at this point. But we went to the Palmenhaus there anyway and stayed there for a bit. The whole place was stunning, though. I can only imagine how much better it would look in summer.
We went back downtown to try some food at Leberkas-Pepi [Operngasse 12], which was said to be a traditional Austrian cheap place to eat. We actually enjoyed our Leberkas-burgers there a lot and the price was great.
La Stella Bianca [Opernring 3] sell traditional Italian meals, bakes and wines! We came across this lovely place when we were central and got Torte De La Nonna and a Focaccia.
Blueorange [Margaretenstraße 9] was our place for breakfast. I loved the interior and the food was great, too.
We went to Vollpension for another piece of cake again. And also because it was nearby and the weather was really, extremely cold suddenly.
We then went to Phil [Gumpendorfer Straße 10] which is a hip venue where not only coffee and bakes can be eaten, but also the interior, books, DVDs and records can be taken home with you.
After that it was time for us to leave and go home to Dresden!
Unfortunately we didn't get to see as much as we would've liked to – but you can only see so much in four days (and you can only walk so much in a day...). Vienna reminded me of my deep appreciation for art, culture, history all over again, as well as independent, creative stores, restaurants and cafés! There's just something really special and lovely about that city that I won't forget. Hopefully I'll see you again soon, Austria.