Viewpoints on business travel: “The whole inner city is full of after-work pubs…”
Vienna's quality of life is a draw for thirsty foreign businesses and their employees.Featured September 17 Words by Simeon De La Torre / Photograph Shutterstock
Lucky you if work takes you to Vienna, one of Europe's most charming cities, once home to Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The Austrian capital lies on the Danube River, in the east of the country, and is a tourist-pleasing mix of Baroque streetscapes, ornate palaces and modern architectural marvels.
It's not too shabby when it comes to international business, either: foreign enterprises based in the city are said to be worth a total of 75 billion euros and add 100,000 employees to the local economy. Vienna was also named the world's most prosperous city by the United Nations in 2012 and is often awarded for its quality of life. A recognised startup hotspot, it's internationally known for its annual Pioneers Festival, where over 1,600 new companies from more than 90 countries meet with investors from around the world at the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Andreas Greilhuber - a local startup expert - shows us around...
07.00 Wake up to luxury
“For a little glamour, try Das Triest - a hotel fit for a rock star. It has a designer (Conran) interior. Ask for a room or suite that overlooks the hotel's courtyard garden - it means they're quiet.”
12 Wiedner Hauptstraße, 1040. dastriest.at
07.30 Have a great breakfast
“Try somewhere a little different and visit the café at Motto Am Fluss, an amazing boat moored on a landing stage on the banks of the Danube Canal. It's a vibrant place with a stylish 1950s feel and incredible breakfasts. The café is on the upper deck, along with a sun terrace, and they serve everything from croissants to burgers. By all means come back later in the day - the more formal restaurant area is a popular place for dinner bookings.”
2 Franz-Josefs-Kai, 1010. mottoamfluss.at
09.00 Grab a coffee
“In Vienna, we have a thriving café culture and there are many must-visit coffee houses to enjoy - look out for Prückel or Eiles when you're exploring the city. My favourite is the Jonas Reindl café at Schottentor, a welcoming place that serves seriously good cups of coffee and pastries. Sit outside or by the window and enjoy the beautiful view of the station, the Gothic Votive Church and the University of Vienna.”
2-4 Währingerstraße, 1090. jonasreindl.at
13.00 A work-day lunch
“Mochi is a tiny Japanese restaurant serving food as it should be. Everything is fresh and the service is incredible. Better still, it's quite reasonably priced. As I say, it's a tiny place, so turn up as early as you can, because they don't take lunch reservations.”
15 Praterstraße, 1020. mochi.at
14.30 Take in some culture
“The MuseumsQuartier is a great area to explore if you've got some free time after lunch. It's in the 7th district and devoted to museums and galleries, where you'll find the renowned Leopold Museum, home to many works by Schiele, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. If you don't have time to wander around the galleries, check out the popular modular furniture outside known as Enzis.”
1 Museumsplatz, 1070. mqw.at
18.00 A drink after work
“Going out for a drink is very popular in Vienna and everywhere you turn there's a bustling place to stop for coffee, beer or a glass of wine. Der Dachboden, on the roof of the 25hours Hotel, is a beach bar right in the city centre and is where we held a hackathon recently. It has a bright sundeck with amazing views and is a good place to enjoy a cocktail with colleagues.”
1-3 Lerchenfelder Straße, 1070.
20.00 Celebrate a deal
“My favourite place to go is Ristorante San Carlo - a superb Italian restaurant (if you get bored of Wiener schnitzel) that's close to the Vienna State Opera. There's a good chance you'll spot someone famous here - it's a known destination for Formula One drivers, opera stars and politicians - though nothing on the menu is hugely expensive. The pasta is freshly made, the house wine is excellent and it makes an ideal place for dinner if you're meeting up with business associates.”
3 Mahlerstraße, 1010.
00.00 Go out on the town
“Perhaps I'm too old for this (perhaps not!), but my colleagues in the startup world often head out to Club Passage, right by the MuseumsQuartier in the centre of Vienna. Set in an abandoned pedestrian underpass, it's a smart, safe, modern club that isn't going to offend any of your business connections and offers one of the best nights out in the city.”