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24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

My weekend in Austria included four of my favorite things: coffee, chocolate, Mozart and a palace.


Arriving in Vienna for a quick modeling gig, my fatigue took a backseat to the liveliness of the Austrian capital. After a quick check-in and 20-minute power nap at the centrally located Do&Co Hotel, I was off to my photoshoot. Whenever I have a job in a European city, I try to stay a couple of days to get a feel for the place. Before I arrive, I have the main sights I want to hit bookmarked, and I make reservations at the hottest restaurants, in case they get booked up.

24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

Cafe Mozart

After my gig, I went back to my room to wipe off my makeup, then decided to head for the large and highly manicured park, Belvederegarten — a 20 minute walk from my hotel. Along the way, I stopped in for a coffee at Café Mozart. I’d heard that this coffee house is popular with musicians from the opera house & it’s where Graham Greene wrote The Third Man. It’s, understandably, become fairly touristy, but is still a nice place to stop and have a drink.

24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables.

Arriving in the park, I stood in amazement of its baroque palace called The Belvedere, and the surrounding gardens and fountains. If I’d had more time, I would’ve taken a proper tour and visited the art museum, but by then it was 8pm local time and I had reservations at a restaurant called TIAN, which was only a 5 minute walk from the park. I’d read several raving reviews of TIAN and was very excited to go. With its chic opulent interior, they happily whipped up one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever experienced. It was so full of flavor that it made me forget that it was also super healthy!

24 Hours in Vienna (and Salzburg)

TIAN restaurant

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 41 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Ronell

    Sounds like a very touristic place. I’m sure it’s a fantastic city with so much to offer. But may I just say what surprised me the most? That Mozart was born there. I thought he was born in Berlin…

  2. Vienna’s the place to be for the big fans of Europe! The perfect mix of modern and historic architecture… The city centre has always left me in awe. I definitely want to go back whenever I can.

  3. Julia MacLean

    I hear summer is the best time to visit Vienna. They say the winters are a little too harsh for the people from warmer climates. Being from Texas, I’m scared of the cold. LOL. Not used to it.

  4. Rose Aimee

    I loved my time in Vienna. Spent 5 days with my closest friends. We spent hours just wandering the side streets. Discovering authentic little Austrian restaurants and coffee Houses. We loved walking around and soaking up the historic charm only Vienna can offer.

  5. Jadie Dennison

    My parents who had their honeymoon in Vienna say that you could spend a lifetime exploring Vienna and never get bored, that there is something for everyone. I really want to go but I fail to make time for it.

  6. Jennifer McSween

    I’m such a history buff so I was greatly impressed by Vienna. The historic center is “ringed” by the Ring Road and contains vast treasures of the city. Aside from the various churches, museums, parks, theaters, the Hofburg and Stephansdom are its anchors. Both are impressive sights.

  7. Should be interesting to see the house where Mozart was born. 🙂 I can only imagine that part of the city must be full of Mozart imposters like the Elvis imposters in Vegas lol Must be a sight! 🙂 🙂

  8. Isabel Patrick

    TIAN? I swear I heard of it before. Sounds so familiar. Not that I have ever eaten there, cause I have never been to Austria. I must have seen it on a documentary or something. Now I must Google it haha I’m so curious!

  9. Winona Miller

    Vienna is one of the nicest cities I have never been to. I want to visit because of it’s majestic history, stunning architecture and of course shopping! 🙂

  10. Jessica Castillo

    My mother calls Vienna “the city of my dreams” as it is filled with the music of Mozart and Strauss. I have never been there but I hope to see one day Vienna Supreme Orchestra live!

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