Vienna

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Vienna

A view of Vienna from the palace grounds.

The train ride from Salzburg to Vienna is a short journey. There are a few train stations in Vienna, with trains departing and arriving from different locations. I wasn’t sure where my ticket would leave me, but the transportation system in the city is excellent and very straight forward to use. It wasn’t difficult to find my way.

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Most of the buildings were old and beautiful. At least they looked old.

My hostel, Wombats The Lounge, was located outside of the city centre, but was an easy subway ride into the old city. The area seemed far more urban, with a few grocery shops, delis, bakeries and your usual venders on the main streets. The hostel also had a working kitchen, so I saved myself some money and used it. Lots of school aged kids were staying at the hostel. My guess was there was a sports tournament in town and this option was far cheaper for parents than hotels. 

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The cathedral is so big it’s difficult to get all of it in one shot. Definitely a gorgeous building.

On my first day, I decided to take the subway into the old town and see what Vienna had to offer. When I exited at a random metro stop I was right in the centre at the feet of St. Peter’s Cathedral, and it was Palm Sunday. A procession was entering the church, the bells were going off like it was some kind of celebration (joke,) and pussy willows were being sold all over. I just stood and watched with tons of other tourists. For some reason, being in Vienna gave me a warm feeling.

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I adored the architecture in Vienna.

I think I walked over 20 kms that day. There was so much to see and I wanted to see all of it. Every single shop, however, was closed. It was a Sunday, after all. The only things open were restaurants and a couple of souvenir shops. But there were still hordes of people milling around the streets doing the exact same things I was. Plus, it was over 20C that day. Maybe that had something to do with my warm feeling. 

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More stunning and grandiose pics of this beautiful city.

The very inner streets of Vienna, like many cities I’m visiting, are walking streets. This makes roaming with a camera rather safe, apart from possible human collisions. The museum quarter is chock full of old buildings created in such a grandiose manner. One can’t help but feel the regality of the old world that was Vienna. During my journey I happened upon a market where heaps of Austrians were wearing traditional dress – both men and women, young and old. I wasn’t quite sure if this was an Easter thing or just a regular old Sunday. People were enjoying wine, standing, sitting, lounging on the grass. I decided to join in and have a wine and a bratwurst in the sun on the grass as well.

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Traditional Bavarian dress?

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Would anyone like to buy some sausage?

Easter Markets had also sprung up around the old town where I enjoyed another glass of wine, and some apple strudel, because – Austria. They had tons of crafts, wines, beers, cheeses, meats, and other artesian things. It was interesting to see what locals enjoyed buying.

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Hundertwasserhaus is an interesting apartment complex that is worth the visit.

A little outside of the old city is an apartment block with a rather green roof called Hundertwasserhaus.  I walked over to this and began to realise my feet were getting quite sore. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying a stroll along the river, and through the amusement park, before finding a subway stop to head home.

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The pathways along the river changed from nature trails to pavement to cycle paths.

I had planned to visit a few museums in Vienna, but I ended up trying to do the city a bit on the cheap. I thought I had booked four nights here, but it ended up being three. So on the second day I decided to get a bit of culture and went to the Palace. I paid the entry fee of €14 to go inside the Palace. This is based on time, so your ticket has a time stamp for when you’re allowed to enter. You get to see some of the rooms done up as they would have been in the imperial past. While it wasn’t that much money, there was a ticket for a few Euros more that granted you access to more rooms in the palace, and a view point of the very large gardens.

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The palace grounds are a lovely landscaped escape from the urban city scape.

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At the palace grounds.

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Someone really cares for these trees. It was a bit magical.

While the palace was lovely, it isn’t really necessary to go inside, unless you’re into that kind of thing. The massive gardens are free to everyone and are filled with statues, Roman ruins, ponds, trails, fountains, and other out buildings. The gardens alone can be explored and enjoyed for a few hours. Perhaps take a lunch, and maybe a bit of wine along.

Vienna is a gorgeous city that seems to be quite liveable, and rather fashionable as well. Do spend time wandering the old city. Do spend time lounging in a park, and enjoying the urban green space. Take in a museum, ride the metro, rent a bike, walk 20 kms, buy a hot dog, or see an opera. Enjoy the Austrian hospitality.

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