One of the European cities I’ve been looking forward to seeing again is Vienna. I went there with my Aunt a few years ago as a part of our 2-week European summer holiday and stayed only for 3 days and 2 nights. Based on the cities that we’ve visited during that tour – Vienna really stood out. It has a very sophisticated vibe to it, a bit snobbish to be honest but it has all the reasons to be as the city is royally beautiful. It’s not pretentious, it’s real and the grandiose of the city can be felt, seen and heard as soon as you set foot in it.
I’ve been dying to go back since then, to say that I fell in love with it is an understatement. What’s not to love when you have all the below reasons:
With its lovely buildings, cobbled stone streets, horse-drawn carriages and of course the Danube river, romance is definitely in the air around the capital city of Austria. The best way to explore it is by getting lost in many of its winding lanes and palace courtyards, I kept thinking about the many scenes of one of my favorite movies “Before Sunrise” that was shot here while walking around the city. Sadly, I traveled with my aunt when I went there so I wasn’t really able to fully enjoy its romantic vibe. Next time I visit it, The Greek Mister will be with me definitely.
Music and Art
Vienna is a very artist-friendly city what with its numerous museums all over and being the home of famous musicians who we all know today like Mozart and Strauss among others. I am not much into art but had a change of heart when I’ve seen Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss” housed inside the majestic Belvedere Palace. It’s beauty was breathtaking even for an untrained eyes like mine
There are 2,000 parks in Vienna which means more than half of the city’s area is given to parks and gardens. Here, you can definitely take a breathe of fresh air. I have to say though that the very green amusement park called The Prater which has the iconic ferris wheel of Vienna’s wonderful skyline is my favorite.
The palaces in Vienna gives you a peek of the opulent and grandiose life of the royalties from its private apartments to the various collections of art collected by the Royal family. Schonbrunn Palace of course is Vienna’s star attraction with its very famous Hall of Mirrors and the oldest zoo in the world.
The Coffee and Sweets
The coffee culture in Vienna started in the 16th century when the first coffeehouse was opened. Coffee and sweets are part of the daily lives of the Viennese, they stay for hours on end inside the many coffeehouses dotted around the city with a book, newspaper or just watch people around them. One of the most famous coffehouses is of course the Sacher, which gave the world the renowned cake called the Sacher Torte. The original recipe of this cake is a well-kept secret so it’s safe to say that you can only get the best sacher torte from Sacher Cafe itself. You can never leave Vienna without having a slice of this cake.
Those are my own personal reasons as to why I would love to go back to Vienna (hopefully this year) and stay there for a longer period of time. The city offers something for everyone so whichever your reason is for traveling and exploring a place – I’m sure you can find it in Vienna.
Have you been to Vienna? What did you love about it?
Disclaimer: Some photos used on this post are provided by Wien Tourismus.
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