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Beautiful Vienna

Vienna blog article

Well, we are now on the train after just having finished two days in Vienna, Austria. This was a very beautiful city and it had a lot to offer, albeit not at a cheap price, like our previous town (Prague). Instead of paying big fees to see attractions, we settled on observing the architecture in the city. Our big destination was the exquisite Schönbrunn Palace on the outskirts of the city, where the Hapsburg family had lived for nearly a century. The palace had plenty of history and beautiful views to spare. Inside the palace, we took a tour of the main floor, which consisted of a large number of rooms. The most compelling one (to me, at least) was the room where young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played to the Empress Maria Theresa. I got chills upon realizing that I was in the very space where history was made, and Mozart himself had stood. The grand ballroom was also quite remarkable, with its grandiose chandeliers and intricate furnishings. Outside of the palace, we strolled through the gardens and had a picnic by a small lake. The gardens had several mazes which were must more difficult than they looked. One of them also had a spray sensor that would spray you if you stood too long. David tried to go through but was intercepted by a child who kept the water going. He ended up spraying himself, however, and it was quite hilarious. We also went on to the Gloriette, which was an esplanade on top of the hill at the back of the property. This offered stunning views of Vienna, needless to say… We sat there contently for what could have been thirty minutes. Once we were done, we left and went back into the city near the Innere Stadte. This is where we saw most of the buildings. The one we happened to go inside was the “Steffensdom”, which happened to be right off the orange line in the center of town (A side note- The transportation system is Vienna is very similar to that of Chicago; lines are designated by color and directions are named by their starting/ending points. It’s pretty fun to navigate once you get it!). Back to the church… The Steffensdom was remarkable. Beautiful, magnificent, and had a distinct interior with its antiquated chandeliers, classic paintings, and dim lighting. As a Catholic, however, it makes me sad to see such a sacred sight exploited for tourism. In spite of signs asking patrons to remain quiet, it was still too loud. I certainly hope some tourists may consider the spiritual value of these sacred locations, in spite of what their beliefs might be. After seeing the church, we visited the rest of the Innere Stadt district, as well as the Stadtpark, where we saw several statues of composers (one of them being Franz Schubert, a favorite of mine). Everything flourished beautifully; these areas seemed to be immaculate in terms of cleanliness and safe to visit. We finished the day off at a couple restaurants, whose names I unfortunately cannot remember. The first one was suggested by the hostel, and was not appealing at all. The food was odd and a little too pricey (10-15 Euros). I had a burger, as there were no local specialties on the menu. The cafe, however, was excellent. We had dessert here, which consisted of “kaiserschmarren”, a dish made of shredded sweet pancake bits along with plum pudding, as well as “glühwein”, a local Viennese specialty which was basically a hot, red wine. Although I cannot remember the name of this location, I certainly suggest going to a cafe while in Vienna. This is an integral part of the culture- and a very tasty one, I might add. Vienna was a nice town, and we certainly accomplished a lot while spending as little money as we thought necessary. I plan on returning later in the semester, hopefully. This city ranks well in terms of cleanliness and beauty, but the people were not the most memorable. Sometimes they could be rude, and other times aloof. I enjoyed getting around on the underground line, as it was quick, convenient, and fun. David. Claire, and I agreed that the US could benefit from more of this kind of public transportation. We look forward to continuing onto our final leg of the trip: Croatia.

Beautiful Vienna

Well, we are now on the train after just having finished two days in Vienna, Austria. This was a very beautiful city and it had a lot to offer, albeit not at a cheap price, like our previous town (Prague). Instead of paying big fees to see attractions, we settled on observing the architecture in the city. Our big destination was the exquisite Schönbrunn Palace on the outskirts of the city, where the Hapsburg family had lived for nearly a century. The palace had plenty of history and beautiful views to spare. Inside the palace, we took a tour of the main floor, which consisted of a large number of rooms. The most compelling one (to me, at least) was the room where young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played to the Empress Maria Theresa. I got chills upon realizing that I was in the very space where history was made, and Mozart himself had stood. The grand ballroom was also quite remarkable, with its grandiose chandeliers and intricate furnishings. Outside of the palace, we strolled through the gardens and had a picnic by a small lake. The gardens had several mazes which were must more difficult than they looked. One of them also had a spray sensor that would spray you if you stood too long. David tried to go through but was intercepted by a child who kept the water going. He ended up spraying himself, however, and it was quite hilarious. We also went on to the Gloriette, which was an esplanade on top of the hill at the back of the property. This offered stunning views of Vienna, needless to say… We sat there contently for what could have been thirty minutes. Once we were done, we left and went back into the city near the Innere Stadte. This is where we saw most of the buildings. The one we happened to go inside was the “Steffensdom”, which happened to be right off the orange line in the center of town (A side note- The transportation system is Vienna is very similar to that of Chicago; lines are designated by color and directions are named by their starting/ending points. It’s pretty fun to navigate once you get it!). Back to the church… The Steffensdom was remarkable. Beautiful, magnificent, and had a distinct interior with its antiquated chandeliers, classic paintings, and dim lighting. As a Catholic, however, it makes me sad to see such a sacred sight exploited for tourism. In spite of signs asking patrons to remain quiet, it was still too loud. I certainly hope some tourists may consider the spiritual value of these sacred locations, in spite of what their beliefs might be. After seeing the church, we visited the rest of the Innere Stadt district, as well as the Stadtpark, where we saw several statues of composers (one of them being Franz Schubert, a favorite of mine). Everything flourished beautifully; these areas seemed to be immaculate in terms of cleanliness and safe to visit. We finished the day off at a couple restaurants, whose names I unfortunately cannot remember. The first one was suggested by the hostel, and was not appealing at all. The food was odd and a little too pricey (10-15 Euros). I had a burger, as there were no local specialties on the menu. The cafe, however, was excellent. We had dessert here, which consisted of “kaiserschmarren”, a dish made of shredded sweet pancake bits along with plum pudding, as well as “glühwein”, a local Viennese specialty which was basically a hot, red wine. Although I cannot remember the name of this location, I certainly suggest going to a cafe while in Vienna. This is an integral part of the culture- and a very tasty one, I might add. Vienna was a nice town, and we certainly accomplished a lot while spending as little money as we thought necessary. I plan on returning later in the semester, hopefully. This city ranks well in terms of cleanliness and beauty, but the people were not the most memorable. Sometimes they could be rude, and other times aloof. I enjoyed getting around on the underground line, as it was quick, convenient, and fun. David. Claire, and I agreed that the US could benefit from more of this kind of public transportation. We look forward to continuing onto our final leg of the trip: Croatia.

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