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Vienna, Austria



Journey dates: 28th Jun - 30th Jun
Travelers: Shwetha Shrivatsa, Karthik Raja, Jayanthi Bala, Parasuram Bala
Tour: Trafalgar Tours - highly recommended
Guide: Gerhard, http://thirdmanmuseum.com/

The entire city center of Vienna is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. Schönbrunn Palace is also separately included in the list.

Day 1: First Opera: We crossed over from the Czech Republic by land and the countryside in the Czech Republic and Austria was beautiful. We arrived in Vienna around 2 pm and checked into the Hilton Vienna hotel. Great hotel, even better location. We spent the afternoon walking around the Stadtpark, a cozy city park in the middle of Vienna. Besides the flora, there are various monuments to the great musicians from Vienna including a golden statue for Johann Strauss.

Our grand evening began with dinner at the Kursalon, where maestro Johann Strauss II gave his first concert. The 4 course meal, accompanied by strong wine was an excellent prelude to the 1.5 hour concert of Strauss and Mozart gems. The orchestra and performers were excellent and Trafalgar organized great seats. All in all it was a great evening, not to forget the champagne at interval.

Day 2: City Tour: We started the day early to beat the crowds at Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs. The palace and surrounding gardens are one of the most visited tourist spots in Austria and showcase the grandeur and artistic tastes of the Habsburgs. Guided tours are allowed before the palace actually “opens” to the general public, so we got a chance to explore the complex in leisure. The gardens are modelled along the Versailles Palace in France.

Next thing on the agenda was a guided tour of the city. Again this is a fairly small city and is best seen on foot. Most of the historic monuments, buildings, squares and statues are within the “Ringstrasse” or ring boulevard, a 4 km ring round. These include the State Opera House, Parliament building, Museum of Applied Arts, Museum of Natural History, Stadtpark and in the center, the imposing St. Stephen's Cathedral. We ended our guided tour after viewing the Imperial Crypt or Kapuzinergruft that is the resting place for most of the Hasburgs.

We then had a leisurely lunch at Naschmarkt, Vienna's most popular market. It is about 1.5 km long and is dotted with small restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, fruit, vegetable and meat shops. The evening was spent exploring Vienna on foot and a few hours back at the hotel for some well deserved rest.

Dinner was organized by Trafalgar at a family run alehouse. We got to sample traditional Viennese cuisine which included a vegetable strudel (for our family) and Apfelstrudel (hot apple strudel). Dinner was accompanied by some local music, which translates to songs from Sound of Music.

Day 3: Museums: We started the day leisurely by visiting Hundertwasserhaus, a building designed by the famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser and KunstHausWien, a museum housing his famous works. It was really unusual and a visit is highly recommended. This was followed by a refreshing meal at the Rosenburg across the other end of town. After lunch we went to St. Stephen's Cathedral and saw the sights of the city atop the bell tower. One of our must do things in any city is to try to see it from a higher vantage point. It opens up a whole new perspective. We also got to witness the graduation of the Police academy right outside the square adjoining the cathedral, presided by the Austrian Interior Minister.

Then we went to the Albertina museum and got another glimpse into the lives of the Habsburgs. There was also a permanent exhibition of the works of the Impressionists artists and and a temporary exhibition showcasing works from Monet to Baselitz. One of the best exhibits was the Alex Katz's works. All this culture and history left us parched and we decided to relax with a cup of traditional coffee at Sacher house, a very famous Viennese Coffee House. The Sacher Torte is a must eat.

Our next stop was the Prater, the amusement park that houses The Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad). This was an easy metro ride from Sacher house. The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels, erected in 1897 to celebrate Emperor Franz Josef I's golden Jubilee and has featured in many Hollywood movies. The ride takes 10 minutes and offers a different view of the city. We ended our Vienna trip with another delicious meal at Naschmarkt.

Tips:
Tap water is potable. The coffee houses serve unlimited water.
Best places for restrooms are in Starbucks and the Swarovski stores.
The EU has a great way to get back your tax on exit so ensure you get the store to give you the required forms for big purchases.


