Mr. Harper's Travel Guide
Vienna offers an inexhaustible wealth of architectural grandeur, a rich artistic legacy and some of the finest museums in the world. Today, it has just 1.8 million inhabitants, but the immense Hofburg Palace, seat of the Habsburg imperial dynasty, recalls the city’s past ...
Vienna offers an inexhaustible wealth of architectural grandeur, a rich artistic legacy and some of the finest museums in the world. Today, it has just 1.8 million inhabitants, but the immense Hofburg Palace, seat of the Habsburg imperial dynasty, recalls the city’s past as capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Most places are within easy reach, and if your legs become weary, there are always the spotless red-and-white trams that constantly trundle around the Ringstrasse, the great circular boulevard that defines the Innere Stadt, or old city. And perhaps only Paris can boast as many delightful cafés.
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Best Restaurants in Vienna
The specialty of this friendly and popular white-tablecloth restaurant in the heart of Vienna is tafelspitz, the favorite dish of Emperor Franz Joseph I. It’s a hearty meal of beef simmered with root vegetables and spices in beef bouillon accompanied by side dishes of fried potatoes, creamed spinach and applesauce with horseradish. In warmer months, request a table on the bright covered patio.Wollzeile 38 Vienna US$50 http://www.plachutta.at/de/plachutta_wollzeile/
This simple but cozy tavern with vaulted whitewashed dining rooms and wood floors is a wonderful choice in the heart of the city for anyone who wants to sample authentic and delicious Viennese comfort food. Try dishes such as rindsuppe (rich beef bouillon garnished with finely sliced pancakes), schnitzel, faschiertes (veal meatballs with mashed potatoes) and apple strudel. Closed Sunday.Singerstrasse 28 Vienna US$40 http://www.zuden3hacken.at/index.html
Fans of Wiener Schnitzel and tafelspitz won’t miss meat for a second at vegetarian TIAN. With a stylishly decorated interior, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves creative and satisfying dishes such as dashi broth with local carrots, rose and sesame; al dente lentils with wild garlic-leaf rolls and puntarelle chicory; and deconstructed Sachertorte. Closed Sunday and Monday.Himmelpfortgasse 23 Vienna Menus, US$100 - US$135 http://www.taste-tian.com/en/restaurant/at/vienna/
The Palais Coburg’s gourmet restaurant serves exquisitely presented and memorably delicious cuisine, but the audacious wine pairings stood out on a recent visit. The sommelier exploited the breadth of the restaurant’s cellars, matching, for example, an acidic and smoky Zierfandler (a grape found only in Austria’s Thermenregion) with a rich dish of tête de veau and liquid quail yolk topped with artichoke and shiitake mousse. Equally unforgettable was the Swiss Pinot Noir paired with a dish of dove breast, cranberry, beetroot and Savoy cabbage cream. Closed Sunday and Monday.Coburgbastei 4 Vienna Menus, US$195 - US$250 http://palais-coburg.com/en/culinary/silvio-nickol/
Innovative New Austrian and Styrian specialties are offered here in stylish surroundings overlooking the Vienna River and the Stadtpark. Expect dishes such as Chioggia beets with rose, porcini and verbena; quail with nasturtium root, green beans and sesame; and venison with pumpkin, baby artichokes and orange blossoms. Superlative wine list. Closed Saturday and Sunday.Am Heumarkt 2A/im Stadtpark Vienna US$130 https://www.steirereck.at/