Best Christmas markets in Europe

It’s the time of the year to make merry and enjoy the cold season by doing something festive and fun. Why not visit Europe’s famous Christmas markets? Tradition, Yuletide spirit, delicious food and holiday drinks are just what you need to get the chill and gloom out of your bones. Here are our editor’s picks […]

Long weekend in Vienna, Austria: where to stay, what to do, where to eat

If you are planning to spend three days in Vienna (a long weekend or a mid-week trip), here are suggestions on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. I spent three days in Vienna last week and loved it! The city exudes Old World charm and grandeur but it’s not a fusty […]

Hotel Hollmann Beletage: historic stylish boutique hotel in Vienna

If you are looking for an intimate, historic place to stay in the center of  Vienna, you should check out the Hotel Hollman Beletage, housed in a restored 19th century mansion. The hotel has only 25 rooms, all of which are large and comfortable, and designed in a sophisticated, contemporary style. The patron, Robert Hollmann, created […]

Hotel Altstadt: renovated 19th century patrician house in Vienna

Located in central Vienna’s old quarter, the carefully renovated Hotel Altstadt is meeting place for artists, musicians, and travelers seeking a unique place to stay.  This 42-bedroom, four-star hotel is only seven minutes from the subway, giving it a quiet and relaxing atmosphere but still within walking distance from the central shopping district. Travelers can […]

The Ring Hotel Vienna: boutique hotel blends modern with traditional

If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in Vienna, but you want something more hip and modern (without being too sterile), consider The Ring Hotel across the Vienna State Opera. The hotel has 68 rooms, all of which have free Wi-Fi access. The bar and the restaurant are very cool, not at […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Vienna

A few days ago I posted my favorite boutique hotels in Vienna. Now that you’ve found a place to stay, it’s time to check out a few very good places to eat in the city. Most of the ones I have listed here are Italian. I am not crazy about traditional Austria cuisine, which tends […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Vienna

From the Hundertwasser House (above) to the Schönnbrunn Palace, Vienna is a city that shuffles seamlessly between the past and the present. Hang out in cozy cafes that have been the heart of Vienna life for decades or indulge in a shopping trip among the trendy boutiques of young Austrian designers. The fall of the […]