Vienna may be one of the most romantic cities in Europe, with its mix of beautiful streets, grand architecture, stunning hotels and peaceful ambience, it is a destination that is perfect for couples.

Within the city you’ll find lots of things to do that would provide a special experience for you and your loved one. In this post, you’ll find my top suggestions, some of which would be suitable for couples, first dates, or for a special occasion such as Valentines Day or an anniversary.

Here are romantic things to do in Vienna.

Sip cocktails at a rooftop bar

Throughout the city are various rooftop bars, where you can enjoy views of the skyline whilst sipping on delicious cocktails. A few of the best options include Das LOFT bar and loungeLamée Rooftop bar, and Skybar at Steffl. These bars would be great for dates and if possible I would recommend trying to reserve a table.

Views of Vienna skyline from Sofitel
Views of the Vienna skyline from Sofitel

Watch a show at the opera or theatre

For a very elegant and Viennese evening consider watching a show at the Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), or one of the many other concert halls around the city. You can find listings for many shows on the tourism website (then filter by date).

Concert Halls in Vienna
Concert Halls in Vienna

Have dinner at Motto am Fluss

One of the most beautiful restaurants in Vienna and the perfect place for a date. Motto am Fluss is located along the Danube Canal and here you’ll be presented with a great menu, romantic ambience and fantastic service. If you plan to go here make sure you book a table in advance, especially if visiting around Valentines Day, the Christmas season, or on a weekend.

Outside of Motto am Fluss, Vienna
Outside of Motto am Fluss

Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the Reisenrad

For a very unique and romantic experience how about a beautiful candlelit dinner on one of the oldest Ferris wheels in the world. This experience provides you with a private cabin for 1 ½ hours complete with a 3-course meal and wine.

Head to…candle-light-dinner for more info.

Prater and Riesenrad, Vienna
Prater and Riesenrad

Explore on a Fiaker

Fiakers are Vienna’s horse-drawn carriages and are a nice way to discover old parts of the city and see various attractions. You can go on a long tour (around 40 mins) or a short tour (around 20 mins) and you’ll be looking at paying around €55-€80 (at time of writing). One of the main places to get a Fiaker is from Michaelerplatz which is near the Hofburg Palace.

Hofburg Palace in Vienna with a Fiaker
Hofburg Palace in Vienna with a Fiaker

Indulge in a luxury hotel

Some of the hotels in Vienna are the epitome of luxury, providing the finest designs, facilities and service. Many of the best luxury hotels are located along the Vienna Ringstrasse and a few hotels that would provide a very special experience include Hotel Imperial, Hotel BristolGrand Hotel Wien and The Ritz-Carlton.

The Exterior of the Hotel Imperial Vienna
Hotel Imperial

Take an evening walk in the Innere Stadt

The Innere Stadt is one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the city. It is the perfect place for a romantic walk whilst holding the hand of your loved one. Along the way you’ll be walking along historic streets and may see various highlights, such as the Hofburg Palace, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Staatsoper. If you were to visit at Christmas you’ll be in for a special treat as the Graben (seen below) has grand and impressive chandeliers hanging along the street.

Christmas decorations in Vienna, Austria

Get lost in the Vienna woods together

If you fancy getting out of the city, then try hiking in the hills and woods to the north of the city. This makes for a different kind of experience, but still somewhat romantic, as it could just be you and your partner away from everything. There are various official hiking trails and most of them are around 10km long. Some of the views you can get if you take Hike 1 or 1a are below.

Views of Vienna from Kahlenberg at sunset
Views of Vienna from Kahlenberg at sunset


Whether you decide to do one of these suggestions or something else, a visit to Vienna with a partner should for sure be a romantic and beautiful experience. Do you have any other ideas of romantic things to do, or idea for dates, Valentines or anniversaries? Please leave your thoughts below.

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  1. Thank you for the food recommendations! We were in Vienna last year and enjoyed it tremendously! Totally mesmerized by the opera performance in the palace and so excited to see where Marie Antoinette met Mozart! We love the street food of Vienna but didn’t get to try any of the great sit down restaurants that you’ve mentioned. We’ll definitely try out Motto am Fluss the next time we visit! 🙂

    • Mike

      Fantastic, thanks Jenny. I hope you visit Vienna again for another fantastic trip.

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