This Valentine's Day, Travel to Vienna

This Valentine's Day, Travel to Vienna
We tell you all about virtual travel to Vienna with bae, Photo Credit: Bankoo / Shutterstock.com

...even if virtually. Here's how to make it worth your while

Prannay Pathak
February 13 , 2021
07 Min Read

It's not just our guess or a lead-up question, but after a tough year, the much disparaged tradition of Valentine's Day deserves some love. Travel opened up a few months ago and has survived the ebb and flow of the virus and its recurrent strains. At least for this year, couples all over the world will have to restrict themselves to local delights and trips. But those that don't really limit themselves to physical travel, can always bring the city of love—no, it's not Paris—right to their screens, courtesy the Vienna Tourist Board and other online resources. 

 
 
 
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Be it chugging away in a horse-drawn carriage through the parks and the palaces, taking leisurely walks through arcade-lined courtyards or doing a candlelight dinner with your special someone on the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Austrian capital is as tempting as it gets. The tourist board has quite a few offerings up its sleeve to help you explore the city with a hopeless romantic's eye, be it boating on the Danube, strolling in Schönbrunn Palace gardens or discovering Hofburg Palace together—enjoy and chalk out your itinerary for when travel between India and Austria resumes.

The Virtual Experience 
The impressive Naturhistoriches Museum Vienna allows one to view the top 100 of the exhibits housed here, by clicking here. If you're into art, check out maverick figurative painter Egon Schiele's work at Leopold Museum, which is one of Vienna's principal attractions. In the same way, one can even talk a walk around the Vienna State Opera, which has played host to the opera productions of Richard Wagner's works, and check out the Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace. 

The City Through a Mag 
Once you're done with the historical sights, take to the modern face of the city—the art and culture, the cuisine including quirky delights such as Canary Milk, Viennese Laundry Girls, Singed Dog and Deep-Fried Mice, and the sublime architectural delights of Vienna. How to do it all? Well, the classic way—by browsing through Vienna Intl, a 98-page illustrated magazine that covers all this and more with some stunning visuals for you to feast your eyes on. Don't forget to order some decadent pastry and whip up a strong espresso for the two of you—that's how they do it in Vienna. When you do make it to the city, repeat the drill with a Sachertorte slice. 

 
 
 
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App-Based City Guide
Half the fun of taking a romantic holiday is in planning it. And your one-stop digital travel guide to Vienna is an app. Called ivie, the application goes one step further than that and helps you understand the city through interesting tidbits, anecdotes, insider info and key bits of information such as bike stands, drinking fountains, restrooms and the like. 

Be Privy to 'The Kiss' 
It's time you embraced the voyeur in you. As for the kiss. we're not talking about the one in the Bond film The Living Daylights, which was shot here. Vienna is home to the famously controversial and intensely stirring Gustav Klimt painting The Kiss. The 6ft X 6ft painting hangs at the Belvedere but you can view it here

 
 
 
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Movies and Books
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise. This scene was shot in Café Sperl
From the day-long romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in Before Sunrise and the forgotten classic Letter from An Unknown Woman, to even the forbidden love of Michael Haneke's subversive masterpiece The Piano Teacher, Vienna has been the backdrop to many a tale. The very iconic Café Sperl is where the young lovers of Linklater's cult classic go for dinner and play the pretend phone-your-friend game. The Giant Ferris Wheel was featured in a kiss in the Bond flick The Living Daylights. In fact, Before Sunrise is the ideal, cockle-warming guide to navigating the city with a special someone. For cinephile couples, we'd suggest a special at-home screening of the thrilling Orson Welles noir, The Third Man


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