Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Vienna, Austria and learn about fun, insider things to see and do while in Vienna. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Vienna and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Vienna insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Vienna
Hello, my name is Giuseppina. I was born near Venice, Italy but raised in amazing Vienna. My heritage led to my interest in European history, art history, and foreign cultures. I am also a licensed tourist guide who started her career as a guide at Klosterneuburg Abbey near the Vienna Woods. I am Viennese by choice and love to show Monograms guests how beautiful our city is, tell them about our traditions, culture, and excellent quality of life.
Traditional “Heurigen” Wine Tavern
Visit one of the traditional Viennese “Heurigen” (wine taverns) located in the north of the city, right where the slopes of the Vienna Woods end and the vineyards begin. Enjoy top Viennese wines and delicious food. Ask your Local Host for the most typical taverns - - one is still housed inside a former residence of Beethoven.
Old City Walk, Imperial Walking Route
Ask your Local Host about a walking route to discover the fascinating older parts of Vienna´s historic city center with its legends and paths; or the Imperial Route to see classic architecture, elegant boulevards, the Hofburg Palace and other memorable sites.
Walk up to the Belvedere for splendid views over Vienna and visit its museum with the beautiful painting “the Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. A must if you are in Vienna!!!
The Sigmund Freud Museum
Make your own analysis of the famed psychological pioneer in the place where he lived and worked for nearly 50 years. See Freud's personal possessions as well as the largest psycho-analysis library in Europe.
Fine Arts Museum
Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Habsburg, the Museum of Fine Arts has an unrivaled collection of old masters, including a vast selection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Visit the Imperial Crypt for a fascinating glimpse into the past. It is located beneath the Capuchin Church and members of Austria’s former Habsburg dynasty have been entombed there since 1633.
Spanish Riding School
Equestrian buffs will find this Viennese institution irresistible. Founded in 1572, it's the oldest and last riding school in the world where classic dressage is still practiced in its purest form. See world-famous Lipizzaner stallions go through their steps.
House of Music
What better place than Vienna to walk the halls of music and peek into its future. Listen to what an unborn child hears in the womb, paint a picture with a palette of tones, or steer a note through a musical landscape.
The Vienna Naschmarkt
A Viennese institution in the city center, this colorful market dates back to the 16th century. There are small restaurants and cafés nearby for lunch and dinner.
Also know as the “village in the city,” Spittelberg is the city’s second largest pedestrian zone with well preserved historical buildings, cobble-stone streets, and idyllic squares. A great place to relax, just a few minutes walk from the city center.
Visit the Art Nouveau building famous for its leaf-work dome (“golden cabbage”) and for the 34 meter long Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt. The artists’ motto found about the entrance: ”To each time its art. To art its freedom.”
Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel
Sample the classic Wiener schnitzel or Tafelspitz, and try apricot Schnapps. Treat yourself to Apfelstrudel, coffee and chocolate cake, or other sweet delicacies in the traditional Viennese coffee houses.
Walk along the Kärntnerstrasse and/or Mariahilferstrasse … shop for concert music DVDs, crystal glass, enamel jewelry or ornaments, wool lodenware, Viennese wafer biscuits, and Mozart chocolate.
In 2015: Celebrate 150 Years of the Ringstrasse (Ring Road)
Emperor Franz Joseph officially opened Vienna's Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865. Vienna is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2015 with numerous events and exhibitions. These include “Ring – the Jewish Story of a Boulevard” at the Jewish Museum. The National Library’s special exhibition focuses on the transformation of the city into a cosmopolitan center. Summer in the Lower Belvedere (Orangery) is all about “Klimt and the Ringstrasse.” Special tours will be offered in the Museum Quarter at the former royal stables. Exciting roof tours are available at the Museum of Natural History with a grand view of the Ringstrasse. Your Local Host will have all this information and more.