Students on the BSc Finance have a house system, where each student is allocated into a house on arrival at LSE. Each house has a budget for events and activities. This January, House Sharpe, made up of first and second year BSc Finance students, organised a trip to Vienna, hometown to Felix, one of the Heads of House. This post was written by Artemis, Damian, Felix, Niklas, Mohamed, Mateo, Shi Min, and Siqi.


After the January exams, we needed to escape the rainy London weather, so we decided to spend our House budget on a weekend trip to Vienna. Shortly after landing and settling in, we roamed the empty streets of the First District on an unusually quiet Friday night.

The first dinner in Vienna was a feast of schnitzels larger than our plates. The thinly fried schnitzel was crisp and filling, and as we ate, our laughter and banter filled the cozy little restaurant Figlmüller, home to the schnitzel. To end the tiring day of traveling, we relaxed at the very central Onyx Bar with a perfect view of the famous Stephansdom.

The next morning, we stopped by a modern interpretation of a traditional Viennese coffeehouse (Café Rien at Michaelerplatz) for some local breakfast before we strolled around the city center. In the late afternoon we visited an interactive museum, the House of Music, where we enjoyed classical pieces of Johann Strauss, Mozart, and more. While enjoying the history of classical compositions and waltzes, some of us also learned how to conduct orchestras. After filling our stomachs with some pizza at a nearby Italian restaurant, we rounded off the evening with a piece of delicious sachertorte at the trendy Stadtcafé.

On the morning of the third day we were greeted by the pleasant surprise of snow. Finally, a change from the gloomy days in London. We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at our Viennese classmate Felix’s home, being introduced to over ten different types of bread and pastries. For the afternoon activities, we split up to head to different attractions.

Some went to see Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss in Belvedere Palace while others went onto the Museum of Vienna for some history. And for dinner, we visited a Heurigen, a restaurant next to a local vineyard covered in fresh snow. There, we quietly feasted on our last meal in Vienna before heading back to London later that night.

The short trip to Vienna was exactly what we needed after the stressful weeks of exams.