Sweet Escape to Vienna – Art and Dessert Highlights

What comes to mind when you think of Vienna?

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© Anna Simmons 2017

My associations: Morzart, United Nations Office, beautiful architecture, schnitzel, art, art and more art!!!

This past week was my first time in the Austrian capital, Vienna. I can’t believe it took me so long to make the journey, which is only a quick 50-minute flight away from Berlin. The lovely 3-day trip was filled with sight-seeing, long strolls throughout the city, visiting art museums, and lots of dessert!

Two things I can never get enough of are art and chocolate, plus vacation is all about relaxing and treating yourself! Here are my eight top sweet escape tips for art lovers with a sweet tooth!

  1. 🎨 Walk along the Danube canal and marvel at the wonderful street art! It reminded me of walking along les berges de la Seine in Paris.

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2. 🍫 Grab some tasty Mozart balls (Mozartkugel)! These tasty pralines are made of pistachio marzipan, and nougat, covered with dark chocolate. 😋 Yummy! This sweet treat has over 125 years of history and are originally made by the Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst.

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warning ⚠️ these are seriously addicting! 

3. 🌿🖼Nothing says summer city breaks like relaxing in a castle garden! Be sure to check out Schloss Schönbrunn. If the weather is nice, I recommend spending the afternoon in the castle garden. (Hint: For those that went a little crazy on the Mozart balls, the castle grounds are actually ideal for jogging!) It is a great place to sit down, and sketch, doodle, and people watch.

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👉If you are interested in exotic plants and flowers be sure to check out the Palmenhaus Schönbrunn while touring around! The greenhouse is home to over 4,500 plant species!

4. 🍫 Time for some more chocolate! 💖🍫🐷  You have to try Manner Neapolitan Wafers while in Vienna. They are absolutely divine and there is even a store at Stephansplatz that has great gift options.

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5. 🖼 Go to the Albertina to check out their permanent Batliner Collection: Monat to Picasso. The exhibition walks you through major 20th century movements in modern art.

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6.  🍰☕️ Have a break at Café Demel, the pinnacle of Viennese coffee culture! If you are lucky, you will even get a seat outside with a view of Michaelerplatz.

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7. Don’t leave Vienna without stopping by the MuseumsQuartier (MQ). The art district is conveniently located the city center, making it easily to find with its own underground stop. Once there the difficult part starts! Selecting a museum or two to visit can be quite tricky, luckily combination tickets let you visit several museums at a discount.

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My favorite was the Leopold Museum. The museum featured the exhibition “Vienna 1900” dealing with Viennese art at the turn of the century. Works from none other than Gustav Klimt were featured, as well as a great display of Egon Schiele on the third floor.

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I really enjoyed the beautiful black and white postcards Klimt sent his lover Emilie Flöge. It was a very personal side of his life and relationship that I had never seen before.

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8. 🍦 Finish off your sweet tour of Vienna with ice cream from Eissalon am Schwedenplatz. Practice makes perfect and the Eissalon has few years of experience, seeing that it’s been around since 1886!

 

That’s all for my art and dessert tips in Vienna! You are sure to be on a sugar high for days after making the rounds. Let me know if missed any of your favorite stops in the comments section below!

 

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