Number 5: The First District-Stephan's House-Amazing Restaurants and Breathtaking Architecture
Whether it is summer, fall, spring or winter there always seems to be something going on, something to see or something to do in this area. The first district of Vienna , as far as I understand it, is one of the oldest parts of Vienna and the architecture really makes it seem like a journey through time. I strongly recommend the Christmas Market in November and December-it's simply FABULOUS! And a great Tea Shop called Haas&Haas-but bewareit seems like all teas and coffee is well priced until you realize that your cart is full and you end up spending WAYYYYYYYYY too much on Tea! Anyway, I won't do all the describing and let some of the pictures do the talking for me-after all a picture is worth a 1000 words...right?
Number 4: Mariahilferstrasse
Not much to say about this little gem of a street except..."Shop shop shop till you drop drop drop drop!" Honestly this is where you ladies can get your shop on, the street is filled with everything from small independent boutiques to large pricey department stores. My only advice, bring your credit cards :-)
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Number 3: The Nacht Market
This place is definitely one of my favourite places in Vienna. It's the closest to a "Middle Eastern" district as you're probably going to get in Austria as a whole and it's seriously worth checking out! Essentially, the Nacht Market is exactly as it sounds, a market but it's also a hot spot for restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues-and the food.-AHHHHH the food is amazing. All you have to do is walk through the tinny-tiny alleyways that dot the market and you instantly get a sense for all the goodies this place has to offer. I recommend having a shin-dig here anytime-definitely worth it!
Number 2: Prater Amusement Park
For all the Canadians out there, think CNE but way better, way classier and most importantly WAY SAFER! Prater is an institution in Vienna. It's and old amusement park with a mix of traditional, classic and charming rides plus all the modern heart-in-your-throat roller coasters thrown in for good measure. The rides are all individually priced so you can pick and choose your rides accordingly. This is nice for those like me who do not tend to be super adventurous in terms of how high and how fast you wanna go on a roller coaster ride. For those not faint of heart-some rides will definitely knock your socks off-guaranteed. Prater is also home to the oldest and largest Ferris wheels in Vienna called the 'Reisenrad'. Although expensive to ride (about 8EU per person) it does provide a spectacular view of the city. However, for a cheaper alternative, the 'Blumen Rad' Ferris Wheel is smaller but equally as fun and provides a great view of the city as well.
Number 1: Sand in the City
Not only is this my favorite place in Vienna but I am confident to say that it is definitely one of my MOST favorite places in Europe. It's AWESOME-literally a beach in the middle of the city! Sand in the City is complex of different food and drink stands, which are themed according to different countries of the world, that encircle a large "beach" with sand, beach chairs, loungers, tables and sun umbrellas that provide the illusion of being at the beach. I recommend bringing your friends, ordering a Corona, sitting back in one of the many lounging chairs, and enjoying the fabulous feeling of being on the beach in the middle of a beautiful and classy city...