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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!