13. December 2016
Welcome to Vienna!
The capital of Austria still retains some shimmer of its golden times with extraordinary Baroque buildings, its charming historical princess “Sissi” spirit from the imperial era and the famous Viennese Art Nouveau. Until today, you can book city tours by “Fiaker”, which is a historic horse carriage. However, at a very high price.
We opt to begin our journey with a walk – to the so called Naschmarkt. Here we meet the interior professional Andy Pietrasch from KARE Vienna. “The food market here is an absolute hotspot of Vienna and really multicultural. There is everything your heart desires: Fruit, cheeses, specialties. The special thing here for me is the flea market. It takes place on Saturdays before 18:00 h and it is an incredibly inspiring place for me. There’s really soul in it. Sometimes I see great pieces which send me right on a journey through time! ”
We can only agree with that and Andy gives us an important advice:
“A light and clean interior style with straight lines and only a few colors is flexible and timeless. In combination with a personal item, a unique piece or an antique treasure the look is getting complete and receives a really individual touch. So don’t hesitate to combine the reduced in style Italian leather sofa with a playful chandelier. Contrasts create tension! ”
After a few minutes, we reach Mariahilferstraße, one of the trendiest shopping streets of Vienna. Surrounded by stylish cafes and bars, the KARE City House is located in the direct neighborhood of the Museum Quarter: gifts, accessories, large dining tables, retro furniture and unique pieces of solid wood are only some of the highlights in Andy’s store. Come by when you are in Vienna! Andy is looking forward to meeting you.
Now we are craving a relaxing snack and a good drop of red wine – because Vienna is the only metropolis in the world that produces serious quantities of wine! Andy takes us to Mayer am Pfarrplatz, Vienna’s oldest restaurant. Here, in the “Beethoven House”, the great composer lived for a while. In the grapevine-overgrown patio, we get a nice table in the shade. Our recommendation: A glass of “Wiener Gemischter Satz”! It is made of a whole variety of grapes that are being cultivated in mixed areas, but harvested all together and further processed. This wine is particularly diverse. A typical Viennese specialty, and it tastes very good!
As the highlight of our visit we try Andy’s favorite dish: Mohnnudeln!
The small gnocchi-like noodles are a sweet dish, dressed with sugar, butter and poppy seeds and served with pickled plums.
Andy’s tips for the ultimate Vienna trip:
o Culture at its finest: The Art Café at the Hundertwasser House! Löwengasse 41-43, 1030 Wien
o For Austrian cuisine and good home cooked food at very fair prices, visit the Rebhuhn http://www.rebhuhn.at/
o International cuisine on gourmet level http://www.cafeansari.at/ at Café Ansari
The living room above the roofs of the city: The “Dachboden” in the 25-hour hotel (just a 10 minutes walk from KARE City House). Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 1070 Wien http://www.25hours-hotels.com/de/museumsquartier/restaurant/25hours-dachboden.html
o Legendary: The electro swing parties in the Rote Bar!