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Whenever a beautiful city like Vienna calls me, I sure listen closely. I was heading to this Austrian city for a conference and added some leisure time. Which sweets do I recommend? How should you travel around the city? That’s what I’m going to tell you in this post.
Why I have chosen Vienna as destination
“When I’m traveling for business or a conference, I like to add an extra day for leisure.Work-Life-Balance, you might say. For wanderlust office ladies, like me. A plus is also that there is a non-stop-flight to Vienna from Zurich (sorry Greta). It’s only one hour, just enough to have a short conversation with your seat neighbor in the plane!
From the airport into the city
Public transportation in Vienna, like in most European cities, is extremely tourist friendly and on time. The CAT (City Airport Train) runs every 30 minutes from the airport into the city . CAT offers separate ticket counters or you can easily buy a ticket with their app. A return ticket is available for €21 and is valid up to 6 months, but only for CAT. Or use the public transportation and buy a travel card for a day, or like I did for 3 days.
Before my departure I discovered Grandios Vienna’s Instagram account. Grandios is a small and cute clothing store specialized for big and beautiful. For my usual on the go personality that was surely something on my to-do-list. I was greeted at the front door and got a coffee offered. On two levels there is plenty to discover and with a coffee in your hand and some time to chat with the owners. They have a nice variety of clothes so I’ve bought two cardigans which are perfect travel companions.
Another Vienna highlight was another Shootmytravel-shooting, something that I added to most of my travel destinations whenever a local photographer is available. I met up with Diana who showed me around Vienna and while getting a lactose-free milk coffee told me a bit about her being in the city.
3 Highlights for a coffee break in Vienna
- Onyx Bar – right next to the Stephans Dom. What a view while drinking a coffee. A lot of tourists come by to take some instagrammable pictures but be sure to stay a bit longer for a stop. Even for a day’s Happy Hour, especially when it gets dark, with a cocktail in your hand and sitting in a comfy chair
- Just around the corner of the opera (yes, line up for a guided tour, so worth it) there is Café Sachereck. Beside a nice picture of me and a well known piece of chocolate cake I finally found my lactose-free cappuccino here. Delicious! I was in heaven. Extra tip: get a seat on the first floor, it’s less crowded than ground floor
- My train station for going back to the airport was “Wien Mitte”. There is a mall and after spending some money for little things here and there I stopped at the bakery Oberlaa. Forget about counting calories while in here and celebrate cheat day with a piece of cake with whipped cream on top. Bon appetit!
Vienna is definitely a charming city, which needs to be visited more than once. Have you been here before? What was the highlight of your trip?
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Show off your wanderlust, at home or on the road, while you dream of your next triumph: discovering an amazing little pastry shop… finding the perfect travel T-shirt (the kind you really miss on laundry day!)… fitting everything into your travel bag on the first try. Whatever journey you can dream up next, you know it will be good. Because an adventure always awaits, just around the corner.