Wandering abroad: Vienna Austria

 

Today I wanted to share about our adventures in Vienna Austria. This was City #2 on our travels and gave us a great idea of traveling in Austria. Everywhere you turn is so many beautiful walkway and stunning views, that was one of our favorite things about Vienna.

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The view from the Schloss Belvedere garden looking towards the city

We flew from Paris to Vienna with Vueling airlines. The trip was easy and with the trains going from the airport to all over the city, the commute was fairly smooth once we arrived. We did get onto a train headed in the wrong direction at one of the connecting stations but with some work on our part studying the train maps, It didn’t take much time for us to get headed in the right direction. 

Our Airbnb was located right next to Schloss Belvedere, which is a palace with very ornate grounds.(see above picture)  This was the perfect location for us to walk to a lot of the attractions that we wanted to see.

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The view from our balcony, you can see the garden wall of Schloss belvedere.

 I really like the special touches the hostess added, these little towels greeted us in the bathroom, the whole apartment was so clean and conveniently stocked. IMG_3347

Our Airborne hostess also left us the sweetest note, recommending a dinner place and a coffee spot, this was the nicest touch. Sperl for dinner and Vollpension for coffee.

Sperl– Karolinengasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria.IMG_3354This was our first taste of real Austrian style food, and it was delicious!IMG_3351

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apple strudel with ice-cream!

The atmosphere was so relaxing and we felt like the pricing was just right for our food budget. We had really wanted to have at least one traditional Austrian meal, and this restaurant really set the bar high.

Vollpension – Schleifmühlgasse 16, 1040 Wien, AustriaIMG_2287IMG_2286I was thrilled with this restaurant/ coffee-house and how welcomed we felt in Vienna.The ideals of this place are : bridging the gap between the older generation and the younger generation, opening communication over food and drinks.

We ordered brunch and sat inside on very comfortable chairs, music played in the background and the humming chatter around us was so perfect for relaxing and enjoying our meal.IMG_3364

My throat was a little sore from all our traveling so I ordered a huge mug of hot ginger lemonade with a hint of honey, I felt like it was a cure-all and so tasted so good. We did laugh a little when Philip ordered his breakfast and it came with a mini beer, so beer for brunch is a thing apparently.IMG_3376

I always enjoy a coffee shop vibe and trying new foods!

If you are in Vienna and want a great place to hang out and get some great food Vollpension is a must. As you can see I loved all the decor and views of the street outside.IMG_3366

Next we walked through the Naschmarket- this was a large outdoor market with so many vendors and restaurants, we didn’t purchase anything but really enjoyed browsing and getting a good idea of what it might be like to shop there.IMG_2295IMG_2294IMG_2293 (I didn’t get any good pictures at the market because it was crowded and I didnt want to be rude to the vendors by snapping pictures without buying anything)

We did grab some items from the local Aldi store. We wanted to cook as many meals at the Airbnb as possible and local grocery stores helped us do that, not to mention our fully functioning Airbnb kitchen.IMG_3358 We grabbed breakfast and dinner items, Eggs, muesli, milk,pasta, and sauce and walked home. The evening was spent enjoying dinner on the balcony, laundry (in a washer/dryer combo machine) and just relaxing at the Apartment.

The next day we walked through the Belvedere Palace. It was so nice walking through the gardens and walkways and imagining the luxury of the people who had inhabited the palace.

After strolling the ground of belvedere palace, we walked further into Vienna and tried out 1516 brewery. This was a spot I had read about as being a great place for preservative and additive free beer, the way beer used to be.

I was happy to say that it was very good. We ate lunch there and then strolled around the church district, there are so many churches and parks to walk through and enjoy.This is the style of vacation travel we really wanted, a nice leisurely time but with lots of exploring.

One of the things I loved most about our travels was all the churches! Pictures don’t do the ornate architecture justice but while strolling around in any city the Churches really made it special.IMG_2359IMG_2389IMG_2657IMG_2656IMG_3399IMG_2399We had to try out Demels and had some tasty sorbet and gelato, this was the perfect treat to eat while walking around.IMG_2348IMG_2354IMG_2352Next we visited Schloss SchönbrunnIMG_2418IMG_2414

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Visiting this palace is highly recommended, we didn’t tour the interior but it was so grand just walking the grounds

It was a pleasant walk from the summer-house to the main palace and the views of the city made every step worth it. I can’t make up those gorgeous blue skies! We had such good weather and I think that traveling in May was the right decision for us. IMG_2417IMG_2424IMG_2426IMG_2428IMG_2440IMG_2420When researching things to do in Vienna, I discovered a Schnapps museum tour. We booked with an english speaking group, the tour lasted about a half hour and ended with a schnapps tasting.

At €7 per person, we felt like this was a good buy, the guide was funny and informative. The tasting at the end was a great way to sample the various schnapps flavors and a few specialty liquors.IMG_3429IMG_3434IMG_3430

 

We had so much fun exploring Vienna. I am sure we barely scratched the surface of all the rich history held within Vienna, but we headed off to explore Salzburg next.

I hope you can enjoying reading about and seeing all the places we have traveled and I am happily continuing to work on completing even more about each place we visited in May.

Until next time,

Cheers!!

Rafaela S.

 

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