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72 hours in Vienna

Summer in the stunning Austrian capital means music festivals (for all types), cocktails in the sun and stocking up on chic new threads

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So you’ve made it to Vienna, the thousand-year-old city of music, art and dreams of its past imperial glory, and you’ve only got 72 hours to soak it all in. Don’t worry: there are plenty of ways to play with the time you have. Time Out—in partnership with Martini—has you sorted with an insider’s guide to the best places to shop, the coolest events and the hottest bars and restaurants in which to linger during the Aperitivo hour, watching the city transform as the sun sinks into the horizon. From cocktails on the Danube to cutting-edge street art to classical and pop concerts, Vienna is a bon vivant’s paradise—a land of modern and historic wonder just made for whiling away the hours with good friends (and a Martini & Tonic, or two).

Restaurants and bars

Motto am Fluss
Photograph: Courtesy Motto am Fluss

Motto am Fluss

The classy and luxurious Motto am Fluss (Franz-Josefs-Kai 2, +43 1 2525510) prides itself in playing an important part in the transformation of the Danube Canal into a trendy urban area. A restaurant and café combined, its first-class kitchen serves both international cuisines and Viennese classics. The iconic ship-like building means guests feel like they are on an elegant cruise ship. Be sure to check out their famous beef tartare and negroni with Martini Reserva.

Rochus
Photograph: Paul Gillingwater

Rochus

Situated in a famous market area, Rochus (Landstraßer Hauptstraße 55-57, +43 1 7101060) opens early for breakfast and stays open the whole day and into the night, so insomniacs and hungry revelers craving a last bite before heading home are well served. It aspires to be the living room away from home, with a comfortable atmosphere, outdoor seating for people-watchers and a huge menu catering to parties, the health-conscious and a regular business lunch crowd. Insider tip: check out the chili-chicken salad for a spicy and healthy treat.

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Kleinod
Photograph: Paul Gillingwater

Kleinod

The small and cozy Kleinod (Singerstraße 7, +43 1 5120325) is the perfect venue for travelers who are flying solo. Owned by a group of four friends, the bar has the feel of a comfortable living room or a private party where everyone chats and feels welcome. Even their drinks list is welcoming, with something for everyone from classics such as the Bacardi daiquiri to quirkier alternatives, such as their espresso martini and chocolate-banana shots. Keep in mind that it is a smoking bar.

Tel Aviv Beach
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Tel Aviv Beach

As one of the many bars located along the Danube Canal, Tel Aviv Beach (Donaukanal Str. 26) rightfully boasts about having “the most beautiful sunsets in town.” With white sun chairs perched on a sandy stretch along the water, the bar perfectly embodies the summer beach vibe—in an entirely landlocked country! On a warm summer day, this is the perfect place to dip your toes in the sand and enjoy the Aperitivo hour with that world-famous sunset.

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Blue Mustard
Photograph: Paul Gillingwater

Blue Mustard

Blue Mustard (Dorotheergasse 6-8, +43 1 9346705) may be a newcomer to the Vienna bar scene, but it’s made a great first impression. Sitting beneath Blue Mustard’s romantic cathedral arches, illuminated by a blue-lit map of Vienna from the 1870s, you can enjoy their signature cocktails made with unexpected ingredients, such as bacon, roasted corn and fermented bananas. Michelin-star-winning chef Alexander Mayer is behind the ever-changing menu inspired by his trips around the world.

Dino's American Bar
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Dino's American Bar

Imagine you’ve just stepped back in time 20 years. When you walk into Dino’s American Bar (Salzgries 19, +43 1 5357230), that’s exactly how you’ll feel according to its owner, who has been lovingly tending the bar and making superb cocktails for two decades. His goal: to create a space and time unaffected by outside events. No TV, no Internet, no poker machines—in fact, nothing that disturbs the calm murmurs of conversation. Whether you’re there for a rendezvous with a secret lover, or just visiting to soak up the time-traveling atmosphere, this bar delivers, with a soundtrack that is as timeless as the selection of classic cocktails, freshly prepared by a master of the art.

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Dachboden im 25hours Hotel
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Dachboden im 25hours Hotel

Have you ever enjoyed an Aperitivo in an attic penthouse? Dachboden at the 25Hours Hotel Vienna (Lerchenfelder Str. 1-3, +43 1 521510) is the spot to enjoy a signature cocktail or sip on a Martini & Tonic on a rooftop terrace overlooking both the Ringstrasse and the Museumsquartier (MQ). Surrounded by old instruments, well-loved furniture and other objects, you’ll be serenaded by DJs and live bands while sipping on one of the many specialty drinks made by award-winning barman Andreas Trattner.

