A Visit to…Vienna, Austria
2 weeks ago I did a post about my hubby running the Bratislava, Slovakia marathon. Well we stayed for a few extra days to do some sight-seeing around that area as have never been to that part of the world yet. When talking to a few of my Slovakian friends here they mentioned that Vienna was only a 40 minute drive away, who knew? So instantly that went on my bucket list of things to do while we were there.
Well the day we went unfortunately I think it was the coldest day that week so only spent about 5 hours there which just gave us a sampling of the town but now I can say I have been to Vienna.
Ok, being thrifty we made sure we did not take the main highway so we would not have to purchase a toll sticker to drive on the main highway(ice cream for a snack or save 15 minutes of drive?). We had heard that parking is bad in the downtown area so we parked in a park & ride for 3 euro for the day and then bought a 24 hour pass for the buses and subways which was 20.10 euro for the whole family. After walking around Vienna, they were right about the parking situation there.
So this is how our VERY quick visit to Vienna went!
Welcome to Vienna! No it wasn’t that bad, just that a semi truck must have hit some ice and ran into the guard rail and jack knifed. So we had to wait until they move the semi truck trailer.
A street in old town.
Inside St. Stephan church. This place was packed. Unfortunately you have pay to go into the main part of the church so we did not go all the way in. Churches are here are starting to the same to me.
Inside the church souvenir shop. I think this was the best picture I took all day! I would love to know what the walls originally looked like with the hint of writing on them.
These guys were all around the church trying to sell you ballet and symphony tickets.
If you want to explore the old town via horse carriage that is an option too! I guess I am getting cheap as I get older or now that I am use to paying zlotys for everything but these where just to pricey for me.
Need a watch? I do not want to even know how much they were in there!
A view of one of the streets.
Inside another church. Breath taking!!! I think this was the best one out of all of them. Yes the background has a purple cloth hanging and that is because it was right before Easter and Catholics cover crosses before Easter. I am not Catholic so I learned something new this trip!
Welcome to the Hofburg Complex.
Once again if walls could talk!
When I hit the lottery I am going to have one or two of these in my yard! OK there is flaw in that plan because I do not play the lottery, so if you do and you win, can you remember me? Your long-lost 2nd removed cousin!
Do you think the kids look a bit cold? So it was perfect timing for us to go inside the Imperial Apartments where the Empress Sisi lived. There were no pictures allowed of the apartments but they were breath-taking. A bit a crazy lady but definitely worth the trip to visit.
And we got back to the main square of the city where St. Stephan is located so here is the view from the outside of it.
In Rick Steve’s guild book, he mentions an Italian ice cream shop that we should check out. So we did and it was AMAZING! 2 scoops for 2 euros! My daughter tried the green apple and chocolate chip mint. Mixed together, not so good! BUT separately HEAVEN!
Of course we had to try the famous Austrian apple strudel and torte! Not a big fan of the torte because I am not a jam and chocolate person but the apple strudel well that was AMAZING!!
We had cold but yet fun day. It was neat that I could check off Vienna off my bucket list. The city was full of tourists even in the CRAZY weather, I cannot imagine what it would like during the summer time and I do not think I want to find out.
If you could visit any city in the world, where would you go? Me, Hong Kong or Sydney Australia.