Vienna was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, an alliance of Central European countries occurred in the core changes that defined the intellectual and artistic currents of thought in the West over the past century. Much of this culture was conceived in cafes: the famous Kaffeehaus. If you plan to visit Austria, you do not miss the opportunity to experience the coffee culture in Vienna. Unlike other cafés in Vienna one can spend hours and hours reading a book or newspaper, enjoying a cup of the best coffee. The atmosphere of these sites was that led to groups of writers and artists come together to discuss politics or philosophy and hence the great ideas emerge from the smoke of cigars and sips of the drink bitter. We present some of the Viennese cafés where you can try a little of the history of the old continent:

The writer Thomas Bernhard, used to frequent the Sperl, a traditional place with elegant end of the century decor at 11 Gumpendorfer Straße. This cafe also is famous for films like The Illusionist or Before the Dawn.

Also the Café Central in Eingang Herrengasse 14, is a cultural emblem of the Austrian capital. The controversial journalist Karl Kraus wrote much of his journal The torch in one of the coffee tables, and writer Arthur Schnitzler, author of the story that Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut is based, spent hours writing and reading in this place.

The Café Museum opened in 1899 and was decorated by Adolf Loos. In this place have been met artists as Gustav Klimt, Alban Berg, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele and Joseph Roth. Located in Operngasse 7 in the old side of Vienna, this cafe was renovated in 2003.

Finally, the Café Landtmann next to the Burgtheater in the Austrian capital, was opened in 1873 and its slogan was “Local smartest Vienna coffee”. The interior is protected artistic heritage of the city and also was the favorite coffee of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler and Peter Altenberg.

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