Wien - cakes and coffee
Trip Start May 06, 2008
29Trip End Jun 06, 2008
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Day 9: 16th May 2008 (Friday) Wien - cakes and coffee
We woke bright and early (not going to make the same mistake two days in a row) and checked my email first thing. Lobo Shuttle had replied, they were going to pick us up at 9am and it would cost us 1,100 CZK pp. So we had a quick breakfast at the hotel, checked out and were right in time for the shuttle. There were two other middle aged couples in the van, who yammered on and on throughout the 3 hour drive. The conversation was interesting at times, but for the most part, it was boring and I dozed on and off till we got the main train station Westbanhof
We took the that cirlces the Innere Stadt along Ringstrasse to get an overview of the city.We then got off near the Parliament building to take a few pictures.I liked the city, lots of interesting buildings, cute coffee shops, green parks and trams. I like cities with trams. After wandering about for a while we made our way to the Hofburg, which for centuries was the center of the Habsburg empire. The entry ticket entitled us to visit the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection and there were audioguides to go with it. Godwin didn't want to listen to any more history, he was already museumed out, but dork that I am, I listened to the whole thing enraptured while he rolled his eyes and strolled about... It was really crowded but the palace is stunningly beautiful and the stuff on display is amazing - silver, porcelain, dinnerware.
Frankly, I had no clue who Sisi was, and I sure learned a lot, she was an interesting character
After that massive overdose of Viennese history, it was time to refuel, and what better way to do it than to try famous Viennese cakes and of course, coffee... The sacher torte was divine and I learned ein kleiner brauner is coffee with milk... Satisfied, we headed towards St Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom). I mean, it basically dominates the skyline and you can't help but gravitate towards it... Unfortunately, they were cleaning up the roof tiles or something so there was a lot of scaffolding and I guess I didn't get to truly appreciate the details. But I love Gothic cathedrals, and of course we had to go inside and light candles. Where there be candles, light... (for Euro 0,65)...
Vienna is such a beautiful city
It was getting late, and it was time to look for a place to eat dinner and crash. I was really tired and just wanted to sleep in but we had plans to go to the Schönbrunn the next day and we wanted to get there as early as we could before having to check out and catch the train to Salzburg. Really didn't want a repeat of the fiasco of getting to CK... I had great plans of attending a musical show, but G absolutely hates opera... so it wasn't really an option...
Steps walked: 13428