Romantic things to do in Vienna
The Austrian capital is perfect for a romantic European city break. Discover the best ways to impress your loved one with our guide to the top romantic things to do in Vienna
Shop for romantic gifts
After a day wandering the city, warm up with a hot chocolate and embrace the old-world feel of Demel coffee house. Cafés are said to be the soul of Vienna and its famous coffee culture still remains an important part in Vienna’s social life. A trip to the city is not complete without indulging in some of Vienna’s famous baked goods and Demel offers some of the best in the capital. It is a perfect place to pick up gourmet souvenirs from Vienna, including chocolates, confectionery and cakes – all packaged in beautiful boxes.
Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5351 7170
Explore leafy gardens
Schloss Schönbrunn was formerly the imperial summer palace, and is one of Vienna’s most popular sights. The sumptuous palace and its formal gardens attract many visitors each year, all eager to soak up the romance of the baroque buildings and beautiful grounds. Make your way around the vast gardens and discover numerous romantic spots from fountains to follies.
Schloss Schönbrunn, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47, 1130 Vienna, +43 (0)1 8111 3239
Get a view from above
Built in 1897, the Riesenrad is one of the oldest operating Ferris wheels in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Vienna. Standing nearly 65m tall, it offers stunning views over the rooftops of Vienna and is a wonderfully romantic way to watch the sun setting before the lights of the Prater, Vienna’s famous amusement park, flicker into life.
Wiener Riesenrad, Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, +43 (0)1 729 5430
Watch a slice of Viennese history
Watch the past come to life at the Spanish Riding School, which continues the Renaissance traditions of equestrianism. At the home of the world-famous Lipizzaner horses, guests are welcome to watch riders train their horses in the beautiful setting of the Winter Riding School to a soundtrack of classical Viennese music. The elegant 18th-century buildings – part of a grand palace complex – along with the striking Lipizzaner horses make the riding school a must-see in the city.
Grab a coffee
Vienna’s café culture is widely considered to be one of the finest in Europe, with a wealth of places across the Austrian capital. Café Central is one of the most celebrated cafés thanks to its links to some of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, including Leon Trotsky and Sigmund Freud. The Viennese institution is a perfect place to sample some classic Viennese cuisine and homemade pastries. Step into the romantic 19th-century interior and share a slice or two of chocolate-truffle Altenbergtorte.
Café Central, Herrengasse 14, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 3763
Take a horse-drawn carriage
Horse-drawn carriages have become part of Vienna’s cityscape. Previously serving as a means of transport, today they have become a popular tourist attraction and a romantic thing to ride in with a loved one. Plan a sightseeing tour by ‘fiaker’, as they’re called, and discover Vienna from a different viewpoint, exploring the main sights of the capital as well as old cobbled streets and picturesque buildings.
Romantic hotel retreat
Although it only opened in autumn 2015, the Grand Ferdinand hotel channels Vienna’s timeless romance and ageless appeal. Set in a 1950s building, the hotel manages to blend Vienna’s rich cultural heritage with modern amenities: think Lobmeyr chandeliers and grand Viennese cuisine with a rooftop pool and stunning courtyard oasis. Perfect for couples, the hotel offers stunning suites complete with champagne bar, balcony and free-standing bathtub. Perfectly situated in the city centre, it is the ideal base from which to explore the city and is only 20 minutes from the airport.
Grand Ferdinand, Schubertring 10-12, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 9188 0400
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