A romantic getaway in Europe always sounds like a dream. And one such dreamy destination is Austria. If you are thinking of heading this way for your honeymoon, pre wedding photography or even to pop that question, a combined Vienna and Salzburg itinerary we found is a perfect option. Among the most romantic cities in the world, these two stand-out cities envelop you in art, history and lovely scenic environs.
We recently got a taste of Vienna and Salzburg with Hotel Sacher. And as we soon discovered, the properties were just as delightful as the namesake dessert the Sacher Torte (made with chocolate, apricot jam, and whipped cream, yum!).
First stop on our trip was Salzburg, a great honeymoon destination option for a couple looking for a little romance, scenery and luxury. Especially if you are a classical music lover! Known as the birthplace of the famed composer Mozart, the city is almost idyllic with its beautiful Baroque architecture and views of the gorgeous Alps.
Much to our delight, the stately Hotel Sacher Salzburg was also placed really well, right on the banks of the Salzach River. It offers 76 rooms and 35 suites and has been open since 1866. The hotel has been host to many known musicians, celebrities and prestigious clientèle since then.
We loved its elegant and soothing olive green, burgundy and taupe colour scheme, paintings and beautiful antique wood furniture. It was super relaxing and plush. In some rooms there is a TV screen built right into the mirror in the bathroom – such a unique feature! The newer rooms, like the one we had, come with a lovely view of the Salzach River from every window. You could also select a suite or room with a balcony or bay window since some of the hotel views include the skyline of the Old City and Salzburg Fortress. Très Romantic!
We discovered there’s loads to explore in Mozart’s city. Since we could walk down to Schloss Mirabell Palace, Salzburg’s Old Town area and Salzburger Dom Cathedral, those were first on our list. One thing you must try is a boat cruise on the Salzburg River (varied tours cover a lot of the major attractions); best to take in the lovely views while you float along leisurely. Another absolute must-do is a Sound of Music Tour. It was so enchanting taking in the beautiful views and reliving the nostalgia this film evokes; we absolutely enjoyed it!
There are tons of other places to see as well like the Haus de Natur, Hellbrunn Castle, St. Peter’s Abbey and much, much more. Planning a summer visit? The Salzburg music festival is scheduled from July 22nd to August 31st 2016.
All that sightseeing got us happily tired and we were glad to come home to our little piece of luxury at the Sacher Hotel and unwind at the coffee shop. Our meal at the gourmet restaurant Zirbelzimmer was also delicious and definitely recommended.
Our next stop was Vienna, the capital of Austria, that lies along the beautiful Danube River. We were thrilled to find that Hotel Sacher Vienna has one of the best locations in the city that made exploring super convenient. In fact, it is located right behind the Vienna State Opera (a must-see while in the city).
The super luxe family-run hotel opened in 1876 in the heart of the city and has played host to many a prominent guest. It was quite exciting to know that royalty such as King Henry VIII, Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth II among others have walked these floors; and Hollywood celebs like Nicholas Cage, Anne Hathway, Bruce Willis and more as well. Hotel Sacher Vienna has 86 rooms and 63 suites, including some suites that have their own rooftop terraces displaying beautiful views of the city.
Apart from the location, what truly sets the hotel apart is the impeccable service and attention to detail. We were thoroughly amazed! The fact that there are two employees for every guest, is an incredible ratio even by luxury hotel standards and foretells what kind of service you will receive. A thoroughly Viennese-style hotel, a majority of the staff have been a part of the Sacher family for a number of years and it shows. A perfect way to honeymoon, we must say!
Here is what we suggest – start your day with breakfast in your room, while enjoying the fabulous view. After which you could enjoy a private horse carriage ride through the beautiful scenery, replete with a picnic basket including the famous Sacher Torte.
So very romantic and something honeymooners must experience. We also suggest capping the evening with a four-course candlelight dinner at Anna Sacher like we did.
This restaurant, one of the finest in the world is the holder of a Gault Millau toque and is known for its modern interpretation of Austrian dishes. The hotel also houses upscale bars (must visit: Blaue Bar), apart from its gourmet restaurant. Want something a little cozier? You could also arrange for private dining in your suite.
We spent some time soaking in the sights and scenes of Vienna, which is packed with tons of places to visit like the Belvedere Palace, the National Theatre and the Schönbrunn Palace and Zoo among others and dotted with lush greenery. Hop on-off buses abound and are a great way to get around the city. You could even try a food and wine tour for authentic Viennese cuisine. A restaurant we particularly loved was the Palmenhaus, which was located in a greenhouse at the park! It is pretty popular with the locals as well. Cultural events are many and vary through the year; if you are planning to go in the summer there is a music and film festival in July and August. There’s a lot to do in Vienna, and when you need to relax like we did, the hotel has a gorgeous boutique spa, which is known for its treatments with its unique “Time to Chocolate” which has ingredients from the cocoa bean. The best part is it is completely free of calories!
Vienna and Salzburg make for a lovely couples getaway choice in Austria for your honeymoon. In case, you decide to head there for your pre wedding pictures, there are lots of fabulous locations everywhere. We enjoyed both cities thoroughly, this break and pampering was just what we needed. Made even sweeter with the original Sacher Torte that we found in our room everyday of course!