Vienna has had us absolutely floored ever since we arrived five days ago and flew over the Austrian countryside that had trees in brighter oranges and reds than I’ve ever seen in my life before. Porter jokingly said that it looked like we were flying over tons of little boarding schools because every Austrian town had its own little steeple and was surrounded by woods and looked so quintessentially New England. Vienna has been so good to us and we’ve loved getting to explore a small-ish city (it’s actually so much bigger than I thought it would be though!), and we honestly don’t think we’ve ever been somewhere so clean or so well-mannered. Walking around our first morning I said to Porter I feel like no one here has ever chewed with their mouth open or yelled across a room. He agreed. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel rigid or judgmental here, just like its a city that’s mature and has its act together, to paraphrase an insta caption I wrote this week.
Our first few nights here we were lucky enough to be welcomed to Das Triest, a beautiful Design Hotel in the centre of the city. Here are 5 things we loved:
1. The Restaurant – The hotel restaurant at Das Triest and the food in Vienna overall was absolute dynamite! I had pumpkin gnocchi (which was unreal) but even simple salads they had a way of making out-of-this-world delicious. They source from local farms for all produce and use organic items whenever possible and it shows! You can definitely taste the level of care that goes into what they serve, from farm to table.
2. The Courtyard – Das Triest has a garden atrium with tables for breakfast or coffee and it was such a haven from the busyness of the city (not that Vienna is crazy busy, but it was just a nice place to regroup between walking around).
3. The Staff – We found everyone in Austria to be so warm and quick to help us if we stopped and asked directions (pretty much everyone speaks English), but especially at Das Triest, we could describe any sort of restaurant or area we’d heard of and they’d give us suggestions that hit the nail on the head every time. We rarely research restaurants before going somewhere because we’re on the move so much these days so having an awesome concierge team helps us out a lot.
4. The History – Das Triest is built in what used to be a stable but the whole hotel has a nautical theme. The doors to every bedroom look like they belong in the berth of the ship and the bathrooms have all the old-fashioned knobs that for some reason always remind me of Titanic (I really have no clue why that is, but its instantly what I thought of when I walked in so the subliminal nautical messaging is really working in this place!).
5. The Spiral Staircase – I think you can tell from the photos that the spiral staircase that runs right through the middle of Das Triest is unbelievably beautiful. The white marble and the gold and wood accents were even more striking in person and really reflected the look of Vienna overall – clean, white, geometric, and simultaneously simple but breathtaking.
We’ve absolutely loved our time here and are honestly pretty bummed we only stopped here for 5 days….I really feel like we could’ve used another few days to see a couple more sections of the city. While we’ve travelled we’ve generally felt ready to go by “departure day” but Vienna is so immaculate and has such great food and such a warm and attentive culture I imagine we never would’ve gotten sick of it. We can’t wait to share more about our favorite areas in our Vienna post going live tomorrow! Stay tuned….
Anna Lisa & Porter
*Thank you to Das Triest for sponsoring this post, as always, all thoughts & opinions remain our own.