º•continued from previous post : Three days in Bratislava & Vienna (Part 1:Bratislava). •º
Vienna is a very elegant city, full of art, romance and cutting edge design and architecture! The baroque streetscapes and the imperial palaces alongside with the famous coffee-house culture are only some of the few aspects of Vienna that we got to explore in 24 hours! Vienna deserves more than one day, but since that’s all that we had, we tried to make the most of it!
We stayed at Wombat’s CITY HOSTEL Vienna-The Lounge which is 5 minutes walking distance from the nearest metro station “Westbanhof” and it really helped us to move around efficiently. We also purchased a 24 hr ticket we would be running around exploring Vienna all day. The ticket costs 7-8 euros and students out of Vienna don’t have a discount. Vienna is generally a pretty expensive city, especially compared to Bratislava, Budapest and Prague, but I think that the prices seemed pretty much similar to those in Berlin.
Firstly, we couldn’t but not have a taste of the famous Wiener Schnitzel, a very thin, breaded and pan fried cutlet made from veal. It is one of the best known specialties of Viennese cuisine. The Wiener Schnitzel is one of the national dishes of Austria :
Afterwards we started our tour, by visiting first the Austrian Parliament Building:
which is within walking distance from the Wiener Rathaus (also Neues Rathaus), which is the city hall of Vienna, located on Rathausplatz :
Right across Rathausplatz is the Burgtheater (aka K. K. Hoftheater nächst der Burg), Europe’s second-oldest theater :
One of the major palaces in Vienna is the Hofburg palace and it’s near that area. The Hofburg is the former imperial palace in the center of Vienna, Austria. It is a large complex containing, among other things, the Spanish Riding School, the Imperial Apartments, the Library, the Treasury, and the Chapel.
Not too far away is the MuseumsQuartier, one of the largest cultural quarters in the world that includes renowned museums such as the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kunsthalle: a lively array of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Our next stop was at the Café Sacher an establishment which your really shouldn’t miss:
We had the famous Sacher chocolate cake and washed it down with a cappuccino:
And the best part was that we got to celebrate our friend’s Ioanna, 24th Birthday:
That’s pretty much how our first hours in Vienna were.
The next day due to having very little time left, we got up super early, had a hearty breakfast, and continued our Vienna Tour by visiting another very known palace of Vienna; the Belvedere Palace :
Stunning baroque building with huge gardens :
Afterwards we walked to the “Karlskirche” (aka St. Charles’s Church), very close to Karlsplatz. It’s one of Vienna’s most interesting baroque churches, with a very powerful dome.
The most famous Roman Catholic church in Vienna, St. Stephens Cathedral, was our next stop. It’s in the center of the old town and it’s known for its majestic towers and its chapels:
Of course we couldn’t leave Vienna without visiting princess’s Sisi’s Palace, Schönbrunn Palace :
There are several types of tickets and tours offered. We chose the Imperial Tour, a 30-40 minutes tour which gave us a picture of the different stylistic eras of the imperial monarchy and the lifes of the palace’s inhabitants. We also saw the state rooms and private apartments of Franz Joseph and Sisi, and tried to sneak some snapshots of some parts of the palace which really captured our attention:
Aaand this is where our Bratislava-Vienna tour came to an end! I really enjoyed both cities as each one of them has a very unique beauty and interesting history too!
Thanks for reading!