If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen I recently visited Vienna. I was only there for a couple days for work, but I did squeeze in a little sightseeing. Eugene is a mate of one of my colleagues and kindly offered us a walking tour of the old downtown part of Vienna. He was very funny and provided insightful knowledge about the city he’s adopted (he was from the UK originally). I particularly like that he runs his walking tours without a license because it’s too expensive and time-consuming to get a proper license and paying the fines are cheaper. It’s an ironic twist that mirrors life that mirrors art.
We started on the bridge overlooking the Danube River. Fun fact I learned is that Vienna legalized street art so there are certain walls that have beautiful graffiti art because of it. One of those walls is along the Danube river.
Vienna has a rich history in the arts, as the home of Mozart and Freud, and a storied past from the Holocaust to their longest-reigning emperor Franz Joseph. Below is the Schönbrunn (meaning “beautiful spring”) Palace, where he lived. Behind the palace is beautiful garden and a spectacular view if you make the hike up the hill.
And if you’re looking for a cheap but delicious bite to eat after sightseeing, check out Schachtelwirt.
Vienna also has a lot of beautiful architecture. I was staying in a hotel around the corner from the Belvedere Museum, which today houses the the world’s largest Klimt collection but was before the home of Prince Eugene of Savoy(1663-1736).
Vienna is a beautiful city to visit, I only wish I had longer to explore it. I’d highly recommend it as a great central European city to see and doable on a long weekend escape. It has a lot of green spaces within the city and is rated as one of the best places to live in the world. The people are very friendly and food was delicious (although I had my fill of schnitzel by the end).