Wien-A city full of history and regal architecture.
Vienna is a wonderful city filled with beautiful buildings, interesting history, stunning gardens, regal palaces, large museums and… a massive shopping district.
Walking around Vienna will transport you back in time to a place where Mozart was frolicking around being commissioned to create incredible symphonies whilst being distracted by a variety of beautiful women, other well-known musicians such as Beethoven, Hayden, Schubert, and Strauss also fighting for the limelight, Kings dutifully seeing to their country’s needs, Queens reforming their country in order to make it a fairer and more equal place, and beautiful pastries and cakes filling the bellies of the cities inhabitants.
Things to do:
There are many things to do and see in Vienna and the list is endless, so instead of listing things you can find on every other travel site here are some true gems:
- Good Vienna Tours- Free walking tour http://www.goodviennatours.eu/ Now this tour is a fantastic way of checking out a small amount of what Vienna has to offer. My tour guide Iva was pretty fantastic who even showed small movie clips and images on her Ipad to back up the information she was telling us. I highly recommend this walking tour and it’s free!
- Vienna State Opera (You can even get standing tickets for €2-4 if you’re willing to line up 80 minutes before the performance and stand the entire time)
- Vienna City Hall at night (It's just really pretty)
- Schönbrunn Palace gardens- A must see!
- St Stephens Cathedral in the evening (the choir is beautiful)
- Naschmarkt (A market of food from all over the world, wine, flowers, and there’s even a flea market if you’re up for snapping up a bargain)
- Stadtpark (for a relaxing walk in the park)
- Hundertwasser house (A quirky building designed by an equally quirky artist- worth a look)
In general, you should walk around and check out all of the touristy spots too, but it is far too easy to get swept up in the madness and try to visit all of the museums and palaces.
Things to eat and drink:
Again the Sachertorte comes up, but here in Vienna there are two main places you are urged to try. I won’t name drop but will say that if you do order it, make sure that it's served warm to ensure that it's fresh, as it makes all the difference to the taste. But definitely check out the other cakes and pastries too, they’re sublime!
Käsekrainer- now don’t judge me but this was recommended to me by some locals. The Käsekrainer is basically a sausage with cheese inside and it is served like a hotdog (street food), and it really is tasty; the cheese literally oozes out of the sausage and it’s definitely something you must try.
Almdudler- a soft drink that you can buy anywhere here. I can’t quite describe the taste but it’s the colour of apple juice and is fairly tasty.
The classic Shnitzel... need I say more?
Bockhorn Irish Pub- Now, why would I recommend an Irish pub in Vienna? Because it’s fantastic, that’s why! The pub is located in a side alley, out of the way from the hustle and bustle but is completely packed out- so try and squeeze yourself in. The bar itself is tiny but the atmosphere is superb, with live music, and the décor filled with trinkets of the past hanging from the walls and ceilings. If you’re looking for a great night in Vienna definitely head here.
Vienna has a lot to offer and you will rarely find yourself bored in this city. The place has a great vibe and if the museums and palaces aren’t your thing, you will definitely fall in love with their cakes and pastries.