9 things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Puns intended: Spot the six cheesy puns in the article!

Whether you are single or in a relationship, Valentine’s day can be stressful – unless you’ve acquired an impressive zen of indifference towards it. Either way, I do not like staying at home watching cheesy rom-coms, shoving handfuls of pralines in my mouth (as tempting as this may sound). Instead, this Valentine’s Day I will don my sparkles, get groovy with my girlfriends and embrace the love Vienna has to offer on this day – however meager that may be.

For all of you lovebirds out there who are still undecided on where to take your loaf of your life, don’t tap out just yet – I have compiled a list of suggestions that cater to every taste.

1. Bundle up and glide on ice

This one is for the winter lovers who need to feel love at frost sight. Ice-skating at the big outdoor rink on Rathausplatz is a romantic, fun and a little embarrassing if you’re bad at it. This is also a great option if you are celebrating this day as a family.

2. Watch a movie… any movie

For a more relaxed (and warmer) alternative, take a trip to the movies this Valentine’s and watch all-time favorites like Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Filmcasino.
Or you can snuggle in and watch anything you please with a Happy Valentine Sushi Box for 2 from Mochi.

3. Sensational views and food to match

For a truly special experience, you can take your loved one for a candlelight dinner on the Riesenrad and thank them for pudding up with you.

4. Not another run-of-the-mill date

If you want to impress your date and do something different, an escape room practically guarantees excitement and laughter. The Vienna-based Exit the room offers special adventure dates – even throwing in complimentary champagne.

5. Hippo Valentine’s Day at Tiergarten Schönbrunn

The Vienna zoo once again lures animal lovers this Valentine’s with a special offer: 2 tickets for the price of 1, including a guided tour (in German). Nothing is more romantic than watching waddling penguins, you will have your Valentine seal-ed with a kiss.

6. A decadently sweet experience

Roses, love and, of course, chocolate spring to mind when we think about St. Valentine’s Day. So why not indulge yourself with a decadent chocolate spa treatment along with your significant otter at Hotel Sacher? As you will likely crave some chocolate after, the storied Sachertorte is just a breath away.

7. Feel the love let the music play

The Haus der Musik also caters to lovers, offering a  1+1 Ticket Valentine’s Day Special for all those #crazyinlove.

8. Prehistoric Romance

The Natural History Museum offers themed tours that explore eroticism in the Stone- and Iron Age as well as love in the animal kingdom, with Sex on the Beaches included.

9. Not a fan of Valentine’s? Haters gonna hate!

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, so here’s an event for all the cynics:
Take your significant bother and head to the WUK for the Anti-Valentine’s Ball!

With this year’s motto – “fairy tales,” the Ball rejects stereotypical romanticism and celebrates unconventional communities, deconstructs traditional fairy tales and offers different perspectives.

The language of love has many dialects – find out which one your partner understands and espresso how much they mean to you. And above all, don’t punish them with our foul wordplay.

Paraskevi Peglidou
Born in Greece, Peglidou moved to Vienna in 2009 and then continued north to study Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Over the years, her interest in social, political and environmental issues pushed her to research and share stories.

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