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St. Stephen's Cathedral

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  • Day29

    Vienna, Austria

    October 1, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We're a little delayed on posting about Vienna but here it is. We enjoyed the city with beautiful weather our first day which made it even prettier to walk around. The city is full of beautiful architecture and a vast cultural scene. There are many museums, the opera, and influence of the Royal Hapsburg family the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire all over.

    The second day was a bit colder so it entailed doing some laundry, jumping in coffee houses and taking it easy. We decided to take advantage of a free museum that occurs every first Sunday of the month and waited in line for 30mins only to get inside and find the museum was only in German! That made for a quick visit! Wiener Schnitzel and apple strudel followed for dinner and hit the spot.
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  • Day18

    Wien aka Vienna

    October 2, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    As usual, we started the day with a sumptuous breakfast on the boat. Tyler has himself on a bit of a "diet" ... he skipped bacon this morning. Our day in Vienna started early; we were on a bus at 8:15. The city tour started by driving by the major sites with our guide narrating (another lady called Verena, must be a popular Austrian name). Everyone got a bit sleepy during the drive. Tyler poked me awake during the important bits and I really tried to keep awake and hear about the buildings.

    We drove around the ring road that borders the main area and provides a nice overview. There really seemed to be a lot of palaces... the Hapsburgs apparently liked to build new parts to the palace over time. The main palace is called the Hofburg palace. We exited the bus to carry on with a short walking tour. The highlight of this was a beautiful library in the State Hall. It was a huge room reminiscent of the library in Beauty and the Beast with ladders and countless books. I especially enjoyed this part of the tour. Next we walked to see the stables of the show horses (none of them came out so we only saw them from a distance). We stopped in St. Michaels platz where the main palace entrance is. They have an excavated area in front showing walls dating back to Roman times. Again, just nothing that old in Canada!!!

    The walking tour concluded at the square in front of St. Stephan's church. It is quite lovely from the outside. Interestingly enough, one of the towers is very tall and was completed in gothic style. On the other side, they had planned for another symmetrical tower but by the time they could finance the construction, gothic architecture was out of style. And so they put on a renaissance turquoise dome and called it a day.

    At this time, there was the option to go back to the boat but we of course opted to stay longer in the city. Since we were beside the church, we decided to walk in before moving on. Overall, this church was less ornate than some of the others we have seen but certainly still enjoyable. Next we walked through some of the shopping streets. The girls glanced into two different Swarovski stores. No one bought anything but we did see a Darth Vader crystal statue that costs 8500€.

    We continued to meander to see the opera house and the Johann Strauss monument. Tyler and Brett scared some pigeons along the way (Brett succeeded in finally kicking one).

    Next we went looking for lunch. We went to Baker Strasse (Verena had suggested it). We found a restaurant that was certainly off the beaten path with quite reasonable prices. All of us had Wiener schnitzel. Following lunch, our group split up. Rae, Celeste, and Kelly went for a bit of shopping before catching a bus to the boat. Tyler, Brett and I continued to explore.

    We wandered to the Volksgarten (roses). It was beautiful and had a lovely aroma. There were rows of trees with placards and dedications ... not sure of the significance but just seemed very special and important.

    We walked to the ring road to see the lovely buildings again. We saw the parliament and two museum buildings. We also enjoyed the statue of Marie-Therese in the middle of the museum buildings.

    Next was the Heidenplatz statue and the Burggarten. Again lots of beautiful things to see but we should probably try to learn something more about the history next time we come here.

    Brett wanted to buy schnapps and so we asked the tourist centre where to go and they suggested a nearby grocery store. The next order of business was to try the famous Viennese chocolate torte. Apparently it is a popular dish, but only one place can call it the original (by law, decided in court). This is at Hotel Sacher. We waited in line for a table, everyone wants to try it. We each had a piece of cake and a fancy coffee. The cake was quite moist and delicious with a nice tang from the apricot jelly layer in the centre.

    We slowly made our way to the bus pick point with a few clothing shopping spots for me and a stop at a comic book shop for the boys. Brett accidentally ordered a burger at McDonalds when he was trying to see the prices. Oops! At least it was still a few hours until dinner.

    We saw some other people from our boat and so we knew we were in the correct place. The bus was a touch late but still plenty of time until we would set sail. Back at the boat, we rested and showered for dinner. They scheduled the special farewell supper on our second last night to allow more packing time tomorrow. Probably a reasonable idea. Again a five course meal (or six course if you count the cheese... which I really must since it's been one of my favourites every night). Then it was on with sailing overnight to arrive in Budapest tomorrow near lunch time. This week has gone by fast but I really think we've chosen some awesome excursions along the way.

    Until tomorrow in Budapest!!!

    Brooke & Tyler
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  • Day50

    Brno to Vienna

    October 21, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We didn’t get away until 10 am as the drive is only 2 1/2 hours but we couldn’t book into our Airbnb until after 5pm.

