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Ruby Sofie

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Because we had a great time in Ruby Marie, we decided to visit also the Ruby Sofie. It is located at the Marxergasse 17. The building is impressive and the Sofiensäle got its name from Archduchess Sophie of Austria. Since 2013 the Sofiensäle is home of Ruby Sofie hotel, who has incorporated many historic details of the location into its interior.

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The nearest Underground station to reach the hotel is with the U3 and U4 direction Landstrasse. Near the hotel is also the famous Hundertwasserhaus.

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The best part of Ruby Sofie is its interior, which impresses all the time and the fabulous breakfast. The rooms have its charm and it as in Ruby Marie taken care about the details. Love their boy and girl shampoos under the wide shower. With specific charm and an eye for details Ruby Sofie is definitely a place to visit.

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Figlmüller

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Once at Vienna there is definitely a place you should visit if you are hungry. Figlmüller Restaurants are famous for “legendary” stakes from pork “the Schnitzel” with more than 110 years tradition. The first opened Figlmüller is located on Wollzeile, right behind St. Stephen’s Cathedral. From the start it stood for the unparalleled Viennese way of life.

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Although, one can now choose between four restaurants of “Figlmüller Group”, we decided to visit the “original”, opened in 1905. All we can say about it is that it was more than worth. The stakes tastes as promised, crispy and tender, I tried the turkey version and it was tasteful as well. My advice is not to forget to taste their salad as well. They are really, really good (potato,…) and made with best and fresh ingredients. Prices are reasonable, meal for two, with one big salad and drinks will cost you around 50 EUR.

 

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The restaurant is definitely worth a visit when you come to Vienna, although we strongly recommend to make a reservation beforehand (https://www.figlmueller.at/en/) if you want to get a table in the time of lunch or dinner. The restaurant is mostly full and you’ll be directed to the next Figlmüller around the corner.

 

Body shop – love to visit this shop in Vienna

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As often as we get to Vienna I love to have a stop in my favorite shop – Body shop. It’s not only that I love their products, but it also turned out that they fit best with my skin. So, that is also why, I get out of this shop every time with a bag full of products.

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When I started to use their products, I couldn’t get around the history of the company and their aims. Their story started in Brighton, England in 1976. Where the founder Dame Anita Roddick began mixing her own products and infusing them with a new idea. They take care in sourcing the best suppliers globally for all their products and use strict ethical guidelines when choosing a supplier, while their products are made in several countries around the globe.

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My favorite shop in Vienna is the one in the first district. I always love to shop there, because the store is large and it offers a variety of different products. The staff there is friendly and always willing to help.

AUSTRIA TREND PARKHOTEL SCHÖNBRUNN

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Austria Trend Parkhotel Schonbrunn is located only few walking minutes away from the underground station Hietzing. The hotel is situated close to the entrance to the Schönbrunn Zoo and the large park of Schönbrunn. Hotel was primary Guesthouse for the guests of Franz Joseph and later taken over by Ferdinand Dommayer, who transformed it into an Inn. Nowadays, this is a beautiful renovated hotel with the charm of the Imperial Vienna.

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The hotel is easy to reach and is located at the Hietzinger Hauptstr. 10-14, 1130 Vienna, Austria. If you arrive by public transport, use U4 – station Hietzing. There are tram station at your disposal – lines: 51A, 56A, 56B, 58A, 60. as well as Parkhouse just before the Hotel entrance.

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We enjoyed the stay there. The hotel has his own imperial charm the rooms are big and comfortable. We had a room to the garden of the hotel and it was fantastic. Looking through the windows you can steel feel the “old charm” of Vienna, with big trees and stillfulness. The rooms follow the style of the hotel, which gets you back in the imperial century. The stuff is very friendly and helpful. The dining room is big and was then a bit crowded in the morning, but the friendly stuff is always there to get you anything you need. The breakfast is good with a lot of variety to choose from. It made an impression.

For those who’d like confortability as well as old Vieniesse “spirit”.

A bit of Greece in Vienna

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There is a charming restaurant at the First District of Vienna. It is placed at the Judenplatz, a yard not far away from the shopping streets of the first district. The historical yard is a bit hidden and therefor there are not many tourists around.

The restaurant is owned by Lefteris Dermitzakis. If you have something to eat there, you can feel the charm of Greek hospitality and be surrounded by Mediterranean flair. More info about the restaurant you can find here: http://www.ellas.at/

We really enjoyed the food there. In summer or warmer days, you can enjoy your meal at the terrace, surrounded by olive trees, with a look at the Jewish square and the memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims, a project based on an idea of Simon Wiesenthal and unveiled in 2000. The meals there are delicious with a flair of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Haus des Meeres

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At the last stay at Vienna with our daughter we have visited the Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea). The Haus des Meeres is easily reached via public transport such as the bus lines 13A, 14A, 57A (stop “Haus des Meeres”) or the underground U3 (stop “Neubaugasse”). If you are shopping at the Mariahilfestraße the Haus des Meeres is just around the corner. 

