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Concierge Recommendations for a Perfect Day Out in Vienna

Thomas Knappe, a member of the dedicated Sacher Concierge Team

We asked one of Vienna’s top concierges to share his personal recommendations for the perfect day in the Austrian capital

WOLFGANG BUCHMANN

The glamorous Blaue Bar at Hotel Sacher

CHIEF CONCIERGE, HOTEL SACHER

+43 1 5145 6780

www.sacher.com

I am truly Viennese, and I love the city.

In fact, I cannot think of a better place to live! This city has so much to offer in terms of music, culture, entertainment, dining, shopping – the list is almost endless. Assuming that you do not have as much time as I do, I have prepared this insider list with all of my personal and “subjectively biased” favorite places.

BEST RESTAURANTS

Schweizerhaus

Cuisine: Viennese

Prater 116, 1020

This beer garden on the Prater is famous for authentic Viennese Food (Stelze!) and beer served in a very casual setting. There’s a great outdoor sitting area under shady old trees! My favorites on the menu are the handmade potato chips called ‘Rohscheiben’.

Procacci

Cuisine: Italian

Goettweihergasse 2, 1010

Italian style in the Austrian capital, excellent food with traditional Italian specialities. A place to see and to be seen!

BEST SHOPPING

Horn

For: Luxury leather goods

Mahlerstraße 5, 1010

An excellent Viennese leather manufacturer designing great handbags and purses, as well as very elegant briefcases for the modern businesswoman.

Muehlbauer Headwear

For: Chic headgear and fashion

Seilergasse 10, 1010

A family company founded more than a hundred years ago. Very stylish hats and clothing.

NOT TO MISS

Museumsquartier

Museumsplatz 1-5, 1070

The Musemsquartier is a place of diversity. To begin with, it is an art space with a lot of programs for different movements and styles. Renowned museums and exhibition halls are located in close proximity to small cultural initiatives; modern classics meet young artists of the new millennium.

Karmelitermarkt

Leopoldsgasse & Hollandstrasse, 1020

This marketplace is one of the oldest in Vienna, located in the 2nd district (where I grew up). Interesting food, outlandish fashion and contemporary art are transforming the Karmelitermarkt district into one of Vienna’s most exciting neighborhoods. Very busy on Saturday with local farmers who sell their excellent produce.

SPECIAL SUMMER TIP

Old Danube

The Viennese recreation area close to the city center. We use it to relax, play and enjoy sports, or to spend pleasurable hours at beach cafes, bars and restaurants. Plenty of fun outdoor dining with a Caribbean feel.”