Vienna: Touring with Brownell Colleagues

 

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Within the past few months, three of us from CTTW (and a boatload of people from Brownell Travel) have visited Vienna, one of Europe’s most cultured cities.  Classical music struck its first chord here with local heroes Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, and it remains a top attraction with stellar operatic and theatre performances. Visitors also come to tour imperial palaces and world-class museums, but many are surprised to discover a vibrant contemporary side to the city.  There’s a strong coffee-house/hearty-food culture and active outdoor scene with biking trails and boating.  Both highbrow and lowbrow, Vienna has something for everyone.  As famous resident Sigmund Freud (sporting a pretty healthy brow of his own) would say, think about it.

Where to stay…Most of the 5-stars are grand Palace hotels…Imperial, Bristol, and the Ritz – all with a different feel and style, but our go-to-favorite is the Hotel Sacher followed by the Park Hyatt.

What to do…don’t miss the Spanish Riding School, home to the famous Lipizzaner stallions who will prance, jump, and twirl with aplomb.  Consider it an equine ballet.  And then, for another crowning achievement, there’s Schonbrunn Palace, a man-made architectural and decorative wonder that rivals Versailles in splendor.  With 1,400 rococo rooms, it was apparently just big enough to serve as the royal family’s summer place.

What to eat…strudel, goulash, and the wieners – both wurstel and  schnitzel – of course.  But when you’ve had your fill of these hearty local delicacies, head over to Nemi am Naschmarkt for a palate and gut cleanse.

Where else to go…Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is an easy two-hour train ride from Vienna.  Go there to experience the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.  The city becomes a romantic wonderland at night, best seen from the river, onboard your own private wooden boat stocked with cocktails and appetizers prepared by a Michelin chef.

(For more information on Vienna and Budapest, check out Morgan’s and Emily’s posts under Caroline’s Travel Team’s Blog on the CTTW website.)

Caroline Travels the World…And So Can You.