3 Ways to Hang Out in Tourist Trap in Vienna - and Alternatives

By: Jeremy Riegler


Everyone knows that no sooner than a perfectly rational human being goes on vacation, they lose all common sense and end up buying frippery and junk at dearly priced tourist traps. You've likely also gone to a famous place and been told all about the most famous shows and sights - only to fork over a wad of cash and leave crestfallen. You'll discover the same is true in in Vienna.. With the help of this article, though, you're sure to find the most interesting parts of Vienna - and evade the letdowns.

Tourist Trap #1: The Lipizzaner Horse Shows

The Spanish Riding School was founded in 1572, making it the oldest and most prestigious around. The splendid design from the Baroque era inside Vienna's Hofburg means that visitors should experience it just for the architecture - not forgetting the dignified Lipizzan horses.. There's more than one opportunity to witness these impressive sights - spend up to €173, make do with a bargain or standing ticket allowing one great views of heads and miniature twirling white dots, or witness the morning pratice starting at €12. The horses are going to be quite close (€12), and tickets including a guided tour cost only €26.

Tourist Trap #2: Grinzing - and in general all restaurants with motor coaches in the parking lot

You'll want to taste genuine Viennese cuisine during your holiday in Vienna, and the very best place is a legendary Heurige (wine tavern/restaurant). There is a a group of Heurige in the grapevines with a view of the city in the district called Grinzing. Your enjoyment of the Heurige will be doubled if you visit the ones locals seek out instead of those packed with tourists from exotic lands. Locals patronize wonderful Heurige in Austria's Weinviertel (Wine Quarter) in Stammersdorf and Hagenbrunn or in the quaint village called Perchtoldsdorf to the south. All of these villages are easy to get to from Vienna.

Tourist Trap #3: Hotel Sacher

While in Vienna, one must have a bite of the celebrated Sachertorte. Starting at the top, the Sachertorte is made of: a dark chocolate glaze, then a double layer of cake (chocolate, naturally) and a coating of apricot jam in between. The priciest - not to be confused with the most delectable - Sachertorte can be purchased at the Hotel Sacher, which owns the rights to the designation "Original Sachertorte." It's possible to obtain Sachertorte at just about any café. The best as I see it can be found at L. Heiner at Wollzeile 9, directly in the city center. You won't find a sybaritic atmosphere just like Café Sacher, but your purse will thank you.

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I remember the first time I visted Vienna. It was fun, but I wasted a lot of time and money. Now you can learn from my mistakes and get great tips about the best sites and restaurants in Vienna. Be to check out how you can see the best of Imperial Vienna for the price of a tram ticket!

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