Before this trip, I’d heard so many people rave about how fabulous Prague is, but hardly anything about Vienna. I thought it would be interesting to stop in and see it, but I was really reserving most of my excitement for Prague. I’m sad to admit it, but I considered Vienna kind of a pit stop on the way to Prague.
I was dead wrong. I ended up being in Vienna for five days (as opposed to a day and a half as originally planned), and I couldn’t be more thankful. I completely fell on love with the city, and I could have easily stayed for five more days, or five more months, or even forever.
Vienna is beautiful, clean, filled with culture and history, not crowded with tourists, has delicious food and also has the best public transportation I’ve ever experienced. Seriously, it puts New York’s (and everywhere else I’ve ever been) to shame.
It is so easy to get around the city, and there is so much to do. I could have spent 3 days at their at history museum alone. Most of the museums have audio guides (I am kind of crazily obsessed with audioguides), and I felt like I learned so much on the trip.
I have so much more to tell you about it, but let’s start with these photos:
The former imperial residences, now a set of museums and still home to Vienna’s government.
The Graben, one of Vienna’s main streets, which was surprisingly not super touristy.
The Stephansdom, a stunning church in the Innere Stadt. We took a tour of its crypts, which was slightly creepy as there were lots of bones involved, but also really interesting.
A statue of Mozart. We saw The Magic Flute at the Staatsoper (state’s opera house) and I highly recommend seeing an opera there if you’re ever in Vienna.
A view of the city from Belvedere Palace. The museum there has a great collection of Kilmts, including The Kiss, which I was so happy to see in person.
Another view of the Hofburg as the sun was setting.
I knew Vienna was famous for its coffee houses, but I didn’t know that there are so many other things to do there besides drink coffee. Most are open all day and night, and also serve great traditional Viennese fare (I had really good goulash at Cafe Dreschler) as well as tasty desserts, cocktails and wine.
I’ll leave you with this view from Schonbrunn Palace, the royal summer residence.
More to come!