Vienna can do heatwaves too.

Trip Start Aug 12, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Monday, August 22, 2011

After two idyllic days in Bled, we learnt hot weather is a lot less pleasant in the city than in the countryside. On our first evening in town we headed out to explore the town centre. We made our way to the square in front of the town hall as we had heard there were outdoor film screenings of classical music being screened there over the summer. The screenings were film recordings of orchestral music, opera, ballet and the like. That evening we were treated to some Liszt performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the 70s. In keeping with good tradition, the conductor was the star of the show. It was so hot and sticky that it was nice to sit with some decent Austrian ale and watch the Viennese stop for a drink or an ice cream and listen to some music before wandering on. The Vienna town hall is an amazing building so it made a spectacular backdrop to the whole scene.
We stayed in an amazing hostel while we were in Vienna that was really just an apartment with two dorm rooms coming off a communal area. Fully decked out with 3 or 4 notebook computers, a kitchen with staples for cooking, plus breakfast included. We met a crazy Polish guy who took amazing photos, a Brazilian dermatologist and a German who walked around topless everywhere.
Schonbrunn Palace, was pretty sweet for a summer pad. We were so worn out by the heat that we thought we had gone soft till we found out it was 41 degrees that day.
We felt we ought to go to a trafditional Kaffe haus, but it was virtually empty due to the heat.  The Kunsthistorisches museum, created by emperor Franz Joseph to house the Habsburgs art and ancient objects collection, was airconditioned first and foremost. The building itself was truly impressive, designed to match the collections to be housed there. Full of masive marble pillars and murals painted by Klimt amongst others, in addition to vast amounts of material and exihibits that you couldnt hope to see in one day. 
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