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Top 10 romantic attractions in Vienna

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Book a hotel in Vienna and enjoy romantic coffee houses adorned with chandeliers and the fairytale palaces of the Habsburgs. Dance to the Blue Danube, or go for a spin on Vienna's Big Wheel - the Riesenrad. Plan your romantic stay in Vienna with this guide.

Sachertorte at Café Sacher

Immerse yourself in the romance and red velvet of the 19th century at Café Sacher, complete with a magnificent atmosphere thanks to its chandeliers and oil paintings in gold frames. Here, you can enjoy a delectable slice of Sachertorte with apricot jam. The romance reaches its climax during the afternoon when the pianist plays. Philharmonikerstrasse 4, 1010 Wien

Café Sacher Webseite


Look for the Kiss in the Upper Belvedere

Tucked away in Prince Eugene of Savoy’s 18th-century summer palace, you will find the captivating painting The Kiss by Gustav Klimt. The mosaic-like painting filled with gold is the Viennese artist’s most famous work, and portrays a couple in a tight embrace kissing on a flowerbed.

Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
Belvedere Gallery website

Butterflies in your stomach in the Butterfly House

The imperial Butterfly House is hidden away in the precious art nouveau greenhouse in the Palace Garden, and is teeming with the almost silent flutter of wings. It’s extremely popular for weddings. Burggarten, 1010 Vienna
Butterfly House website

In the Riesenrad high above the rooftops of Vienna

Go for a ride on the Riesenrad to enjoy a dizzying view of Vienna. The smell of candy floss and the carousel music fade away whenever the Riesenrad rises high above the green Prater, and has been doing so since 1897. Ride the Riesenrad at nightfall so you have a view of Vienna lit up.

Riesenradplatz 1, 1022 Vienna
Riesenrad website

A visit to the Vienna State Opera

Romantic Vienna would not be complete without a trip to the Vienna State Opera. The horseshoe-shaped, red and gold auditorium plays host to opera and ballet, with the highly praised Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra providing the music.

Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna
Vienna State Opera website

Following the course of the Danube on the Donauinsel

Strauss was inspired by the beauty of the Danube to compose a waltz, and the river truly does have something poetic in the way it winds through Vienna. Discover the river from the Donauinsel, a small, green island to the east of the centre, which has footpaths going along the riverbank, beaches and pedalos for two.

Donauinsel, 1220 Vienna
Donauinsel website

Wine in the Esterházy Cellar

Tucked away in the cobbled inner courtyard of the Esterházy Palace is a 17th century wine cellar, known as a Heurige. Stone arches and wooden alcoves make the cellar a cosy place to have a romantic glass of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner.

Haarhof 1, 1010 Vienna
Esterházy Cellar website

Vienna by horse-drawn carriage

If you should hear trotting sounds from your hotel in Vienna, it’s sure to be a horse-drawn carriage. A ride in one of these carriages is most pleasant at night when the gold light of the memorials combined with the cobbled stone floors in the district light up the Innere Stadt. You can take a carriage on Stephansplatz, Albertinaplatz and in front of the Hofburg.

Horse-drawn carriage website

A stroll around the Schönbrunn castle grounds

Follow the footsteps of the Habsburgs in the marvellous gardens of the baroque Schönbrunn palace. Stroll past dancing fountains, floral terraces and romantic sights such as the Star Pool decorated with marble nymphs. Lose yourself in the maze before visiting the Wagenburg museum, where you’ll be able to gaze at golden carriages that would make Cinderella green with envy.

Schönbrunn Palace, 1130 Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace website

Habsburg Fairy Tale at the Hofburg

The fairytale Hofburg Palace was once the focal point of the 600 year long reign of the Habsburgs, and it houses the Imperial Apartments and a treasury with glittering rubies the size of plums. During your visit, be sure to see the snow-white, graceful Lippizaner horses in the Spanish Riding School at 10:00 in the morning, and listen to the Vienna Boys’ Choir in the chapel on Sunday during service.

Kaisertor, 1010 Vienna
Hofburg website

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