Insider tips for Vienna from Boutique Hotel Donauwalzer
Sightseeing and coffee – a relaxed day in Vienna
From the bed to Brunnenmarkt: a perfect day in Vienna
A perfect day commences for us quite early – namely with the first cooing of our cadet. Shortly afterwards, our Newfoundland dog come rushing into our bedroom to wish us a “Good Morning” their own way. Still lying in bed, we check our e-mails and the most important hotel news before starting to Brunnenmarkt, the city’s new hot spot fortunately situated directly behind the hotel. Then we select one of the numerous great cafés and enjoy a tasty breakfast consisting of mélange, croissant, an egg dish and whatever may belong to a classic Viennese breakfast. And while enjoying the delicacies of domestic cuisine one can optimally observe the manifold activities at the market. Soon after, we are ourselves in the thick of the action: with two children and two dogs, we rummage in smelling flowers, firm apples, and exotic spices and examine the offer of the season. We seize the opportunity to do some shopping – because there will be a barbecue evening on the hotel’s terrace tomorrow…
From the City Hall to the Opera House: sightseeing at noon-time
Heavily loaded with 1001 good things from the market, we wander back to the hotel to deliver, and allow cool down, all the delicacies in the kitchen. Then we continue our sightseeing tour: the historic city center is just a stone’s throw from our hotel. Here we walk across splendid “Ring” lined by the most important sites such as City Hall, Parliament, and Opera. Although being both dyed-in-the-wool Vienna natives, we never tire of looking at these magnificent buildings. So we become more and more aware of the reasons why our beautiful Vienna has once more been appointed one of the most livable cities of the world – and currently even ranks top!
During summer, the area around the City Hall is the venue of a film festival. Here we allow ourselves a fast drink – and perhaps a nearly irresistible snack, despite a first-class breakfast…
Relaxation for the whole family: our suggestion for the afternoon
In the afternoon, we head towards “Palmenhaus” – our very personal favorite place for a fully relaxed afternoon. There we lay down in one of the cozy deck-chairs, relax listening chilling lounge music, and chat. Our dog, too, can relax after a long walk while the kids have still energy enough for further playing at Burggarten with their newly found friends. By 4pm, we leave our oasis of recreation and return, via Kärntnerstraße and Graben, to our hotel.
Dinner under chestnut trees – and in good company
For the evening, we recommend a five minutes side trip to Old AKH where you find now a lively university campus with numerous restaurants in the midst of a splendid park. Here, in the shade of time-honored chestnut trees, we have dinner. To our right, there are employees of the adjacent National Bank, on the other side, a group of students.
A variegated public ensures that we are always in good company. Now and then, we encounter guests of our hotel. Despite leisure time, there is a lot to talk about, now and again.
After a hearty meal, some physical activity may be required – a short bike tour is the right thing now!
The perfect epilogue: cinema under the starry sky
To adequately close a perfect day, we need something special, for example a visit of the “Cinema under the starry sky” offering a broad movie repertoire from true classics to extravagant art movies. One gets there best by bike – what a good thing that Gürtel Bikeway towards the Main Library passes directly before the hotel! The bikes required for this short tour can be borrowed at subway station “Alserstraße” that is also within easy walking distance from the hotel.
- Brunnenmarkt Brunnenmarkt, Wien, Österreich www.vienna.at/der-brunnenmarkt/
- Rathaus Rathaus, Wien, Österreich www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/rathaus/
- Wiener Staatsoper Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, Wien, Österreich www.wiener-staatsoper.at
- Palmenhaus Palmenhaus, Wien, Österreich www.palmenhaus.at/
- Kino unter Sternen Kino Unter Sternen, Wien, Österreich kinountersternen.at/
Brunnenmarkt, Wien, Österreich
Rathaus, Wien, Österreich
Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring, Wien, Österreich
Palmenhaus, Wien, Österreich
Kino unter Sternen
Kino Unter Sternen, Wien, Österreich