Insider: Melanie Fraiss
What I do at the Altstadt Vienna
I am Director of Operations.
I can be reached at: email@example.com 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.
Sunday and holiday opening hours - almost all shops are closed here on those days.
Musicals – I could go watch one every day.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.