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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 (InsiderDiva.com) 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: 126 Comments

  1. Coffee houses like living rooms, innovative museums, absurdly pompous architecture and the sheer quality of life. These are just some of the reasons why I love Vienna. But what I especially love is exploring the capital by foot. Some evenings I like to walk through the courtyards of the historic centre, other nights I’ll explore the idiosyncratic Vorstadt districts – places like Margareten, Neubau, Josefstadt and Leopoldstadt where the rawness of ordinary life washes to the surface. Vienna is a large, variegated city, but it’s still one you can easily walk through to discover new sides.

  2. Pegah Aarabi

    Vienna is a must-visit! I hope the tips help and I’ll have to make another trip over Christmas!

  3. Cafe Central looks so decadent! I love it!

  4. Hannah Mayers

    I love Stiegl! LOL
    Great tips! I’ve been to Vienna in the winter — it’s great at Christmas because everything is festive and lit up. Super amazing. I’ll definitely do this tour you set up for summer though. Looks like a must-do kind of trip! 🙂

  5. Gabrielle Williams

    Wow – Vienna looks incredible! I’m going to file this under “must do this trip this year”. Thanks for the great tips — and the photos are spectacular! Really makes me want to do this exact trip – like, TODAY!

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