City Guide: Vienna
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Vienna is most known for the Spanish Riding School, but also for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who spent most years of his life in Vienna. So, the city of Vienna which I review now has definitely tradition, which can also be seen when admiring the historical architecture in the old town of Vienna!
As we stayed at the Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront, it was kind of a long way to the city center.
Thus, we decided to spend every free minute in the city of Vienna, such as strolling around in the historical part.
There, lovely architecture awaited us as well as impressive churches and the search for the Mozarthaus Vienna!
Spanish Riding School Vienna
The Spanish Riding School Vienna dates back to the 16th century and has thus much tradition. Especially interesting is the fact that high dressage is trained and shown to visitors till today.
Unfortunately, we only have some photos of the impressive outside, as I have seen the show when I was younger with my whole family and have the show in mind that well. If you have time, spend it there, it’s well worth it and an experience you won’t forget!
National Library and Parliament of Vienna
When being at the area of the Spanish Riding School, another attraction are the coaches which are waiting for tourists to get on. However, we went on by foot to discover Vienna.
The weather was great and the atmosphere awesome, so seeing the National Library was really impressive and enjoyable! Just a few minutes away, the Parliament can be admired.
As far as I can judge, it is one of the most beautiful ones in regard of architecture in Europe I’ve seen so far. Well, not to be compared with Budapest, but still.
Palace and Garden Schönbrunn in Vienna
The impressive Schönbrunn Palace is pretty famous and popular. When we decided to pay it a visit the next day, it was raining. This had a positive and a negative side. The bad one: It was raining and nobody likes to walk in the rain for a longer period of time to discover. The good one: As nobody likes to do this, we were pretty much alone in the gardens and around the castle.
Usually, lots of tourists have the same idea to pay the magnificent castle a visit. But not this day, which is something we really liked and almost made up for the rain. In the end, we enjoyed spending time there, but were very wet as well.
The Prater in Vienna
Same goes for our situation at the amusement park we discovered later on. We strolled through the renowned Prater, but met nobody. This was not as much fun as you may expect in an amusement park.
So, as the day went to an end nevertheless and we had to catch a train, we finished our tour there and went back to the hotel.
We loved our first day in Vienna, as this is really a city where much can be seen and the architecture is adorable, and found some advantages in the rain on our second day.
What I definitely can ensure is that Vienna is a beautiful, historic city! The same also goes for Salzburg!