    We did have a bit of trouble leaving the city as I accidentally went down a one-way lane (too small to be called a street) ending up behind some industrial sheds where I had to do a 3-point turn to go back up the one-way lane,the wrong way, to get out. 1/2 way through the 3-point turn (when we thought no one was looking) Anne said “have a look at that”. Right in front of us was a huge waste bin (sort of a locked up cage) and standing inside the cage waist deep in the waste (did you see what I did there) was a young woman looking at us - I’m not sure who was more surprised her or us? By the time we finished our turn we got stuck in front of a semitrailer that was trying to reverse into the lane we had just come from. He stopped and we just managed to get past, I think there’s a good chance he still stuck there, being watched by the girl in the waste bin/cage.

    Stopped at Korneuburg (lovely little town on the Danube) for lunch.

    We got to Vienna too early to check-in so did what you would do in Vienna with a couple of hours to kill. Found a car park (not as easy as you might think in the middle of the city) and then sat outside of an Irish drinking (mineral water). Finally got to check-in. Not a bad apartment even if it has no TV - pity as we are now used to watching TV shows we can’t understand.

    No pics taken today, you get a google maps screenshot of where we stopped for lunch..
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  • Day51

    Vienna - a full day here

    October 22, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The apartment is in a great spot with about a 25/30 minute walk to a lot of the sights. Up a bit late as I had a late night trying to fix a Qantas booking. We booked our flights to come home leaving Paris on 6th Dec with a 4 night stop over in Tokyo. Unfortunately I booked Anne as Francia Francia (instead of Anne Francia) ☹️. Was on hold to Qantas over 2 hours waiting to be answered. I was just about to hang up when they answered - it took about 3 minutes to get it changed (maybe Alan Joyce should give up some of his salary to employ some more staff!!).

    Vienna is also a great place with lots to see - churches, parks and squares. Hard to believe it’s late October (well and truly into autumn) and the weather is still so warm and sunny - I think it got to about 25 degrees today.

    Anne and I were having a walk around and we got slightly separated and I ended up practically/accidentally joining a walking tour. I was listening to the guide talk about a building when I tapped Anne on the shoulder and told to to look up at a small bridge that connected a couple of buildings over a small lane way. When Anne turned around to look at me, it turned out to be a 90 year old Asian lady - ahh well, she was about the same height as Anne so anyone would have made the same mistake. Neither Anne or the lady in question were amused!!!!
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  • Day77

    Wien

    June 23, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    "This means nothing to me.. Oh Vienna" (Ultravox.. some time in the 80's)

    Can't see that the eighties anthem has anything to do with the Austrian capital, but it keep looping through my mind the whole visit :)

    Headed to Wien - the pronunciation of which I love.. sounds like 'ween' - mainly to visit a friend Kinga, who I lived with in Paris many years ago. We were incredibly grateful that she invited us to stay in her apartment which was very central. Especially as this meant she had to decamp to her boyfriend Gerhardt's place for the weekend.

    Friday night we went to Museumplatz, an area where there are various museums and galleries and where people come to relax and meet. We had dinner and then finally - much to Stuart's delight - went for an 'Upsucker' (sp.?). Kinga had told Stuart about the 'Upsucker' in London a couple of years ago and he had talked about it ever since. It is basically when someone suggests one more drink - an 'Upsucker' - you cannot refuse. So as you can imagine, a real hardship for us ;D

    Saturday morning Stuart and I headed to a Viennese Kaffeehaus for breakfast (really all we are doing is eating our way around Europe!) which had been recommended to us. The typical Kaffeehaus was described to me as a bit dated and a bit sticky and it didn't disappoint! Quite atmospheric and the breakfast was good. Kinga was also very kind to invite us to a picnic on the Saturday with her friends so we got to spend the afternoon and evening meeting Austrians and other Europeans who live and work in Austria. I had my first taste of Wiener schnitzel in Wien though it was cooked by an Irish man! Delicious nonetheless! It was also when I finally realise Wiener means Viennese and therefore Wiener Schnitzel means "Viennese Schnitzel".. we also had some Topfenstrudel which when I googled it came up with 'CHEESE STRUDEL', but it is a dessert a little like cheese cake type stuff in pastry. Also very good.

    Sunday we had a personal tour from Kinga and Gerhardt around some of Vienna's sights. We saw Stephansdom, the "Hoary and Gothic" cathedral, as it is described in our guide.

    I had to look this word Hoary up and this is what the dictionary says:

    hoary
    [hawr-ee, hohr-ee]

    adjective, hoarier, hoariest.
    1.gray or white with age:
    an old dog with a hoary muzzle.
    2.ancient or venerable:
    hoary myths.
    3.tedious from familiarity; stale:
    Please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.

    I am not sure which of the three meanings the guide intended but I suppose it could fall in all three categories.. It is grey with age, looking quite dramatic with the grey rain clouds gathering overhead. It could be classed as ancient as it was initially completed in 1160 and perhaps being there so long makes it stale to the locals..

