I travelled to Vienna with my five and a half month old baby girl as part of my “One Mum, One baby, The World” travel series. We stayed in Vienna for three nights and four days, our home during our stay was the fabulous Ritz Carlton,Vienna and you can read all about our stay in this link here.
I always had a thing for Vienna, I studied piano and musical notation for five years and as a teenager my love for classical music made me eager to visit this city. Since then, attending the Vienna New Year’s Concert is in my list of things to do in this life -if I ever manage to get one of the precious tickets –
There is a lot to see and do in Vienna but in three days you won’t be able to see it all,particularly museums, so I suggest first of all, to enjoy and relax while you walk around, then, if you can, I highly recommend some of the beautiful places baby Alba and I visited during our stay.
- Take the tram and go around the Ringstrasse
- Visit a Viennese “heurige” (wine tavern)
Vienna is one of the very few metropolis in the world that grows wine within its city limits.The Viennese heurige- where only Viennese wines are served- are identified by a bunch of pine branches and by the word “Ausg’steckt” written on a board, which simultaneously shows when the tavern is open.This is a similar concept to the Galician “Furancho” where a leaf branch will tell you local wine and food is served.
I visited Vienna at the end of April and it was a bit chilly so I didn’t venture too far plus with the baby on her stroller , I knew I couldn’t really walk around the vineyards too much.I took tram D from the Ringstrasse all the way to Nusdorf, a Viennese suburb. It took about 20 mins for me to get to an authentic “Heurige”. Alba and I were the only tourists there!.
- Visit a famous Coffee House
You can find dozens of traditional cafés in Vienna’s Old City where you will encounter Viennese coffee house culture in its most original form. We visited Demel, the former Imperial and Royal confectionary. By the way, at Demel, the sales and serving personnel have been exclusively female for 200 years. I enjoyed my visit but the place was very touristy and not very comfortable for a mum travelling with her baby on a stroller so didn’t stay too long.
This is probably not the best thing to do with a baby as it was really hard to manoeuvre the stroller inside but I just wanted to try the famous Sacher-torte and drink a melange!.When in Rome…
- A stroll around the SatdPark
When the Johann Strauss monument was unveiled to the public on 1921, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played the Blue Danube Waltz -Nice!- From the Stadpark, we took the train straight to Schonbrunn for our visit to the Schonbrunn Palace.
- A visit to The Schönbrunn Palace
- The Volksgarten and Burggarten
If you are a fan the Empress Sisi, check the Sisi Monument in the Volksgarten. Alba and I made our pilgrimage to the Mozart statue in the Burggarten.
These gardens (“Burggarten”) were once the private gardens of Emperor Franz Joseph I, the husband of the Empress Sisi. In 1919, three years after the monarch’s death, the Burggarten was opened to the public. Today it is the location of the only monument to the emperor.
- The Imperial (Hofburg) Palace
The Imperial Palace now houses various museums and the Spanish Riding School. It provides a view into the daily life of what was once the center of the powerful Hasburg dynasty.
We visited The Imperial Apartments which hold impressive royal furnishings and decorations. We also visited The Sisi Museum which is dedicated to the life of the Empress.
Finally, there is the Imperial Silver Collection, a museum dedicated to the facilities and tableware that were once used by the royal members of this great dynasty.
- Lunch at the Dstrik Steakhouse
As we were staying at the Ritz carlton, we went for lunch to the famous Dstrikt steakhouse. They have the best selection of Austrian meat cooked on a charcoal grill and served with mouthwatering side dishes prepared from local products such as sautéed young spinach or cheese Spaetzle.
I had a “ladies steak” with a side of fries in truffle oil , sprinkled with parmesan cheese. They brought a tray for me to choose my own knife which was a first.
I made sure I had space for dessert as wanted to try what is already known as the best cheesecake in Vienna. It didn’t disappoint, in fact I had a whole cake just for myself which I finished eating that evening after my visit to Schonbrunn.
On Sundays, they serve a very unique “Meat Brunch” so if you ever around on a Sunday and love meat, this is the place to go.Come on, treat yourself!
To travel around Vienna, I had the Vienna city card , this was very useful as it offers unlimited travel on the underground, trams and buses and discounts to main attractions as well as over 21 benefits.
Thanks to The Ritz Carlton, Vienna and the Vienna Tourism office as well as all the spontaneous tourists who took pictures of us. Check out my video on Vienna to see how Alba and I managed this time. I will soon reveal where next in our “One Mum, One Baby, The World” travel series.