The Haus des Meeres is an Aqua Terra Zoo, where you can see different art of fishes, snakes and even monkeys. The temperatures at the house are very high, because of the animals there. We recommend if you visit the House in the cold months to leave your clothes in the storage boxes at the entrance.

We have enjoyed the visit there although it was very crowded, since we visited the house on Sunday afternoon. If you have the chance go there on weekdays. The Haus des Meeres has more than 10.000 animals to shown on an area of 5.000 m².  The most fascinating are the sharks in the big shark pool. Also, the terrace with the view of Vienna is worth seeing.

Fleming’s Hotel

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As we love to choose every time another hotel, we stayed also in Fleming’s Hotel, which is suited near Westbahnhof. The address of the Hotel is Neubaugürtel 26-28 1070 Wien. Fleming’s Hotel is a four-star hotel with a fitness room and wellness center.

 

It is a great starting point for explore the city. You are very near the shopping street Mariahilferstraße, which can be reached by feet. Over the street of Fleming’s is also a Tram station which you can use to get to different places of Vienna and the nearest Underground station is Westbahnhof, which you can use to get in the 1st District or to Schönbrunn palace.

 

The hotel does have some parking spaces, but they are usually full and you get advised to park in the Garage of the Arcotel Wimberger which is some meters away from Fleming’s Hotel, the costs of parking there are 19 EUR per day. The rooms are bright, large and the open shower is definitely an eye catcher.

We enjoyed the stay there. The personnel were friendly and compliant. The room was beautiful, bright and the open shower has been an adventure. The breakfast there is great and has a variety of food to offer. We were just sorry that we didn’t have the time to explore the fitness room and the wellness center in the house. To sum up, the hotel has made a good impression and we definitely recommend it.

1,2,3 WHAT DO I SEE? – TIERGARTEN SCHÖNBRUNN

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Vienna Zoo – Tiergarten Schönbrunn is as the name says suited in the Schönbrunn palace. Part of the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest zoo is absolutely an adventure to see. In order to reach the main entrance to the zoo please use the park entrance gate „Hietzinger Tor“. If you are travelling by public transport, the zoo can be reached by the following routes: U4 (underground): Station Hietzing, Tramway: 10, 58, 60 and Bus: 10A, 51A, 56A, 56B, 58A. If you are traveling by car there is a parking lot in front of Schönbrunn.

 

The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. 365 days a year. Closing time varies according to the seasons and is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. From A as in anteater to Z as in zebra: A visit to the Schönbrunn Zoo is a tour through every continent in the fascinating world of animals. See giant pandas, Siberian tigers, orangutans, and elephants, or immerse yourself in the Amazon and experience the tropical rain forest. A visit to the zoo offers young and old alike an enjoyable vacation in an incomparable setting and interesting insights into our nature and species conservation work.

 

For us it was a family trip. Our little one enjoyed the little wagon the most although the zoo offers a variety of playgrounds for the kids. The wagon can be borrowed in the zoo, therefore is also a caution to pay, which you get back by returning the wagon. As there are so many animals there we absolutely enjoyed to stay there almost a half of the day. As said it really is enjoyable for young and old alike.

 

UNO CITY

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After our morning coffee we decided to visit the “UNO City”. UNO City is situated in the 22. District –Donaustadt and it’s easily reachable from the center of Vienna with Metro U1, station: Kaisermühlen – VIC.

High buildings of the UNO City are simply fascinating. They are really the opposite to the “classic” Vienna. It’s construction began in 1973 and it’s still developing. Hiding behind these skyscrapers you’ll find a large park, stretching all the way to the river, called “the Donau Park”. It offers many open fields, walkways, play toys for children and of course the famous “Donauturm”.

We’ve visited it in the morning and were able to enjoy peaceful long walk in the park all the way to the river Danube. We’ve been enjoying the walk so much that we’ve decided not to return to the U1 station where we’ve arrived but walked towards the picturesque station U1 – “Donauinsel” reachable under the “Reichsbrücke”.

The park is peaceful and definitely worth a visit if you want to chill and enjoy the nature. We absolutely enjoyed it.

Donauwalzer Hotel

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At one of our visits of Vienna we stayed at the hotel Donauwalzer. A hotel with the slogan 3-star hotel with 4-star service and 5-star charm.

The boutique Hotel is situated at the Ottakringer str. 5 The nearest underground station is two blocks up Alser Straße, the nearest public transport is the Tram no. 44. 

The hotel is situated at a very frequent Viennese Gürtel Street and that at night and at day. We had a room to the street side and I must say that we didn’t have much sleep. We visited the hotel at summer and there is no air conditioning. To cool down the room we had to open the windows, which at night was because of the noise impossible. The room is average size and the furniture is old-fashioned. The hotel gives much attention on details. The breakfast buffet is good and offers a lot of variety. But you have to be in the mood to make pancakes and eggs by yourself. The best impression has made the reception. The receptionist was polite, efficient and quick. To sum up, the hotel has its charm and maybe is the best time to stay there in winter, at least in summer we wouldn’t go back there.