Vienna, Austria, EU

WRITTEN BY: Anna Pintsuk

Welcome to Vienna, the Austrian capital! The city is not only famous for its wonderful music and composers but also for cozy coffee houses, imperial buildings, cultural events and the extraordinary Viennese vibe. Beautiful formal gardens, splendid baroque constructions and monuments will take your breath away. Between Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School, over 400 free-flying butterflies at the famous Imperial Butterfly House and countless museums and galleries, you will immerse yourself in natural beauty. Also famous in the world of music, Vienna is home to countless celebrated composers. Challenge your blood sugar with endless shopping trips at Vienna’s best known strip mall – the “Kärntnerstraße” and keep an eye out for other T1s’ used test stripes lying on the floor of a metro (I find them nearly every day!)


Looking for a royal feeling? Then the Schönbrunn Palace — Empress Sisi’s former summer residence — is the perfect place for you. Let the magic of one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palace complexes enchant you while learning more about the city and the world of the Habsburgs. Plus, besides countless rooms, the Palace has many more things to offer such as the stunning Schönbrunn Zoo (the world’s oldest zoo), the Maze, the Palm House and the Gloriette.

A must for every visitor is Vienna’s symbol and one of the most important Gothic buildings in Austria: St. Stephen’s Cathedral. You can either get a guided tour, go to a concert or climb up to the tower room via 343 steps for a breathtaking view across the city.

Want to see more? Vienna’s Ringstraße provides more than 5km large monumental buildings: from the Parliament to the Natural History Museum – you’ll see it all.


Vienna has pretty much become a vegan paradise in the last few years. From raw to healthy fast food – the city has it all! Swing Kitchen not only offers a cozy vintage vibe, super delicious, organic and affordable food – but also sustainable packaging: “Fantastic without plastic!”

However if you are searching for an energy kick and superpower foods, “Dancing Shiva Market” will give you exactly that! Raw – Organic – Vegan – from cocoa to goji berries, there is no limit!

Located at the Wienzeile, the “Naschmarkt” is also a very popular hotspot and a paradise for every foodie. The market offers more than 120 restaurants and market stands with dishes from all around the world. While enjoying tasty food and drinks, different colours and impressions, you’ll also get accompanied by atmospheric music on the weekends.


You love to dance? Awesome! The city is famous for the Vienna Waltz, which got famous all around the world more than 150 years ago by Austrian composer Johann Strauss. So how about learning how to waltz? Rueff Dance School offers “Blitz” Dance Lesson, just stop by, join in and dance!

Austria’s capital has many hiking trails to offer – however the “Kahlenberg” is definitely one of the most popular destinations. After walking 11 km through beautiful woods and vineyards, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of the city. But if you’re looking for a bit more action then you can’t miss out on visiting Kahlenberg’s Forest Rope Park with a total length of 1,8 km pure fun. In the midst of huge trees, there are over 130 obstacles just waiting to challenge you and your blood sugar.


In need of some rest after all the exciting things you’ve seen? No problem – I’ve got you covered. Located in the heart of Vienna, the Skybar is the best place to chill while overlooking the city’s skyline with a nice cup of coffee or a delicious cocktail.


Vienna isn’t the world’s music capital for no reason: Home of the waltzes and famous composers like Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Strauss – the city has many musical delicacies to offer. Musicals, Opera, Classical Concerts, Ballets – there sure is something for everyone!

There are several places where you can enjoy music on the highest level: The Vienna Opera House (one of the most important in the world), Theater an der Wien and Vienna Musikverein.

However for art-fans, the Albertina has everything the heart desires!


Euro Emergency Call (free of charge and can be called by any type of phone): 112

In case of an emergency please call the Austrian ambulance Tel: 144

AKH Vienna (Vienna General Hospital) is located in 9th Disctrict, tel: (+43 1) 404 00-0

Hospital Hietzing: located in 13th district: tel: (+43 1) 801 10 – 11

24-hour pharmacies are constantly changing, but you can find them HERE.

Anna Pintsuk

Diagnosed with T1D at the age of 14, Anna has never let diabetes stop her from doing what she wants or chasing her dreams. In order to share her motivation, positive thoughts and to inspire others, she has started her blog where she writes about her life as a diabetic and vegan food and recipes. She has also started visiting newly diagnosed kids and teenagers at the hospital to give them hope and to show them that they are not alone. Some of her greatest passions are playing the violin, traveling and meeting new people. Anna is currently studying Nutrition Science at University of Vienna.