Austria has grown as one of Europe’s greatest post-communist success stories.
Long considered the best city in the world to live in, the capital of Austria has been the birthplace of great artists and composers.
Suppose you are looking for a fairy tale destination. In that case, Vienna is the ideal place to get lost among its museums and imperial palaces.
As seasoned travelers, we knew it would be quite a long journey. Therefore, we make sure to change our currencies before starting the trip and thus save us from switching to euros at the last moment. This city certainly stands out for its excellent transport connections and low cost (24 hours for €5.80). Still, its airport is not the best signposted, be very careful not to get lost between its terminals!
Once settled in the hotel, going for a walk through the city center is almost mandatory. First, get to the central square and its cathedral, Stephansdom, which is even more surprising inside and allowed to climb the towers at certain times of the year. From this central square, which is always bustling, several of the leading commercial arteries of the city left, where the most prestigious brands such as Versace or Armani, among others, are located.
Following one of these great roads and not far away, you can find the famous Vienna Opera. Ticket prices vary a lot. For those who want to spend less, in spring and summer, the opera show is retransmitted in the street, free of charge, and broadcast on its side façade.
Visiting the imperial part of Vienna, we realized how important this city became in its time. Among its most famous palaces are the Belvedere (where an exhibition of Klimt and his most famous picture, “The Kiss” are exposed). Or further from the city center, The Gardens of Schonbrunn, a palace that served as the summer residence of the Habsburgs Family and in whose extensive gardens is located the oldest zoo in the world.
The Austrian gastronomy was not the most impressive part of our visit to our surprise. However, trying the typical sausages from a local stall was more striking than going to a traditional restaurant. But, at the level of pastries and sweets, no one surpasses the Austrians. Spend some time in the middle of the afternoon having a coffee with a good piece of cake is a pleasure that is even more valuable among the Viennese locals.
To end our visit, we stopped at the Museumquartier. The seventh-largest cultural complex in the world, located right in front of the imposing art and natural history museums and very close to the city hall. This complex houses at least 4 of the most important museums in the city: Mumok or museum of modern art and the Leopold Museum.
In general, Vienna did not seem to be a costly city. However, many places do not accept card payments, most tiny businesses, and locals further from the center.
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