Back in the summer of 2009 I had just finished the first year studying for my master’s degree, I had also just quit my first job, I was 22 and ready to start traveling. Together with two of my friends, we packed up, got on a bus taking a 26 hours ride and went on a one-week adventure to the city of Vienna. Now, almost 5 years later, I am to return to the spectacular former home of the Habsburgs. This time around the trip marks a beginning and not an end, as last time I went there. The main purpose of the trip is getting trained for the job I am just now starting. I am going there excited about starting over and about having a more mature perspective over a city I visited already once before. Last time around Vienna was a place of relaxation after a busy year, this visit will represent a time of concentration, but that does not mean it won’t be fun!
On my last visit there, I found Vienna to be an ideal tourist destination, with its great number of attractions. In the short time we were there, my friends and I tried to cover as many of the ones listed in our guide book as possible. Before departing on a new trip, I’ll quickly go over the places I’ve visited in Vienna and what better way to do that than reviewing my photo albums from 5 years ago!
Schonbrunn Palace. We took a tour of the palace, walked around its beautiful gardens, saw a carriage exhibition, saw the Palm House and the Desert House and even went to see a demonstration on how Viennese strudels are made.
Saw the Schonbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world. It was the fist time I saw a proper zoo and also the first time I saw koalas, kangaroos and penguins outside an LED screen.
Albertina Palace & Art Museum – this is where I saw Klimt’s Kiss and I stared at it for an hour or so – one of the most beautiful paintings I ever saw live.
The world’s oldest ferris wheel still in function, in the Prater amusement park. This is where we also rode the world’s tallest swing carrousel.
Stad Park, where we sat on the grass, we did somersaults and we ate overpriced strawberries and raspberries.
We experimented the night life and we went to a “all you can drink” bar.
The Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephan.
The tallest building, the Donauturn and the office quarter called ONU City.
The Museum Quarter: I am especially interested in the Leopold Museum with its collections of Viennese art at the turn of the century. If I have enough time on my hands, I’d also like to see the Modern Art Museum, Mumok, located in the same complex.
I love visiting local markets around the world, so I’ll definitely try to squeeze in a trip to the Naschmarkt, the most famous one in Vienna. Since in the neighborhood, I’ll probably take a walk down to Freihausviertel, the famous fashion quarter, more for entertainment and less for shopping.
Austrian cusine is most likely not my thing. From what I’ve researched online, they love their meat and I don’t. But I am looking forward to trying some of their famous coffees. I looked up some local’s advice online and found about a few trendy vegan restaurants that I definitely want to try out.
If I get a chance, I’d love to see an opera show right there, in the heaven of concert halls.