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Our blog article for the month of May is dedicated to Vienna’s unknown side. This time, we want to show you seven places, sights or experiences in Vienna that you (hopefully) don’t know yet. Let’s start!
Around the corner of Hoher Markt in the Ertlgasse, there is a true gem in many respects – the delicatessen store “Porta Dextra“ ” run by the Haas family. At the first glance, it probably doesn’t seem too spectacular, but who already has set foot in the store and has been whisked away into the great wine cellar, certainly appreciates this place. Below the store is one of the biggest and most extensive cellars of the city which partly goes back to the 4th century – you can even look at old bricks of the Romans.
But the best thing is that the visiting of the cellar is for free. Despite that, we would recommend a sip of an Austrian wine while wandering through the vastness of the cellar and let the great history flow over yourself. For all wine lovers, special wine tastings are offered.
Nearly every tourist passes the Herrengasse at least once during his or her stay in Vienna, but only a few realize that one of the most spectacular viewing platforms is located there.
In the Hochhaus (high-rise building) Herrengasse is a so-called panorama room, which can be rented exclusively for events, festivities etc. Not any less interesting is the history of the house itself – as soon as you know that there was a dancing café situated on the roof up to the 1960s, you can’t really understand why it’s not there anymore and the location is difficult to reach publicly.
But there’s one good thing… for a short while, there has again been an opportunity to enjoy the probably best view of the city with a drink – you should click here! Simply phenomenal up there!
Regardless of living in Vienna or just visiting Austria’s capital, everyone passes the St. Stephen’s Cathedral at least once and most of you have certainly already been inside and know that great guided tours are being offered through the underground catacombs. The North and South Towers of the impressive cathedral are daily opened for visiting. But for most, it’s a big mystery that the imposing attic can also be visited. But why should you know that? There’s not even a website where the visiting is offered.
But it’s a fact that if you ask the cathedral master himself, you can visit the roof truss in- and outside. You don’t only get unique pictures with a great view, but also experience a completely new perspective of Vienna’s best-known landmark.
The only downside – a guided tour in the roof truss is only possible for at least 15 persons.
Fans of secret societies like the Templars or Freemasons will love the mythical Virgil Chapel. Directly under the underground station Stephansplatz lies the hidden Gothic church which still poses some riddles. Obviously, the chapel was deliberately built underground in the years 1220-1230 – but why is that? And how was the church even discovered in 1973?
Who wants to find about that must look by him- or herself. A visit is definitely worth it and with 5-euro entry per person really inexpensive. Besides, the public guided tour and audio guide are included in the admission!
You can find more information here.
Principality, aristocracy and art – three terms that can't be more suitable for the City Palace Liechtenstein! The splendid palace in the heart of Vienna is definitely one of the loveliest buildings, especially inside. As the palace is still in private property of the princely family of Liechtenstein, it's just partly accessible for the public. Good news: Several times a month, public guided tours are offered to look at the festive halls and impressive rooms. Art lovers should also participate in one of the guided tours, as, noted besides, one of the biggest private art collections of the world is located in the city palace.
Here you can find terms and information for the public guided tours.
It's not that dignified in the Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum. Far from the tourist hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can discover the old art of distilling schnapps in the 12th district. For more than 100 years, the Fischer family has been producing their precious schnapps here and offers (as the name can tell) also rich guided tours around their craft and distillates. Included is – of course – a schnapps tasting.
Last but not least – the Kutschkermarkt. It it’s a bit too hectic for you at the famous Viennese Naschmarkt, you will feel absolutely at home here. Not far from the vibrant city centre you will find many small markets that have a lot to offer, one is the Kutschkermarkt in the 18th district. From flowers, to fresh vegetables, to clothes and cuisine, the offer here is very diverse. What’s more, the district around the market is a beautiful area and invites you stay a little longer and get to know Vienna in a completely different way. Be sure to drop by!
Here you can find all the information about the market!
Well, these have already been our tips. We hope that you like our blog entry and with this in my mind, we just wish you one thing: Have fun exploring, experiencing and discovering.