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A statue of an angel overlooks the Ringstrasse in Vienna

A Romantic Getaway

Vienna knows romance. Horse-drawn carriages, regal palaces with majestic gardens, celebrated museums, 19th-century operas, Strauss waltzes. The city has a way of sparking a passion for music and art and life itself. Whether it is taking a quiet moment among the flowers at Belvedere Palace or sipping wine on the edge of the Vienna woods or gazing at the city lights over a candlelit dinner, visiting Vienna is a wonderful, idyllic adventure to share with your beloved. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, set within four historical palaces, offers a luxurious, sophisticated setting from which to enjoy it all.

Day

1

Morning
  • COFFEE CULTURE.

    Stop in one of the Old City’s coffeehouses for a truly Viennese experience. Coffeehouses are a tradition that goes back centuries and are integral to the Viennese lifestyle, described as a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.”

  • HABSBURG GRANDEUR.

    Step into a fairy-tale setting in the regal Hofburg Palace. The center of the Habsburg Empire for 600 years, it showcases the lavish lifestyle of the imperial family. At 10 a.m. on most days, you can see the graceful white stallions of the Lipizzan ballet at their morning exercise.

  • VIENNA’S CULTURAL CENTER.

    Spanning more than 640,000 square feet, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest museum complexes in the world, where you can walk among an eclectic architectural mix of Baroque buildings and modern structures. Its artistic atmosphere is infectious.

  • MODERN MASTERPIECES.

    Peruse one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art at the Leopold Museum, which houses intriguing works from artists such as Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.

MIDDAY
  • A CHARMING NEIGHBORHOOD.

    With narrow streets and alleyways and exquisitely preserved houses from the Biedermeier period, romance is in the air in the Spittelberg section. Located just outside the city center, this friendly area is ideal for wandering together among the local shops and dining in the open air.

AFTERNOON
  • AUSTRIAN PLEASURES.

    Travel to the edge of town to find a peaceful and slower-paced region, with large vineyards and the lush Vienna woods. Sip Viennese wine as you take in beautiful views of the city and the Danube River.

EVENING
  • RIDE BACK IN TIME.

    Float above the city over a magical candlelit dinner in a private gondola on a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel built in 1897. The ambiance has an element of intrigue: The wheel played a leading role in the classic mystery film “The Third Man.”

Day

2

MORNING
  • Browse Chic Boutiques.

    Vienna is famed for its art, but the shopping is splendid too. Treat each other to a surprise gift at one of the city’s jewelry, antique or art stores, or a high-end fashion boutique. The hotel is within walking distance of many upscale shopping districts.   

  • Step Back in Time.

    The Schönbrunn Palace’s grand and opulentstaterooms are well-worth the stop. But the Palace Gardens are a dreamy place,where you can imagine you and your love in a 17th-century rendezvous among sculpturedfountains, shadowed tree tunnels and gorgeous flora.

MIDDAY
  • Culinary Traditions.

    A Viennese bistro, or beisl, is a cozy, down-to-earth eatery that serves traditional dishes — soup with pancake strips or dumplings, schnitzel, goulash, pastries — in a setting of dark wood paneling and basic tables and chairs.

  • Medieval Beauty.

     Walk down the streets of medieval Vienna, along the narrow, cobblestone lanes around St. Stephen’s Cathedral, appearing as they were centuries ago, and the winding alleyway of Schönlaterngasse, the main lane of a historical neighborhood lined with colorful Baroque town houses.  

AFTERNOON
  • Island Getaway.

    A narrow sliver of an island, the Donauinsel is frequented by locals for recreation, and affords a chance to stroll hand in hand and appreciate the beauty of Vienna away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

  • Your Carriage Awaits.

    Snuggle in a horse-drawn carriage, known as a fiacre, as you and your sweetheart listen to the rhythmic sound of clip-clopping hooves and learn about fascinating local history. Fiacre stands are found in different parts of the city: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater.

EVENING
  • Relax, Together.

    Settle in for a relaxing couples treatment in the luxurious spa suites of the hotel. Lose yourselves in the “From Vienna with Love” experience — an evening that includes mineral and steam baths, massages, champagne and dinner at Dstrikt Steakhouse.                        

  • Cocktails with a View.

    On the eighth floor, finish your date with a nightcap at the hotel’s upscale Atmosphere Rooftop Bar, and watch the sparkling lights of the night sky above and the city below.

Tea service with a circular tray of sweets and savories along with a copper teapot

Day

3

MORNING
  • To the Market.

    Naschmarkt is Vienna’s largest and most famous market, featuring rows of stands and restaurants selling fresh produce and Viennese and international culinary specialties. In an exclusive tour of the market, join the hotel’s executive chef as he walks with you on this lively culinary journey.

     

  • Flowers and Fountains.

    Vienna’s Volksgarten is so inviting for a morning stroll, with scenes of perfectly manicured flower beds, elegant fountains and gorgeous architecture. Romance is in full bloom in spring and summer in the park’s rose gardens, where 400 types of roses blossom.

  • Cosmopolitan Oasis.

    Have your camera ready at the nearby Palm Housein Burggarten. This enchanting art nouveau glass house is a tropical haven ofmore than 3,000 square feet in area that is home to hundreds of free-flyingtropical butterflies.

MIDDAY
  • Dance the Night Away.

    The lyrical Viennese waltz is forever tied to Vienna’s rich cultural heritage — in the peak ball season of January and February, more than 450 ball events take place in the city. Try a lesson at a private studio. Also, the hotel offers guests authentic ways to experience aball day in Viennese fashion.

AFTERNOON
  • A Kiss to Remember.

    Vienna’s Belvedere Museum houses the greatest collection of Austrian art dating from the medieval period to the present day, but for lovers, one work is a must-see — Viennese artist Gustav Klimt’s captivating masterpiece “The Kiss.”

     

     

  • Garden Stroll.

    The Belvedere Palace Gardens are a magnificent accompaniment to the museum’s art, picturesque place encompassing three large terraces and accented with beautiful fountains, clipped hedges and Baroque sculptures.

     

  • Tea Time.

    At the hotel, sit for Tea & The City and indulge in delectabletreats such as cranberry blue cheese scones, and a strawberry and pepper dip just right for buttermilk scones. Select from a variety of tea and coffee specialties or sip champagne or a Cosmopolitan. 

EVENING
  • A Night of Music.

    Savor a performance at the renowned Vienna State Opera, where passion is set to beautiful music. Productions range from Baroque to the 21st century, with an emphasis on the 19th century. In April, May, June, September and December, opera and ballet performance will be shown live in front of the opera house.