Grand Vienna

Vienna, like wine, definitely got better with time. Which is a good thing, considering 30 minutes after arriving we were standing in an outdoor public urinal attempting to stay dry during a sudden thunderstorm. It was dirty, smelly and out-right disgusting. Thank goodness the storm let up enough for us to sprint to a tram stop and jump on towards our hostel as we were cursing Vienna and Austria. Not a great start.

After a shower (for obvious reasons) and a short nap we were ready to give Vienna another shot. We started with pizza and pasta for dinner – Italian makes everything better – and then headed to the historic Ringstrasse area. We were surrounded by enormous, beautiful buildings immediately stepping up from the metro.

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We saw the Parliament building, many beautiful museum buildings, and the stunning National Public Library. We walked towards the center (St. Stephan’s Cathedral) but were soon side-tracked by the horses and carriages. We took a lovely ride around the city as the sun was setting. By the end of the evening we were loving Vienna, and the urinal episode was almost forgotten.

 

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We also checked out the famous Schonbrunn Palace and the zoo. The Schonbrunn Zoo is said to the oldest zoo in the world. It’s a really nice zoo that isn’t too large, but has great animals and exhibits – definitely recommend visiting it if you’re in Vienna!

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We also checked out Vienna’s landmark, the Riesenrad (Ferris wheel) that has fantastic, panoramic views of the city. We went at night and had a great time. The next day we went to the Naschmarket and bought a picnic lunch before visiting the Wien Museum on the history of Vienna.

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After a rough start, we grew to love the historic and beautiful city of Vienna. Below are a few more photos. Thanks for reading!
Next up on our travels: Croatia!!

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