Ian took me to show this outstanding luxury hotel – the Sacher Hotel, where he bought me the best Sacher Cake I have ever had. Now, it’s my turn to prepare a nice romantic getaway in Vienna. This time, I think I didn’t have a hard task. Especially with all these romantic options, this city has to offer. However, Vienna is a romantic city by itself, but with some imagination, you can take it to the whole next level.
As a high school student, I attended lessons in classical singing and that was the hobby I really liked. Therefore, I didn’t mind waiting for it after school. During warm days I loved to walk through the parks and locate hidden corners of the city. Yet, during the cold days, the situation changed. In that case, I usually went to the library and read various luxury traveling magazines and food reviews.
Vienna National Library as a Romantic Getaway?
Maybe this is not the best appropriate behavior for a place like a library, but anyway… Without a doubt, that was a great time for socializing or cuddling with Ian. A gentleman as he still is, he used to accompany me, and in his company time flew by. I remember times when we were looking for hidden corners, where we could cozy up and have at least some intimacy. Perhaps, this is also one of the reasons why I’m still fond of libraries. In addition, there is a lot of wisdom stored in them.
Library It Is
When we went to Vienna and walked among mighty buildings, I was quite impressed by the abundance of fine-looking and remarkably preserved buildings. Among them, I could easily picture panjandrums who once walked along the same path. I know for one particularly old and majestic building here…
This is the Austrian National Library, where I decided to took Ian on our romantic getaway in Vienna. I know that Ian loves antiques and this place is perfect for it. In a word, the Austrian National Library is amazingly beautiful and all the old books take you to another time. At that time, they didn’t have all the shortcuts available as we do today and only the real talents created works of art that have remained on the walls of the buildings until this day.
Great Cultural Value
The idea of evoking our library days was adequate enough. Until the last moment, I kept secret the fact that we’re going to see the most beautiful baroque library in the world, which is 650 years old. In a country that has such a rich history, it’s not surprising that the collection in this library has a priceless value, as it goes back to the 14th century. In fact, it also represents a living bridge between the rich heritage and the future-oriented demands of a modern information society.
I couldn’t wait to see his face when we would enter the library. On the beautiful stairs that lead to the State Hall, he still wasn’t excited. However, when we entered the State Hall, it was clear that he didn’t expect anything like that. The tall wooden bookshelves filled with antique books are worth paying close attention to.
The stairs in front of them make it easy to picture how once that library functioned. And just like that, a link to the past is created. All over the place, there are frescoes, sculptures, and even two giant vintage globes. One of them represents the earth and the other represents the sky.
I was lucky also with an ongoing exhibition, which was about the 300-years-old society of Freemasons. After a long time, we once again spent more time in the library than we initially intended, and the exhibition itself was the main topic for the next few hours. I reckon I did a good job! The only huge downside was mobile stairs for reaching books on the upper shelves. Those stairs are made of metal and not wood like they used to be. Anyway, that’s only one cosmetic flaw in such a breathtaking place, which is definitely worth visiting.
Butterfly House Vienna
My romantic getaway in Vienna had one more stop, but Ian also had a surprise for me. He took me to the Vienna butterfly house, which is near the national library. To visit the butterfly house in winter is a great idea because you can warm yourself in that pleasant environment.
Not to mention all those butterflies that fly all over the glasshouse. Glasshouse is not too big, but it’s comfortable enough to refresh yourself with that greenery. Ian took some great photos, and I hope you will like them at least half as I do. One picture is actually sad. It presents a butterfly, who is sadly looking through a window. Oh, poor thing, if you would know how freakishly cold is on the other side that glass, you would rather enjoy your little sanctuary in the middle of Vienna.
My next plan for our romantic date in Vienna was a more sweet nature. We stopped in a neat candy shop, with handmade candies. Looks like I really know my man, because he was craving for some sweet treat. Ian simply described it :”l’exaucement du désir” or the fulfillment of desire. It truly was, especially after this sweet stop, which was only an entree.
The true sweet surprise was a cake in a legendary Cafe Central. where are used to serve well known famous people. We had some great desserts with a cup of real Viennese coffee. Mine was raspberry symphony – cheese cake with raspberry dressing and Ian had Sisi’s favorite – rum pastry with apricot jam. Cafe Central Vienna is spectacular so are the desserts. The only downside is the popularity of this place. The long queue isn’t really encouraging thing, but when you are in Vienna and you would like to try Sisi’s favorite…
Is Vienna a romantic city? Absolutely yes! Vienna for couples can be compared to Disneyland for kids I guess. Here is a lot of things to do in Vienna, just make sure you do a quick stop with your beloved one in one of the most romantic cafes – Sacher Cafe. Sachertorte at café Sacher will make sure you will never forget your romantic getaway in Vienna.