Romantic (Dining) in Vienna
Vienna, Vienna: you and you alone…
… and your darling – what more could you want? Vienna and romance are a good fit. There are innumerable cozy places in Vienna for new lovers (as well as those who have been happy together for some time!), where the romance is almost palpable. And since the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, as the saying goes, opportunities and alternatives for romantic dining literally abound.
In Vienna, you encounter romance virtually at every turn – whether it’s classical romance during a trip through the narrow streets of downtown Vienna with a horse-drawn carriage, past Vienna’s impressive landmarks, or during a walk through the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace, together with its labyrinth, or over a cup of Viennese mélange in a typically Viennese café, or while sauntering through one of Vienna’s beautiful parks with a picnic afterwards, or during an action-packed roller coaster ride in Vienna’s historic Prater amusement park, where you can (or must!) really hold on to your partner’s strong arm, or quite simply during an evening stroll through the city, hand in hand with your beloved.
Should the romantic hours for two then be accompanied by fine dining, there’s nothing standing in the way of a feast for all the senses.
Candlelight dinner and more…
A genuine highlight for couples in love in Vienna is a ride on the Riesenrad (Giant Ferris Wheel), which has been spinning since 1897 and has been a favorite for couples in love since its inception. Here, you can book the so-called “Romantic Crystal Dinner“. Exclusivity and luxury are the focal points, and you have the “crystalline” – a wagon decorated by the Swarovski company – all to yourselves for an hour and a half. You hover, surrounded by the city lights, from candlelight and from the luster of the wagon in the lofty heights and enjoy a fine three-course menu with aperitif, wine and coffee. Also included are a small gift and a Swarovski coupon valued at € 50.00, with which your lover can treat him- or herself to something lovely. It’s not exactly the least expensive variant (the total price is € 405.00), but for special occasions such as a marriage proposal or wedding day it’s something special indeed.
Totally contrary yet no less enjoyable is spending romantic hours at one of the many wine taverns (Heurigen) in and around Vienna. You’ll feel down-to-earth and cozily Viennese when you’re sitting amidst the vineyards, listening to Viennese songs and enjoying tasty wine tavern delicacies. The traditional, long-established wine tavern Sirbu, located in the Kahlenberger Strasse in Nussdorf, advertises its “Romantic bench for lovers,” for instance, from which you can – apart from the hustle and bustle of the wine tavern itself – let your gaze roam across Vienna over a glass of wine in intimate togetherness.
Of course, you can also select the “simple” variant and enjoy an idyllic candlelight dinner for two in one of the many beautiful Viennese restaurants or inns. The Gault-Millau-rated restaurant “Das Schick” (in the Hotel Am Parkring) is especially suited for this. The restaurant is located directly along the Ringstrasse in the center of Vienna, on the 12th floor of the famous Gartenbauhochhaus – the fantastic view over the rooftops of downtown Vienna is breathtaking both during the day and in the evening. The atmosphere is cozy yet elegant, the table is – upon request – decorated romantically, and candlelight sets the mood. The kitchen and wine cellar take care of spirited moments, and the cuisine is Austrian/Spanish – while appurtenant wines from both countries complement the special culinary pleasures. The “Schick Menu” is especially recommended for romantic times, and you can taste and get to know specialties from Austria and Spain. If you also happen to be looking for a room in Vienna, you’re in good hands at the Hotel Am Parkring – there are numerous special packages for lovers on offer which are romantic by design, all of them including a panoramic view over Vienna.
Take time together again and enjoy romantic moments in Vienna.
Photo credits: © Wien Tourismus, Lois Lammerhuber