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.

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

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.

Parliament Vienna, capital of Austria

Parliament Vienna

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.

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What I definitely can ensure is that Vienna is a beautiful, historic city! The same also goes for Salzburg!


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20 Comments on “City Guide: Vienna”

  1. Vienna is hands down the most beautiful city in my opinion. I still have fond memories of visiting Schönbrunn and attending a concert at the Mozarthaus. GodzillaPin bought us a ride on a horse-drawn carriage afterwards, and it was simply magic!

    • Carriage rides are always something magic as one feels like being thrown back in another century. This is especially the case when the surroundings are historically like Vienna definitely is. Glad you liked it!

  2. I’m going to Vienna in a few months time with my family, so this post has given me some good ideas of what I want to see! I was not really that interested in going to the Spanish Riding School because I’m not really interested in horses, but since you recommend it so highly I might reconsider 🙂

    • Wow, sounds awesome! Have a great time there with your family 🙂 Well, what the Spanish Riding School shows – join the morning training, I think that’s how they call it – is something you won’t see anywhere else in the world. If you’re not sure, look for some pictures of the horses in google or so 🙂

    • Even if you’re not that in to horses, it really is worth seeing! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. You can go to the practice or you can go to the formal shows

    • It is! As the Austrians are protectionists to its finest, the architecture is safe for the future lol. Hope you get the chance to see the city ‘live and in colors’ 🙂

  3. The Spanish Riding School was amazing to see! We missed the Schonbronn palace though…so it looks like we have a reason to go back 🙂 We did see a classical performance in the one of the rooms of the Hofburg Palace. I highly recommend experiencing this if you can during your stay in Vienna!

    • Yeah the Spanish Riding School is so much more fascinating when also visiting the inside! Visiting it was a present from my parents to me, so I think I saw it all some years ago, but it is still alive in my memory! 🙂
      Schönbrunn looks even more impressive when the weather is better – if other visitors don’t ‘destroy’ the photo!

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