Vienna

When the first café you step into in Vienna looks like this, you know this city is going to be a classy one with a lot to offer.

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With the amount of classical musical and arts based offerings to keep you occupied, the capital of Austria will never leave you bored.

Besides their love for coffee here, the other major appreciation is for all things meat.

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When I wasn’t bike riding and drinking wine in the Wachau Valley nearby, unfortunately out of my remaining two days in Vienna, one was spent trying to sightsee in relentless rain so most of my photos are pretty useless.

Once the sun did come out the following morning though I jumped at the opportunity to make my way to Schönbrunn Palace.

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The former summer residence of the Habsburgs, one of the most influential royal families in Europe for many years.

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You can take a tour of the palace itself but the gardens are the real highlight in my opinion.

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I’m not sure how long I spent just wandering around the paths and trees here!

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Once back in the city I did a cruise on the Danube which was a nice way to see Vienna from a different angle and continue to enjoy the weather.

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My hostel was right next to the Naschmarkt, the most famous market in the city where you can find a huge array of produce including cheese, meats and fresh fruit and veggies.

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It seemed to be popular with tourists and locals alike and in the middle there are some permanent cafés set up, one of which I tried for breakfast.

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There are many top class museums in Vienna but with only a couple days here I just chose to visit one, the Haus der Musik.

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Focused on classical music and composers I’d really only recommend it for strong lovers of the genre although in saying that there was some interactive elements which were pretty cool – such as ‘conducting’ the Vienna Philharmonic with a digital baton while the orchestra in front of you on TV follows your commands.

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I didn’t get a chance to visit but the Prater amusement park also looked like good fun as I walked past!

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The heart of Vienna is filled with many lovely buildings, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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Spending some time just walking around this part of Vienna, having what else but a coffee and poking into a shop here and there is a nice way to pass some time in this lively city – which is exactly what I did on the day I had without rain!

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4 thoughts on “Vienna

    • I didn’t include the name because I couldn’t remember but I just google mapped the hostel I stayed at in Vienna (since it was close by) and I found it! It’s called Cafe Sperl 🙂

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