Last weekend I skipped off to Vienna for a couple of days with my boyfriend. I’ve wanted to visit the city for a while because of the famed museum quarter. That, and the fact that I just bloody love a city break.
The weather was pretty amazing, except for a touch of rain on Friday night. Saturday saw the sun shining and left me feeling not too chilly, which is ideal for exploring.
Where we stayed
Through Booking.com we found Kimi Apartments in Innere Stadt district, which is perfect if you like historic buildings. The apartment itself was really central and had a perfect location – super easy to get to once we got off the bus and easy to find. I should say that there were some communication problems: there wasn’t actually anyone who checked us in to the apartment, and they didn’t explain the check-out process which made for a confusing and rushed Sunday morning. However the apartment itself was a great space and very comfortable.
What we ate
On Friday night we tried a curry house called Curry Insel recommended by my trusty Lonely Planet guide
The Naschmarkt is a must-see for food and general sights and sounds of the city. As Vienna’s biggest market, it spans a long stretch full of pretty much every food you could want. After a quick coffee, the highlight of the market for me was oysters and a cheeky glass of prossecco at a tiny fish restaurant inside the market.
Saturday afternoon saw us taking a break at Strudls, a super cute cafe specialising in strudel (obviously). I grabbed a glass of red and some mozzarella sticks because I am a sucker for a pastry and melted cheese combo.
What we saw
We didn’t have that much time in the city, but we hit up the museum quarter for the majority of Saturday, which was great. MUMOK (museum moderner kunst) is home to the modern art offerings of the city, including their current exhibit “Always, Always, Others”, an exploration of modernism. We then went to the Leopold Museum which at the moment has amazing exhibits including a look at the work of Klimt and Egon Schiele. The museum quarter offers some great views of Vienna and some impressive buildings – MUMOK was a personal favourite.
I’d definitely recommend a visit to Vienna if you want a weekend of good eating and a lot of culture. As a city it is relatively expensive so be prepared for that. Compared to the last few places I’ve visited, including Budapest and Prague, Vienna was much closer to London prices so it does make for a more expensive weekend. That being said, we managed to do it on the cheap without scrimping too much. It is a beautiful city, particularly when the sun is shining!