• Day2

    Wunderbar Wien

    August 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We have arrived in Vienna! The plane ride was - hurray - uneventful and getting through the airport was a snap. Even passport control, which had been such a nightmare at Heathrow last May, was a nonevent. Our one checked suitcase was the first onto the luggage carousel. By 9:30am, we were in the train to central Vienna, having bought a transit pass for Vienna and tickets to go to Bratislava tomorrow. We are staying at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel, located just outside the ring road that defines the oldest part of Vienna.

    Never mind that we had barely slept a wink on the flight here, we were pumped to get out and explore. By 11:00, we were walking to St Stephensplatz, through narrow street lined with beautiful buildings. I am not sure whether we passed any of the sights from The Third Man (terrific movie shot in 1947 in post-war Vienna), but I think I saw the shadow of Harry Lime lurking in a doorway.

    The highlight of the afternoon was lunch and coffee (of course) at Café Schwartzenberg, a traditional Viennese coffee house since 1871. We were at this delightful café in 2012 and not a thing has changed since then. Other than taking debit and credit cards, probably nothing has changed since 1871 - including the waiters!

    Having covered 8km and 12,000 steps, we are back in the hotel room taking a break before heading out for more exploration. The weather is a very hot 31C.
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    Owen Snider

    So many beautiful buildings in the Old Town as we walk around or ride by on the trams. And to think of all the bombing in WW11!!