Insider: Melanie Fraiss


Addiction. Musicals.


What I do at the Altstadt Vienna


I am Director of Operations.


I can be reached at: or +4315226666-0


Word Rap on Vienna


Only in Vienna:

One city - different worlds: imperial - with castles and palaces, young and trendy - at the Schwedenplatz for example, with all of its "watering holes" for night owls - along the Old Danube for swimming or to enjoy an ice cream, culturally - in the 1st District with its amazing architecture and museums. 


Better elsewhere:

Sunday and holiday opening hours - almost all shops are closed here on those days.   


My Vices:

Musicals – I could go watch one every day. 


Sweet Vienna:

In summer, ice cream from the Veganista or Eisgreißler, and in winter (or summer) sampling the wide selection of pastries at Café Sperl on Gumpendorfer Straße.


Hearty Vienna:

Gasthaus Lahodny in Aspern – great restaurant, wonderful food and magical location. "Zum Scherer" – traditional "Beisl" on Judenplatz square. Also good: "Brandauer’s" – of which there are several, including right on Mariahilfer Straße.


Chic Vienna:

Le Loft in the Sofitel – the view there is simply breathtaking. The Tian in downtown – pure vegetarian. The "Rossini" in the Schönlaterngasse – for lovers of Italian cuisine.


After Dark:

Depends what you are in the mood for: in summer, the Herrmann Strandbar or the Tel Aviv Beach. But also: "Chelsea" in the Stadtbahnbögen or Café Liebling in the Zollergasse.  


Not in any tourist guides

A new sunbathing area at the ArbeiterInnen Strandbad swimming beach next to the Alte Donau – no entrance charge, opened only in May 2015 and really fantastic. And with so many places to eat and drink in Vienna, there are quite a few you won’t find in travel guides, including Vinogin in the 1st District – with an enormous gin selection and a great atmosphere.


My Favorite Place

The "Old Danube" absolutely - for swimming, relaxing, pedal-boating and "chilling".



The Ringstraße including the State Opera, Hofburg Palace and Burgtheater. Schönbrunn Palace - including the views from the Gloriette! The Naschmarkt – perfect for anyone who likes to browse market stands and sample different products along the way.


Selfie Spot:

The top of St. Stephen's Cathedral. Prater in front of the giant Ferris wheel. Terrace at the Haus des Meeres. 


Something to skip, even if it's in the guide:

Christmas Market on the square in front of city hall – too crowded, and others are more beautiful.


In conclusion: What do I love about the city?

The atmosphere, the people, the diversity .. and the fact you can get something good to eat around the clock.


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