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Why You Should Visit Vienna in 2022


Vienna is set to make a big comeback in 2022, showcasing a spectacular array of art, cuisine and urban lifestyle. Alongside its traditional offerings of architectural grandeur, sophisticated culinary institutions and top-class accommodation, the city looks forward to a full and exciting selection of new hotel openings, sustainable food developments and a number of blockbuster exhibitions.

From Lower Belvedere’s Dalí – Freud exhibition to the hotly-anticipated Rosewood hotel opening, visitors in 2022 will find themselves mesmerised by Vienna’s continued pursuit of creativity, free thought and experimentation.


Explore the newest additions to Vienna’s art and cultural landscape

Vienna’s thriving art and culture scene is an integral part of its DNA. Marking the next steps in the city’s cultural education, 2022 welcomes a number of new museums including the eagerly awaited Heidi Horten Collection, set to open in spring. Transformed from a 19th century place to a state-of-the art construction, the building housing this private collection will bring together masterpieces of works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. In addition, the sister to the famed Upper Belvedere palace reopened in January 2022, with the blockbuster exhibition, ‘Dalí – Freud. An Obsession’. On display from 28 January to 5 May at the Lower Belvedere Museum, this groundbreaking exhibitionwill combine reality with imagination, exploring the conscious and subconscious influences of Freud’s psychoanalysis theories and ‘Interpretation of Dreams’, on Dali’s artworks. On February 18 Albertina will open ‘Edvard Munch. In Dialogue’ where over 60 works of the Norwegian painter will be juxtaposed with works by seven greats of the 20th century.

Gustav Klimt: Beethovenfries, Die Sehnsucht nach Glück, Langwand links; Secession / Gustav Klimt: Beethoven Frieze, Longing for Happiness, left wall; Secession


The ever-evolving city presents three of its most exciting hotels

Vienna is famed for its imperial grandeur, diverse language of architecture and dazzling city skylines. With historical buildings brushing shoulders with advanced new builds, the city’s architectural landscape tells the fascinating story of Vienna’s growth, into a thriving hub of business and culture. In 2022, Vienna is set to expand its story with exciting new hotel openings and fresh spins on existing classics.

Rosewood Vienna

The iconic Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open its fifth European property this summer, on Vienna’s historic Old Town square, Petersplatz. Just moments away from the city’s most luxurious shopping – like the family-run shop from 1823 for handmade crystal glasses and chandeliers Lobmeyr – and dining destinations like the iconic Schwarzes Kameel (founded in 1618), the Rosewood invites guests to lose themselves in Vienna’s rich heritage and sophisticated cultural offerings. The Hotel Rosewood will offer 99 spacious rooms and suites, a rooftop bar with incredible views of the city and an intimate, terrace garden offering authentic European cuisine. The ultimate luxury getaway, the hotel also features Sense, a Rosewood Spa which will provide a sanctuary away from the busy sights and sounds of the city.

Leo Grand Hotel 

Ringing true to its reputation as one of Europe’s most creative and experimental cities, Vienna will also welcome the wonderful and quirky, five-star Leo Grand Hotel in spring. Through extensive renovations of the city’s farmer’s market base, this unique building will revive Austrian history through a fascinating, architectural combination of past, present and future. With one foot in long forgotten times and the other in future innovations, guests can follow in the footsteps of an emperor and learn about historic, Viennese curiosities, all whilst being immersed in the city’s vast technological advancements.


Vienna is an open-minded and modern city where people of different outlooks, backgrounds and ways of life come together. Emulating this, the Magdas hotel operates as a multicultural meeting place, with a staff of 12 apprentices with a refugee background and 25 hotel industry professionals. Incorporating individuals from an impressive 11 nations and over 23 spoken languages, the Magdas is a perfect example of the city’s diverse makeup and inclusivity to all visitors, irrespective of nationality, gender or age. Now a former priest’s residence is being converted into Vienna’s second Magdas Hotel which will open in the city’s third district in spring 2022.


Brunnenmarkt / Brunnenmarkt, Photographer: Paul Bauer
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Vienna: The city where food and culture unites

With sustainability as a focal point for 2022, Vienna’s thriving farm-to-table movement is eliminating long transport chains by ensuring that produce in many of the city’s top restaurants is locally sourced and grown. The initiative is inspiring some of the city’s top chefs to expand the boundaries of vegetarian cuisine, turning the simplest of ingredients into art. For sustainably conscious and passionate foodie travellers visiting Vienna, the following hotspots should most definitely be top of the list!


The epitome of creative vegetable cuisine is the TIAN restaurant in Vienna. Star chef, Paul Ivic serves seasonal vegetable cuisine at the highest level. The menu at TIAN is very simple: fennel, kohlrabi, celery. What is then served is stunning. Rare, almost forgotten vegetables and fruits from the region are served with Ivic working intensively on sustainability. He believes in throwing away as little as possible when cooking and also uses roots, leaves and peel in his dishes.

Hut & Stiel

Since 2015, Hut & Stiel have been growing edible mushrooms on coffee grounds – an infinite resource in a city renowned for its refined cafe culture. Instead of ending up in the residual waste, coffee grounds are collected from Viennese coffee houses, restaurants, canteen kitchens and offices. Processed into mushroom substrate, this material is then used as a breeding ground for the city’s oyster mushrooms. Travellers can venture on a fascinating tour around the farm shop to learn about its highly unusual methods of farming oyster mushrooms in coffee. Making use of Vienna’s virtually endless supply of coffee grounds, Hut & Stiel exemplifies Vienna’s innovative approach to preventing food waste and enhancing production.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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