Austria Itinerary: Eat, See, Do

Austria Itinerary: Eat, See, Do2018-11-17T23:23:53-06:00


Austria: Eat, See, Do


Ah, Austria! For a novice to this astounding country, the few words that come to mind in relation to Austria are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mozart; and The Sound of Music. Although these associations are true, Austria has much more to offer. Below are a few lists that highlight Austria’s Itinerary of activities one must do in order to enjoy the most of this Central European beauty.

Austria Itinerary: Eat

When it comes to food, Austria wins in the Sweet section. There were tons of pastries in Austria, I just couldn’t get enough of them. Pastries are such a big part of the Austrian culture that the Cafe’s are almost like a museum. They are decorated with such elegance and each has its own theme. A general fact about Austrian pastries is how heavy they are. P.S. they are also scrumptious. Here’s what to eat in Austria-

Paolo Bortolotti


Austria Itinerary: EAT

Everyone has a thing for Ice cream and Austrians are no exception. The go-to Ice cream place in Vienna is Paolo Bortolotti. There were so many options at Bortolotti that it was hard to choose. When in doubt I stick to Pistachio or Stratiatella.

Turkish Food

Austria has people from different parts of the world but the Turkish people were very prevalent in Vienna. You would see many Turkish restaurants, shops even a Turkish district. In other words, Turkish food is in abundance here. Two recommended food are:


Austria Itinerary: Kumpri

Kumpri: Baked potato stuffed with minced meat, corn, mayonnaise, vegetable, mushrooms, and cheese. Served hot.


Austria Itinerary: lahmacun


Lahmacun: Basically Turkish version of pizza but with minced meat and most times in a wrap.

Coffee Houses:

I mentioned earlier how Austria is specialized in cafes and pastries. There are tons of cafe’s in Austria especially Vienna. Each Cafe has its own unique style. From a photographic themed cafe to an Opera cafe. I  never ceased to be amazed. However, the must go to Cafe’s are:

Cafe Central: This cafe is 156 years old, opened in 1860. It plays a huge part of Vienna’s rich history. It was and still is a place whereby the intellectuals meet up. Some notable visitors to this elegant cafe are Peter Altenberg, Sigmund Freud, Hugo von Hofmannsthal etc. Besides Cafe Central’s history, it has a very beautiful and luxurious interior and of course delicious sweets such as the Chocolate truffle Altenbergtote


Austria Itinerary: Cafe Central


Austria Itinerary: Cafe central

Sacher Cafe: Another Cafe that exudes Luxury is Sacher. Sacher is a prestigious hotel in Vienna and it also happens to have a cafe by its side. While sitting in Sacher Cafe one has the illusion that he/she is a royal of some sort. The interior is of royal red with neat and pristine decorations. Sacher Cafe also ships their sweets to locations around the world. One can’t simply leave Sacher cafe without trying the Sachertorte and Sacher strudel:


Austria Itinerary: Sacher cafe

Sachertorte: A Sacher special chocolate pie invented by Austrian Franz Sacher for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. It is a cake with layers of apricot jam and dark chocolate icing on its side. It is served with whipped cream. Fun fact; the exact recipe to this scrumptious dessert is a secret.


Austria Itinerary: Sacher Cafe

Strudel: Also served in Sacher Cafe is the famous strudel. It is a crisp tart usually filled with apple syrup and then sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered sugar on top.


Austria Itinerary: Topfengolatsch


Topfengolatsch: This is basically cheese Danish.


Austria Itinerary: Kaiserchmarnn

Kaiserschmarrn: Shredded pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar with strawberry syrup on the side


Austria Itinerary: Schnitzel


Schnitzel: Tenderized meat coated with bread crumbs and fried. Usually, the meat is pork but you can go into one of the Turkish restaurants for the Halal version. I went to Turkis Mariahilf



Austria Itinerary: See

Natural sights like gorgeous mountains by the lake with cute cottages aligned to beautiful palaces and museums. There is so much to please your eyes in Austria. The few places mentioned below are just the icing on the cake that Austria has to offer. Here’s what to see in Austria-


Sigmund Freud: Sigmund was a prominent psychoanalyst, neurologist, and influential thinker. He is a big part of Austrian history. In other to see his work, check out Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna.


