Secret escape to … Vienna

The Austrian capital has a lot to offer. From cultural delights to eco-friendly leisure activities - Here is our insider tip Vienna

Insider tip Vienna
Image source: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Author: Elisabeth Klokar

Here's our insider tip Vienna: We show you classic must do's and green oases away from the mainstream.

For the tenth time, the international consulting agency Mercer named Vienna the most livable city - that makes an impression. Excellent infrastructure, attractive living space and varied cultural and educational opportunities are just some of the criteria why Vienna has been at the top of the international ranking since 2009.

The cultural heritage of Mozart, Beethoven and Gustav Klimt, imperial palaces, the Wiener Schnitzel, the Sachertorte as well as the Prater characterize the city. However, Vienna is not only about history. There are halls full of art, high-food and pop culture, cabaret and DJ entertainment and lots of excursion destinations for the approximately 1.8 million inhabitants.

You have to get used to the Wiener Schmäh (the way people talk in Vienna). After your trip, the Viennese waltz, melange and "Apfelstrudel" will be part of your language. The fact, that Vienna is not all about tradition, is demonstrated by the many small designer stores, chic bar concepts and creative chefs with sophisticated kitchen creations.

Where to sustainably and stylishly eat, sleep and entertain in Vienna?


Every successful journey begins with the search for the right hotel. Vienna offers amazing options - for very budget.

At Hotel Sans Souci Vienna, you can spend the night in a luxurious and modern way. The hotel connects the imperial as well as urban aspects of Vienna and is only a 5-minute walk away from the Ringstraße. Equipped with a spa, pool and a first-class restaurant, the five-star hotel is distinguished by TripAdvisor's eco-status silver.

sustainable Vienna

Image source and copyright Hotel Sans Souci

You can also sleep green and environmentally friendly in Boutique Hotel Stadthalle. A zero-energy balance, an idyllic inner courtyard and organic products for breakfast make you want to experience the diversity of the city, which you can also discover by bike in a climate-neutral way.


Divided into 23 districts, each Grätzel has its very own charm: Francophile touch in the 9th (Alsergrund), Heurigen-pleasure in the 19th (Grinzing), hip chic in the 7th (Neubau) or regional organic enjoyment on the Carmelite market in the 2nd (Leopoldstadt).

An insider tip: rental bikes. You can either get these at a classic bike rental or use a bike sharing provider in the city. You can also drive eco-friendly with the public transport network of Vienna (subway, tram and bus).

Insider tip Vienna, bike sharing

Stay in the center and you will vacation in the most environmentally friendly way: Most attractions such as the Karlskirche, Albertina, Hofburg and the adjacent shopping streets Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärntner Straße including St. Stephen's Cathedral are within walking distance.


Hearty and sweet - Viennese cuisine is not exactly light. However, healthy alternative such as super food shops, juice bars and healthy restaurants can actually be found anywhere. The best way to start the morning is in the Café - which Vienna is known for. A delightful breakfast tastes best reading a newspaper.

At Café Ritter in Ottakring or Joseph Bakery, you can order handmade croissants, jam and sometimes an avocado bread with egg. Eating out is part of every vacation.

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Image source: Joseph Brot Wien

The award winning Tian gourmet restaurant introduces you to the fabulous world of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Natural wines round the dishes off. Alternatively, you can enjoy these wines at Mast, which is a wine bistro with a lunch and dinner menu. Here too, only regional vegetables and meat from selected farmers are served.

Discover Vienna

Image source: Tian Vienna

Cultural influences from the Orient ensure enjoyable variety in Vienna. The Naschmarkt is an oasis of spices and indulgence. Market stalls invite you to browse and taste. You never actually leave the market without a sack of fresh, warm falafel.

Another insider tip: Don't miss the flea market on Saturday: a treasure trove for everyone looking for something special. In this way, you buy antiques in a sustainable way.


Our secret shopping tip Vienna offers brands and shops away from the conventional fashion chains around the 1st District and especially in Neubau. The 7th , as Neubau is also called, is the epitome of hipster chic and avant-garde coolness. There are small designer shops and individual shopping offers.

Discover Vienna

Image source: Park Concept Store

At Concept store park, which is located in the Mondscheingasse, selected designer names are framed by a clear shop design. Next to it, there is Song, located in the Praterstraße, which is one of the fanciest in Vienna. Here, you shop consciously and sustainably at Green Ground.

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Image source: Green Ground Vienna


Vienna offers the most intriguing cultural program. The Museums Quartier is the meeting point, regardless whether it's summer or winter. In addition to three museums and 60 other cultural institutions, the former imperial stables now offer culinary and musical bids and events.

A few meters away, the Kunsthistorisches Museum stands ready to delight you with imposing historicism architecture and an antiques as well as painting collection from Rubens to Caravaggio and of course the famous Saliera.

Ideally, you should while away the evening in style: With a visit at the Opera. Don't worry if you can't get a ticket - you will find performances in the Burgtheater, Ronacher and Co.

History and modernity - the insider tip Vienna

The city presents its historical charm immediately, whereas its modernity arises at second glance. The overall impression remains lasting.


Always informed about the latest lifestyle trends, architecture, design & interior, as well as current technologies around sustainability.

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Elizabeth Klokar

Text: Elisabeth Klokar

Elisabeth is an author and freelance journalist. She studied art history in Graz, Art & Communication and Moden & Styles and Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna at Central Saint Martins College, University of the Arts London. For more than ten years she has been writing about modern and contemporary art, fashion and architecture for a wide variety of print and online media. 

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