I used to call Vienna my hometown – I was living there for three years, made incredible friendships in our neighbour-country and had the utmost fun back then! This was a time without kids of course – still not married, no worries and almost no responsibilities. Lovely memories of those times in my head, while thinking back about those days – BUT fun is not over! And I am talking as a mom of THREE little kids! My family and I continue travelling, as travelling is the most enriching, enlightening and exciting hobby one can have. I can easily abstain from meat for a while, but not from travelling! No – never ever – it gives me way too much!!!
This time I brought by little one to Vienna. And here you go with my 9 hotspots and must-dos when travelling with a baby.
Just to let you know: Vienna is structured in 23 districts which are allocated circularly around the city centre. District 1 to 9 and 20 are called Inner Districts, while number 10 to 23 make up the Outer ones. The historical city centre lies in the geographical middle and is surrounded by the road Ringstraße. Here used to stand the old city wall, but it was torn down around 1900 to give way to an assembly of imposing buildings. City Hall, main University, Parliament, National Theatre, National Opera, the imperial residence Hofburg, beautiful parks and gardens, the National Museums of art and nature – they all line this road. This makes it easy to wander around, see “everything” important in one day and spend your time in the more interesting neighbourhoods.
- I love the 19th district: Grinzing – that one is right besides the vineyards – really beautiful and cosy. You don’t feel like being in a metropolis any more, you feel like in a different town in a different century and as if time has been turned back. Just wander around, stop at some of the cute shops, restaurants (called Heurigen) or coffee-shops. Thats what I did with my friend!
- An absolut Must-Visit is my favourite Restaurant in the 19th district: the Fiegls, part of the Figlmüller-Group with the best Schnitzels in town! Try my favourite dish: Brathändl with Erdäpfel-Vogerl-Salat.
- My absolutely favourite Wine-Restaurant is the so called Heuriger Mayer am Pfarrplatz is the synonym of Vienna’s Heurigen culture which brings joy and pleasure at one table.
- Coffee-Break – wherever you feel like it, it is great almost anywhere. BUT my favourite was and still is the “Kleines Café” at the Franziskanerplatz. It is the smallest coffee-house in Vienna but is really offsite and they offer great simple food! Order a bread with Chives and you will be satisfied for the afternoon! But honestly you can enter any bakery, even the AIDA chain, they offer great sweets. A must-try is the pink-coloured Punschkrapfen. Thats what my daughter wished to have at that bakery. Nope – not yet my dear! But they are really yummy!
- The Belvedere castle in the 3rd district. No trip without cultural experiences for me. This time I visited the Erwin Wurm outdoor exhibition in the Belvedere Castle. I love the 21er Haus – the Museum of Contemporary Art which was finally incorporated into the Belvedere in the early summer of 2002. It is always worth a visit!
- Museumsquartier – 7th district. Sooner or later you will find yourself at Museumsquartier when you are walking through the 1st district. The locals simply call it MQ. It used to serve several imperial purposes, it was for example home to the emperor’s guard’s stables. Now it houses cool modern museums, cultural institutions, shops, cafés and clubs. The yard is a big open space, cut off from the busy traffic outside. On a sunny day the colourful Enzis (public furniture) fill up quicker than you can get there, but it is still worth a visit for people watching, beer drinking and sun bathing. A breakfast at Cafe Leopold should not be missed.
- Bicycle-Ride through the Wiener Wald. What a workout for me – uphill all the time and my friends daughter was so well trained with her 5 years – amazing (all because of her woombike)! If you wonder where my baby was: at the back of my friends bike, enjoying the relaxing ride! Once we were top of the hills we were rewarded by the most gorgeous view ever – vineyards and the city of Vienna from above! On our tour I bumped into this hilarious sign. I love the Austrian humour! Sorry not to translate this, but it is just not the same in another language 🙂
- Dinner in the MAK – Museum for applied sciences. As an art-lover and art-addict I – of course – chose a restaurant for Dinner that is IN a museum. It is really worth a visit, combining traditional architecture with modern interior design. Visually, the restaurant goes perfectly with the MAK. Chairs by Oswald Haerdtl and Ernst Schwadron, lamps by Kalmar, upholstery by Josef Frank and flatware from Copenhagen get designer’s pulses racing. Despite its size, the restaurant appears very cozy, which was certainly no easy undertaking in the design process.
But now to the food, because that’s also something to be proud of. By day, the Salonplafond offers straightforward dishes for museum visitors and office workers. In the evenings, the kitchen moves into top gear. On offer is a modern, pure Austrian cuisine – with often unusual combinations. Diners are amazed when the radish that accompanies the pork is served in iced form, or trout is served with rhubarb.
- Visit the famous Naschmarkt in the 6th district. You HAVE to hop in my FAVE restaurant in that area, the ON Market. It is the latest hotspot is the ON Market on Linke Wienzeile. Simon Xie Hong, who is also known in these parts from the TV series “Silent Cooking”, serves up Asian cuisine here from the coastal regions of Southern China and Japan. Simon Xie Hong has already proved that extraordinary quality can be expected from the dishes with his two restaurants ON and ChinaBar. The ON Market has positioned itself as a market restaurant that never sleeps. It opens early in the morning and, besides serving an international breakfast, also offers Asian variants with influences of traditional Chinese medicine. Small, fresh snacks are offered at all times of day and night. The highlights are the authentic South Asian menus, as well as the dishes made with freshwater fish. You can also drop by here in the evening just for a cocktail. The restaurant is worth a visit not only for the dishes, but also for the impressive ambience. A great tiled floor, colorful textile artworks on the walls and an imposing flower lamp, also made from textiles, make the ON Market a visually spectacular restaurant.
TheTreasurette-Tip: Visit the Naschmarkt early and hop into my fave restaurant On-Market at the Linke Wienzeile. You will love an Asian Snack there. And being early at the Market makes you avoid the touristic crowds, your baby has still enough to watch and explore.
TheTreasurette-Fave: Get a desert at the Figls in Grinzing. You will love the Marillenknödel – they are just delicious!
Hope you had some fun reading, happy to hear your experiences,