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  • author profile picture Ursula M. Schmidt-Erfurth, MD, Medical University of Vienna Vienna, Austria
  • author profile picture Bianca S. Gerendas, MD, MSc, Medical University of Vienna Vienna, Austria
  • author profile picture Dilsher S. Dhoot, MD, Section Editor
  • author profile picture Dante J. Pieramici, MD, Section Editor

What to See and Do in Vienna

Summer 2015

The 33rd Annual ASRS Meeting in Vienna, Austria is sure to be a memorable trip for all attendees. As we prepare to visit this beautiful city, What’s News caught up with Vienna natives, Drs. Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth and Bianca Gerendas. Both shared their recommended sites, restaurants, and shopping areas for ASRS members to explore—they even noted their favorites with an asterisk (*).

Must-see tourist sites

Albertina museum                                     Schönbrunn Palace                                   Café Central

*Albertina: This museum in the fi rst district of Vienna houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world, with approximately 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints. The museum displays more-modern graphic works, as well as impressionist and early 20th century art.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 534 83 0
Website: www.albertina.at

Austrian Parliament Building: This building, designed by Theofi l von Hansen, is home to the 2 houses of the Austrian Parliament. Guided tours give visitors insights into the day-to-day political work, historical details, and architectural features of the building.
Address: Dr. Karl Renner-Ring 3, 1017 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 401 10 8888
Website: www.parlament.gv.at/engl/

Belvedere Palace and Museum: The historic building complex consists of 2 Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. Visitors can enjoy major artwork including works by Gustav Klimt, as well as the gardens and stunning water features.
Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 795 57 134
Website: www.belvedere.at/en

Burgtheater: Europe’s second-oldest theater is one of the most important German-language
theaters in the world.
Address: Universitätsring 2, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 514 44 4140
Website: www.burgtheater.at

Hofburg: The former imperial palace and current residence and workplace of the president of Austria, located in the center of Vienna, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the Habsburg dynasty. Attractions include 6 museums, the National Library, and the Imperial Apartments.
Address: Michaelerkuppel, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 533 7570 15
Website: www.hofburg-wien.at/en.html

MuseumsQuartier, Leopold Museum: MuseumsQuartier, the eighth-largest cultural complex in the world, houses a variety of attractions including the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation).
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 523 58 81
Website: www.mqw.at/en

Rathaus: Vienna’s Town Hall, opened in 1883, serves as the seat of the mayor and the city council of Vienna. Guided tours are available for visitors interested in a closer look at the staterooms.
Address: Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 525 50
Website: www.wien.gv.at/english

*Schönbrunn Palace: This 1441-room Baroque palace, a World Cultural Heritage site, is considered one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria. The palace was the former imperial summer residence, and is surrounded by gardens that include a maze and a labyrinth, as well as a separate Children’s Museum.
Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47,
1130 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 811 13 239
Website: www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html

Stephansdom: St. Stephen’s Cathedral is also known as the mother church of the Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. This early 14th century cathedral has survived many wars and stands as a symbol of Vienna’s freedom.
Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 51552 3054
Website: www.stephanskirche.at

Wiener Staatsoper: This world-famous opera house dates back to the mid-19th century. In addition to world-renowned performances, the institution offers guided tours focused on the history, opera business, and architecture of the building.
Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 514 44 2250
Website: www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Favorite restaurants

Note: Early reservations are recommended.

Beaulieu: (€€) French
Address: Herrengasse 14, Ferstelpassage,
1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 532 11 03
Website: www.beaulieu-wien.at

Da Capo: (€€€) Italian
Address: Schulerstraße 18, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 44 91
Website: www.dacapo.co.at

Feuerwehr Wagner (Heuriger): (€€)
Light meals and live music
Address: Grinzinger Straße 53, 1190 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 320 2442
Website: www.feuerwehrwagner.at

Fuhrgassl Huber (Heuriger): (€€) Wine bar
Address: Neustift am Walde 68, A-1190 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 440 14 05
Website: www.fuhrgassl-huber.at

*Gasthaus zu den drei Hacken: (€€)
Viennese cuisine served in a pub setting
Address: Singerstraße 28, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 58 95
Website: www.vinum-wien.at

Heuriger 10er Marie: (€€) Wine bar
Address: Ottakringer Straße 222-224,
1160 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 489 46 47
Website: www.fuhrgassl-huber.at/10er-marie

Huth Gastwirtschaft: (€€€) Austrian
Address: Schellinggasse 5, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 513 56 44
Website: www.huth-gastwirtschaft.at

Kussmaul: (€€) Restaurant, café-pâtisserie,
and bar serving regional, organic dishes
Address: Spittelberggasse 12, 1070 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 587 762 85
Website: www.kussmaul.at/en

Meierei im Steirereck: (€€€€)
Formal Austrian restaurant serving refined
Viennese cuisine
Address: Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 713 3168
Website: www.steirereck.at

Mochi: (€€€) Japanese, sushi
Address: Praterstraße 15, 1020 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 925 13 80
Website: www.mochi.at