    We also saw the statute commemorating the lives lost to the Black Plague, wandered around the Hofburg palace which used to be used by Austria's sovereigns I think until the early 20th century. Kinga told us the story of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand which led to the start of WWI - which I did not know. Interesting story of a failed attempt and then an accidental detour leading to the actual assassination which is quite fascinating. In the evening had some drinks next to the Donaukanal (Danube channel), where interestingly people are allowed to graffiti on the riverside.

    Ended the night with a "Hotdog mit Kasekrainer" .. basically a hotdog with cheese in it in a roll.. mmmm!
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  • Day20

    Vienna, Austria

    July 4, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we first did a bus tour around Vienna, then a walking tour ending with some free time. While acknowledging some great architecture, we were disappointed in the large amount of modern shopping areas which took away some of the old world charm. Tonight we are going to a Mozart concert which hopefully will be representative of the period. The concert turned out to be great. It was held in a beautiful old building which used to be the stock exchange that has great acoustics. There were 10 musicians, two singers, and two ballet type dancers. They performed shortened versions of famous pieces which kept everyones attention. We then went back to the ship after a brief night tour of Vienna to see the lights for a after concert buffet. It featured a goulash type soup which was delicious. More food😄!Read more

  • Day81

    Catching up

    November 23, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Yesterday I met up Yichun the young girl I met in Brno and we had coffee in town and caught up on our travels. Told her I was heading to Vienna today and she is heading to Wales for a week in December. She invited me to come visit her in Taiwan in February. After I spent the rest of the day in town touring around spending my time alone on the city enjoying the market and the sun shine. Had a glass of mulled wine and met my waiter that I had at the Matysak winery tasting and caught up with him. He recognized me right away and told me how happy he was to have had me as a guest. So sweet! Their mulled wine was delicious. They were setting up the skating rink in the square and it will be open this weekend. It's so warm I'm not sure how people are going to skate. I heard today that little Muffin passed away. So sad, she was such a beautiful little bunny.Read more

  • Day83

    Vienna ...continued

    November 25, 2016 in Austria ⋅ 🌫 6 °C

    There are so many sites to see in Vienna and I have always been impressed with the architecture. This is my 5th trip to the city but somehow it seemed too commercialized this time around. We found some great passageways off the beating track with some interesting little shops.

  • Day30

    Vienna, day 2

    October 10, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The Hapsburg family ruled the Austro Hungarian Empire for nearly 650 years, which is one of the longest of any dynasty. It certainly gave them plenty of time to build palaces and other major structures. One of these is the Schönbrunn Palace just outside Vienna which they used as their summer retreat . The best-known inhabitant was Maria Theresa who spent her later years in seclusion there following the death of her husband.
    Today it is one of Vienna's major tourist attractions. Crowd numbers are strictly controlled and we were given a precise time slot when we had to be there. Our very informative and chatty guide from the previous day, Wolfgang was our guide this time too. Broadly speaking Schönbrunn is built in the style of Versailles with its palace and gardens though it is on a somewhat smaller scale. The place was one of the busiest we'd been to, though evidently this was nothing compared to what it is like in the height of the season.
    Both the palace and the gardens are impressive, and it would have been good to have wandered round for a bit longer but we were on a tight schedule.
    On the way back a few of us elected to be dropped off in the city and to find our own way back. By then it was about 1 o'clock and with the ship due to sail at 3.45pm we had no time to do anything too ambitious. In the end the two of us wandered round town for a bit, grabbed some coffee and cake then headed back to the ship via the Metro. The consequences of missing the boat don't bear thinking about and we didn't want to leave anything to chance.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Stephansdom, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Sint Stefanus-katedraal, Seu de Sant Esteban de Viena, كاتدرائية القديس اسطفان, Steffl, Сабор Святога Стэфана, Свети Стефан, Catedral de Sant Esteve de Viena, Katedrála svatého Štěpána, Καθεδρικός Ναός Αγίου Στεφάνου, Katedralo Sankta Stefano, Catedral de San Esteban de Viena, Vienako Doneztebe katedrala, کلیسای جامع سنت اشتفان، وین, Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Vienne, קתדרלת סטפנוס הקדוש, Bečka katedrala, Szent István-székesegyház, Stefánskirkjan í Vín, Duomo di Vienna, シュテファン大聖堂, შტეფანსდომი, Құдіретті Стефан соборы, 슈테판 대성당, Ecclesia Cathedralis Sancti Stephani Vindobonensis, Stephansdoum, Vīnes Svētā Stefana katedrāle, Црква Свети Стефан, Stefansdomen, Katedra św. Szczepana w Wiedniu, Catedral de Santo Estêvão, Catedrala Sfântul Ștefan din Viena, Собор Святого Стефана, Dóm svätého Štefana, Катедрала Светог Стефана, ชเตฟันสโดม, Aziz Stefan Katedrali, Собор святого Стефана, 聖斯德望主教座堂

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