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: 126 Comments

  1. Avatar of Gloss Nicle

    Gloss Nicle

    I think Vienna is still one of my favorite places to visit; this just keeps it near the top of my list. 10/10 would go again.

  2. Avatar of Oxi Harger

    Oxi Harger

    Vienna is one of my favorite cities in the world, but I should probably visit the other tourist spots there sometime! I’ve been stuck in Cafe Central which has become my favorite. Hahaha

  3. Avatar of Susan Rice

    Susan Rice

    Receive an email from my Mom that says she’ll sponsor for my vacation in Vienna if I could find at least one friend to go with me since it’s gonna be my birthday. Lucky me!

  4. Avatar of Ida Reeves

    Ida Reeves

    I wish we could visit, but don’t think so because of work. enjoy Vienna. It’s beautiful!

  5. Avatar of Veola Sancho

    Veola Sancho

    thank you! I’ve been to Vienna once & this time planned to visit some offbeat places (like museum of art forgeries & National library)…

  6. Avatar of Linda Williams

    Linda Williams

    Everyone my age wants to go on a vacation on a beach or whatever but there’s me who wants to go to Vienna so I can visit the beautiful coffee shops

    • Avatar of Tracy Anderson

      Tracy Anderson

      Haha, you should try travelling alone, that’s something very interesting also! I usually travel alone because I know most of the time, the things I want to do and discover are different from my friend’s expectations!

  7. Avatar of Michelle Lee

    Michelle Lee

    I had no particular ambition to visit Vienna. It was just a convenient stopover. Now I don’t want to leave.

  8. Avatar of Mildred Davis

    Mildred Davis

    Vienna is such a majestic city. It should be on everyone’s list of must visit cities.

  9. Avatar of Kathryn Gibson

    Kathryn Gibson

    On my way to Vienna! Can’t wait to visit the city 🙂 This post made me even more excited about my trip there!

  10. Avatar of Monique Malick

    Monique Malick

    Been to Austria, in Slazburg and Innsbruck but I still have to visit Vienna…my parents said it’s beautiful!!!

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