THE LEOPOLD MUSEUM
The Leopold Museum, home to the largest collection of early 20th century paintings is an attraction that shouldn’t be missed. The Leopold is decked in the heart of the Museumsquartier among about twelve fascinating foundations, including the MUMOK, the Museum of Natural History and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. At MAK, Vienna’s historical center of applied arts and design, guests can meander in the midst of different ages of furniture, materials, and specialties from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Architecture enthusiasts will admire the exhibition hall’s accumulation of design models by contemporary architects, for example, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, while those nostalgic for the times of workmanship nouveau will discover an accumulation of silver and porcelain by Koloman Moser, a pioneer of the late nineteenth century Secession movement. The MAK’s beautiful shop is loaded with dexterous gifts like twisted Sheffield steel bar sets by Michael Antrobus. Visitors can even relax over a cup of coffee or a cocktail restaurant and bar, Österreicher in MAK. A bit further away, the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere is likewise worth a visit, set in the surroundings of the previous Belvedere Palace, with a collection spreading over the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Gold-on-vellum paintings by Klimt and Max Liebermann are shown next to Vincent van Gogh’s pastoral post-Impressionist pieces.
Weekends are the best times of the week for both shopping and enjoying Vienna’s culinary scene. This is especially true when it comes to the Naschmarkt, the city’s biggest marketplace, which throughout the last few years has been home to wine and oysters bars and bistros. Among the champions is Naschmarkt Deli for its young crowd, beers, and DJ line-up. The food here is heavenly and profoundly fulfilling, such as the golden schnitzel, delicate steaks, pasta, and salads.
The Steirereck restaurant, located in the Stadpark, offers one of the most fulfilling dining experiences. Its menu comprises of Austrian dishes like puntarelle and trumpet chanterelle mushrooms with cashew nuts and radish grows. If you end up anyplace close to Augarten, Vienna’s most established extravagant park, where Beethoven debuted his Kreutzar Sonata in 1803, visit the captivating new Augarten Porcelain Manufactory to eat at Décor, its bistro restaurant is a must. Two champions from its menu are venison filets with wild mushroom sauces and home-made chocolate cake.
A fraction of Vienna city’s appeal is that the classics once in a while blur. This is especially true for its retail scene. J&l Lobmeyr, a fine glass and gem company that has been working since 1823, still draws genuine connoisseurs and casual customers for dainty stemware, carafes and decanters that can be cut or engraved with intricate outlines or initials. The men’s luxury accessories and clothing purveyor Wilhelm Jungmann & Neffe, is decked with unusual ties and silk pocket squares stacked in perfect heaps on old oak ledges. Here customers are fitted for suits custom-made from any of the 1,000 pieces if wools, cashmere and tweed fabrics in stock. Sisi, a fashion salon with tailor-made fleece coats and skirts, dainty millinery, flower print dresses and silk slipcovers designed after the broadly jazzy Empress Elisabeth is a must-visit for ladies. Demel, patisserie-confiserie is another place, one must not miss. It is renowned for its scores of treats accessible, from cheddar rolls to jellies and the celebrated Sacher torte in Demel’s pastel-toned shop on the Kohlmarkt.
During the holiday season, charming Christmas Markets pop up in all of the Austrian towns. Vienna is no exemption. Join into the festive spirit at the Schönbrunn Christmas Market held in front of Schönbrunn Palace held every year from November 22 to January 1. The Christmas Market offers traditional handicrafts, plenty of Christmas decorations; a sweet aroma of gingerbread mulled wine and Christmas baking that permeates the air!