The “ViennawithLove” team would like to congratulate the City of Vienna for winning the prestigious Title of:
“the most liveable city”
awarded by: The Global Liveability Index 2018© prepared and issued by The Economist (https://www.economist.com/) Intelligence Unit or “EIU” (https://www.eiu.com/):
For the first time in this survey’s history, Austria’s capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Vienna tram – Straßenbahn
Vienna “make Love” traffic light
The Global Liveability Index © assesses different locations around the world and ranks them upon providing the best or the worst living conditions, thus enabling direct comparison of their impact on individual’s lifestyle.
According to the EIU, The rating itself consists of five individually weighted categories:
- (1) Stability (25% of total),
- (2) Healthcare (20% of total),
- (3) Culture & Environment (25% of total),
- (4) Education (10% of total),
- (5) Infrastructure (20% of total).
A free overview of The Global Liveability Index © is available at: http://www.eiu.com/Handlers/WhitepaperHandler.ashx?fi=The_Global_Liveability_index_2018.pdf&mode=wp&campaignid=Liveability2018
Vienna’s 1st District or “1. Bezirk” is certainly something special. It is city’s central District, the crossroad of its excellent transportation system (“Wiener Lines”), legislative focal point, a place with most luxury shopping areas and the historic core of the city.
If you’re in the mood for a really special combination of “medieval spirit”, a magnificent view and a jogging endeavor – Stephansdom’s “South Tower” is a place for you.
It’s not quite obvious where the entrance is. To find it, when you’re looking at St. Stephen Cathedral main entrance, go to the right. There you’ll find the entrance and pay the fee (€ 5,00 for adults). Then you’ll free to start a rise with 343 stairs inside a relatively tight and dark spiral.
Stephansdom Southtower board
View of the Southtower or “Steffl”
At about three-fourths of the ascent, the first reward for your effort comes and also a place where you can rest for a short break. You’ll walk into a relatively roomy space with a high ceiling where in the past the “Pummerin” or the biggest bell in Stephansdom has been located. It has been cast three hundred years ago of captured Turkish cannons.
Inside Stephansdom South tower
Pummerin’s location South Tower
Upon overcoming the 343 stairs and reaching the height of 72 meters (tower itself is 136,4 meter high) you’ll feel happy to have reached the top. There you’re awarded by a beautiful view of the city from the bird’s perspective. Don’t forget you’re standing at the highest point built already in medieval Vienna.
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
Stephansdom South Tower Top view
You’ll find more information at the official “St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna” Site at: http://www.stephanskirche.at/index.jsp?langid=2&menuekeyvalue=27
We’ve been looking for a place where we could have fun together with our daughter and we’ve set to discover the “Danube Park train” track. Its circuit running since 1964 is located in 22nd district – “Donaupark”.
You can enter and exit on any of its three “stations”. Closest to U1 is the station “Donaucity” which takes approx. 5 minutes by foot from station “Kaisermühlen-VIC”, but it’s not the easiest to find and could be better marked. Therefore, we recommend you to take the 20 minutes’ walk through the picturesque Park to reach the station “Donauturm”, where train stops a little longer. Third station is “Rosenschau” which is closer to U1 Station “Alte Donau”.
It’s a 3,4km an approximately 20 minutes long pleasant ride through Danube Park. You’ll enjoy magnificent flower beds, lush meadows as well as different places Park has to offer.
If you feel like it, you can also buy “Combi-Card” and rise with discount 252m high to the “Donau turm”.
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.
The nearest Underground station to reach the hotel is with the U3 and U4 direction Landstrasse. Near the hotel is also the famous Hundertwasserhaus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
If you’re visiting Vienna’s historical 1st District and feel hungry, we can advise you to visit the charming restaurant located at “Judenplatz”, only a few minutes walk away from the main shopping streets.
Restaurant Ellas Judenplatz Vienna
There is more to say about the “Judenplatz” square itself. Although situated in the first district it’s a bit hidden and therefore with not as many tourists around and secondly, it hosts the “Holocaust Memorial” https://www.ikg-wien.at/memorials/?lang=en.
The restaurant is owned by Lefteris Dermitzakis. While enjoying the food, you’ll feel the charm of Greek hospitality and will be surrounded by Mediterranean flair. If you want to be sure they will have a place for you, you can reserve the table at http://www.ellas.at/
When the days are warm enough, we advise you to enjoy your meal at their terrace, surrounded by olive trees. It’s not hard to understand that we enjoyed our time there.
Ella’s summer garden
So, relax and have a taste of Mediterranean coastal dishes.