This trip to Vienna was so, so special. Definitely the sort of thing I am going to remember for the rest of my life. It was my first time visiting and we spent three (pretty packed!) days and three nights and I did not want to leave. I had been nervous about traveling so far but in hindsight wish I stayed for longer… maybe a few nights in Prague (so close and also beautiful) or visiting my friends in London or Belfast. I shared more tips for international travel but honestly, it was not bad at all – as long as you stay nice and organized!
Vienna reminded me a lot of Paris, especially the architecture. Like a cleaner Paris (and the Austrians were so friendly!). In talking to many of you in my DMs, it seems like Vienna is both underrated and under-visited by Americans. Also! I rounded up everything I wore in Vienna and also have a Vienna highlight on my instagram page with more in the moment photos and coverage! Lastly, there are tons of recommendations from YOU in the comments of this grid post.
Three Nights in Vienna
I flew Austrian Airlines and had a great experience. I thought the plane was nice and the food was very good! But I will say that the cabin got a bit hot so I had a hard time sleeping but I think this was probably limited to my plane. Getting into Austria was an absolute breeze. Immigration and customs were both very quick and the airport is only about twenty minutes away from the city.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Wien and it was incredible… like something out of a storybook! I loved my room – it was so romantic, with a little balcony overlooking the street. The location was perfect too – right in the middle of everything and perfect for walking and sight-seeing. (The opera was just a few blocks away).
Where we Ate:
I will be honest, Austrian (and German) cuisines aren’t really my favorite so if you are looking for true authentic Viennese cuisine you are not going to like my recs. I don’t really like schnitzel (I tried it for the first time!). I’m also not a big fan of cake. I know Sachertorte is everyone’s favorite but I grew up eating it (my dad had it on the dessert menu at our family restaurant) and have never been a fan. So I’m sharing the restaurants we ate at (they were all GREAT) but needed that caveat.
Hotel Ferdinand – We had dinner here on our first night! We all got the wiener schnitzel with truffle fries. And lots of champagne.
Sole – On our second night, we had an amazing dinner here after the opera. Really delicious, authentic Italian. I had the minestrone soup and split the truffle pasta with a girlfriend. It was REALLY GOOD.
Restaurant Nihon Bashi – Sushi in Vienna? Strange. But sushi is my favorite food so I happily obliged.
Sacher Hotel – We had an amazing breakfast here! I definitely recommend getting the pancakes for the table (pancakes in Vienna/most of Europe = crepes… drool). Fun fact: this restaurant invented the Sachertorte!
What We Did:
The Belvedere Palace was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy and was absolutely beautiful. The museum houses an incredibly impressive art collection (including famous paintings by Gustav Klimt like The Kiss).
This was incredible and where I found the most inspiration for my shoe. Schönbrunn means “beautiful spring,” and this was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. You will want to spend some time here. There are 1,441 rooms (we obviously did not see them all!) and so much incredible art, furnishings, etc. If I am being honest though, my favorite part of it was the gardens outside. They were truly breathtaking. This is an absolute must in my opinion.
If you are able to get tickets, the opera is an absolute MUST. We saw The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) by Gioachino Rossini and Giovanni Paisiello – an Italian classic! The energy of the orchestra was incredible and I was actually pretty surprised by how funny it was. And there was something so special about sitting in this 150+ year old building where so many had sat before me, watching an even older (nearly 200 years!) performance. I loved every minute. We got there early to take some photos while it was still light out… and enjoy some champagne and snacks before the p
For a work trip, we did quite a bit of shopping! The vintage shopping in the 7th was amazing.
Burgasse 24 – wow this spot had amazing vintage. Nearly all of us bought something. I snagged a crystal clutch and a metallic top from Stella McCartney. Highly recommend and they have a very cute cafe int he back.
Uppers & Downers and The Purple Cave we went to both of these as well. Burgasse 24 was my favorite though!
Lena Hoschek – Lena is one of Sarah Flint’s favorite designers. We were able to visit her in her showroom and also do a little shopping. Truly incredible dresses and coats. I was so impressed by her craftsmanship.
Things I wish we did!
(aka my list for next time!!!)
Lipizanner Stallions – Several people recommended this – you can get tickets and learn more here!
Saturday Flea Market – Lena Hoschek recommended this but Saturday had already come and gone!
Die Glasfabrik (Vienna Glass Factory) – This was another Lena recommendation and looks incredible but was closed on our last day.
Motto – Lena also recommended we go here – it’s a fun up and coming hotel similar to Soho House (I have not actually been, this was her description!) The photos on the website look v v chic.
Had an ice cream sundae – I don’t love cake but ice cream is my favorite. Becca had told me that Vienna had amazing ice cream parlours but I never found myself near one when we had down time.
Thank you to Sarah Flint for an incredible experience… and the opportunity to design a shoe together – more on that, soon!
Photography by Anna Sandul.