Places to eat in Vienna; recommendations from a local!

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A local resident shares his itinerary for a perfect day of eating and sightseeing in Vienna for ECR attendees.

If you are attending ECR 2019, you might be wondering where to eat in Vienna. As a local who assists Carestream Health at ECR, I am often asked to share my personal recommendations for restaurants in Vienna. Hence I put together the perfect day that encompasses the “must-sees” of Vienna as well as places off the typical tourist routes.

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A culinary and sightseeing trip around Vienna for ECR attendees

The first recommendation on my list of places to eat in Vienna is the infamous breakfast at ULRICH. While the place offers exceptional food throughout the day, I highly recommend their brunch. You can easily reach ULRICH by getting off at the subway station Volkstheater. Then simply walk up Burggasse for about 5 minutes. As the place is well known by Austrians, be sure to call ahead for a table: +43 1 961 27 82.

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Visit the Demel Cafe to watch master craftsmen frost sacher tortes!

After all this nice food and coffee, it’s time to discover some of the historic sights Vienna has to offer. Hop in a taxi or Uber, or take the subway and head toward Naschmarkt. Or you can walk there in about 15 minutes. The Naschmarkt is the perfect opportunity to get lost in eccentric local and international specialities. Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at home among all the little market stalls.

Just a five minute walk from Naschmarkt you will reach the Ringstraße that surrounds the inner city of Vienna. Along the road, you will find some of the most famous sights Vienna has to offer like the Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament, and Town Hall.

Walk down Kärntnerstraße towards Stephansplatz for some window shopping. Once you arrived at Stephansplatz and the Stephansdom, I highly recommend walking up the little tower on the right (South tower) to get a stunning view of Vienna. The tower counts about 343 narrow stairs, but the view is definitely worth it!

Recommendations for lunch and dessert in Vienna

After all that walking, it is time for some typical Viennese lunch. The Figlmüller Restaurant is famous for its Schnitzel. It also serves other typical Viennese culinary cuisine. Be sure to make a reservation in advance: +43 1 512 17 60.

Climb the south tower of the Stephansdom for a stunning view of Vienna!

Next, walk down the Graben towards the Hofburg and enjoy some homemade cake or ice cream from the Demel Café,  the purveyor to the imperial and royal court. Be sure to have a look inside! The open bakery gives you a peek as the master craftsmen frost Sacher cakes, stretch out paper thin apple strudel pastry, and create gorgeous decorations.  Queues are common as the café is well known to tourists. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth going.

Now it is time to get lost in the narrow alleys and head toward the Hofburg and Spanische Hofreitschule (Spanish riding school). Massive windows allow you to get a glance of the horse stalls.

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Follow the Ringstraße or walk through the beautiful Volksgarten towards the Parliament and Town Hall. Do you fancy ice skating? Take a spin on one of the world’s most beautiful ice-skating-rinks, the 9.000qm Wiener Eistraum.

Dinner and evening recommendations in Vienna for ECR attendees

Exhausted from the day? Perfect time for dinner! Just behind the town hall you will find the Wiener Rathauskeller that offers traditional Viennese à la carte cuisine. It is well worth the visit. Just be sure you give them a call, especially for Fridays and Saturdays! +43 1 405 12 10

Special recommendation for vegetarian and vegan lovers: Tian restaurant near Spittelberg is Austria’s only vegetarian one-star Michelin restaurant. Besides innovative vegetarian and vegan recipes, they also serve locally brewed beer and organic Austrian wine.

How about the end of the day? Up for some partying? Or taking it easy? Here are three options for the evening.

Party option: Drinks atDonauTechno (no sign – just a steel door you have to open) or the Krypt Bar. Most recommended club, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, is Volksgarten.

Take it easy option: Drinks at the SKY Bar orOnyx Bar that offer amazing views in a high-class setting. Another option that is not as high, but still offers nice views above Vienna, is the rooftop bar Dachboden. It gets very busy on weekends. Want something in between? I recommend the Motto Restaurant and Bar.

ECR attendees: don’t miss these sightseeing recommendations outside Vienna’s inner district

Do you have some more free time? Here are more recommendations to experience Vienna outside the inner district.

Schönbrunn Palace was once the summer residence of emperor Maria Theresia. With its huge garden and zoo (founded in 1752, which makes it the oldest zoo in the world),

It is the perfect location for ambling around historic scenery. I highly recommend walking up the hill towards the Gloriette to enjoy stunning views around Vienna.

Prater is Vienna’s largest public and amusement park. Simply get off the U2 station Praterstern and start your walk through numerous fun rides and the world famous Giant Ferris Wheel.

Belvedere Castle, located in the 3rd district of Vienna, offers a beautiful garden and houses the most famous Austrian painting, The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.

Emanuel studied International Management at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. He is available to support your company during congresses in Vienna. Feel free to contact him via email:

In addition to attending the Congress, I hope you have the opportunity to take in the sights and wonderful restaurants in our amazing city- the most liveable city in the world. Which places would you add to the list? Feel free to comment, like and share! #ECR19 #ECR #carestream #viennasightseeing #viennarestaurants #placestoeatinvienna

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