Vienna insiders guide Austria
The insider’s guide to Vienna
Wolfgang Wagner, Concierge at the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom gives us his personal, insider guide to his city of Vienna. Vienna so they can get the most out of it? It’s a very harmonic and aesthetic city; Vienna is the home of some of the best composers in the world: Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and many more. They’ve written history! Vienna is the second largest German-speaking city (after Berlin) and although it’s really big you never really feel lost.   Another special thing is the coffee culture; there are small, cosy coffee houses everywhere, which offer delicious coffee specialities, one of the best of which is the Wiener melange. Is there an experience/sight that only locals know about and that visitors should? Make sure you see the Steinhof Church, one of the masterpieces from Austrian architect Otto Wagner. And have brunch at Manameierei in the Schwarzenbergpark; a very charming bistro at the edge of the Vienna Woods. Where do locals like to eat and drink? Ulrich, a charming cafe/restaurant/bar that offers local products and organic food; Kussmaul, a very trendy restaurant and wine bar serving international and local cuisine; Joseph Brot, probably the best bakery in town. What are the best shops to browse? Steffl Department Store at the Kärtner Strasse for international brands; New One by Schullin, a famous Austrian jewellery designer; Kauf dich Glücklich, a small, individual design store in the Neubaugasse area; Lena Hoschek, an Austrian designer who creates beautiful dresses with an Austrian touch. What is your favourite lesser known, non-touristy museum or attraction? Steinhofgründe is a lovely area for a walk, where you’ll find the aforementioned Steinhof Church. Zentralfriedhof, the central cemetery is well worth a visit and, as of spring 2012, you can take a carriage ride through the cemetery (the carriage rank at gate two is occupied daily from 10am to about 7pm).   The tour includes numerous graves of prominent Viennese personalities: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Hans Moser, Falco, Adolf Loos and many others. Another essential stop is the Palais Liechtenstein, a very historic palace owned by the princely Liechtenstein family; tours are available only on request. What do you recommend doing for the perfect Sunday in your city? My personal favourite is definitely the Sunday Unplugged Brunch at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom’s Das Loft – delicious dishes, great music and a breathtaking view. For something more traditional I recommend a good cup of coffee at Café Central while reading a newspaper (locals love to do that!).  
Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria
Your guide to Salzburg’s best boutique hotels
Whether you're a first-timer or seasoned visitor looking for a special stay in Salzburg, these properties were selected by the Austrian Tourist Office for their prestigious 'Austria Collection'. This is why... 1. Arthotel Blaue Gans The Arthotel Blaue Gans is the oldest inn in the city of Salzburg, dating back 660 years. [caption id="attachment_20367" align="alignnone" width="751"] The arthotel Blaue Gans is the oldest inn in the city of Salzburg.[/caption] It boasts a prime location in the heart of the historic centre, which has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and is only a short walk from Mozart’s birthplace.   Today the historic walls of the inn pop with modern design and contemporary art, making it both a timeless classic and a haven for the well-travelled and well-read.   From €164 a night.   Address: Arthotel Blaue Gans, Getreidegasse 41- 43, 5020 Salzburg 2. Hotel Sacher Salzburg [caption id="attachment_46973" align="alignnone" width="600"] Another room in the Hotel Sacher Salzburg.[/caption] Opened in 1866, this historic hotel offers magnificent views of Salzburg.   The family-owned, five-star hotel combines elegant luxury and tradition and prides itself on impeccable service.   After a major refurbishment, all 113 rooms and suites are now decorated with original paintings, antiques, precious rugs and silk wallpaper to enhance the historically-rich setting.   At the legendary Café Sacher Salzburg, the world famous Original Sacher-Torte is served with traditional coffee specialities, while The Sacher Bar comes with a riverside terrace popular with locals and visitors alike.   From €385 a night.   Address: Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Schwarzstraße 5-7 , 5020,  Salzburg 3. Hotel Schloss Mönchstein [caption id="attachment_20369" align="alignnone" width="667"] Hotel Schloss Mönchstein is set on Mönchsberg Mountain in a three-and-a-half-acre castle park.[/caption] Located in the heart of Mozart’s home city of Salzburg, this five-star hotel boasts unparalleled views over the city, idyllically set on Mönchsberg Mountain in a three-and-a-half-acre castle park.   Meanwhile inside are just 24 exclusive rooms and suites, each individually designed as either a ‘Viennese studio’ or in a more traditional style with precious antiques.   While there, make time to savour the award-winning cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, or relax in the outdoor infinity pool and whirlpool.   From €450 a night.   Address: Hotel Schloss Mönchstein, Mönchsberg Park 26, 5020, Salzburg 4. Romantikhotel Gmachl The Hirnböck-Gmachl family has run this boutique spa and wellness hotel for 23 generations. [caption id="attachment_46974" align="alignnone" width="600"] Take full advantage of the spa at Romantik Hotel Gmachl.[/caption] Located in a small town three miles outside the city of Salzburg, the hotel is famous for its romantic setting with beautiful gardens set amongst the luxury accommodation.   It is the perfect hideaway for discerning travelers.   From €274 a night.   Address: Romantikhotel Gmachl, Dorfstraße 14, 5161 Elixhausen, Austria 5. Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg [caption id="attachment_46972" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hotel Goldener Hirsch is situated in Slazburg's Old Town and is a 5 minute walk from Mozart's birthplace.[/caption] Hotel Goldener Hirsch has retained all its romantic charm as a former 15th century guest house and added the sophistication and ambience of a modern five-star hotel.   The vaulted ceilings, taxidermy and staff's traditional Austrian dress create an atmosphere of both comfort and distinction.   A collection of antiques and handmade furniture reflects the hotel's 600-plus years in Salzburg.   Being in the center of the medieval old town makes it a great location for strolling the historic centre of Slazburg.   From €215 a night.   Address: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Salzburg, Getreidegasse 37, 5020 Salzburg, Austria   For more information on what to do and where to stay in Austria, read our guide here.
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