Cafe Landtmann


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Cafe Landtmann

When Franz Landtmann opened this Viennese cafe in 1873 he was founding a coffee house institution. The quintessential Vienna period-style cafe, Café Landtmann is located just opposite the Burgtheater and serves plenty of coffee specialities as well as cakes and pastries. This place has hosted Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider and Paul McCartney, among others.


Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has been regarded as part of the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Legend has it Vienna's café culture had its beginning back in 1683 when a sack of coffee beans was left behind by the retreating Ottomans. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, coffee houses became the go-to places for intellectuals and creatives, including the likes of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt, James Joyce, and Leon Trotsky. Traditional cafes entice visitors with a wide variety of coffee-based specialities, heavenly pastry creations, and a unique cosy and friendly: Austrian gemütlichkeit. If you are in the mood for something more modern, there are hundreds of third-wave coffee places in Vienna.