How to Explore Vienna in Luxury
There’s something about Vienna that exudes glamour while still maintaining its old world charm. As Karl Kraus said: “The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.” From presidential suites and butler service in the finest five-star hotels to dining in world-class Michelin- starred restaurants Vienna’s luxury scene appeals to traditional and contemporary tastes alike. Whether you are spending a few days or a few weeks in the city, here’s what you need to know to make your next visit to Vienna spectacular.
Swanky hotels liter the Ringstrasse Boulevard. If images of stepping out onto your terrace and breathing in the beauty of the old town resonate with your stay in Vienna, you’ll want to stay in the Royal Penthouse Suite of the Park Hyatt Vienna. Live like a royal in more than 8,800 square feet and four open-air terraces. The time-honored Hotel Imperial not only includes butler service but opt for the extra package and you will receive your very own piece of music, created by a composer based on the outcome of a music test, for a cherished token of your trip. For those looking to bring their furry companion along, the chic, pet-friendly Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere Hotel offers bespoke accommodations and the magnificent Auroa Sky Bar. Set on the 16th floor, the posh bar offers previously unseen views of the city.
Viennese cuisine has made a name for itself all over the world. The city harbors a few Michelin starred restaurants. The two-star Steirereck in Stadtpark also garners the 14th spot in the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” 2018. Many of the top restaurants in Vienna also offer private dining for more intimate experiences. For example, at Stierereck, you can reserve the private dining and enjoy an exclusive evening that includes meeting chef Heinz Reitbauer. The newly opened Soren Herzig, located in the halls of the former Dorotheum-Funfhaus, marries an exceptional dining experience with an understated menu. Even with all of the excellent dining options, don’t overlook the everyday pleasures. Luxury manifests itself in simple outings such as a trip to one of the capital’s coffee houses. Vienna’s coffeehouse culture was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2011.
There is perhaps no other culture that has managed to preserve the romance and allure of its history as Vienna. Vienna’s art and culture attractions can also be enjoyed in an exclusive settings. Visits to the home of the Vienna Boys Choir, are available by appointment, and private concerts can also be arranged. Many of Vienna’s museums offer private guided tours outside regular opening hours by prior arrangement and for fee, an intimate dinner for two can be arranged at the Belvedere in front of Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece, The Kiss. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers a private dinner for two in the domed hall, accompanied by live music.