Loos Bar
Photograph: Robin Roger Peller

Loos Bar

Officially known as the American Bar, Loos has come to be known for its world-famous Jugendstil artist and designer Alfred Loos, and with good reason. This is a perfect architectural jewel of Viennese Art Deco, with rich wood, glass, brass fittings and onyx panels. Loos Bar (Kärntner Durchgang 10, +43 1 5123283) is a tiny place, but packed full of history. And a bonus for Bond fans: The bartenders make sure the Martinis are shaken, not stirred.

Photograph: Robin Roger Peller

Shopping and style

Shakkei
Photograph: Courtesy Shakkei/D​avid Neubauer

Shakkei

Exciting young Viennese designer Gabriel Baradee uses his study of Japanese culture and his design experience in London and Tokyo to infuse his new label Shakkei (Burggasse 43-45, +43 699 10232116) with eastern touches. Baradee strives for timeless beauty, with a subtle esthetic that calls to mind the peace and tranquility of a Japanese garden. As a plus for the eco-aware, Shakkei produces men’s suits from 100-percent certified organic and sustainable materials.

Photograph: Courtesy Shakkei/D​avid Neubauer
Ina Kent
Photograph: Photo: Shoshana Rae Stark

Ina Kent

The atelier of talented bag designer Ina Kent (Siebensterngasse 50, +43 1 699 14777477) is located near the busy shopping street, Neubaugasse. A modern-style studio, the space mirrors her intention for the design of her bags to combine aesthetics with functionality. Using only high-quality leather, Kent focuses on simplicity and a process of collaboration that results in statement pieces that reflect the buyer’s unique identity.

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Eigensinnig
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Eigensinnig

Sitting just across from the Church of St. Ulrich, Eigensinnig (Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 4, +43 1 8906637) markets its clothing as wearable art. An unconventional and avant-garde fashion house, its offerings will appeal to the customer who is creative, strong-willed and who wants to avoid the mainstream. With little color and sleek, minimalist design, they aim to always be “one step ahead of the Zeitgeist.

E35
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E35

Named for Europe’s longest road, which connects Rome to Amsterdam, E35 (Schottenfeldgasse 67, +43 1 9564452) is devoted to making international styles available to its discerning clientele. From eyewear to perfumes to stylish tees and shoes, their prices are reasonable without ever sacrificing quality.

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Gössl
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Gössl

Gössl (multiple locations) offers you the unique experience of traditional Austrian fashion or “Tracht”. Here you can shop for fun accessories and off-the-peg dresses, but you can also have a Dirndl tailored especially for you. But you don’t have to visit Vienna to try out Gössl, as they have 66 locations around Austria, with dozens more in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Sportalm Wien
Photograph: Shoshana Rae Stark

Sportalm Wien

If you ever have the urge to break into song on a mountaintop with, then at least wear the right outfit. In Austria, you will be welcomed at any special event wearing a traditional Dirndl dress. Sportalm Wien (Brandstätte 8-10, +43 1 5355289) has taken this folk costume and reinvented it to suit the present-day. It’s not just formal wear, though; they also have a new line of sportswear and bikinis. And for the ultimate indulgence, you can get married in a distinctive wedding Dirndl.

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Burggasse 24
Photograph: Shoshana Rae Stark

Burggasse 24

A one-stop-shop for all your vintage needs, Burggasse 24 (Burggasse 24, +43 677 61641784) is stocked full with an extraordinary array of second-hand items—according to co-founder, Angie, “that's what happens when you go away to Paris and party for a year.” The store is situated in a hip part of town and even has a bar right inside. So, maybe a little late-night shopping is in order? And while you’re there, enjoy beats from the occasional DJ or take in one of its frequent art exhibitions.

Mühlbauer
Photograph: Shoshana Rae Stark

Mühlbauer

A manufacturer of hats since 1903, Mühlbauer (Seilergasse 10, +43 1 512 22 41) stocks timeless classics as well as couture-style headwear. All they do is hats, but they do it with style and poise. Over the years, the expert craftsmanship of this family-run business has drawn in the likes of Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Madonna and Yoko Ono. As experienced milliners, they can create customized hats for you within two weeks, or four if you need something extra special.

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Artup
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Artup

A hop, skip and a jump from Vienna's famous Stephansdom Cathedral, Artup (Bauernmarkt 8, +43 1 5355097) carries a wide selection of Austria's trendiest, handcrafted fashion labels. At a glance, they offer the quirkiest, most innovative, and yet environmentally-friendly styles, all of which will make a unique fashion souvenir. They also sell lifestyle accessories and unusual souvenirs unique to Austria.

