Over the winter months all I’ve seen in my Facebook home feed is beautiful photos of a snow-covered Vienna. I wondered what exactly was so special about Vienna. It did LOOK beautiful, but there had to be more to it than that.
I’ve never been to Austria. All I really know about Austria is “The Sound Of Music” related. So I thought I’d better Google it, as I’m pretty sure “The Sound Of Music” isn’t REALLY why people visit Vienna. After extensive Googling, and question posing in forums, I’ve now realised that there is quite a lot to do in Vienna! Not to mention the fact that it topped Mercer’s 2016 list of top cities to live in.
SO let me tell you exactly what I found and why I want to visit Vienna, just in case you were curious .
Schröbunn Palace and Gardens
I LOVE pretty things and occasionally stepping into the ridiculous world of opulence that is royalty. SO, of course, this 17th Century palace made my list of why I want to visit Vienna. At only 13 euro per ticket, including a free audio guide, it’s pretty reasonable. And get this, you can STAY there. As in, spend the night in a palace. HELL YES. From the room you’d have a view of the Gloriette, the Neptune Fountain, the Kronprinzengarten and the palace park. Imagine the photos! Though I reckon that might be a bit more expensive than 13 euro.
Spanish Riding School
If you know me, you’ll know that I LOVE horses. I’m one of those typical girls that loves horse-riding and has always wanted my own horse. Hence, when I found The Spanish Riding School in Vienna during my research I was pretty excited. I LOVE Lipizzaner horses. If you are not sure what they look like, Google it. They’re pretty much grace embodied. Anyway the Spanish riding school in Vienna is the only institution in the world to have practised for nearly 450 years. It is also a UNESCO site. Plus you can get there easily via public transport. Oh and the school is GORGEOUS. So yeah, you understand why I want to visit Vienna now!
This funky building is part forest! I’m a bit of a closet hippie so obviously I was amazed when I first saw a photo. It was built between 1983 & 1985 after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Featuring uneven floors, large trees growing from some rooms and a roof covered in earth and plants, this building looks like it’s been taken back by nature. It contains 53 apartments, 4 offices, 16 private terraces, 3 communal terraces and 250 trees/bushes. No wonder this incredibly colourful building is one of Vienna’s most visited sites. It can be found in the Landstraße district on the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse.
I LOVE markets. OK, so I usually just buy food and wander around looking at stuff, but that’s a good time in my book! Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular market. It can be found at the Wienzeile over the Wien River. You can buy fresh fruit and veg, herbs, cheese, baked goods, meats, and seafood (because food is the most important part). There are also stalls selling other items such as clothes and souvenirs. Personally, I’d buy myself a Punschkrapfen (punch cake) from a stall and wander around taking in the sounds and smells of Vienna. Punschkrapfen is a classic Austrian pastry with a fine rum flavour. Apparently it’s like the French petit four. All I know is, I want to visit Vienna and try one.
Where To Stay?
Well, I always use either AirBnB or Booking.com. It depends on whether I feel like I need a kitchen or not really. And I think in Vienna I’d probably do a lot of eating out, so it’s probably more likely to be Booking.com. Mainly because I love their daily deals. That is, of course, if I couldn’t stay in the palace 😛
So, that’s why I want to visit Vienna. What would YOU like to do or see in Vienna?
Hopefully I make it there this year. Let me know if you have any suggestions for when I eventually get there.
If you’re planning to visit Vienna soon, here’s a few websites I found that might help you plan your trip. Oh and have a Punschkrapfen for me!
An AWESOME video about Vienna;
The official tourism site for Vienna;
Sightseeing tours in Vienna;
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