Austria, Vienna

Highlights of Vienna: Reasons You Should Visit Vienna In 2016

December 31, 2015
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

One of the European cities I’ve been looking forward to seeing again is Vienna. I went there with my Aunt a few years ago as a part of our 2-week European summer holiday and stayed only for 3 days and 2 nights. Based on the cities that we’ve visited during that tour – Vienna really stood out. It has a very sophisticated vibe to it, a bit snobbish to be honest but it has all the reasons to be as the city is royally beautiful. It’s not pretentious, it’s real and the grandiose of the city can be felt, seen and heard as soon as you set foot in it.

I’ve been dying to go back since then, to say that I fell in love with it is an understatement. What’s not to love when you have all the below reasons:

The Romance

Vienna, Austria

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/LoisLammerhuber

With its lovely buildings, cobbled stone streets, horse-drawn carriages and of course the Danube river, romance is definitely in the air around the capital city of Austria. The best way to explore it is by getting lost in many of its winding lanes and palace courtyards, I kept thinking about the many scenes of one of my favorite movies “Before Sunrise” that was shot here while walking around the city. Sadly, I traveled with my aunt when I went there so I wasn’t really able to fully enjoy its romantic vibe. Next time I visit it, The Greek Mister will be with me definitely.

Music and Art

Vienna, Austria

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud

Vienna is a very artist-friendly city what with its numerous museums all over and being the home of famous musicians who we all know today like Mozart and Strauss among others. I am not much into art but had a change of heart when I’ve seen Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss” housed inside the majestic Belvedere Palace. It’s beauty was breathtaking even for an untrained eyes like mine

The Parks

Vienna, Austria

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud

There are 2,000 parks in Vienna which means more than half of the city’s area is given to parks and gardens. Here, you can definitely take a breathe of fresh air. I have to say though that the very green amusement park called The Prater which has the iconic ferris wheel of Vienna’s wonderful skyline is my favorite.

The Palaces

Vienna, Austria

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/Lois Lammerhuber

The palaces in Vienna gives you a peek of the opulent and grandiose life of the royalties from its private apartments to the various collections of art collected by the Royal family. Schonbrunn Palace of course is Vienna’s star attraction with its very famous Hall of Mirrors and the oldest zoo in the world.

The Coffee and Sweets

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/Karl Thomas

Photo by: Wien Tourismus/Karl Thomas

The coffee culture in Vienna started in the 16th century when the first coffeehouse was opened. Coffee and sweets are part of the daily lives of the Viennese, they stay for hours on end inside the many coffeehouses dotted around the city with a book, newspaper or just watch people around them. One of the most famous coffehouses is of course the Sacher, which gave the world the renowned cake called the Sacher Torte. The original recipe of this cake is a well-kept secret so it’s safe to say that you can only get the best sacher torte from Sacher Cafe itself. You can never leave Vienna without having a slice of this cake.

Those are my own personal reasons as to why I would love to go back to Vienna (hopefully this year) and stay there for a longer period of time. The city offers something for everyone so whichever your reason is for traveling and exploring a place – I’m sure you can find it in Vienna.

Have you been to Vienna? What did you love about it?

Disclaimer: Some photos used on this post are provided by Wien Tourismus.

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50 Comments

  • Reply Grace @ Sandier Pastures February 1, 2016 at 09:04

    Vienna would be one of the cities I would really like to visit again. Austria, in general is very beautiful. Unfortunately, I only had 24 hours in both Vienna and Salzburg but stayed in Innsbruck for 4 days. It was an amazing solo trip!
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  • Reply Bumble Bee Mum January 18, 2016 at 14:40

    I thought you ventured out of Greece / Middle East and I was going to read about your other Europe travels! I would love to visit Vienna, though it doesn’t look like a place I would bring the kids to. Anyway it’s not just Vienna.. I can never leave ANYWHERE without a slice a cake. :p

    Thank you for linking up on Travel Tuesday! 🙂
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 19, 2016 at 15:03

