Romance, Not High Prices, Reigns Supreme in Vienna

Posted January 29, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Austira-Vienna-IceDream2-DEF When love is in the air, Vienna puts on its finest gown and dances a waltz in celebration. Though the city can be romantic any time of year, it really shines during its Ball Season. However, if you can't afford to two-step with the ball-goers, there are plenty of other ways to sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet. You can take a spin on the ice in front of City Hall, sample candied flowers mixed with rich chocolates at a local sweets shop, and return to your cozy room at an ideally located hotel.

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Vienna Ice Dream 2010: Lace up your skates and hit the rink in front of Vienna's City Hall, where you and a loved one can skate under the moonlight and twinkling lights. Every January through March, the city transforms this area into a skating wonderland, complete with a 1,300-foot long "dreampath" which connects two rinks. You can also stop at any of the food vendors along the way for warm drinks and refreshments. 

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Blühendes Konfekt (in German only): Traditionally, chocolate or flowers were an ideal way to say "I love you." But Blühendes Konfekt takes it a step further by combining the two into a delectably sweet gift. Roses, cherry blossoms, and marigolds are lovingly preserved in sugar before adorning a range of chocolate treats. The bon-bon creations vary by season and come in boxes of three, six, or 12.

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Hotel Austria-Wien: Just steps from St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hotel Austria-Wien offers an affordable place to stay right in the heart of the city. Snuggle up with your sweetie in one of the hotel's 46 rooms before stepping out for a day on the town. In the morning, you can enjoy a full breakfast buffet. Rooms start at €109 per night for two people, and include breakfast.

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(Photo: WienTourismus/Gunther Ezsol)

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This is so beautiful.

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 01:28 PM by Samantha

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