Vienna

On our second (and last!) full day in Vienna, we hit up all the sites we missed yesterday.

We started with St. Charles Church.  Before we got there we read that you could take an elevator to the top of the church for some views.  What they don’t say is that the elevator is built as part of the restoration scaffolding and that you still have to climb 12 flights of scaffolding stairs to get to the top.  Zoe made it up 2 flights before turning back and that was all the motivation I needed to also go down.  I was no more than 5 flights high and the stairs were shaking.  We met someone who made it all the way up and she said the shaking gets much worse the higher you go.  Not fun!

From here we continued to just stroll through the city.

When we got to the imperial treasury we thought it’d be worth checking out.

We had the most delicious and nutritious lunch.

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And then headed towards St. Stephen’s Cathedral, including a visit up the north tower (yay for elevators that go all the way to the top!)

It was recommended that we check out a really cool architectural building that ended up being quite closer to our accommodation and then walked down to the Danube River.  Unfortunately it started raining half way there, and we were fully exhausted so we ended up cabbing back, but it was really nice to see more of the city!

And in the evening we attended a beautiful Mozart concert! We couldn’t leave Vienna without attending an orchestra, and it was the best!

And tomorrow we’re off to Prague! Time is just flying by!

Vienna

I met my friend Zoe in Vienna yesterday! It was a long flight from Toronto for her, and an early flight from Malta for me, so we were both pretty tired and also very excited to begin our trip together!

By the time we got settled in our airbnb it was later in the afternoon and we just decided to walk around the city and familiarize ourselves with some of the local sites and check out the naschmarkt.

We started today with a visit to the Schonbronn Palace – the summer palace for the Austrian royal family.  It reminded us both a bit of Versailles, with a grand palace and huge gardens in the back, and both the inside and outside was lovely to walk through.  We spent many hours here this morning/afternoon.

From here we headed into Vienna’s city center and took a stroll with no real destination in mind. The buildings are astonishingly beautiful and there are statues on the top of a vast majority of them.

We found my favourite spot of the day just by accident – the national library.

And we had heard that the buildings are all lit up at night, so we stayed out til the sunset to see the lights on the buildings.

It was all very dramatic and I regret how full I was because we walked by MANY delicious gelato stalls that I would have loved to try.