Alternative Vienna Vienna Guide

Alternative Vienna

Thought you'd seen everything that Vienna has to offer? You were wrong! Here's our guide to Alternative Vienna, from the best clubs and bars to where to go skinny-dipping (!), ready up on what Alternative Vienna has to offer right here!

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Alternative Vienna: Off the beaten track

Mingle with the artists of now

Just one street from the Gürtel (English: belt) there are two things that even impressed the City Spy Map makers last time they visited Vienna (which is why it’s on the map now). The Brunnenmarkt is and alternative vienna Market and is the city’s second biggest market right after the Naschmarkt, but lacks the über-fancy attitude that the first has developed. Don’t forget to buy some of the Austrian cheeses there – the locals want to keep them for themselves – but the Turkish marketeers will let you sample them for free.

You will land at Yppenplatz, with its big space and wide selection of all kind of food. Enjoy the scene: Vienna’s social students, organic vegans and modern bourgeois artists come together to eat and drink until 11pm. Of course there is also another reason. Here is where, sometimes hidden in a backyard and sometimes in the open (check out the street Grundsteingasse), all the underground and modern Art & Music in Vienna happens – they don’t call it Vienna’s SOHO for no reason.

White Wine on the hills

Did we mention the Viennese love eating? Well… but not without the proper beer or wine. And while Austrian beer is pretty damn good, the white wine is a treat. The one place where wine is even fresher than anywhere else is the so called Heurigen, a special kind of restaurant where you can get cold platters and this year’s first wine.

I definitely recommend strolling the hills of Grinzing (from the top of Kahlenberg you can get the best view of Vienna for free!) and entering the little town in the evening. Go there on Monday for their free Austrian folk music and great atmosphere. If you have some more time why not do the super fun all-day “grape grazing tour”, which takes you further into the beautiful hinterland…?

Relax Vienna Style

Now if there is one thing that puts quality into Viennese life, it is laziness. The difference between German people and Viennese is that Germans might say “The situation is bad but not hopeless” while the Viennese say “The situation is hopeless but not bad”.

While that mindset has led the Viennese into all kinds of bad political situations over the last centuries they were willing to stand up for one thing: the right to hang out on every piece of green Vienna has. We suggest that you use those rights the Viennese have fought for and hang out in the beautiful Burggarten next to the Hofburg Imperial Palace or Stadtpark in between the pompous buildings. Do something against global warming as the Viennese like to do it: Nothing 🙂

Vienna’s Beaches

Wait! We just talked about lying around. But there’s more. Beaches you might ask? Yes, it’s weird. But that’s one our our must see Vienna attractions. There are several artificial beaches by the Danube canal, which goes right along the inner city. The most famous of them is Hermann’s Strand Bar. But there are more opposite Schwedenplatz down at the canal. However, nobody in their right mind would go for a swim in the canal.

There are other options. A noisy holiday resort-like one is the so called Copa Kagrana at the Danube right on the U1-line. If you prefer it more peaceful, two stops further at Alte Donau the scene gets very laid back. One thing Viennese people like even more than lying around is lying around in the nude (winter tip: excellent saunas). If you are into being as God made you, take the metro U6 and then walk up north along the Neue Donau. Sooner or later you will find the sign on the floor that says “FKK Zone”. Time to drop your pants..

Clubbing until Dawn

Ok, Vienna is not the No.1 party city. That’s got something to do with Vienna’s architectural structure where everything is formed in rings and the typical cheaper quarters where all the partying is happening are hugging the city from all sides.

But once you know where things are happening in alternative Vienna you might find yourself part of the craziest party night ever. Many guidebooks and internet sites drop names like “Volksgarten” and “Flex“. While the first one is Vienna’s hip and rich crowd’s darling, the second is long beyond its most glorious rebellious youth.

The new cats on the block are named Fluc and Pratersauna, the first one more dirty and crammed, and maybe more ecstatic, the second with a bit better quality of everything. The same goes for Grelle Forelle and Das Werk which are only a few stations with the U6 from the hostel. While the first one features well known electronic music DJ’s the second one is probably one of Europe’s most underground clubs, and a good bet if you’ve had enough of Grelle Forelle‘s not-so-cheap drinks and just want to party your drunken head off.

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