Before I go on a trip, I like to do some prep and have the list of things I want to see. It usually isn’t the way I imagined skrolling through the sites and images of places I see myelf taking a photo of (with me in it, of course 🙂 ) But in Vienna, I managed to see the most of the places I set out to see.
Stephansdom (St. Stephen Cathedral)
This romanesque and baroque cathedral from the 14th century adorns the center of Vienna. From this majestic building the view stretches over this beautiful city. I recommend:
- Climb onto the north tower with Pummerin bell. Use the elevator which is on the left side after you enter the cathedral. The entrance is 6 Euros and the view is worth it.
- There is also the south tower but to climb there you have 343 steps to cross before you reach the top.
From the cathedral I walked to something that was a private garden of the Emperor. I recommend:
- Visit a Butterfly house with some of the unique species of butterflies in a jungle-like garden. Entrance fee is 6 Euros and be prepared for a bit higher temperature inside which was actually great for a cold day
- Enjoy the garden which is exquisite especially in the autumn
- Take a break and rest on the park bench while enjoying the view of the palace or have a coffee at the Palmhouse among the palm threes
3. Maria- Theresien Platz
The impressive statue is situated between two most impressive architectural creations – the Naturhistorisches museum and the Kunsthistorisches museum (Natural History Museum and Art History Museum). I recommend:
Reading the biography of Maria – Theresia, mother of Marie Antoinette and the woman who ruled having brought 16 children to the world!
- If you’re here in the Christmas time – you’re in for a treat since there is a wonderful Christmas market taking place here. Unfortunately I was here when the booths were just in the making
- Visit the Natural History Museum and Art History Museum one opposite the other
- Take photos and enjoy!
From here onward you can walk making a big circle and visiting the Palais Estein building, the Parliament building, Burgtheater – on the right, Rathaus platz – on the left. I continued then walking back to Hofburg Palace, the official President’s residence an impressive complex of palaces in the center of Vienna. The path can then take you to the most busiest of pedestrian streets where you can indulge yourself with some shopping. It was quite a lot to take in in just one day. The country of my ancestors impressed me and left me longing for more. I think a lot could be seen in one day but my recommendation for someone who has the time for just a glimpse of Vienna is to take a Hop on-hop off bus tour. I am sure that a great overview of the place would be helpful with so little time and you could still do a bit of exploring on your own since the ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours.
Enjoy this beautiful city!!