The Perfect Weekend City Break in Vienna
The Perfect Weekend City Break in Vienna
Where? Ritz Carlton, Vienna, Austria.
Exactly? Ritz Carlton is a hotel brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. So when they invited me to the Austrian capital city of Vienna to do a photo walk with Instagram phenomenon Trey Ratcliff, it was the perfect opportunity for me to revisit the city and learn some photography tips on route.
When? Summer 2017
Best time to go? Vienna is an historic city rich in culture, the arts and music, there’s plenty to see and do regardless of the time of year. I love wandering around the grand boulevards looking up at the regal architecture and perfectly manicured public parks in the summer months. Winter is also incredible because the city is filled with Xmas markets and when it snows it’s truly magical.
Where we stayed: The Ritz Carlton Austria
As part of the renowned global hospitality group there’s a certain level of luxury you can expect from Ritz Carlton hotels and the Vienna property certainly lives up to expectations. This palatial building mixes renaissance, gothic and baroque styles effortlessly, the period facade is beautifully restored whilst interiors are updated and modernised. An original frescoed stairwell and chandeliers are happily juxtaposed with warm, minimal, mahogany furnishings. It’s a real case of old meets new and it works.
Original period features are restored and intermixed with modern updated interiors.
Located on the Schubertring in central Vienna it’s the perfect place from which to go and explore this historical city.
Bonnie goes on the city walk with photographer Trey Ratcliff (centre). Trey is doing an ‘80 stays around the world’ tour stopping off in major cities along the way to meet his instagram/facebook followers. In the walks he shares photography tips and hidden gem destinations in each city with the group.
The Roof Terrace
Bonnie enjoys a chilled glass of champagne in the rooftop bar at the hotel. One of the cities favourite pass times is enjoy sunset drinks with a view. One of the best aerial bars is actually on the seventh floor of the Ritz Carlton hotel. That was lucky!
Bonnie wears white jumpsuit by Brand Attic
Located on the basement floor of this period property is a wonderfully relaxing, luxury spa. Indulge in some pampering treatments from massages to manis or enjoy the jacuzzis and power shower heads in the heated pool.
Bonnie wears Palm print bikini from Boux Avenue
The couples treatment room
Eating and Drinking
The hotel offers several dining options from the main restaurant, executive floor dining, roof top bar snacks to District Steakhouse, which serves the best beef dishes in town. In the summer months District has a lovely open air seating area which is perfect for Al Fresco dining. Don’t miss out on the daily ‘apple strudel cutting ceremony’ every afternoon at the hotel at 4pm, it’s something of a Viennese tradition.
Above: the historic strudel cutting ceremony
Above: Escargot and avocado prawn starters at District, plus the lovely extra touch of my own personalised menu.
Breakfast is a real extravaganza at the Ritz Carlton, you can get everything from pastries, full english, charcuterie to eggs made to your taste, we also went off piste and ordered avocado on toast which appeared on the table within moments. Yum!
The rooftop terrace by night with a view over the Vienna skyline.
5 things to do in Vienna
There are hundreds of museums, galleries and cultural monuments to visit in Vienna. If you have limited time then I would recommend these 5 fun things to do to a get feel for the city.
1)Visit the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, famed for it’s buildings buttery yellow colour and its extensive gardens and land.
2) Have a kiss in front of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Kiss’ at The Belvedere Palace Museum.
3) Visit the opera. Whether you visit a free afternoon matinee in one of the many theatres in the city or go all out, for a formal evening performance at the Vienna State Opera, in a city with such an amazing classical music heritage it’s a must do. You can hire ball gowns and historical costume and mask to visit the Royal Opera if that takes you fancy, ask at your hotel concierge for more information.
4) Have cocktails at one of the cities many rooftop bars and watch the sunset over Vienna. See above.
5) Visit the Nach Markt on Monday evening to sample Vienna’s signature dishes and delicious cuisine as you walk round the pretty fairy lit stalls.
The Belvedere Palace houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s works including the infamous painting ‘The Kiss.’
Bonnie wears pink stripe playsuit by Brand Attic
Schonbruun Palace famed for its beautiful ochre yellow shade and incredible gardens.
Above and below Bonnie wears embroidered dress by Needle & Thread and boots by Zara
Thanks for a lovely weekend Ritz Carlton, Auf Wiedersehen from Vienna, next stop Santorini…
Bon Voyage x
What a beautiful city! All of the pictures are gorgeous, I loved the chandelier you shared. It looked like a great, relaxing trip with some great food as well! I have never been to Vienna, but with these pictures I just might have to try and go sometime. Thanks for sharing!
Time is precious but holiday time is priceless.
Vienna you’ll be on my list!
I visited Vienna a few years ago and absolutely loved everything about it! Your post made me just want to go back.
Wow what a weekend! It looks like you had the most amazing time – the food looks delicious! I have only tried escargot once and I wasn’t a fan at all!
Vienna has always been on my list of places to go. Some great pics here, although I think we’re on opposite scales of the budget scale :P
Vienna looks and sounds like such a beautiful place to visit! I’d really love to go to the opera
I am so jealous! Vienna is one of the places I really want to go to! the photographs and the visiting suggestions you’ve made really show the history and culture of the place!
That was one awesome weekend you had! I love the scenery, the food and your outfits. Everything just fell into place, in such a perfect way! Thanks for sharing snippets of your glam weekend!
Vienna looks like such a great place to visit. The food looks amazing! Much better than the fast food garbage I’m used to. I just wish I could get there with my dog. :\
The pictures were beautiful and I loved all of your outfits. I’ve always wanted to go to Vienna and now I want to go there even more!
Oh My Goodness this is a lovely post with such beauty and elegance. You did an awesome job. Thank you so much for posting your visit in Vienna. I am definitely staying at the Rita Carlton when I go. HA!
