My favourite city of all 6 countries, and I am most definitely revisiting. I’m unsure if it’s the people, the architecture or the culture, but there’s something about Vienna that felt so so different. I kept thinking to myself, is this the fairy-tale version of Paris? Picture the Versailles, but like 5 or 6 of those surrounding this small city. There’s so much to do here and 2 days definitely weren’t enough.
WHERE I STAYED
It’s a 3-star hotel but I’d probably give it 2. If you’re looking for a luxurious stay, then this hotel is not it. If you’re looking for a cheap, easily accessible to the center stay, then I recommend this hotel. It literally is the epitome of ‘a place to rest your head.’ Nothing else, nothing more. We got some free breakfast though, so I guess that counts for something.
WHERE I WENT
ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
Another gigantic, gothic-styled cathedral which is a well-known symbol of Austria. It was built in 1137 but after ruined by a fire in 1258, it was reconstructed in 1263. It was a victim of WWII and overtime numerous extensions were added to create this massive centrepiece in Vienna’s centre.
HOFBURG IMPERIAL PALACE
What was once the powerhouse of the Austrian empire is now the official seat of the Austrian President. Inside, you can find museums, exhibitions and collections related to the Austrian rulers over the last 600 years.
MARIA THERESIEN PLATZ
Here you’ll find two museums (art & natural) and the Maria Theresien monument. The monument is a tribute to Maria Theresa, who was the only female ruler and gave birth to 16 kids. The art museum showcases famous artwork from European history and collections from the Imperial family. The natural museum showcases everything from insects to gemstones to stuffed animals.
Another square in the city centre which houses the Michael’s Gate aka Neo-Baroque Michaelertor which takes you to the courtyard of the Hofburg Palace.
WHAT I ATE
10s of blog posts later, I finally get to talk about my love for Asian food. Though I cannot remember the name of this lucky find, it really was a cheap feast.
Eating Snickers gelato in -2° because we can.
my plans next visit
Another city in Austria, rich in culture and Baroque architecture. A definite must see for me.
What’s your favorite city that you’ve travelled to or wish to visit? Let me know! ⬇️