Pfarrwirt: (€€€) Austrian
Address: Pfarrplatz 5, 1190 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 370 73 73
Website: www.pfarrwirt.com

Pizza Mari: (€€) Italian
Address: Leopoldsgasse 23A, 1020 Vienna
Telephone: +43 0676 687 4994
Website: www.pizzamari.at

*Plachutta: (€€€€) Classic Viennese cuisine
Address: Wollzeile 38, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 15 77
Website: www.plachutta.at/en/plachutta_wollzeile/

Plachutta’s Gasthaus zur Oper: (€€€)
Austrian
Address: Walfischgasse 5-7, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 51 222 51
Website: www.plachutta.at/en/gasthaus_zur_oper

Plachuttas Grünspan: (€€€) Gastropub
Address: Ottakringer Straße 266, 1160 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 480 57 30
Website: www.plachutta.at/en/gruenspan

Regina Margherita: (€€€) Italian
Address: Wallnerstraße 4 Palais Esterházy,
1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 533 08 12
Website: www.barbaro.at/regina_margherita.php

Zum Schwarzen Kameel: (€€€)
Complex (including restaurant, bar, cafe, delicatessan, and patisserie) serving renowned open-faced sandwiches as well as classic Viennese cuisine
Address: Bognergasse 5, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 533 8125
Website: www.kameel.at

Best dessert places/favorite cafés

Café Central (€€)
Address: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 533 37 63
Website: www.palaisevents.at/en/cafecentral.html

Café Diglas (€€€)
Address: Wollzeile 10, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 57 65
Website: www.diglas.at

Café Hawelka (€€)
Address: Dorotheergasse 6, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 82 30
Website: www.hawelka.at/cafe/de

Café Prückel (€€)
Address: Stubenring 24, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 61 15
Website: www.prueckel.at

Café Sacher (€€)
Address: Philharmonikerstrasse 4, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 51 456 661
Website: www.sacher.com/sacher-cafes/sacher-cafe-vienna

Café Schwarzenberg (€€)
Address: Kärntner Ring 17, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 89 98
Website: www.cafe-schwarzenberg.at/en/index.html

Demel (€€€)
Address: Kohlmarkt 14, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 535 171 70
Website: www.demel.at

*Gerstner (€€€)
Address: Kärntner Straße 13-15, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 512 49 630
Website: www.gerstner.at

Landtmann (€€€)
Address: Universitätsring 4, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 24 100 100
Website: www.landtmann.at

Le Bol (€€)
Address: Neuer Markt 14, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 0699 1030 1899
Website: www.lebol.at

Motto am Fluss (€€€)
Address: Schwedenplatz 2, A-1010 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 252 55 10
Website: www.motto.at/mottoamfluss

Sperl (€€)
Address: Karolinengasse 13, 1040 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 504 73 34
Website: www.restaurant-sperl.at/en

Best shopping

Graben/Kohlmarkt: Considered Vienna’s most high-end shopping area.

*Kärnter Straße: Most famous shopping street in central Vienna; offers a mix of historical buildings, traditional shops, and flagship stores.

*Kaufhaus Steffl: Large department store with 9 floors of internationally renowned brands.

Mariahilferstraße: The longest shopping street in Vienna, featuring many department
stores along with smaller boutique stores.

Parndorf Designer Outlet: Located just 30 minutes from Vienna; 130 exclusive stores
with heavily discounted merchandise.

Recommended day trips

Bratislava: The capital city of Slovakia is approximately 35 miles from Vienna and is
easily accessible by bus, train, or boat.

*Danube River Cruises: Various options are available to cruise the Danube River, the
European Union’s longest river, stretching 1189 miles and passing through 4 capital cities.

Klosterneuburg: This town, home to the Klosterneuburg Monastery, is a popular tourist destination.

Stift Melk: This Benedictine abbey above the town of Melk contains the world’s largest
ecclesiastical library.

*Wachau: This scenic valley with landscape formed by the Danube River is a prominent tourist destination in lower Austria.

Convenient public transportation

You can easily reach all these destinations using public transportation. Vienna’s extensive
system includes taxis, Uber, buses, trains, trams, and subways. Visit www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation-urbanplanning/public-transport for information.

Financial disclosures

Dr. Dhoot – REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC: Speaker, Honoraria.
Dr. Gerendas – None.
Dr. Pieramici – ALIMERA SCIENCES: Consultant, Honoraria; ALLERGAN, INC: Investigator, Grants; GENENTECH, INC: Advisory Board, Consultant, Investigator, Grants, Honoraria; JOHNSON & JOHNSON: Consultant, Honoraria; QLT OPHTHALMICS, INC: Investigator, Grants; REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS, INC: Investigator, Grants; SANTEN PHARMACEUTICAL CO, LTD: Consultant, Honoraria; THROMBOGENICS, INC: Advisory Board, Investigator, Grants, Honoraria.
Dr. Schmidt-Erfurth – ALCON LABORATORIES, INC: Consultant, Honoraria; BAYER HEALTHCARE: Consultant, Honoraria; NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION: Consultant, Honoraria.