Weekend in Vienna

April 29, 2018

One of the reasons we moved to London was that it enabled us to travel to nearby European cities on weekends instead of taking a massive European holiday. We have been truly inspired by the Travel Man, Richard Ayoade. Richard hosts a TV show that take him and a guest to a city travelable from London for 48 hours. He maximises some of the world’s most popular destinations in a bite size time frame by fitting as much of the city into 48 hours i.e. a weekend. We love his catch phrase – “We’re here but should we have come!” and have been pronouncing it every time we land in a city just like he does in his show.



Located in Austria, Vienna is the capital and its largest city. It is well known for the impressive imperial and baroque architecture that fills the city. Today, it is know for its high quality of living standards, innovative culture and host to many international conventions.


Things to See and do

  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Hofburg
  • Vienna City Hall



Foods you just have to try


We accidentally found this incredible vegan gelateria not far from our accomodation and we just had to try it. It was very delicious and creamy that it is a serious contender to the dairy industries. We later found that there were many other veganista stores across the city and many other gelaterias offer vegan options.

Swing Kitchen

This restaurant offers vegan burgers, wraps and desserts. The burgers itself were delicious and we must’ve tried all 5 of their patties by the end of the weekend.



Really nice establishment just on the fringe of the city. It offers a buffet menu for a very reasonable price. The selection of food was quite varied offering salads, sushi, wraps, dim sums, sushi, and variety of sweets.





Transport within the city is very walkable. We tended to walk everywhere letting Google tells us where things where.

When we ventured out of the city a bit we utilised the share bikes (Ofo) to get around. It was easy to get set up and rather convenient. There was quite a number of cycle routes so that made riding in a foreign city quite comforting. However, when travelling with 2 or more people, it requires some planning to locate the bikes as you want two or more Ofos in the same location.


We stayed an NH Hotels in the city. The price was very reasonable considering it was around the easter weekend. Amenities were quite standard.


Finally – “We’re here but should we have come?”

The good:

  • Visually progressive city
  • Vegan inclusive
  • Cycleways

The bad:

  • Everything is shut on Sundays, except a few restaurants. So if you are planning to come here for shopping make sure you do it all on the Saturday to avoid disappointment on Sunday.


Total Cost Breakdown: £412

Transport: £150.00

Accommodation: £140.34

Food & Drinks: £121.66


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