Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Adventures in Vienna, Austria


The view at the top of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. Isn't it breathtaking?!

When my best friends, Holli and Ellie, visited we went on a little roadtrip and one of our stops was Vienna, Austria! We spent a little over a day in this beautiful city, and had such a great time. It is a magnificient city full of history, art, fun shopping and lots of beauty!

  
Belvedere Palace (a summer residence, yeah this whole thing just for the summer), it is beautiful...






Next up Hofburg Palace...









^^^When in Vienna, you have to get Apfelstrudel^^^

^^^St. Stephen's Cathedral^^^



A few phone pictures...
^^^Exploring Vienna's downtown (Inner Stadt)^^^


We had such a fabulous time in Vienna! We by no means saw it all but we saw some of the main sites, beautiful sites,Vienna has to offer. It was a packed full day and a day of such fun spent with these these two! We put together a little list...think you want to go to Vienna?? This list should be very helpful!!


{Quick Tips}

-Buy the 24 hour public transportation card once you arrive in Vienna (just at one of the main stops). We used their Tram system while we were there with the 24 hour pass and it worked great. Very easy to figure out. Once you arrive at your hotel, ask the concierge about public transport and he/she will get you started!

- Our Hotel...Hotel Doppio Wien. And it was perfect! It is a business hotel on the outskirts of town, with public transport right down the street! It is very clean, nice, great service and reasonably priced! We highly recommend this place if you are looking for something budget friendly and do not mind not being in the heart of the city.

-Make sure and grab a map of Vienna, which will help very much with getting around. And use Google Maps! A trick I learned from my husband...while you have wifi, search the address you want to go to. Then as you start to walk and lose wifi, the route will still be pulled up! An easy way to find a site or restaurant!

{Morning}

 -First stop...Belvedere Palace. This palace, the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, consists of the Upper and Lower Belvedere. We bought admission for the Upper Belvedere. Basically, it was beautiful art gallery. So our suggestion: if you like art, see the Upper Belvedere! If that does not interest you, just go and see the Gardens, it is free! The gardens are beautiful and you get to see the outside of the palaces...to us, those two areas were the most beautiful anyway (that is where all our pictures are)!

-Next stop...Hofburg Palace (about a 15 minute walk from Belvedere) and in a busy and beautiful area. Now, Hofburg palace is huge. So our suggestion: buy the admission ticket to the Imperial Apartments. We absolutely loved this part. You get to see where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth {Sisi}lived. It was so neat and very interesting. You also get to see the Imperial silver collection (way cool) and the Sisi museum, which personally was my favorite part. Do not miss out on the Hofburg Imperial Apartments!

{Afternoon}

-Now it is lunchtime! There are tons of yummy restaurants around Hofburg Palace. Our suggetion: Eat at either Cafe Mozart or Cafe Tirolerhof . Both are right by the palace and both offer famous Apfelstrudel. And it is a must to try Apfelstrudel in Austria!

-After a nice and relaxing lunch make your way to Vienna's Inner Stadt. This area is full of shopping, cafe's and Starbucks (if you are looking for wifi) and it so pretty! 

-Now it is time to see St. Stephen's Cathedral. A magnificent cathedral in the Inner Stadt. Go take a look inside and then buy an admission ticket to go up to the South Tower. Now beware, it is quite a few steps (takes about 10 minutes) and very narrow. Man those stairs were not my favorite, but once you get to the top...so worth it. You see such a beautiful view of Vienna.

{Evening}

-Now it is time to relax and enjoy the Inner Stadt and the beautiful area that it is! Stroll around, listen to the street performers and step inside all the fun shops!

-After all that walking and shopping you will now be ready for a delicious dinner! Hop on Tram 71 for Salm Brau restaurant! A great dining experience with traditional Austrian cuisine. Relax, reflect on your day and enjoy the atmosphere, some brew and Wiener Schnitzel!


And there you go! Our greatest tips for a great day in Vienna! Any questions, thoughts? Please comment!

Have a great day, friends!

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5 comments:

  1. Your pictures are great! I need to go to Europe ASAP!

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  2. Thanks for this! Traveling to Vienna in a couple weeks! Super cute pictures!

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  3. Thanks for this! I'm heading there in the beginning of Feb. Any updates?

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  4. Pretty pics! when were these taken? I traveled the first week of january and the weather was completely different! lucky you :)

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