Airports, transits, layovers, luggage, to-do lists – there’s nothing quite like travel. You may be travelling solo or with a bunch of folks, at leisure or on business, for a weekend or as an extended stay, airports and the time spent there remains common. So, what do you do while waiting for your next flight? Just sleep? Nah! How about some shopping? Here, we’re covering the best of what to buy at the Vienna Airport, so you can kill your time easily. With all the changes in perceptions about travelling, the realization of passenger woes, and the commercial boom, a layover at the Vienna Airport won’t be as bad. The airport is quite a shopaholic’s paradise. Just walk around and pick yourself the items listed here and take the best of Vienna back home, regardless of whether you’ve stepped out into the city or not. Here’s a list of what to buy at the Vienna Airport.
1. Designer jewellery
The Vienna Airport is quite a haven for jewellery enthusiasts. You’ll find some of the best jewellery store outlets at the airport, selling some of the finest and exquisitely crafted items. Watch & Jewelry, Michael Kors, and Swarovski are some of the high-end brands you’ll find there. Then there’s also Freywille, a traditional Viennese jewellery brand, offering some of the finest gold jewellery with fired enamels for you to pick. Bracelets, amulets, rings, bangles, earrings – you’ll find it all here.
2. Luxury items from top Italian brands
The airport hosts some of best Italian luxury brand outlets. Head to Ermenegildo Zegna’s outlet, one of Italy’s finest clothing labels, to pick up some of the most finely tailored suits, ties, and other formal wear items for men. Else, there are outlets of Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Versace that you can raid.
3. Organic beauty products
Ladies and gentlemen, you may even pick up some organic beauty products. Heinemann Duty-Free outlet has a wide range of collection. Sunscreens, perfumes, make-up products, you’ll find it all in its many aisles. The organic products are high-quality, organic-biological as well as pretty neat. So, we say that you give your body some tender love and care and invest in these.
This must also find a place in your bag. A Viennese speciality, Sachertorte chocolate cake was invented in Vienna itself. They’re sold in several shapes and are beautifully packaged, so you can even carry some back home as souvenirs. Flavours of Austria and Heinemann Duty-Free outlets at the airport sell these, so head there to pick some up. You’ll even find it at the Demel confectionery shop. Although, we strongly recommend you don’t pack it in your check-in luggage and carry it as hand baggage. Quite a delicate thing, this one.
No one says no to a generous gift of chocolates. They are the quintessential airport buys. Head to the Flavors of Austria and pick up some fine Gustav Klimt chocolates or a box of Lindt Mini Pralines, a special collection of chocolates. Else, Spar has a range of the usual chocolates you can buy.
6. Zotter chocolates
There’s a reason these deserve a separate mention and can’t be called the usual chocolates. How about some cheese-filled chocolates or maybe chocolates with a filling of trout and coconut? Foxed? Zotter is Austria’s Willy Wonka (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory novel). Cooking up some of the most unique yet strangely yummy chocolates, Zotter makes for a great buy. You’ll find its select creations at Spar or any other supermarket inside the airport. So, how about some chocolates with a twist? Don’t worry, they have conventional flavours also available.
7. Manner wafers
Not a fan of chocolates? Pick up a pack of the Manner wafers. We hear that these bite-sized, hazelnut cream-filled, crunchy wafers are quite a legendary item across Austrian markets. They’re notoriously addictive and you can’t stop at just one, so pick yourself a generous amount. Ask any local and they’ll say the same. The Manner store at the Vienna Airport is entirely dedicated to these wafers and some recent additions to their kitty. Don’t leave Vienna without buying these pink-paper packaged delights, please!
8. Mozartkugeln bonbons (Mozart ball)
Nothing screams Austrian more than the Austrian Mozartkugeln bonbons, or Mozart balls, a traditional sweet treat of marzipan, nougat, pistachio, wrapped in a dark chocolate coating, rolled into a ball and covered in tin foil. These are packaged in Mirabell’s tin boxes and although they’re called ‘balls’, newer variants in the market are available in bar and coin shapes as well. You’ll find these being sold at Spar or any other souvenir store at the airport. They sell like hotcakes!
9. Austrian Schnapps
If there’s one thing Austrians love apart from their beer, it’s their plum and apricot schnapps. You can pick up a full-size bottle or a smaller one from the souvenir stores at the airport and enjoy it back home, the typically Austrian way – paired with Jägermeister. There are also other flavours available, so don’t limit yourselves to just this one flavour. Pick up any!
10. Snow globe
Cliché choice, yes, but wait for the beautiful snow globes you’ll find at the Vienna Airport and tell us if you’re not tempted to buy. A true-blue Austrian invention, the snow globes you’ll find here would typically have an Austrian landmark, Austrian treat, or an Austrian winter scene etched within them. You’ll find a good collection available at Spar or any other souvenir store at the airport. If you’re lucky, you may even find the hand-painted and glass-covered ones.
A Viennese affair
Vienna, for all its hype, is achingly beautiful, quintessentially Baroque, and entirely bold. There’s an array of museums, rich culture, lush countryside, and the grandeur of a loaded past that makes it a pleasing juxtaposition of the old and the new. Vienna Airport is equally amazing! Thinking of how to kill your time while at the airport? Use our list of what to buy at the Vienna Airport and take home some amazing Viennese stuff with you.
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