Dear Vienna

Here come all the pictures. Not all, actually, but a good portion. There will be minimal writing because I think the beauty of Vienna speaks for itself. The beauty is for you to see and the memories are for me to keep. It’s a no-explaination-needed kind of city.

*This post contains both DSLR and phone images, so quality varies throughout.

Pension

Pension

Pension Details

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Schönbrunn Palace

I ended up taking the entry level tour and found myself standing in the exact same room where Mozart gave his first concert at the age of 6, trying not to cry like an idiot. Between that and the Rococo decor style, my emotions and senses where blasted into overdrive on my first full day in Vienna. (Note: No photographs were allowed indoors, so you’re stuck with the Neoclassical exterior as a reference point for the beauty of this palace. I apologize for this terrible crime, because it truly doesn’t do the stunning interior any justice.)

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral

If I could go back and choose to only experience one thing in Vienna – this place would be it. It’s worth the money to tour the entire cathedral and walk up the 343 steps of the South Tower (photos from that further down). We also toured the crypts and catacombs, but no photos were allowed within the tombs.

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Salzburg, Austria.

I took the Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg. It was 48 degrees, windy, and rainy. If Salzburg was this beautiful in the rain, I can only imagine it on a clear, sunny day! *Most images were taken out of a moving bus, or in trying to avoid the rain, so quality is lacking here.* However, the Apfelstrudel with ice cream and warm vanilla sauce more than made up for the chill. The tour guide and driver were genuinely funny and made sure the Sound of Music experience was magical. I sang the soundtrack in my head all day long. 🙂

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Finding my way back to the Ubahn in the rain after spending a good portion of the day at the Haus Der Musik wasn’t a terrible thing because Vienna is actually stunning when she stares at her own reflection.

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Mozart. I accidentally found him in a park when I got lost. This was great because he was on my list of things to visit. It was windy and rainy, but I slipped my earbuds in and listened to a piece or two as I walked the park.

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Bill and Ted, anyone? There was an entire portion of the Kunsthistorisches Museum dedicated to armor. I didn’t have an English audioguide, so I don’t think it was as interesting as it could have been. Bill and Ted quotes were muttered under my breath though.

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Clementi. He’s my favorite composer to play. I could listen to and play Muzio’s work 24/7 and never get tired of it. It’s just so delightful! It was a great joy to see his portrait in the museum, because I wasn’t expecting it!

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The Haus Der Musik had each composers’ room marked with his signature as you walked in. Beethoven’s looked the coolest. Sorry, Strauss.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum. They want you to go see the art and all I wanted to do was lay down in the foyer and stare at the staircase and ceiling all day.

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The Court Musicians in Vienna. They were incredibly entertaining, and wonderful musicians to boot!

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Vienna from atop St. Stephen’s South Tower.

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The sign above the door leading back to the stairs up|down the South Tower. They led waaaaaaaaaay down. 343 steps. There was no warning of this.

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Supermodel Street. View from atop St. Stephen’s North Tower.

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Breakfast at Café Votive. This did not disappoint. At all. The hot chocolate was wonderful as well.

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Breakfast oatmeal at Jonas Reindl Cafe in Vienna. It was our go-to breakfast place. The fruit tea and croissants are missed.

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Berner Würstel.

Heaven on a plate.

Thank you, Café Einstein for this beautiful meal.

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FRESH VEGGIES. One of the most beautiful things you can find to eat when you’re traveling is vegetables and these did not disappoint. Café Einstein was definitely the place to eat in Vienna.

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Ubahn at 4am.

The vein of the city.

Empty.

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Final breakfast in Vienna occurred in the airport.

Thus concludes a visual journey through my time in Vienna.

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