I asked LJ that when we got to Vienna, let's stay away (as much as possible) from the tourist places...I want to experience the "real" Vienna with the locals. Well, not only did we do that, we went "way" off the beaten path to a heuriger (basically a place where local wine, music and food are served). I (we) had a blast, danced and had a song played in our honor!!!
The music was provided by the most authentic Austrian Folk Music group in Vienna: Die Tanzgeiger. Do check out their website (www.tanzgeiger.at) and click on Performance to find their upcoming venues.
I find it quite amazing that large wine areas are located within city itself accompanied with numerous Heurigen (wine taverns).
Probably best known such area is Grinzing, northwestern suburb of Vienna, area largely explored by tourists. It is not considered to be very "Viennese" anymore, but when I was there in one of the Heurigen near last station of tram 38, the only company I had were old Viennese.
Similar but less touristy place is Stammersdorf, village on the northern edge of Vienna reachable by tram 31.
Interesting option for wine lovers is also to take a walk from Kahlenberg or Leopoldsberg hills on the northwestern edge of Vienna to Heiligenstadt. Small wine places can be found within vineyards on hills.
Visit a Heurigen! You don´t know what it is?
The word Heuriger actually has two meanings.
It refers to the taverns where wine-makers sell the wine they have produced.
It also refers to the 'new wine' from the last vintage, which is sold from 11 November (St Martin's Day) to 31 December of the following year. Wine-makers have had the right to have their own wine taverns since 795 AD, when Charlemagne ruled.
However, this right was only recognized officially by Emperor Josef II.
Typical Heurigen have large wooden tables and benches that resemble picnic tables. Visitors seat themselves and order their wine at the table. After a few glasses of wine, visitors then head up to buffet style counters to get their food and bring it back to the table.
In the northwest of Vienna you have a place called Grinzing. Many travel agencies have it on their programm. So it´s full of tourists but in the south of Vienna you have such places as well. If you have the possibility go to Perchtoldsdorf. It´s worth to visit, and not only for the Heurigen.
For more informations check the Restaurant site
Favorite thing: One of the best places in Vienna is the Kahlenberg. From there you have a wonderful view over the whole city. From there you can see the centre with its famous buildings like the city hall, opera, parlament... from there you can also see the Prater which is an amusement park with its famous Riesenrad, and you can also see the river danube and a lot of other stuff. It is also a very romantic place.
have breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner on the terraces of the outdoor cafés, with sun, music and friends......
Isn't that the best there is??
Go up the Kahlenberg by night (Bus 38A or bike or feet ;)
and have an irresistible view over the city with its
multicoloured lights. In the picture you can see the
River Danube clearly.