Romantic things to do in Vienna – a guide to most romantic places in Vienna, things to do for couples, charming hotels and the best restaurants for date night.
Is Vienna a romantic city? Being an imperial capital in the past, Vienna is filled with gorgeous architecture, royal palaces and glamour. Just imagine walking with your loved one on a cobbled alley covered with light snow. Or take a carriage ride through the beautiful city. Or maybe sitting in a chandelier-lit coffee house over a hot cup of coffee and a rich chocolate cake.
Vienna has everything for a perfect honeymoon or a romantic weekend. Follow this guide to find out what are the most romantic things to do in Vienna.
The most romantic hotels in Vienna
Every special vacation needs a lovely place to stay in. Check out these romantic hotels in Vienna to find the ideal one for your trip.
Don’t know in what area to book a hotel? Check out the best location to stay in Vienna.
This boutique 5-star hotel is perfect for a romantic holiday. It has an excellent location opposite the Museum Quarter with nearby restaurants and a metro stop. The hotel features a fabulous breakfast and an amazing spa.
This luxury hotel is housed in a former palace. And you’ll definitely feel like royals staying here. Hotel Imperial is known for its extraordinary service. Plus, the location is super, right next to the famous concert hall, Musikverein.
If you look for a truly unique place to stay, then the grand suite at the Schönbrunn Palace is the ideal choice. Stay in this former imperial palace and enjoy the same view as Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth once enjoyed.
10 romantic things to do in Vienna, Austria
For an unforgettable weekend check out these romantic places and activities in Vienna.
The most romantic things to do in Vienna
- Take a romantic horse carriage ride
- Attend a Mozart concert at the Golden Hall
- Take a Viennese waltz dance lesson for couples
- Take a walking tour of Vienna at night
- Have a candlelit dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel
- Take an evening Danube boat cruise
- Have a picnic in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace
- Visit the Schlumberger sparkling wine cellars
- Ice skating at the Vienna City Hall
Take a horse carriage ride
Is there a more romantic way to see the beautiful Baroque city than taking a horse carriage ride? Forget about the rest of the world as you go back to the 19th century with this unique way of transportation. Enjoy the marvellous architecture on your way through the Old Town, while holding hands with your loved one.
You can find horse carriages standing at St. Stephen’s Square and in front of Hofburg. Or even better – book the Secrets of Fiaker & horse carriage ride tour. It combines a carriage ride with a visit to the original Viennese Fiaker horse stable.
Attend a Mozart concert at the Golden Hall
Soak up in the magical works of Mozart side by side with your partner. Enjoy a journey through time while listening to the famous musicians from Mozart Orchestra in period costumes.
The Golden Hall of the Musikverein is the most romantic setting for such an experience. Just don’t forget to buy your concert tickets in advance.
Take a Viennese waltz dance lesson for couples
Taking a Viennese waltz dance lesson is one of the best activities for couples. And it’s so much fun! Learn the basics of the waltz under the sounds of the classical works of Johann Strauss.
Find more details about the Viennese waltz dance lesson here.
Take a walking tour of Vienna at night
The city is more than glamorous at night. Most of the attractions are illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere. Thus, take your most comfortable shoes and of course your loved one and go for a long romantic walk.
Don’t miss to see the State Opera, Hofburg, Karlskirche, Belvedere Palace, Rathaus and Stephansdom at night.
Have a candlelit dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel
Taking a ride on the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel is a must-do while in Wien. The best time to do that is after dark when the city is all lit up and looks spectacular.
However, if you aim for a truly romantic experience, surprise your partner with a dinner on the Giant Ferris Wheel. You can rent a cabin for the two of you and choose from different menus.
Take an evening Danube boat cruise
Take a boat cruise along the Danube and enjoy the beautifully lit skyline of the city. Watch the world go by while cruising and see the impressive highlights of Vienna. It’s the ideal way to end a romantic day in Vienna.
Have a picnic in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace
A picnic with your partner is always a good idea, especially in the summer months. Although there are a lot of parks perfect for this, the most romantic place is the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace.
Lose yourself among green alleys, flowery parterres and fountains until you find an idyllic place. And don’t forget to take some nuts with you – the squirrels are always very hungry and fearless.
Visit the Schlumberger sparkling wine cellars
Dive in the world of the wine with a visit of the 300-year-old Schlumberger wine cellars. Discover the secrets of the Austrian sparkling wines and enjoy some wine tasting at the end. It’s an awesome couple’s experience, especially if your better half is a wine lover.
Ice skating at the Rathaus
If you’re visiting Vienna in December, don’t miss the ice rink in front of the Rathaus. With fairy lights among the trees and Christmas carols, it’s the perfect romantic atmosphere. All you need is to put on the skates and have fun with your partner.
The most romantic restaurants in Vienna
Café Central is one of the most sumptuous coffee houses in the city. This 19th-century historic café is the perfect place for some delicious Viennese cakes.