      Hahaha! I hope I ventured out of Middle East as I would love to live and discover another place. You must satisfy your sweet tooth with the sacher torte. :p

    • Reply M A R I A January 22, 2016 at 02:54

      hi there miss pinay.. my friend and i applied for visa Jan 20 2016 at vfs in wafi (french consulate) .. and next day, my friend received a call from french embassy and she was asked about our itinerary for 15days (France, Belgium, Netherlands) and what she will do in paris.. and does she have a relatives in europe (of course she said no).. its her first time to travel and she got 8k aed on her account.. im just wondering why i didnt receive a call.. i have already some travel history from other countries like India, Singapore and Japan .. i hope this will help.. waiting for visa approval makes me really nervous.. Hope noth of us will get approved..and also i checked on the visa status tracker online and it says on both of our reference that status of our application is: INTERVIEW SCHEDULED however when they spoke with my friend on the phone, they didnt ask her to go to the embassy for interview and now i was waiting for their call or email but no call for me. Im confused now. hope you can enlighten me on this.. Thank you

  • Reply Marcia January 18, 2016 at 03:27

    I was aware of Vienna’s connection to the arts but didn’t know about it’s long history with coffee. That’s pretty amazing.
    I can see why you were smitten. It’s a gorgeous place with even more gorgeous parks.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 19, 2016 at 15:05

      Coffee and Viennese go hand-in-hand together I suppose but it’s a little bit more upscale there compared to the rest of the world I guess? :p

  • Reply Wander Mum January 17, 2016 at 19:27

    You’ve totally sold Vienna to me! I’ve never been before and you’ve made it sound so enticing…particularly the Sacher Torte! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  • Reply Corinne January 16, 2016 at 11:19

    Noemi, I agree. Lots and lots of reasons to visit this beautiful city! Love your post.
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  • Reply Voyager January 16, 2016 at 06:30

    Absolutely stunning. Vienna has been on our bucket list and your post inspires us to plan the trip this year itself! 🙂 Sharing on Twitter.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 19, 2016 at 15:11

      Don’t we all wish we can visit every places this year? :p

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject January 16, 2016 at 05:10

    Vienna is such a beautiful European city – one of my favourite places to visit. I’ll have to put it on the travel wishlist again! 🙂

  • Reply Paula McInerney January 16, 2016 at 02:35

    Totally convinced. We missed Vienna when we were in Austria because of time, but next time most definitely
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  • Reply Gabi @ Books & Trips January 16, 2016 at 00:20

    I am heading to Vienna at the end of March, I can’t wait!!! Thanks for the post, very useful and entertaining!

  • Reply Sarah January 15, 2016 at 20:16

    I’ll definitely check out Vienna this year. I have a huuuge sweet tooth. Thanks!

  • Reply Ting at My Travel Monkey January 15, 2016 at 14:10

    well you’ve definitely sold it to me! I always imagine Vienna in the cold, but actually it looks stunning in the Summer. I would really like to visit some day! And do the Sound of Music tour too! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2016 at 17:58

      It was actually a very pleasant weather when we were there during August, I would love to do the Sound of Music tour too in Salzburg! IT’s my favorite movie! 🙂

  • Reply Marijana | LadyofAwesome.com January 12, 2016 at 21:07

    Now these are some beautiful photos! 🙂 I always love going to Vienna! 🙂
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  • Reply Kaycee Lojera January 11, 2016 at 14:29

    Beautiful. 🙂

  • Reply Vlad January 6, 2016 at 11:10

    I’m actually going to Vienna in a couple of weeks for the second time and seeing your post made me very excited for the trip. I hope it can be as sunny as in your photos 😉
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  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) January 6, 2016 at 11:00

    Vienna’s really lovely and I’ve been a couple of times:) check out my blog if you want:) #monday escapes
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:07

      That’s cool! I wish I can say the same unfortunately, I’ve only been once and it was such a short visit. :p

  • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) January 5, 2016 at 16:10

    What wonderful photos – I have only been to Vienna for a day (as part of an interrail trip) and it was a mixed experience, although not really long enough to appreciate. I really do need to go back and explore properly. #mondayescapes
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:08

      I’m hoping to be able to go back to all the places I visited for a short period of time. I want to be able to know each places more than a 3-day stay. :p

      • Reply Cathy (MummyTravels) January 13, 2016 at 18:50

        It’s lovely when you’ve had such a great time in a city to be able to go back again and explore properly, isn’t it! Thanks for joining up with #citytripping
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        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 15, 2016 at 18:03

          I have a lot of cities I’d love to go back to – let’s just say I wasn’t the best traveler back in those days. Lol.

  • Reply Ruth - Tanama Tales January 5, 2016 at 08:21

    The city looks phenomenal. I have always wanted to visit. I want to combine it with Prague and Budapest. Hope you have tons of plans for this year!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:09

      That’s always the combination – Vienna, PRague and Budapest. I’ve done several holiday packages with that itinerary, every single person came back to me with a great review – those cities are amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Aditi January 5, 2016 at 07:06

    These pictures are sooooo enticing. Surely gonna add Vienna to my #bucketlist. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  • Reply Brooke of Passport Couture January 5, 2016 at 01:22

    I haven’t been to Vienna but I’ve always heard great things about the food and desserts. Although that’s enough of a reason for me to visit, I am glad to see there’s more to Vienna. The castles and parks look phenomenal and are definitely reasons for me to visit someday!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:11

      The castles and parks are definitely the top reasons for me to visit it again. It’s a wonderful city which I’d like to explore more. 🙂

  • Reply RobRob (@TravelLatte.net) January 4, 2016 at 23:11

    Such a beautiful city! Being a history and arts buff, Vienna is one of my dream destinations because it has so much of both! However, there’s a personal connection also – somewhere in there is the concert hall where my Grandparents met. How’s that for romantic? Thanks for the inspiration! #MondayEscapes

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:14

      WOW! Is that true????? That’s amazing!!! How romantic that they met in a very romantic city! Do write about it and tag me. I would love to know more. HAHAHa.

      • Reply RobRob (@TravelLatte.net) January 17, 2016 at 04:57

        One day, I’ll have to get to Vienna and try to find where that was. Only I left out the “Great” – it was my grandfather’s parents. Great-Gramps was a pianist and composer. He was not from Vienna, but that’s where a classical musician went for work. And, apparently, to find a gal! 😉
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        • Reply Pinay Flying High January 19, 2016 at 15:07

          Hahahahaha! That’s amazing! I would be extremely curious even more if the great grandma was an audience during the great grandpa’s performance? Now that’s a love story which deserves a book or a movie. :p

  • Reply Amber January 4, 2016 at 21:59

    Vienna looks so beautiful! I’ve been itching to go there over the past few months, hopefully it can happen this year! Do you have any accommodations you could recommend?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:16

      Oh a lot! Depending on the budget of course but it’s always good to stay around the Ringstrasse. :p

  • Reply ARABESQUE January 2, 2016 at 21:33

    I HAVE BEEN TO VIENNA BEFORE AND I AGREE WHEN YOU SAID IT’S ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC AND GRANDIOSE CITY I’VE BEEN.
    ALTHOUGH, I WAS A BIT DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE
    THEY’RE NOT THE MOST WELCOMING PEOPLE AND YES, THEY CAN BE SNOBBISH AND VERY RUDE AT TIMES.
    BUT I’VE ALSO MET A FEW WHO WERE JUST WILLING TO GIVE US A HAND.
    I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK AGAIN, AND MAYBE GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY. ^-^

    • Reply Pinay Flying High January 8, 2016 at 14:26

      Hahaha, yeah they’re not the friendliest but I do have a friend who’s Austrian and I realized that they’re not actually rude. They just don’t take crap from anyone and are very straightforward about it – which I like that’s why we became friends. Lol.

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