How to Explore Vienna, Austria like a Local: Locals introduce their city.
In today’s MYCITY interview Franziska from “nur mal kosten” introduces Vienna, Austria. Send an email to info[at]universal-traveller.com when you’d like to present your city.
Please introduce yourself:
I’m Franziska, foodie, sports junkie, travel lover and since June 2014 author of “nur mal kosten”. I just came back to Vienna from my exchange semester in British Columbia, Canada.
My favorite place to eat:
Okay as I couldn’t decide I’ve got three places for you; Neni for oriental food, Magarita for Italian food and Restaurant Sperl for Viennese food.
A typical dish of Vienna:
Of course the famous Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad! Other than that you should also definitely try “Frittatensuppe” (beef soup with pancake slices) and Altwiener Zwiebelrostbraten (steamed beef roast with fried or steamed onions). If you prefer sweet dishes go get yourself some “Sachertorte” or “Mohr im Hemd”.
My favorite bar:
The “Look bar” in the first district is nice to hang out. Otherwise I would recommend going to a pub like Flannigan’s, Charlie P’s or Four Bells.
What about the Nightlife?
I am a huge fan of U4, but depending on what you like Platzhirsch, Passage or Volksgarten could also be to-go places. Might be interesting: even though the drinking age is 16 some clubs might have different rules – check that before you go there.
Things to do for free:
Borrow a City Bike, visit one of Viennas parks or the Prater and go for a swim in the Alte Donau (Old Danube). In June you can even attend Europe’s biggest open-air festival – the Donauinselfest – for free!
Keep away of:
Fiaker. Tourists seem to like them a lot, but it’s really expensive and in my opinion you should save the money for a nice dinner or something more fun.
Best way to get around:
Vienna has a pretty good public transport system and I recommend to use it. On weekends the underground operates the whole night and during the week night buses will bring you back to your hotel (or the next club).
Best place for first date:
A Heuriger (Feuerwehr Wagner, Fuhrgassl-Huber) or a Viennese Café (e.g. Hawelka, Sperl,…).
Best place to meet locals:
Best place to relax:
Stadtpark, Burggarten, Prater Hauptallee, Donauinsel – Vienna offers a lot of possibilities to get away from everything.
Best spot to watch people:
Check out the first district, especially at Kaertner Straße or Schwedenplatz you can get a glimpse of very interesting people.
Where to stay?
Even though I obviously haven’t spent a night there, I recommend the “25 hours” hotel or the hotel “Daniel” as they seem really nice.
Five hot tips for enjoying Vienna:
1. If you go to Vienna during summer go to the Prater. The Viennese Giant Wheel is its most famous fare, but just walk around and try others too. If you get hungry get a “Stelze” with cabbage salad at the “Schweizerhaus” and afterwards you can take a stroll along the 4 km long “Prater Hauptallee” – a place where a lot of Viennese go to to exercise or just get some fresh air.
2. If you stay in Vienna during winter you have to drink punsch (punch) and eat “Kartoffelpuffer” (similar to hash browns) at one of Viennas “Christkindelmaerkte”. Avoid the one at Rathausplatz which is only for tourists and go to Maria-Theresien-Platz, Schoenbrunn or (my favorite one) Karlsplatz.
3. Visit one of Vienna’s markets – it doesn’t have to be Naschmarkt (even if it is amazing 😉 ); there are als Brunnenmarkt, Yppenmarkt, Meislmarkt and many others where you can experience that Vienna is a cultural melting pot.
4. Watch a play at Burgtheater. Vienna is within the most important (German) theatre cities and the Burgtheater is just amazing.
5. Honestly just walk around the city. Vienna has beautiful buildings everywhere, so you just need to pay attention to your surroundings.
One thing you would like to change about Vienna?
Nothing – it’s my home town and I love it a lot.
Franziska lives in Vienna and shares her experiences on “nur mal kosten“. She loves cooking, working out, travelling, skiing and enjoying live with her loved ones. Follow her story on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
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