Address: Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien
Restaurant Rote Bar
This small intimate restaurants with red damask walls and crystal chandeliers evoke the feel of old Vienna. And with live piano music, it’s just the right place for a special dinner with your partner.
Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien
The restaurant is in the vestibule of the famous Burg Theatre, from where comes its name. And if you look for a classical fine dining experience, this is the place to go.
Address: Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien
This bar is located at the best spot in the city – opposite the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Thus, you can imagine the gorgeous view you’ll get along with your cocktail. It’s a great spot for a daytime drink or evening cocktails.
Address: Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Wien
Romantic day trips from Vienna
There are a lot of romantic places to visit near Vienna – from emerald river valleys to medieval castles and abbeys. So, take your loved one, leave this imperial city for a day and enjoy an adventure.
Wachau Valley – romantic cruise
Stretching between the town of Melk and Krems, the spectacular Wachau Valley is a great option for a romantic day trip from Vienna. The scenic area is filled with picturesque villages, abbeys and idyllic vineyards. And not to forget the medieval castle at Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionhearted was held as a prisoner.
Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting
The best way to see the beautiful Wachau Valley is by taking a boat cruise. Explore Dürnstein, Weissenkirchen, Spitz and Melk with an expert wine guide and sample regional wines. The tour includes also lunch a traditional family-run wine tavern.
If you prefer to explore the Wachau Valley on your own, check out this combined Wachau-Ticket. It includes train and boat tickets plus an entrance to Melk Abbey.
Kreuzenstein Castle – medieval romance
Burg Kreuzenstein is a great day trip for all couples who love castles. Although its story is not so romantic, I promise that you’ll feel like in a dreamy medieval fairytale.
The history of Burg Kreuzenstein started around the 12th century. Its first owner was Dietrich of Grizanestaine from the Bavarian Formbacher family.
In the 13th century, the Habsburg took possession of the castle for the following 250 years. In 1645, during the last years of the Thirty Years’ War, after a siege, the fortress fell in the hands of the Swedish army. During its retreat, the building was largely destroyed and then abandoned. The following decades brought nothing good to the castle and soon it sank into oblivion.
In 1702 it became a possession of the Wilczek family, Polish nobles, through marriage. And in 1874 Johann Nepomuk Wilczek took the hard task to reconstruct the castle. Johann was a chamberlain at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph I. He was also one of the most famous aristocrats of his era.
During the rebuilding of the castle, the existing ruins were incorporated in the new building. In addition, various original components were used. These components were collected from Wilczek during his research tours through Europe. This gave the authentic and romantic look of Burg Kreuzenstein.
The castle can be visited only in a guided tour (only in German). Don’t worry, sheets with printed information in English are provided. The tour takes place every hour on the hour and lasts about 45-60 minutes.
How to get to Kreuzenstein Castle
Take the suburban train S3 or S4 to Leobendorf-Burg Kreuzenstein station (30 min journey). You have to validate your tickets before boarding. If you have a weekly pass, you have to buy only one ticket for the area outside of Vienna.
When you arrive at the station, head to the centre of the town. After 1 km of walking, you will see signs, leading to the castle and the castle itself is visible from a distance. The road to the castle continues through a romantic path in the woods. Just follow the signs and you won’t get lost. You will need about 30-40 minutes (2 kilometres) of walking to reach the castle.
Franzensburg Castle – Sisi’s honeymoon
The place is the perfect setting for a romantic day trip from Vienna. No wonder why the famous Empress Elisabeth of Austria (known as Sisi) spent her honeymoon here.
Franzensburg Castle began as a small hunting lodge of the Habsburgs in 1333 (today called Altes Schloss). Later in 1801 Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor, commissioned the construction of the castle. It’s built on an artificial island in the middle of a pond, surrounded by a huge park.
Although the gardens are free to visit, you have to join a guided tour to explore the castle.
How to get to Franzensburg Castle from Vienna
Take bus number 200 from Wien Hbf (Busbahnhof Südtiroler Platz) to Laxenburg Franz-Joseph-Platz (a 40min journey). From there it’s about 2.5km to the castle through a park.
Klosterneuburg Abbey – love story and wine
Margrave Leopold III founded Klosterneuburg Abbey in the 12th century. According to the legends, he chose this place for the abbey for a reason. On this spot, he found the veil of his bride after it was seized by a strong wind on their wedding day. During the centuries, the abbey served as a royal residence of many Imperial dynasties, including the Habsburgs.
The oldest winery in Austria is also here. You can tour the wine cellar and sample some excellent wines. A perfect activity for couples!
How to get to Klosterneuburg Abbey from Wien
Take train S40 to Klosterneuburg Kierling Bahnhof (a 15min journey). From there it’s about 700m to the abbey.
Giant Ferris Wheel – if you don’t have a Wien Pass, book tickets ahead to avoid waiting in line.
Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall – the tickets sell out fast, so book as early as you can. You can book your ticket to the Mozart Concert here.