City Guides: Vienna - Elen Lewis
Editor of The Marketing Society gives us her insider tips on Vienna.
Best hotel for business?
Boutique hotel, The Aldstadt does great breakfasts and is based close to the centre in Spittelberg. +43 1 522 66 66.
Best hotel for pleasure?
If you don't fancy The Aldstadt, there's some beautiful apartments on Airbnb.
Best bar for celebrating?
Le Loft on the top floor of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom offers some of the finest cocktails in Vienna with the best view in town.
Best bar for a business drink?
The Onyx Bar on the sixth floor on the Do & Co Hotel features a close-up view of St Stephen's Cathedral and delicious cocktails.
Best restaurant for business lunch?
There's something special about the Viennese coffee houses. Coffee has played an important part in Vienna's social life since 1683, when the Turkish invaders, chased out of town by allied forces led by the Polish cavalry, reputedly left behind bags of the stuff by the city gates. Cafe Central is full of tourists but they're there for a reason. It is the grandest of all coffee houses, and once frequented by Trotsky.
Best way to spend an hour in-between meetings?
Go to The Belvedere, climb straight to the third floor and contemplate Gustav Klimt's The Kiss, a piece of art that's so much better and richer in the flesh. Just down the road is the Military Museum where you can see Franz Ferdinand’s 1911 Gräf & Stift phaeton, the very vehicle in which he was shot dead in Sarejevo, leading to World War I.
If you only have time to one thing in my city, then do this...
Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum for a staggering collection of the Old Masters - Caravaggio, Titian, Tinteretto Rembrandt, Velazquez, Vermeer, Rubens, Durer and, the world's largest collection of Brueghel. Highlights include Rubens' portrait of his young wife, 'The Fur'; Vermeer's 'Art of Painting' (once owned by Hitler) and Arcimboldo's crazy portraits of faces made from vegetables, fruit and fish.