The largest city and capital of Austria, Vienna (as popularly called in English) has many legacies attached to it. Often called as The City of Music and The City of Dream – it also carries with it a long history buried within from settlers Celtic period in 15 BC, Roman era, the glorious days of Austro-Hungarian Empire and then devastation of world war & occupation post war.
My visit to Vienna was marred by rain and wind – though the morning allowed me a good dry time in Schonbrunn Palace, I spent the rest of the day running taking cover between Hofburg and Museum Quarter. I chose to stay a little far from the city in Hutteldorf – that was not the best idea. I lost a lot of time travelling, not because of distance but train frequency. You would rather stay somewhere close to city centre. Mariahilf is alsway bustling with a lot of people and has all the shops and food joints, an excellent place to hangout. The street leads straight to Museum Quarters and Heldenplatz, I can say two main attractions for appreciator of art and history.
Schonbrunn Palace is a bit away from the centre of the city but certainly is marvelous place to be in during a spring afternoon. The compound of the Place is a private world created inside. Where else will you find a designed roman ruin? Wide spread gardens of all kind from desert feel to palm tree – they have everything created inside it along with a zoo as well. One can spend a whole day going about here and having a great time. It was a bit windy when I was there, and that can be a real pain because all pathways are made up of small gravels and dust. They have a museum inside; entry is free to the campus though one got to pay for each of small attractions within the premises of palace. If you are travelling with kids, they can have a gala time in there.
For those travelling with Eurail pass, almost all trains are at your disposal and there is no need for reservation anywhere. In fact even to travel within different districts you can board one of the S-Bahn trains. If you have a first class pass, the OBB lounges are amazing and serve some good snacks. When spending a day in Museum Quarters, Westbahnhof is not far and thus the lounge there could be a good place to take a break.
What is a beautiful abode of music and fine arts today for tourists has barely escaped a fate very similar to Berlin in past years. Look beyond museum quarters and take a peek in history of this glorious city when you are in Wien.
12:50 PM – Salzburg (Austria) – 919 to Wien Huttledorf (Austria) at 3:15 PM
Schloßberggasse 8, 1130 Wien