With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are plenty of ways for travellers to spend this special day in dreamy Vienna. From a walk through the Old City to a boat ride on the Danube or a drink at a heuriger, Vienna has romance written in every corner.
Read on for the top reasons why lovers should come to Vienna on Valentine’s Day.
1.Romantic Walks on Streets of Cobblestone
The city centre in Vienna conjures up images of winding lanes, arcade-lined courtyards and time-honoured palaces. In the oldest quarters of the city on the Danube around St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the narrow lanes are still paved with cobblestones—as they were centuries ago. A mere stroll along Schönlaterngasse or Domgasse feels like an encounter with the past. Couples can indulge in more starry-eyed walks on Spittelberg—a quarter in the 7th district—having beautifully preserved houses from the Biedermeier period.
2. Ride in a Horse-drawn Carriage
Anyone who prefers not to walk can hire a Fiaker or horse-drawn carriage and take in the city’s palaces, mansion houses and architectural gems on four wheels. A number of Fiaker stands can be spotted all around the first district, including on Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz and in front of the Burgtheater.
3. Boat Rides and Picnics
A boat ride on the Old Danube, in particular the full moon rides with a glass of Prosecco, is a memorable experience. La Crêperie even puts together a variety of picnic baskets for the ride. Lovers can also pick up a picnic basket from the Villa Aurora on Wilhelminenberg, and seek out a romantic spot with a view of lovely Vienna.
4. Dancing the Waltz
Waltzing romantics will feel right at home at one of the numerous balls, which are held in Vienna—and not just during the Carnival. Romantic dance evenings can also be enjoyed through a private waltz dancing course. On 16 February 2019, the Johann Strauss Ball also takes place in the Viennese Kursalon.
5. Dinner on Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel
For many people, a candlelight dinner is the very essence of romance. A candlelight dinner for two is offered by, for example, the Romantic Crystal Dinner on the Wiener Riesenrad Giant Ferris Wheel.
6. A Slice of Cake in a Traditional Coffeehouse
In a typical Viennese coffeehouse, the bustling city life meets the comforts of your living room. Traditional cafés such as the Sacher, Central, Griensteidl, Museum and Sperl entice with a wide variety of coffee beverages, international newspapers and pastry creations. Around 150 of them are classic coffeehouses, where waiters dress in black, and the décor is as unpretentious as it was in the ‘good old days’—wooden floors, marble-topped tables and plush seating.
7. Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” at the Belvedere
One of the world’s most famous pictures of a couple kissing is exhibited in Vienna. At the Belvedere, lovers can view Gustav Klimt's masterpiece "The Kiss" up close and even exchange a quick peck themselves.
8. Live Like an Emperor at the Schönbrunn Palace
Honeymooners have the chance to stay where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth once had their private chambers—at a truly unique hotel suite inside the Schönbrunn Palace, one of Austria’s best-known tourist attractions. An apartment on the top floor of the east wing, which was once reserved for close relatives of the imperial court, has been converted following a carefully monitored refurbishment project. Guests check in at the nearby four-star Parkhotel Schönbrunn, run by Austria Trend Hotel, which also operates the suite.