A day in Vienna

Travelling for food is one of my quirks I derive great pleasure from. When we decided to go to Vienna for the weekend, I was thrilled with the thoughts of trying the famous Viennoiseries, pastries, the coffee, wine. The list is just endless. An interesting point to note is that no other city in the world has larger vineyards within its boundaries than Vienna! ooh la lah!

We had a few hiccups on the way to Vienna from Wroclaw. A 5 hour drive stretched into an eight hour journey with unexpected traffic jam and the oh not now!…the van breaking down.

Wroclaw to Vienna

Wroclaw to Vienna


Anyways, I decided to get out my camera and click click click… 😉

In Austria

In Austria

The view was simply breath taking as we entered Austria. We passed a wind mill farm which was one of the largest I’ve seen yet.

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Catching a glimpse of a hot air balloon reminded me to add it to my bucket list…rather our list..my hubby and I.

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We reached Vienna later than expected, nonetheless we headed for the city center to enjoy the view at night.

Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral)

Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)

The city during the day was a complete contrast to what we saw at night. The city seemed alive during the day which made our walking tour simply enjoyable. I feel that walking is the best way to discover a new city. There are undiscovered jewels waiting to surprise you if we could just see and not look.

Votivkirche. After the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor's brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian solicited the creation of this church to thank God for saving the Emperor's life.

Votivkirche.
After the attempted assassination of Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian solicited the creation of this church to thank God for saving the Emperor’s life.

I was hugely impressed by the Parliament architecture. The Hofburg Palace
is impressive with its huge complex, which serves as the office of the Austrian President among other establishments.

Pallas Athene Fountain, Parliament.  The four figures lying at the foot of Athena are representations of the four most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Athena, Greek goddess of Wisdom, is dressed in armour with a gilded helmet, her left hand carries a spear, her right carries Nike.

Pallas Athene Fountain, Parliament.
The four figures lying at the foot of Athena are representations of the four most important rivers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Athena, Greek goddess of Wisdom, is dressed in armour with a gilded helmet, her left hand carries a spear, her right carries Nike.

If stone could speak....

If stone could speak….

The Man with the Accordion, Hofburg Palace

The Man with the Accordion, Hofburg Palace

There are so many sights to soak in, so much of history to unlearn that a day and half proved to be a real dampener.
The architecture is simply brillaint and makes one wonder of the things man is capable of achieving.

At Rathaus ,Town Hall

At Rathaus ,Town Hall

The Schönbrunn Palace is an excellent monument giving a glimpse of royal life during the Hasburg monarchy.
Under the reign of Maria Theresa, it became the focus of court life. It is quite a sight to watch the elegantly decorated state rooms, which offer a sharp contrast to the extravagant interiors of the Versailles Palace, France. My hubby pointed out to me, “Now you have seen glimpses of Marie Antoinette’s (Maria Theresa’s daughter) life before and after she got married.”
Widely debated amongst scholars is the theory attributing the start of French revolution (18th century) to Marie Antoinette.

Schönbrunn Palace (means "beautiful spring") with its huge garden.

Schönbrunn Palace (means “beautiful spring”) with its huge garden.

Vienna is a place I’d like to visit again and watching the Opera is on my list next. Another post coming up on the food which is a must try in Vienna…. 🙂

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