22-carat gold in Rathaus

Vienna has plenty beautiful historical buildings to visit, but if you have to pick one, definitely take the guided tour through the ‘Rathaus’. The ceilings of the City Hall are actually covered with 22-carat gold leaf rosettes.

It’s more impressive than the Staatsoper and even more beautiful than the Parlement. The ‘Rathaus’ in Vienna looks more like a castle than a City Hall, with its golden-leaf ceilings and the huge chandelier in the room where the members of the City Council convene. The chandelier has a diameter of five metres and 213 lights. Because the heat from its lamps transformed the Council Chamber into a sauna, it was decided in the 1960’s to pull up the chandelier by one metre.

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Guided tour City Hall, Rathausplatz (1st district, Innere Stadt)

Best working spots: Café Prückel

My football-friends were right about Café Prückel; I’ve definitely found one of my favorite working spots for this summer. I decided to celebrate this newest discovery with my first Viennese Apfelstrudel!

It’s light, it’s spacious but ‘gemütlich’ and quiet at the same time, there’s (free) wifi ánd more Apfelstrudel than a girl can desire. And even better, Café Prückel is popular with the locals.

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The Apfelstrudel was a bit to sweet for my taste though, next time I’m gonna try another ‘Torte’. With 35 degrees outside I’m sweating all the calories out anyway. A friend warned me about the hot Viennese summers, but I don’t really mind the high temperatures. It feels like I’m on holiday.

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Café Prückel, Stubenring 24 (1st district, Innere Stadt).