I have read most of the posts on Vienna and have just become more confused as to where my husband and I should go. We will be in Austria for a week but we are based in a tiny town just south of Salzburg called Maria Alm. We arrive there Sat Oct 29 ( after driving from Venice). We will drive and hike the beautiful area with one day in Salzburg. One Wed morning we will drive very early to Vienna and should get there about 10AM. We are staying at the Hilton Vienna in Stadtpark( we will park car near there). Since we will be eating Austrian food all over Austria for a week we don't really need ALL the experiences for our one night and day in Vienna. We can experience beer gardens I would imagine in other areas.But we would like to experience the elegance of Vienna and traditional Viennese food.Also we will just be seeing a few main sites since eating is our main itinerary.Money really isn't an issue, although we don't need the extremely extravagant fancy gourmet foods with huge prices. But we don't need to eat cheaply either
I have a sweet tooth and usually don't eat deserts too often. But I want to try all the deserts, especially of course the famous Sacher Torte. Are the desserts better or different in Vienna than the rest of Austria? Should we go to cafes like Demel, Landtmann for a lunch since we want to experience them and aren't sure if we can have a big lunch and then a mid-afternoon cake at a cafe , followed by a big dinner. Usually we don't eat in between meals. So hard to judge.
As for breakfast I wonder if there are traditional breakfasts? Most breakfasts we will be cooking ourselves while in our apartment in Maria Alm. So for our one breakfast out in Austria, should we just eat at the Hilton or is there a better place?
We also live near NYC and have gone to haute cuisine places like Le Bernardin with the long tasting menus. We like this experience but don't want that for our stay in Vienna. We want Viennese food, good but not something we could get in any fancy place in the world. So I am wondering where we should go for our one dinner in Vienna?
I have a few ideas based on the posts in chowhound:
Lunch: ? ( Cafe maybe ) First meal in city
Dinner( maybe Gosser Bierklink; not sure might be too touristy); maybe Rudi's Beisl( or is this better for lunch?) Not sure where Rudi's is yet. IS it close to where we are? Anywhere else?Only dinner of stay in Vienna. Want something special
Breakfast: ( Cafe Landtmann perhaps since they open early?)
Lunch:Last meal. After lunch we will collect car and head back to Maria Alm( about 4 hour drive)So could be a big meal since we have a long drive ahead of us to digest
Any help would be greatly appreciated