Vienna, rooftops, Austria
Vienna, rooftops, Austria
Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche), Vienna, Austria
Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche), Vienna, Austria
Vienna - the old and the new, Austria
Vienna - the old and the new, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
View of the Gloriette, Schönbrunn Palace, Austria
View of the Gloriette, Schönbrunn Palace, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Neptune well, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace, Neptune well, Austria
Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace; front facade - painted by Canaletto in 1758, Austria
Vienna - Schönbrunn Palace; front facade - painted by Canaletto in 1758, Austria
Hofburg Imperial Palace - The Michael Wing, Vienna, Austria
Hofburg Imperial Palace - The Michael Wing, Vienna, Austria
Archangel Michael, Michaelerkirche, Vienna, Austria
Archangel Michael, Michaelerkirche, Vienna, Austria
Lipizzan stallion, Imperial Stables (Stallburg), Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Lipizzan stallion, Imperial Stables (Stallburg), Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Tasks of Hercules, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Tasks of Hercules, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
The Staterooms, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
The Staterooms, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
The Staterooms, the Rococo Room, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
The Staterooms, the Rococo Room, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Emperor Franz I of Austria, Innerer Burghof, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Emperor Franz I of Austria, Innerer Burghof, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Hofburg Imperial Palace and Archduke Charles Statue in the Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria
Hofburg Imperial Palace and Archduke Charles Statue in the Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria
Prince Eugene of Savoy statue, Vienna, Austria
Prince Eugene of Savoy statue, Vienna, Austria
Heroes Square, Vienna, Austria
Heroes Square, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Interior, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Interior, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Interior, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
Interior, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria
St. Peter's Church, VIENNA, Austria
St. Peter's Church, VIENNA, Austria
St. Peter's Church. Vienna, Austria
St. Peter's Church. Vienna, Austria
St. Peter's Church. Vienna, Austria
St. Peter's Church. Vienna, Austria
Clock, Vienna, Austria
Clock, Vienna, Austria
ICH FERGEBE DIR (I forgive you), Vienna, Austria
ICH FERGEBE DIR (I forgive you), Vienna, Austria
The Danube, Vienna, Austria
The Danube, Vienna, Austria
Canal, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Canal, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
J.E.Schindler, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
J.E.Schindler, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
St. Charles's Church, Vienna, Austria
St. Charles's Church, Vienna, Austria
The Kursalon, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
The Kursalon, Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Performance at the Kursalon, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
Building in Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Building in Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Building by Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
Building by Stadtpark, Vienna, Austria
The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), Austria
The Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), Austria
State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
Statue Pestsaule, Vienna, Austria
Statue Pestsaule, Vienna, Austria
‘Tagedieb’ (Engl.: idler) by the German-African artist Cosima von Bonin, Vienna, Austria
‘Tagedieb’ (Engl.: idler) by the German-African artist Cosima von Bonin, Vienna, Austria
Kaisergruft - Imperial Crypt, Vienna, Austria
Kaisergruft - Imperial Crypt, Vienna, Austria
Albrecht (or Danubius) Fountain, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Albrecht (or Danubius) Fountain, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
The Admiral Tegetthoff Monument, Praterstern, Vienna, Austria
The Admiral Tegetthoff Monument, Praterstern, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria
Austrian Police Force, Vienna, Austria
Austrian Police Force, Vienna, Austria
Maria Theresia Fekter, Austrian Interior Minister, Austria
Maria Theresia Fekter, Austrian Interior Minister, Austria
Viennese Giant Wheel, Wiener Riesenrad, - dining car, Vienna, Austria
Viennese Giant Wheel, Wiener Riesenrad, - dining car, Vienna, Austria
Viennese Giant Wheel, Wiener Riesenrad, - Oldest in the world, Vienna, Austria
Viennese Giant Wheel, Wiener Riesenrad, - Oldest in the world, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Wurstelprater, Prater amusement Park, Vienna, Austria
Hudertwasser designs, Vienna, Austria
Hudertwasser designs, Vienna, Austria
Spices, Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
Spices, Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria
Viennese Passauerhof, Grinzing, Austria
Viennese Passauerhof, Grinzing, Austria
Music at the Viennese Passauerhof, Grinzing, Austria
Music at the Viennese Passauerhof, Grinzing, Austria
Hotel Sacher - Vivaldi lived here, Vienna, Austria
Hotel Sacher - Vivaldi lived here, Vienna, Austria
Sacher torte, Vienna, Austria
Sacher torte, Vienna, Austria
Einspänner, Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria
Einspänner, Hotel Sacher, Vienna, Austria
Demel dessert, Vienna, Austria
Demel dessert, Vienna, Austria
Vegetable Strudel, Vienna, Austria
Vegetable Strudel, Vienna, Austria
Apple Strudel, Vienna, Austria
Apple Strudel, Vienna, Austria
Johann Strauss dessert, Vienna, Austria
Johann Strauss dessert, Vienna, Austria