Happy November my lovelies.
So this year has been a big travel year for my husband and I, staring first off with my trip to Dubai and Beirut, then a big family trip to KSA then a summer in US. Typically we only take one big trip a year followed by a few city breaks that largely happen when we can find a cheap flights.
The last 10 years I have had a birthday tradition to not be in the UK for my birthday. I feel it’s the one treat I should be able to afford to give to myself. Last year I was in Muscat the year before in Istanbul, so for this year we booked to go to Vienna just for the weekend (Fri- Sun).
We flew from Birmingham on Friday afternoon after work arrived in Vienna sometime in the evening and stayed at SoVienna Hotel for 2 nights.
The hotel itself is centrally located and has one of the best panoramic views of the city from its restaurant on the top floor. We took advantage of this and booked my birthday meal here.
On the first evening we arrived pretty late 8:30pm which only left us time to eat something in the hotel bar so we ordered a few drinks and some tapas style dishes. which to be honest was exactly what we needed and then an early night.
We woke up on a bright warm summer day and headed towards the main square Stephansplatz. Vienna is a very walking friendly city so we spent most of our day waking while taking in the beautiful architecture and old world vibe of the city.
Now my husband and I have this running joke that most of our breaks involve a finely tuned itnairy, food tours and lots of walking everywhere but to be honest is there any other way of getting to know a new place.
Our first stop was Gelato for breakfast after all is my birthday weekend and it’s the one time of the year where I allow myself s a little dairy. This place was well worth it and a must if you ever go to Vienna.
After which we continued to walk around until we found a Le Burger, a burger restaurant that came highly recommended on tripadvisor. The burger did not disappoint perfectly succulent and yummy perfect fuel for a day of walking.
We then finally reached Stephansplatz which is basically the main city square that has the famous gothic St. Stephens Cathedral. After visiting the cathedral which I highly recommend, it’s very similar to Gaudi in Barcelona but a little less intricate.
We then made a pit stop at cool sushi restaurant called Shiki, that had a great outdoor seating area. Where we sat and devoured fresh salmon rolls and sashimi.
After enjoying an afternoon of people watching we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening dinner.
The hotel restaurant known as Das Loft Wein has an option of A Le Carte or Taster Menu (they don’t tell you the dishes it’s a surprise) and we chose the 4 course tasting menu that was adjusted to meet our dietary requirements (we don’t eat pork).
Each of the dishes was tastier than the last, which we enjoyed thoroughly alongside the view of the sun setting over the skyline of Vienna. A really beautiful and relaxed experience. I am not sure how long we we sat there but we just took our time and properly catched up on things.
The following day I woke to birthday breakfast of pasties, granola and pancakes which I enjoyed eating while taking in the views of Vienna.
Later on the morning I went to the hotel Spa and enjoyed a massage, the Spa facilities in the hotel were very well thought out with lots of space and areas where you can just relax and be lost with your thoughts with no disturbance.
We checked out later that afternoon to head back to the airport for home.
Now this trip was a super quick city break so we didn’t really get the time to see everything that we would have liked to. However, from what we had managed to see in the time we were there, we concluded that we will have to make a return trip to this beautiful city.