I’m currently sat at a little cafe located near my gate at Vienna Airport. I’ve just spent the last 3 days giving little pieces of my heart to the wonderful country that is Austria. I had this trip planned for a while because I wanted to visit my lovely friend Kerstin again and I’ve always wanted to go back to Austria.
My friend lives in Graz so that’s where my journey started. After arriving at the airport in Graz, Kerstin picked me up and we went straight to her apartment where her two adorable cats were waiting for us to greet me. We dropped my luggage, freshened up a bit and headed out to the city centre. As the horrible blogger I am, I decided to leave my camera at home and use Kerstin’s instead, so we ended up taking mostly pictures of ourselves but there’s still plenty to show. The first day was all based around cake, coffee and pizza. With sitting in a plane all day I was pretty hungry upon arrival, so the first thing we did was grab some lunch at the beautiful and creative cafe located in the Kunsthaus of Graz, their French toast and carrot cake is to die for! We then wandered the little streets of Graz, attempting to make some cute pictures and doing some sightseeing. We ended our day with a big old cheesy (ha) margarita pizza at Pizzaiolo and tiramisu, 10/10 can recommend.
Beautiful gardens of Graz, lunch at Kunsthauscafe, little square found in Graz and dinner at Pizzaiolo.
We ended the night pretty early on because the next morning we had to catch our Flixbus to Vienna. Kerstin had a collaboration with one of the Novotels based in Vienna to try out their newest super bowl breakfast and they were kind enough to let us stay the night as well. We decided to make a day trip out of it and arrived in Vienna around 12. We stayed at the Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof which is a relatively new hotel, but very pretty and modern.
It was a very sunny day, but so so so cold (read: 3 degrees), so we spent most of our time in either a coffee shop, the subway or a store. We still managed to see some bits and wandered around Volksgarten, the Opera and the 7th district which is known for its cute coffee shops and picturesque streets.
View of the Schmetterlinghaus (home of the butterflies) and Opera in Vienna.
After doing some sightseeing we grabbed some lunch at the famous Cafe 7Stern which has amazing food, but also crappy service. It’s a lovely place to eat at, but I wouldn’t recommend going there for the atmosphere or people because they were basically, well, rude. Afterwards we walked around the district and made our way to Die Turnhalle, another lovely cafe in west Vienna, where Kerstin and I met up with Marcia from The Ladies At and had some coffee and cake (yes, again). It happens to be owned by the same owners of Cafe 7Stern, but this one is less crowded and has a way better ambience.
Lunch bowl at Cafe7Stern, subway station Gumpendorfer Strasse and coffee at Die Turnhalle with Kerstin and Marcia.
Our day ended in a quick dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and then us being lazy in bed and editing pictures. The next morning we got up pretty early to enjoy their complimentary breakfast: it had EVERYTHING. From chia pudding to scrambled eggs to pastries, bread rolls and cereal. I always get so overwhelmed by these kind of buffets and am so tempted to just keep on refilling my plate, luckily we sort of tried to restrain ourselves by only taking a small plate and their chia pudding topped with berries and granola. After breakfast we traveled back to Graz again. On Sunday all of the shops are closed in Austria, so we took advantage of this by going out for coffee, cake ánd dinner AGAIN. We managed to shoot some new content again as we both had to finish up some collaborations we had going on. I love the results of this shoot and show off the beautiful Graz at it’s best.
The breakfast at the hotel, cake & coffee at Promenade and shooting some content in Graz
In the evening we had vegan burgers and fries and then headed back to Kerstin’s place. We spent our night chatting and cuddling with the cats on the couch. I had an early Flixbus to catch to Vienna airport the next day, so we didn’t do anything too special. I mean, the alarm went off at 5:00 the next morning which meant we were probably in bed by 10.
I really love these kind of weekend getaways, I always feel so re-inspired again and love being away from my daily routines for a bit, it always makes coming back so much more enjoyable. I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures in Austria! Let me know if you’ve ever been to any of these places, always happy to hear.
Note: This blogpost mentions our stay in the Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof which was paid for by the hotel in return for content creation by Kerstin of their new breakfast