What $500 Buys in Vienna

Bruce Hutchison

Our spending guide to Vienna, Austria.

Last year, a major consulting group named Vienna the world’s nicest place to live—and you would definitely want to visit there. The ornate buildings, public parks and extensive bicycle network of Austria’s capital city bolstered its ranking, along with new hotels and boutiques, from the Hotel Daniel Vienna to Augarten’s chic porcelain.

Eight seats for the Krieau Harness Racing Club’s Carl Bürger-Memorial Race and a $50 bet per person at Prater Park. Built in 1878, the racecourse is home to the second-oldest track in Europe and is recognized as a historic monument. krieau.at.

Two nights in the Belvedere Room at Hotel Daniel Vienna, featuring a view of the baroque Belvedere buildings, less than 200 feet away, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that let guests take in the cityscape from a ceramic bathtub in the middle of the room. hoteldaniel.com.

Six bottles of Hannes Reeh’s all-natural Unplugged Chardonnays, from the Austria–Hungary border; six bottles of Paul Kerschbaum blaufränkisch, a complex and spicy Austrian red; and a round of gin gimlets for ten at the circus-themed Dachboden bar in the 25hours Hotel. 25hours-hotels.com.

A brightly colored, billiard-themed Pinocchio tumbler vase by Philipp Bruni at Augarten. Bruni also designed the minimal wood, leather, glass and steel interiors for the nearly 300-year-old manufacturer’s year-old flagship. augarten.at.

A 150-minute spa package for her, which includes a sea salt and Javanese spice body scrub, and a deep-tissue massage for him, at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom’s year-old So SPA, where windows overlook the classic architecture of Vienna’s city center. sofitel.com.

As of March 22, 1 euro = $1.32.

Compiled by Erin Schumaker and Jamie Wiebe