Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Publish a post of tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Vienna?
It seemed like  a great idea at first.

Having no particular personal fondness for the commercial, romantic guilt trip that is Valentine’s Day (just ask my wife), I thought it might be wise to crowd-source tips among our office staff, editors and contributors and come up with a complete insider’s guide. Super idea, right!

Weeeell, the response was, shall we say, underwhelming. Maybe it’s because people just don’t want to share their insider tips on romantic dates – if they get too popular, they’re no longer so exclusive or romantic, after all.

However, there were a few useful suggestions, to which I have added some stuff from our archives.

Dear readers, I hope you are more willing to share your own tips in the comments below or on our facebook page!


Sure, you can get red roses in just about any flower shop around, but in contributor Cynthia Peck‘s opinion, “The most inspiring flower shop in Vienna is Blumenkraft.” (4., Schleifmühlgasse 4, opening hours Mon–Fri, 10:00–19:00; Sat 10:00–14:00).


What’s Valentine’s Day without some deliciously sweet confections? Here are our top picks!

On Sale: My Yummy Valentine


How to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family

Blogger and Metropole contributor, Erin East, provided this useful Valentine’s Day guide for parents:

“Romance is for parents. Having children does not mean the end of unhurried evenings and moments of passion — at least that’s what we try to tell ourselves. This Valentine’s Day, if you can’t find a babysitter, here are three ways you can celebrate as a family.

1. A romantic dinner for three or more: If you’ve missed leisurely conversations at a quiet, dimly lit table, don’t despair. Yamm! and Marktwirtschaft are perfect venues for a classy night out with kids. While you and your significant other talk sweet nothings, you can take your eyes off the kids as they play in the nearby children’s areas. Just make sure your toddler doesn’t knock over any candles. Nothing says romance like a tablecloth on fire…

2. Ice skating at the Rathaus: Movies tell us that ice skating on a cold winter’s afternoon is a quintessential part of Valentine’s Day. The genius at the Wiener Eistraum make it possible for you to enjoy ice skating with children. As you and your partner slowly skate hand in hand your older kids can whizz by along the track — giving you some alone time. If you have smaller kids, there is a children’s area where you can play in the ice and snow together.

3. Party with your kids: The indoor kinder café and play space Dragonello is hosting a Valentine’s Day party on Feb 13. Enjoy coffee and adult conversation while the kids explore. If you grab a table in the corner, you’ll have a perfect view of both the climbing area and the creative play area.”


Let’s Get It On

Looking for a little romantic adventure to spice things up? There might still be a room or two available at the Hotel Orient – Vienna’s favorite by-the-hour hotel! Or buy one of their gift certificates, which make quite a romantic Valentine’s Day present and can be redeemed for a three-hour Schäferstündchen (a quickie) or even an erotic weekend including champagne breakfast.

City Life: Vienna’s No Tell Hotel – The Hotel Orient


Take in a show?

Why just sit and listen? Wow your date by stepping up to the mic and do some crooning of your own!


The Anti-Valentine

For all of you who cringe at the thought of Valentine’s Day, perhaps this might be of interest?



And here’s our post from last year: Some of the events mentioned will take place this year, too, but you’d better check to make sure.

On Tonight: Viennese Valentine’s Tips


Michael Bernstein
American expat Michael Bernstein moved to Vienna in 2001, abandoning his previous career in arts administration. He is now a freelance writer, editor, translator and Internet Marketing consultant. He was a regular contributor to — an E-zine about the Austrian/CEE startup scene — and was Lead Editor for its 2015 Ventures Almanach. Photo: Visual Hub

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