Austria Itinerary: Sigmund Freud


Quartier Wien:  or Austria’s hipster center as the locals call it. Quartier Wien is known to be one of the largest cultural quarters of the world. It contains art museums, cafes, restaurants etc. What I love about this center is the sedentary feeling when walking in. One would see platforms for lying down. This includes a wobbling fake tennis court, an open cube block for laying down and reading.


Austria Itinerary: Quartier Wien

People chilling in the plaza



Austria Itinerary: Belvedere


Natural History Museum


Austria Itinerary: Natural History Museum

Museum of Modern Art (Mumok)


Austria Itinerary: Mumok


-And much more.

House of Parliament: This is where all Austria’s political decisions are being made. The house of parliament’s beautiful architectural design is what draws visitors to it. You must reserve in advance in order to visit the interior of this building.


Austria Itinerary: House of Parliament


St. Francis of Assisi Church- MexicoPlatz


Austria Itinerary: Karlskirche

KarlsKirche: Also known as St. Carlos Borromeo Cathedral is of Baroque architecture. At first sight, one might think it is a mosque due to the dome-shaped minaret but it is a church. However, the influence of this shape comes during the ruling of the Ottoman Empire.


SchÖnbrunn: The Eiffel Tower is the landmark to Paris as the SchÖnbrunn is to Vienna. This palace is one out of several palaces in Vienna. However, it is the most visited. Once inhabited by prominent Empress of Austria, Sissi Elisabeth. SchÖnbrunn is a must see. Also, make sure to take a walk around the gardens and climb up the hill to the cafe there. The views are breathtaking.


Austria Itinerary: Schonbrunn Palace

Opera: Opera is a big part of the Austrian culture.Mozart anyone? One can watch an opera show outside in front of the State Opera house located in District 1 of Vienna. Make sure to get there early as seats are quickly taken. Also, there is something very queer in Vienna. You have to opportunity to check the Opera toilet.  What’s special about this toilet is that it plays Opera music while using it. The caveat is you have to pay a fee of 70 cents but it’s worth it!


Austria Itinerary: Opera house

Austria Itinerary: Do

Naschmarkt: Naschmarkt is must go to international market in Vienna with 120 stalls. You can find pretty much anything here. Foods or cultural items ranging from Vienna, Africa, India, China and much more.

6th and 10th District: Jewish and Turkish neighborhoods respectively are located here. It is interesting to walk through this neighborhoods and see their cultural influences. Here’s what to do in Austria but mostly Vienna-

Walk or ride a bike through the Ressel Park


Austria Itinerary: Ressel Park

Ride on the Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad)


Austria Itinerary: Riesenrad

Stroll past the Danube River


Austria Itinerary: Danube river

Or maybe take a selfie 😉

Ride up the hill to Kahlenberg


Austria Itinerary: Kahlenberg

Climb up the hill of behind the Schonbrunn Palace


Austria Itinerary: Schonbrunn Palace


Austria Itinerary: schonbrunn cafe

A cute cafe on the hill

Attend an event at the State Opera House: **Caveat**– starting prices for the events here is €50 and there’s a dress code.


Austria Itinerary: Opera house


Twirl on a mountain in Salzburg or Zell am see

Austria Itinerary: Sound of Music

You mean like this?!

Do a Sound of Music Tour


As of today, this post entry consists of activities in Austria with a heavy concentration in Vienna. With time, there would be more tips from other cities in Austria. To learn more about side trips from Vienna check out my podcast interview with a local Austrian.

– 06/21/2016

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