Vienna

Vienna is a city of many faces. It is a city of history, former seat of the Habsburg dynasty; it is a city of art, home to several important art collections and inspiration for 20th century artists Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka; it is a city of music which at various times was home to Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, not to mention today’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Boys’ Choir. Despite what you might think, the Danube does not flow through the heart of the city (the waterway you see is actually the Danube canal), nor by any stretch of the imagination could it be described as blue!
Grinzing Heiligenstadt Mayerling Melk Baden Bratislava   Out of Town Stephansdom Hofburg Palace Belvedere Palace Schonbrunn Palace Kaisergruft Kunsthistorisches Museum       Greatest Hits Worth a Look Figarohaus Hohermarkt Judenplatz Karlskirche Musikverein Sigmund Freud Museum

Sightseeing Whispers

Hotel Whispers

Stefanie
Hotel Stefanie  Website Trip Advisor Page Although I have been to Vienna a number of times, Hotel Stefanie is the only Vienna hotel I have ever stayed in. For me, the Stefanie simply ticks all the boxes. It has an air of old world charm about it: the decor is tasteful throughout and the public areas on the ground floor all share a look and feel of elegance. The cosy lobby bar serves drinks and light meals and Restaurant Stefanie, situated just behind the bar, specialises in elegant Viennese cuisine. The bedrooms are well-appointed and comfortable, with efficient air-conditioning/heating. The breakfast is among the best I have seen. The hotel staff as a group is polite, amiable and helpful. In other words, 5-star service at 3-star prices. (Taborstrasse 12, A-1020 Vienna)

Restaurant Whispers

Griechenbeisl Toni’s
Artemis
EF 16
Artemis  Website Trip Advisor Page A cosy little taverna tucked away behind Schwedenplatz in the old university district. Offers a full range of Greek dishes at low prices. The food is appetizing but service can be slow. (Griechengasse 3, 1010 Vienna) EF 16  Website Trip Advisor Page A classy restaurant/wine bar down a short passageway opposite the Griechenbeisl. It has an elegant, beautifully-lit dining area which gives it a warm, intimate atmosphere. There are also courtyard tables outside. The food is splendid and the polite, professional waiting staff know their wine. (Fleischmarkt 16, 1010 Vienna) Griechenbeisl  Website Trip Advisor Page One of Vienna’s oldest restaurants. Past customers include Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and even Mark Twain. The dining area is made up of various separate themed rooms. The traditional Austrian food is of a high standard and the service efficient while not always warm. Worth a try, though. (Fleischmarkt 11, 1010 Vienna) Toni’s  Website Trip Advisor Page Where the locals eat in central Vienna. An unpretentious restaurant just west of Schwedenplatz serving a mix of Austrian and Italian dishes. Appetizing food at very acceptable prices. Waiting staff are attentive and genial. If you go to Toni’s once, you will probably return. (Salzgries 6, 1010 Vienna)

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Stefanie - Exterior Stefanie - Lobby Stefanie - Lobby Stefanie - Bedroom Click to enlarge Artemis EF16 Griechenbeisl Toni's
Bottles of wine tend to be expensive in Austria so look out for “Offene Weine” (open wines) on the menu. This is house wine served by the glass or carafe. It is the cheapest option and generally the standard is more than acceptable. Click to enlarge
Travel Whispers
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna is a city of many faces. It is a city of history, former seat of the Habsburg dynasty; it is a city of art, home to several important art collections and inspiration for 20th century artists Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka; it is a city of music which at various times was home to Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, not to mention today’s Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna Boys’ Choir. Despite what you might think, the Danube does not flow through the heart of the city (the waterway you see is actually the Danube canal), nor by any stretch of the imagination could it be described as blue!
Sightseeing Whispers
Hotel Whispers
Hotel Stefanie  Website Trip Advisor Page Although I have been to Vienna a number of times, Hotel Stefanie is the only Vienna hotel I have ever stayed in. For me, the Stefanie simply ticks all the boxes. It has an air of old world charm about it: the decor is tasteful throughout and the public areas on the ground floor all share a look and feel of elegance. The cosy lobby bar serves drinks and light meals and Restaurant Stefanie, situated just behind the bar, specialises in elegant Viennese cuisine. The bedrooms are well-appointed and comfortable, with efficient air-conditioning/heating. The breakfast is among the best I have seen. The hotel staff as a group is polite, amiable and helpful. In other words, 5-star service at 3-star prices. (Taborstrasse 12, A-1020 Vienna)
Restaurant Whispers
Artemis EF 16 Griechenbeisl Toni’s
Artemis  Website Trip Advisor Page A cosy little taverna tucked away behind Schwedenplatz in the old university district. Offers a full range of Greek dishes at low prices. The food is appetizing but service can be slow. (Griechengasse 3, 1010 Vienna) EF 16  Website Trip Advisor Page A classy restaurant/wine bar down a short passageway opposite the Griechenbeisl. It has an elegant, beautifully-lit dining area which gives it a warm, intimate atmosphere. There are also courtyard tables outside. The food is splendid and the polite, professional waiting staff know their wine. (Fleischmarkt 16, 1010 Vienna) Griechenbeisl  Website Trip Advisor Page One of Vienna’s oldest restaurants. Past customers include Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and even Mark Twain. The dining area is made up of various separate themed rooms. The traditional Austrian food is of a high standard and the service efficient while not always warm. Worth a try, though. (Fleischmarkt 11, 1010 Vienna) Toni’s  Website Trip Advisor Page Where the locals eat in central Vienna. An unpretentious restaurant just west of Schwedenplatz serving a mix of Austrian and Italian dishes. Appetizing food at very acceptable prices. Waiting staff are attentive and genial. If you go to Toni’s once, you will probably return. (Salzgries 6, 1010 Vienna)
Photo Gallery
Stefanie Grinzing Heiligenstadt Mayerling Melk Baden Bratislava   Out of Town Stephansdom Hofburg Palace Belvedere Palace Schonbrunn Palace Kaisergruft Kunsthistorisches Museum       Greatest Hits Worth a Look Figarohaus Hohermarkt Judenplatz Karlskirche Musikverein Sigmund Freud Museum Bottles of wine tend to be expensive in Austria so look out for “Offene Weine” (open wines) on the menu. This is house wine served by the glass or carafe. It is the cheapest option and generally the standard is more than acceptable.