Noch mehr WienOctober 17 in Austria
Stephansdom und Wiener Melange
Stephansdom und Wiener Melange
Our first proper day in Vienna and what is the first main tourist site we go to only St Stephan's Cathedral. We picked up exactly where we left off in Italy by visiting churches. While it wasn't as asthetically pleasing as the Milan Duomo due to the construction work taking place outside it was still very impressive. The Dom (that's cathedral in German) was free to enter and quite impressive. Again due to construction our movement within the church was hindered. It was surprisingly dark within. This is unlike the other impressive cathedrals I have been in previously. It was a relief to exit as it was hotter inside than out.
Our next stop was the hop on hop off bus, the best way to see any city. We choose the red line as it had the most central route to start us off. The heat increased exponentionally while we were on the bus. The top cover on the bus did not help matters in any way. The limited air in the open window did little to cool us. Sweat patches galore but thankfully not visible to the naked eye. It brought me right back to last year to a similar tour bus in Toronto and an orange skirt!
As we finished the red line tour and were admiring the museum quarter the skies open. It had been boiling for rain all day and we got it. It went from slightly overcast to hurricane style conditions in seconds. We dashed for cover and had to wait out the thunder and lightening for about 20mins. Not what we expected on our 'sunny' summer holiday.
Once the storm passed the heat was gone. It was like being able to breathe fresh air again. Off we went to one of the main palaces in Vienna. The Hofburg palace is the largest one in the world with eighteen different wings....oh to be a princess!!
The rest of the day was spent strolling around the city until we eventually made our way back to Graben Square. Here we had tea and soaked up the atmosphere in a street side cafe. I Also got my first taste of authentic apple struddle!! Yummy!! We also made a flying visit to Mozart's house which had just closed but we say the outside of it!
We had great ideas of heading back to the apartment for some chilltime and a quick freshen up before going to the riverside for a nighttime drink with the locals. But that was not to be. The chill and freshen up occurred alright but as we were about to leave apartment we were nearly blinded by lightening. It and the thunder were back with a vengeance!! Like typical tourists we were glued to the windows watching in awe and fear at the sheet lightening illuminating the sky. This coupled with the downpour and accompanying thunder put a firm stop to our riverside drinks. We waited in hope for it to pass but to no avail. It was up to us to entertain ourselves for the night. Luckily after two years of living together we are pros at that at this point. A quick blast of 'all of our favourite things' from "The Sound of Music" kick started our randomness which included a game of 'Heads Up' and an investigation of our different horoscopes. Never a dull moment when we are together!hahaRead more
After seeing up camp in Vienna, we had dinner at the campsite and headed to Prater, which is an amusement park. Entry is free, so you pay per ride/attraction. It was similar in size to the Red River Ex, but it remains in that location.
We started off the next morning with a driving and walking tour of some of Vienna. Then we had some free time to explore and have lunch. The city has a really cool feel and it would be great to spend more time there. Apparently, it was named the second best city to live in, after Melbourne, Australia (a fact enjoyed by the many Aussies on the tour).
They took the group on a tour of a schnapps museum... It was interesting, but the main focus was pretty clear - sample and buy. Moving on... We went to a famous castle, but they were setting up for a music concert on the grounds and we were somewhat limited in where we could go and what we could see. That said, a few of us walked to the side gardens and we're able to get some good photos.
That night, we were taken to a Mozart and Strauss concert being held in the building where Mozart's first composition (he was six) was performed for Maria Theresa (first, and only, female member of the Hapsburg family to rule). There were only about 200 people at the performance and we were able to explore the building during the intermission.Read more
I dag var vores sidste dag i Wien og eftersom at planen var at Joe skulle med nattog i aften, så skulle alle hans ting pakkes og han skulle have lidt af mine ting med også. Det ville gøre min sidste uge en del lettere. Igen jeg har en meget sød kæreste ☺️
Efter en ordentlig omgang pakning og flytning af film og tv-serier var klokken allerede blevet 12, så vi måtte se at komme afsted.
