Was blessed to spend 2 full days of my Europe road trip in the capital knows as the City of Music – Vienna, Austria. Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. It is a capital I quickly fell in love with due its old age and many baroque-inspired buildings.
Here are some of my recommendations when going to Vienna (it’s not a full list of all the things I saw while there just some of my favorites):
1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral. This roman-catholic church was originates from 1147 and is very recognizable because of the diamond-patterned tile roof which was added in 1952. The church is built in dedication to Saint Stephen who was the first martyr in Christian history.
2. Hofburg. It is the former principal imperial residence of the Hapsburg family and serves today as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. The buildings are more than 700 years of age.
3. Hundertwasserhaus is one of Austria’s architectural highlights. The houses on the street are painted very colorfully and is in general a very unusual complex of buildings.
4. Schönbrunn. If anything is a must see in Vienna, this would be it. The Schönbrunn castle along with its vast gardens, botanical garden and zoo has so much to offer.
5. Palmenhaus Schönbrunn. These buildings houses Vienna’s botanical garden along with an exhibition/small zoo of animals and plants living in the dessert. Truly a beautiful place and for a huge botanical garden enthusiast like me I must say this one in Vienna has been one of my favorites so far (only topped by Amsterdam’s botanical garden; Hortus Botanicus).
6. Prater amusement park. Lies in the heart of the city in the middle of the Stadtpark and is known for the Giant Ferris Wheel erected in 1827.
7. The Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus). Such a beautiful and unique tropical garden where around 400 free flying butterflies can be admired. It’s crazy to be able to see the whole process of the animal – from pupa to a beautiful butterfly.
What to eat:
If there is one thing you have to eat in Vienna it is their famous dish Wienerschnitzel. We ate at the famous Lugeck restaurant where we had reserved a table months prior and it surely did not disappoint.
Have you been too Vienna too? What place in Vienna would you like to visit?