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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Schnitzel in Vienna

Sample Austrian cuisine at gilded brasseries, BYO picnics, and luxe milk bars that, much like the city itself, delicately balance the old and new.


1. Where to Stay

For an experience that is more bohemian than Habsburgundian, stay at the Altstadt.  

Say gute nacht at the Hollman Beletage (from $224) the inn helmed by Austrian actor turned pastry chef Robert Hollmann. Rent a pumpkin-orange bicycle to explore the cobbled streets of surrounding Old Town.

Select from among 42 rooms varying dramatically in size and vibe at the Altstadt Hotel (from $207), a converted nineteenth-century townhouse in the city’s vibrant Spittelberg district. The Baroque Suite, designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun, has slate-colored damask wallpaper, tufted-crimson headboards, and massive chandeliers.

Feel like a member of the Imperial Court at the grandiose Hotel Sacher (from $576), the nineteenth-century hotel where there are nearly three staffers to every guest. Book one of the nine new contemporary suites—each comes with a terrace and sweeping views of the Vienna woods—for a slightly updated experience.

Save your euros for what matters (eating) and check in to the brand-new Wagner family-owned Hotel Fabrik (from $104). The former linen factory has been refashioned into a 39-room hostelry where rooms are spare but immaculate.

Published on Nov 19, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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