Planen i dag var at tage op nord for Wien for at se udover byen. Det krævede en tur med u-bahn og en bus, men det var hele turen værd. Vi kom dog til at stå af bussen nogle stop før, så det betød at vi måtte gå op af bjerget, men det var også en oplevelse værd. Selvom vi ikke havde planlagt at vandre, så kom vi til det alligevel - jeg tror det ligger til os, at vandre. Heroppe fra forstod man først hvor stor denne smukke majestætiske by er. Vi kunne nærmest ikke se hvor vi havde gået henne fordi der er så meget by rundt om. Vi stod og nød udsigten lidt inden turen gik ned igen. Denne gang valgte vi dog at tage bussen.
Næste step på planen var at få den berømte schnitzel hos Flugmüller, som var den gamle restaurant. Klokken var blevet 15, da vi ankom og der var heldigvis et bord. Vi blev dog hurtigt opmærksomme på, at dette var en meget populær restaurant. Folk nåede næsten ikke at rejse sig, før der kom nye til. Da tjeneren 10-15 minutter senere efter bestilling kom ind med to KÆMPE schnitzler, tror jeg, vi så meget overrasket ud. Jeg ville i hvert fald gerne have set os fra sidelinjen. De to schnitzler var på størrelse med en tallerken hver. De var 34 cm i diameter stod der på en plakat som hang bag ved Joe. Denne havde jeg desværre ikke set før vi havde bestilt, for så tror jeg nok vi havde valgt at dele en. Imponerende nok så kom Joe igennem hans, men da jeg nåede halvvejs var jeg helt færdig. Vi havde næsten ikke rørt vores kartofler, som vi havde fået ved siden af. Det var fuldstændig vanvittigt! Vi kunne trille ud af restauranten, da vi var færdige.
Under middagen var der en lille krise angående Joes hjemtur. Der er åbenbart kommet en ny regel, om at man skal have pladsreservering på toge mellem Tyskland og Danmark om sommeren. Dette vidste vi ikke noget om, så Joe havde ikke booket en billet på turen hjem og nu var der ikke flere pladser. Han stod nu med en siddeplads i et nattog og så skulle han vente 6 timer i Hamborg for at komme med et tog, som havde plads. Det blev derfor besluttet, at han ventede med at tage hjem til imorgen også rejste hele dagen i stedet for. Vi havde derfor en hyggelig aften på vores hotel, hvor vi brugte tiden sammen.
I morgen er det store rejsedag for os begge. Lidt længere rejse for Joe end for mig. Jeg smutter til Salzburg i et par dage inden jeg forhåbenligt smutter til sydtyskland.Read more
The evening was magical... Set in a ballroom, only Tauck books dinners here (of the cruise lines). We were entertained by a pianist, 4 string musicians, a lead violinist, two opera singers and two ballet dancers...all from the Viennese Symphony, Opera or Ballet Company. Dinner was sumptuous and we circled the city in our busses on the return to the ship. The buildings are even more beautiful at night. The guests raved that this was an evening of a lifetime...we felt like royalty.Read more
We made it! We were so early for our tour today that we got to have breakfast before it! The tour was around the inner circle of Vienna, lots of amazing buildings and statues. We also went on the big ferris wheel which had a great view of the city.
This is our favourite place so far but also the most expensive. We're heading the alps of Austria tomorrow xo
We roamed around vienna old town to see if there is any good spots to watch the fireworks later. And frankly speaking, everywhere is crowded! The security was also heighten due to threats received, but everyone just party on and anticipating the countdown.
Ya en nuestra última tarde en Viena decidimos que teníamos que probar una tarta Sacher de verdad y yo no quería irme sin tomarme un verdadero café vienés.
Buscamos y comparamos y decidimos que el sitio para tomarla iba a ser Kurkonditorei Oberlaa en Neumarkt, enfrente del Hotel Ambasador y tenemos que decir que fue todo un acierto. Es un sitio bastante caro pero merece la pena.
La tarta estaba espectacular. Un chocolate riquisimo , una textura... Ñam! Y el café una pasada. Fue como una cena anticipada y la disfrutamos como niños chicos.
Después de esto nos volvimos ya al hotel a descansar.
Muy cierto eso de que dicen que a Viena puedes venir con los bolsillos llenos que te irás con ellos vacíos.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Stephansplatz, Stefansplatz, _Vienna