Spend Valentine’s Day in Vienna!February 9, 2015 4:07 pm
The 14th February is a day in the year synonymous with grand gestures and big love hearts and if you’ve been lucky enough to be taken away for the night – or weekend – to Vienna then you’re in for a treat.
Vienna is one of the most up-and-coming cities to visit in 2015 and is not too crowded at this time of year, meaning you’re guaranteed that extra bit of intimacy! As the temperatures are still low and the odd smattering of snow isn’t unheard of, it all adds to the lovey-dovey feeling as you have to snuggle up to keep warm and take shelter in cosy corners.
Here are some of the things to do in Vienna this Valentine’s Day:
Candle lit dinner on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
One of the most iconic things to do in Vienna is to go for a ride on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, but for Valentine’s Day they transform a carriage especially for the occasion where you can be wined and dined in candlelight, sipping champagne as you take in the spectacular views across Vienna and Prater. If you want to take it up a notch, you can even upgrade to a Romantic Crystal Dinner which includes a gift voucher for Swarovski Wien.
Schloss Schönbrunn Suite
Pull out all the stops and book a room at the Schloss Schönbrunn Suite at Schönbrunn Palace for a truly magical experience of Imperial life and lavish taste. Expect impeccable service, five star quality and décor to die for. It might be best kept for a ‘special occasion’ as it’s not your every Valentine’s Day kind of stay – however, that’s not to say you shouldn’t try it out! With a range of suites to choose from, from the Imperial Suite, Residence Package and even Honeymoon Package, there’s one for everyone!
Who doesn’t love a sauna! Home to the ‘love lagoon’ (aptly named for a Valentine’s treat) the Therme Wien is a great place to go for some R&R. From the Sauna Stone, to the outdoor Wilderness area there are pools a-plenty and steaming saunas, not to mention massage therapists on hand to deliver you a totally calming experience for you and your loved one.
We all know a bottle of fizz is a natural aphrodisiac so why not take a trip to the Schlumberger Cellars in Vienna and learn about Austria’s oldest producer of sparkling wine. At 300 years old, it’s one of Vienna’s best historic attractions and what’s more you can sample some of the exquisite wine yourself at the end of the tour. While you’re there, you may as well buy a few bottles to take back to the hotel to carry on your wine tasting!
Explore Vienna by Fiaker
A ‘fiaker’ is one of th most popular things to do in Vienna, and an iconic feature of Vienna’s streets. A ‘fiaker’ is a horse-drawn carriage and they can be found trotting though Vienna come rain or shine. They have been around for the past 300 years and are one of the most novel ways of seeing the city. You can pick up the fiaker from various places, such as Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz (occasionally Michaelerplatz), Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater and can choose a tour length of either 20 mins or longer, with prices starting at €55 and up. If you want an especially romantic excursion, ask for a ‘porcelain ride’ as these are much calmer and steadier routes.
Don’t forget with the Vienna PASS you can enjoy free entry into the Schlumberger Cellars and enjoy a tour for free, as well as enjoy a ride on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel – however if you want a romantic dinner, that costs extra! Find out more about the 60+ attractions included free with the Vienna PASS.