Wien Day 1

Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Friday, June 4, 2010

Schnitzel!!!!! These 3 entries are really long because we did so much, feel free to just look at the pictures!

Vienna (Wien) is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen and is filled with famous art and music. It did help that the weather was perfect for the 48 hours that I spent there. I have never been surrounded by so many tourists though! It was crazy how much English and other languages that I have never heard before were present in the city. The city is very large (it is the capital of Austria) but the large high-rise buildings are outside of the old and historic section. The innenstadt is about 2 square miles of historic buildings, museums, fountains, churches, cafés etc.

I could have walked the streets for days just admiring the details of the buildings. We attempted to stay on a good budget but it was so hard when every place required a tour to view the famous things. I arrived via ICE (fast train!) on Friday around 3pm, checked into the Hostel and started exploring the city.  Mason and Corey also came with me and we spent all of Friday afternoon just wandering and getting our bearings. We walked around the Museum Quarter (around 15 different museums in the entire city) to the Hofburg Imperial Palace grounds but we were slightly caught up by a huge parade/rally/protest of the Israel, Turkey, Gaza issue, so we stopped to watch. A local told us he heard there were 10,000 people involved but I'm not really sure (we didn’t get too close, but it was very safe, lots of police present).

We walked around the Hofburg palace which was the winter residence of the Hapsburg family which ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is mostly used for museum exhibits but you can also tour the palace apartments, jewel and silver collection, the famous Spanish Riding School or the Vienna boy’s choir. Then we walked toward the Rathaus, which looks similar to the Munich Rathaus but taller. After visiting a few more random but very beautiful churches we found the main pedestrian, shopping, café area of the city and we said, "here are all the people!" because there were hundreds of people just strolling, shopping or sitting at the cafes enjoying the beautiful weather. In this area is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which has a very interesting, and slightly out of place roof design. There are also many street performers, musicians, dancers, artists which were all very good. We saw breakdancers and even a spray paint artist. Then we found the famous Vienna Opera house where royalty have come to watch the performances.

After walking around for about an hour we finally decided to go back to the hostel area for dinner since the guys really wanted real Wiener Schnitzel for dinner (veal) and they had seen a restaurant earlier that had it Mariahilfer Brewery I had pork cutlet that was delicious!! Then we got ice cream and went to bed early, because we were so tired from the 4 hour trip and a full afternoon of walking. See day 2!
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