Your photos are amazing, and that breakfast looks incredible. I would love to see what it looks like there during Christmas, I’m sure it’s just beautiful.
That was one awesome weekend! I loved the hotel you stayed in! The Ritz Carlton is pure luxury! I can only dream of a spa experience there! What a glam weekend!
It definitely looks like the perfect weekend!! Super fancy and classy. All the food looks appetizing and that spa looks so relaxing too. Wine is necessary as always!
I’ve been to Vienna before. I loved it! I would definitely go again, it’s such a pretty city.
Vienna is a good place to visit. The pictures looks great. I will love to visit here.
Everything looks so nice, my mom always talks about how beautiful Vienna is and how I should totally visit. That architecture is killing me!
My goodness, who wouldn’t love to spend a weekend in the lap of luxury!? Good for you. I especially would love to visit the spa and of course, check out all of the tasty treats. ps: You look beautiful in all of the outfits .. and those tall boots are all sorts of wonderful! x
Welcome to my home and my city. I love reading how people experience Vienna and how they enjoy it. Being from here it sometimes allows you to appreciate all the great stuff we have when reading how antihero experienced it. If you ever come back let me know. I can show you lots of great things to see and do.
Wow! Vienna looks like an amazing city to visit! Your pictures are all fantastic, and I love the sound of that hotel with the spa in the basement x
Vienna is one of my favorite cities, and to enjoy it in style is the best thing. I’d love to do a walking tour with Trey. Is he coming to New York?
The Ritz Carlton really looks like a lap of luxury. I really love the look of the spa and the roof terrace, you are so lucky hun x
I’ve been hearing so many great things about Vienna and I can’t wait to visit it too! Hope you had an amazing time there!
Vienna is already on my travel bucket list places to visit, but now I’m even more excited to go! The Ritz Carlton looks beyond amazing! I love the architecture of the building and food looks divine!
What an amazing looking break, how amazing do those treatment rooms look? Vienna is somewhere I would absolutely love to visit myself one day.
YOU in that white outfit is simply majestic!
I have never been to Vienna but it sounds like an amazing city! Your pictures are absolutely amazing and I really love the white jumpsuit! xx corinne
Wow! I have never been to Vienna, but it looks amazing! Beautiful sights!
Bonnie these pictures are beautiful. The city looks magical. The outfits look great!
We will be in Vienna in Sept/Oct and your post makes me even more excited to go. We will definitely use some of your suggestions – how could we not? It looks and sounds incredible. Cheers!
What an amazing opportunity! Sadly, I have not been to Vienna but I hope to get there someday.
Vienna sounds and looks like an amazing place to visit! I would love to explore the historical aspects with my family someday in the future.
I am in absolute awe! What gorgeous photos. And the food? Yum! I hope to get here soon!
Vienna is on my list! You are a lucky girl :) seems like you had a great time! The food looks amazing and the clicks are on point.
Living in the lap of luxury! Having worked luxury hotels, Ritz Carlton knows how to feel you fell like the only guest in the entire world. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing
Living in the lap of luxury! Having worked luxury hotels, Ritz Carlton knows how to feel you fell like the only guest in the entire world. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your wonderful weekend
This is awesome! Vienna is on my bucket list and you look like you had a great time!
Oh dear I need this kind of vacation! And enjoy the morning or afternoon stroll along the streets of Vienna and nearby parks.
I adore Vienna, it’s an incredible city. The hotel you stayed in looks amazing, a real pamper break!
Vienna looks stunning. I love anywhere where i can explore and look at the history
I have been to Vienna so many times and this brought back a lot of memories. They have a great tradition for cakes and afternoon teas there. The Sacher torte at the Hotel Sacher was my favourite experience I have ever had there years ago. Haven’t been to the Ritz Carlton but you sure made it look appealing. Might consider this one next time I go there.
How awesome everything really is!
I have never visited Vienna, but I love your beautiful pictures. Congratulations to you on this lucky chance. So glamourous. I also fancy opera so it’s extremely perfect when reading your review. Thank you so much and hope to see more posts!
Vienna looks gorgeous. I know that I have seen pictures and it has been on my list of places to visit. It looks like you had a fabulous time there.
I love this city. So much to do here. I visited this city with my grad friends so your post reminded me of the good old days. I would loev to be at that Spa
Wow your vienna weekend trip looks straight from a fairytale. I literally gasped when I saw the chandelier at the Ritz…just stunning like you’d expect.
Vienna is a dream destination! Ritz Carlton is an epitome of luxury and your pictures speak for itself how much you enjoyed your trip!
Vienna is beautiful, the pictures speak for it. You always make me want to travel a lot. I should do that more. I absolutely adore the white jumpsuit you wore. Its beautiful
The pictures blew me away. Who took them for you? As for your location, I want to visit it. Thank you for sharing your story.
Your pictures loo awesome, it looks like you had a great time :-) I would love to go to Vienna, definitely on my list. Thanks for sharing!
wow, simply wow. this place is as beautiful as people claim it to be. and you are so matched up to be in this place. equally as beautiful
I didn’t know there was a Ritz in Vienna. It looks everything you’d expect of one and more. The food looks amazing. I’ve only ever passed through Vienna but I’d love to stay someday
I’ve been to Vienna and absolutely loved this, your trip looks like a way better experience though. That breakfast spread looks amazing!
I love Vienna, it’s absolutely one of my favourite cities in the world… We lived a drive away in Munich so visited alot. It’s often called Munich’s more sophisticated big sister, and I can see that. Love your photos! :)
The Ritz surely lives up to its name. Loved the interiors and the spa too! Wouldnt mind a day or tow lounging there!