VIENNA, AUSTRIA — Besides Positano, the highlight of my summer European adventure was Vienna. The palaces, the plazas, the opera…and the best part? This swanky city is deceivingly cheap! One of the best bangs for your buck are the Heurigers — or wine gardens — which are affordable sanctuaries about 20 minutes outside of the city. You’ll need to plan ahead and choose the right train and bus to take you to and from the Heuriger suburb of your choice. We chose Grinzing, one of the more touristy towns.
Imagine a pub crawl but replace the beer halls with picturesque outdoor patios and substitute hearty beer with light, local wine. For only a few euro each, you can try each taverns’ wines and then move along to the next. Cheesy local musicians fill the air while the occasional drunk Asian tour bus filters through.
A trip to a Heuriger is pure bliss. Make it a romantic evening for two or gather a group of friends for the most charming bar crawl around. If you get a little wined out after a few stops, try an Aperol Spritz, a popular orange Italian drink the locals sip in outdoor cafes throughout the city. After this experience, you’ll wish you were one of them.