Vienna, Austria

By 9/06/2015 , ,

Beautiful Vienna, also described as Europe's cultural capital, is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair.

We arrived on Saturday evening and on Sunday in Austria most shops and restaurants are closed. So be prepare for that. It is very strange to me, because in Ukraine, where I live, most of the shops work 24/7.

We were very lucky with the weather! All days were sunny with no sign of a rain.

On Monday we went to Ribs if Vienna - it is very praise on tripadvisor. Very tasty food and beer. Though the entire staff, and almost all customers are Russian. If you want something authentic, perhaps you can select other locations. But highly recommend this place!

In the first days we just walked around Vienna. Very green and beautiful city.

An obligatory part of the program - an observation deck at the Cathedral of St. Stephen with beautiful views over Vienna.

St. Stephen's Cathedral - a national symbol of Austria and symbol of the city of Vienna. Under the eastern half of the cathedral and under the surrounding houses the catacombs are located - underground cemetery. We got a very nice and interesting guide who spoke in English and German languages. In 1732 Emperor Charles VI forbade burial in the old cemeteries within the city walls, so in the XVIII century, the dead were buried under the ground.

It is a bit creepy, so if you are visiting with kids I think you should just go to the top of the cathedral to see view on the city.

It so happened that we rarely used any transport. There is no place to park the car, the city is very nice to stroll around, but we did used the subway a couple of times. If you plan to travel a lot, it is smart to buy a Vienna card. We took a one-time trip for 2 euros.

If you don't like visiting museums, it will be enough to spent here a couple of days. If you do - 10 days will be not enough. Vienna has a lot of museums!

One day we decided to visit the Prater, but all the attractions were closed, so we walked around the park, which was quite large and beautiful.

And then we went to Madame Tussauds. Admission is 18 euros per person. Only later we learned that the tickets with Austrian Airlines, we could provide 30% discount :)

Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna residence of Austrian emperors, one of the most important architectural buildings of the Austrian Baroque.

Belvedere - another palace. You can spend here a lot of time, plan your trip ahead.

Of course the city has a lot more to see: the State Opera, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square), Parliament, the Burgtheater, and much much more.

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