Photograph: Courtesy Art Up
Eva Blut
Photograph: Shoshana Rae Stark

Eva Blut

Made from the finest materials, Eva Blut’s (Kühfußgasse 2, +43 1 890656-15) elegant bags are all hand-crafted by skilled Austrian designers versed in the Viennese leathergoods tradition. So you can be sure that each bag is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind from Vienna. They have everything from sackpacks to clutches, and for the sporty yet stylish, they even have a range of bicycle accessory bags.

Festivities

Rooftop Party Vienna
Photograph: Paul Gillingwater

Rooftop Party Vienna

Hot beats and cool sounds above the streets of Vienna? You want to be at this party on July 9. Beat the heat of the day and party till dawn, then watch the sun rise over the rooftops of this romantic city.

Netflix and Chill: Open Air Kino
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Netflix and Chill: Open Air Kino

This July 16 event is the open-air cinema experience of the summer. Use the Smartphone app to vote on the film or TV series you want to see, just like Netflix! There’s a ton of street food from trucks and cool drinks available. During the breaks, top local DJs provide entertainment. 

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Street Art Festival: "Cash, Cans and Candy"
Photograph: Katharina Stögmüller/Gallery Ernst Hilger

Street Art Festival: "Cash, Cans and Candy"

The third "Cash, Cans & Candy" street art festival will be held this year from June 11 to September 10. Shepard Fairey from the USA and Peter Phobia from Austria have already confirmed their participation, and other artists include ROA from Belgium, Ben Frost from Australia and D*Face from the UK. Plus there will be Street Art tours (9 July, 16 July, 23 July, 3 September, 10 September), children's workshops, screen printing workshops and live performances.

Ai Weiwei: "translocation — transformation"
Photograph: Belvedere, Wien

Ai Weiwei: "translocation — transformation"

Acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will have an exhibition at the 21er Haus from 14 July until late November. The centerpiece is the ancestral temple of a tea producer from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)—the main hall is faithfully rebuilt in the 21er Haus. The 14-meter high wooden temple consists of over 1,300 items and will be shown for the first time outside of China. This is a unique chance for visitors to Vienna to see the work of this challenging and internationally recognized Chinese artist.

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Ice Cream Festival
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Ice Cream Festival

Vienna has one ice cream store for every 15,000 people, putting it well ahead of Rome and Naples as the world capital of the frozen treat. From vegan to ultra-healthy herbal ices, there’s something for everyone. On the August 6 and 7 in Vienna’s Burggarten, the annual Ice Cream Festival will give visitors a chance to chill out with the latest flavors and trends.

World Bodypainting Festival
Photograph: Hans Hopper (artist: Francois Rose)

World Bodypainting Festival

If you can tear yourself away from the city lights of Vienna for a weekend, check out the largest bodypainting festival in the world in the lakeside village of Poertschach from July 1 to 3. With its world-class artists and awesome designs, nobody paints the human body better than the teams at this festival—and there are plenty of beats to party all night.

Photograph: Hans Hopper
Artist: Francois Rose
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Music Film Festival at the Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz)
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Music Film Festival at the Town Hall Square (Rathausplatz)

This free outdoor event kicks off on Bastille Day and runs until early September, showcasing the best classical music and concert films. The Music Film Festival has been running for 26 years, and doesn’t look like it will be shutting up shop anytime soon, with last year’s event attracting 860,000 visitors.

Photograph: Courtesy wien.info
Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Featsival
Photograph: Courtesy SCL Youth Music Festival

Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Featsival

Some 1,300 young choristers and musicians from around the world will come together in the world’s classical music capital at the Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival 2016. They sing and play in the best concert halls—in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the MuTh Concert Hall (home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir) and in the Konzerthaus—from July 1 to 6.

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Summerville
Photograph: Helmut Reidl

Summerville

This August, venture beyond strawberry fields, deep into the middle of the forest, between lush green fields and idyllic hills, to Wiesen, where Summerville will open its gates. The weekend-long festival of music, culinary delights, art, culture and literature is just an hour’s drive south of Vienna.

Photograph: Helmut Reidl
Harvest Art Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Hey-U! Mediagroup

Harvest Art Festival

Vienna’s Harvest of Art Festival will kick off on July 8 at the Marx Halle Festival Park, with a treat for lovers of indie crooners. This year, festivalgoers can gather round to be serenaded by the likes of Element of Crime, PJ Harvey, Glen Hansard, Matt Corby and more.

Photograph: Hey-U! Mediagroup
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