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Top tips for Valentine’s Day in Vienna

February 11, 2016 10:09 am by

Vienna is a romantic city, with picturesque imperial buildings, cobbled streets and pavement cafes making the perfect backdrop to couples strolling hand in hand. If you need some inspiration on where to take your loved one this year, Vienna is the answer! From horse-drawn carriage rides, to champagne tasting, you can rest assured it’ll be a Valentine’s to remember.

Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

You can’t pass up the opportunity to take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the streets of Vienna. The tradition of the ‘fiaker’ has been around for over 300 years and is one of the best things to do in Vienna, especially at Valentine’s. Be lulled by the clip-clopping of the hooves against the worn cobbles and be driven around the famous streets passing the iconic sights like the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Burgtheater. Take the tour at dusk and you can snuggle up and see the city illuminated for the ultimate romance.

 Sachertorte at Café Sacher

They say chocolate is an aphrodisiac which is an excuse if ever there was one to indulge! Vienna is famous for Sachertorte, a luxurious and rich chocolate cake with a moussey texture which dates back to 1832 when it was created by Franz Sacher for Prince Wenzel von Metternich and was so popular that is has become a staple in Viennese cuisine. If you like chocolate and apricot jam and have a sweet tooth, then get a cake to share, with two spoons, and enjoy this moment of decadence!

 Live like a royalty in the Schloss Schönbrunn Suite

In a imperial setting with a spacious 167 m² at your disposal, you can wine and dine like an emperor and bed down like a princess in a suite in Schönbrunn Palace. Looking after you is the nearby Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, which itself used to function as the emperor’s guesthouse. The exclusive suite offers everything that makes the heart of royalty fans beat faster: a salon, two bedrooms, a spacious drawing room and two modern bathrooms. The absolute highlight is the unparalleled view: from the suite the panorama opens out onto the Gloriette, the Neptune Fountain, the Kronprinzengarten and the palace park extending as far as the eye can see across 160 hectares.

 A Walk in the Park at Schloss Schönbrunn

One of the nicest things to do on the Schönbrunn estate is to take a walk around the grounds, which makes for a perfect romantic setting. Walk around the manicured lawns and alleys and be enchanted by this stunning, historic palace and gardens. Don’t forget the camera as there will be plenty of options for that all important selfie with the romantic backdrop of the Gloriette, Orangery and impressive baroque palace itself.

Schlumberger Wine Tasting

If you and your loved one are a fan of sparkling wine, make sure you take part in a tour of the Schlumberger Wine Cellars to learn about Austria’s oldest sparkling wine cellar. There’s no better way to cheer to your love that in a 300 year old wine cellar with some of the best wine in Europe – pretty hard to beat!

 Johann Strauss Ball (Vienna Kursalon)

Waltz your way into Valentines on the 13th February, Vienna Ball season is well and truly underway! Book your tickets to this fantastic event held in the Vienna Kursalon, one of the city’s most exciting and luxurious venues. Practice your steps with your partner, throw on your best dress and get on the dancefloor as you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vienna.

Lose track of time in a traditional bistro or coffee shop

But probably after all… romance can’t be planned to the point. Maybe you should just stroll through the streets hand in hand, stumble into some cosy Viennese bistro (Beisl) or coffee shop (Kaffeehaus), have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and let yourself carry away. Here are some of our favourites if you want some inspiration…

Café Central
Herrengasse 14, 1st district
Legendary literati café, with great interiors, big selection of newspapers, Viennese cuisine, homemade cakes, piano music

Café Hawelka
Dorotheergasse 6, 1st district
Artists café and real Viennese institution, famous for its buchteln (yeast buns filled with jam)

Café Ansari
Praterstrasse 15, 2nd district
an eatery with wonderful design and Georgian-Oriental cuisine, close to Prater

Café Goldegg
Argentinierstraße 49, 4th district
Traditional Viennese coffee shop, take the daily lunch menu and you’ll get a Viennese desert on top

Steman
Otto-Bauer-Gasse 7, 6th district
Viennese cuisine, authentic atmosphere,

Glacis Beisl
Museumsquartier, Zugang Breite Gasse 4, 7th district
traditional bistro with modern touch

Stomach
Seegasse 26, 9th district
very cosy and old-style atmosphere, Viennese-styrian cuisine