Vienna is a city of romance, beauty, and deep culture. Once home to some of the world’s most notable musicians—including Mozart and Beethoven—the city has been shaped by influential residents such as the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Austria has had a long-lasting impact on the world’s culture, with Vienna serving as an enclave of art, music, and intellectualism. Nestled on the edge of the Danube River, Vienna is a beacon of architectural beauty. Known for its ornate imperial palaces, the city is a unique blend of both modern and contemporary buildings.
Unbeknownst to many, Vienna has another side to it that is equally as beautiful. Vienna’s local women have a stronghold on shaping modern-day Vienna’s art, fashion, and culinary scenes. Female-founded hotels like Boutiquehotel Stadthalle empower women and offer a safe haven for female travelers. Female winemakers such as Jutta Ambrositsch are challenging the historically male-dominated wine industry to grow and create their own wines. Female artisans like those at Feinedinge* or Eva Blut’s Flagship store are showcasing the talents of Viennese women to create high quality, coveted products.
While Vienna may be a historical city, its progression and support of women and the LGBTQ+ community make this European gem a modern destination. In this feminist city guide, we look to uncover a few of our favorite women-owned businesses in the city for travelers to support on their next visit.