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Today I wanted to share my top spots for stunning views in Vienna. We don't have the craziest skyline, or copious amounts of skyscrapers, but I love seeing any city from above and thinking about all the different rooftops and the people and stories attached to them.
- St. Stephen's Cathedral. You can either climb the South tower or you can take the elevator up the north tower, both have equally gorgeous views of Vienna's first district.
- Drinks at Sofitel. Probably the most stunning view you can find at sunset, not to mention a bar with some seriously stylish cocktails.
- Danube Tower. Just across the Danube you'll find one of Vienna's highest towers with incredible views (and options to bungee jump if you're so inclined).
- Tea time at Do & Co Onyx Bar. Right across from St Stephen's Cathedral on Vienna's main square, it undoubtedly has the best views of the church, not to mention a gorgeous view from the dinner restaurant one floor higher.
- The 25 hours Hotel. Situated above one of Vienna's busiest streets of the central district, this rooftop terrace is perfect for summer evenings.
Did I miss any great views of Vienna? Let me know in the comments below!
Isn't this a lovely place ? Here in the heart of Vienna you will find since last year a raw bakery making delicious and nutritious cakes, cupcakes, truffles, salads and more, you can order green smoothies and almond milk, the ingredients are healthy vegetables and fruits and nuts and seeds.
All is vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.
Are you curious now? I was ! What on earth do they put into their cakes to make it tasty and be attractive to the Viennese who are really spoilt by their tradition. In the vicinity of established bakeries and pastry shops, chocolate havens and the famous Coffee Houses with their vitrines full of temptations that have centuries of history here! You must try it out, promise me, please!
I fell in love with the place immediately, I felt welcome right away, I felt great when I left because all I ate was yummy and healthy and good for me ! One must feel at home here when you see how this place is designed by Shanna herself a graphic designer and daughter of Gabriele.
OK another reason why I just love Simply Raw Bakery: A mother – daughter enterprise ! Just like Sophie and I !!! Gabriela has completed her Raw Food Chef degree in California at the Matthew Kenney Academy. She combines her skills and techniques with the talent of her daughter Shanna in this unique place for healthy indulgence that taste terrific and makes you want to come back soon. I particularly love the slice of " break with onion lard" The bread is made of zucchini, nuts, seeds and spices a secret recipe created by them and the substitute for lard is purely vegan and outstanding in taste. The Pumpkin tart was spiced with kurkuma and curry and the base is made with chia and almonds and oriental spices! Then we had "Kaiserschmarrn with Röster", something very Austrian:
The Kaiserschmarrn must be translated with "Emporer's Nonsense", a Röster is made of plums, mostly in form of a compote. This version again was raw healthy, no sugar great taste and a very good combination with the plums. They make cupcakes and smoothies and my favorite of all time is the "Hello Dolly" bar made of nuts: Oh My! I always take it home when I am there! Then there is a heart warming Almond milk and a great large bowl of fresh Zucchini noodles.
Open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Saturday. You can have breakfast and lunch and everything in between.
If you like to try one of their "Lucky Truffles":
1/4 cup organic orange juice
1 cup dates, pitted
2 cups ground almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
coconut flakes or ground nuts for rolling
They are done in 10 min and here is the trick:
Soak the dates at least for one hour in orange juice and mix in a strong blender together with all the ingredients into a paste like dough. I recommend a Vitamix of some kind. Most important is the power of the blender, some might not be up for the task. Form balls and roll them in either coconut or nuts. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
I find it hard to believe sometime, how easy I get used to amenities in life and how much we all know about the good side of life. BUT?
What is Lean Luxury?
Luxury is by all means a personal thing, for some it is luxurious or expensive items such as diamonds, an expensive holiday, sleep or the new smart phone, for me it is dinner with my husband and a one on one time. For a lot of my friends it is time in general ! For you it might be something entirely different. But what is a hotel that offers "lean" luxury" like the Ruby Sofien Hotel?
Here is what it is not:
- no concierge
- no room service
- no reception queues
- no laundry service
- no in-room minibar
- no parking facilities in-house
- no fitness or spa facilities
- no restaurant
- no phone or offline reservations
This might still be on your list for luxury if you book your hotel stay in Vienna. The masterminds behind this concept said: Ok, we save on what is commonly stressed in hotels such as the list above and share luxury where it benefits the independent guest who loves privacy, who travels on a budget and who enjoys comfort, high quality materials and out of the box thinking most. And their guest list gets longer and longer.
Here is what Lean Luxury is:
• free WIFI throughout the hotel
• great organic breakfast buffet at only 9,50 per person
• a great bar and café serving food and drinks 24/7
• streamlined self-checkin for super-fast check-in
• digital Vienna City Guide with insider tips and special events
• galley kitchen with free hot drinks and snacks vending machine
• multi-functional in-room sound system
• in-room tablets to surf and explore the Rubyverse (coming soon)
• free bikes
• free guitars
• ironing facility (in galley kitchen)
Book your room online and check in at the bar/reception which is open 24 hours.
Ruby Hotel has 77 rooms with 5 STAR rooms in the heart of the city, 2 STAR space with 3 STAR rates!
There are IMACs and the possibility to plug in your e-guitar any time of day or night and set the tone for your own party! No worries, the rooms allow uninterrupted sleep for the guest next door, due to the soundproof structure of the rooms.
Antique pieces of furniture, Thonet chairs and a living room atmosphere.
The breakfast offeres everything fresh and organic. Self service of course.
Ruby Sofien Hote,l open only since May, is a young and fun concept and soon there will be a second hotel of that kind. I will come with friends one day just to have breakfast and maybe do some Christmas shopping later. I love the the bar area especially because one looks into the beautifully restored Sofien Saal. A ballroom, a bath and a concert room. Now back to its original beauty after a devastating fire ruined the building, it was nearly torn down
Denisa Becker Is your contact for group inquiries and
would love to welcome you at RUBY Hotel & Bar.
At the Dombeisl in Vienna, you will find some of the most important ingredients for a pleasant and enjoyable evening. Thomas Wohlfahrter, new chef at the Beisl, which is an Austrian nickname for a pub, loves to make his guests happy.
Now hurry up Sophie!
We had so much fun, and laughed real hard, … and she didn't get any on her skirt! Bravo!
What is your favorite taste? In Vienna everyone has their favorite ice parlor and would never be unfaithful and buy ice-cream anywhere else.
We are obsessed with Mozart and Strawberry-Yoghurt at Hoher Markt.
Christian would only buy Grapefruit and my mom loves Schwedenplatz.
What is your favorite taste?