And so it continues, my love for writing about my favourite European cities. Next up, is Vienna and it was certainly a pleasant surprise. Genuinely, I can say that Vienna delivered a trip to remember, this Austrian gem really should be considered as the perfect weekend break whether that is with friends or couples. So, as always grab a cup of tea and read on.
The City itself
Vienna, has some of the most gorgeous architecture and sight-seeing to enjoy, the Schonbrunn palace, the Hofburg and the Opera House, to name just a few. Make sure, to set time aside to fully explore the grander of these buildings. My personal favourite was the Schonbrunn Palace. It was breath taking, both the gardens and the palace itself were so impressive that it made it the perfect place to take a stroll in the sunshine.
We soon discovered, that the tram system in Vienna was a key component to getting around the city easily. Interestingly, tram tickets are not checked by wardens as it is almost trusted that people will buy tickets, which you don't necessarily have to show. I thought this really reflected the Viennese people! But given that this is such an easy and convent way to travel, I would suggest buying one of the 'saver' tickets. This just means that you get unlimited travel and despite some small confusion initially on how to use our tickets... in the end they were a life saver!
Along with the artitectural brilliance, be sure to immerse yourself in the Viennese culture. Austrian culture typically consists of the classic combo, coffee and cake. Nothing like your average Costa, these coffee houses were in a league of their own. Initially unbeknown to my boyfriend and I, it was almost an accident, that we found ourselves sat in this famous coffee house for hours on end, whilst completely naive to the ever-growing queue outside. Despite the expense of the coffee, you pay for the experience and I would pay over and over again. Take a look at the pictures to see for yourself.
With coffee comes schnitzel and it is safe to say that there was A LOT of schnitzel consumed on this trip. But the best schnitzel of all, was at the top of the Danube Tower. With the tower being the tallest building in Vienna, there is no better way to enjoy the view. I had also booked a table at the restaurant for my boyfriends birthday, which was spectacular as the restaurant rotated a full 360 during our meal (slowly of course). Therefore, we were not only able to appreciate the view, but enjoy a lovely meal for his birthday. This is an experience that I would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Vienna.
We also had the delight of riding the city's electric scooters. This was a complete novelty to us both, but we had such a laugh on them. If you've ridden an electric scooter around a city before, you'll understand the struggles of controlling one- with the particular challenge of dodging the locals! This is such as brilliant activity to have a go at whilst you're here, paying via an app (relatively cheaply), you can have hours of fun scooting around the city.
On the whole, Vienna is a city bursting with culture, history and great experiences. To add to this, it is an easy and affordable place to travel to, which makes it the ideal weekend get-away!
Thank you for reading,