Travel. Europe

Voyage to Vienna

A visit to the Austrian Capital

Patrick Duane
Mar 16 · 6 min read
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I arrived in Vienna after spending 1 night in Bratislava. It made sense to me to spend more time in Vienna as it’s much larger than Bratislava with a lot more to see and do. The 2 cities are close to each other and going between both is quick. Vienna has a reputation of being one of the prettiest cities in Europe, I can safely say, it didn’t disappoint.

Journey from Bratislava

As I mentioned above, I landed in Vienna from Bratislava. I took the Twin City Liner boat from Bratislava. I purchased an afternoon ticket for the boat. Boat trip was around 30 euros and the journey was roughly 1.5 hours.

The boat ride was an immensely enjoyable way to travel with the beautiful views of the countryside and the relaxing atmosphere on the boat. The weather was warm and sunny too, so I spent most of my time outside on the deck.

Delighted that I decided to take the boat instead of the bus. Boat is definitely the way to go between the 2 capitals.

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After arriving in Vienna, I walked to my accommodation. Conveniently, it was only a 15-minute walk from where the boat docked. By the time I arrived and settled in, it was the evening time, so I just wandered around the area to get my bearings. I grabbed something to eat and went back to my room to get ready for the next day.

Touring Vienna

Felling refreshed and ready for the day ahead, I decided the first port of call would be St Stephens Cathedral. A truly spectacular church both inside and out. There is an option to go to the rooftop for panoramic views of Vienna. I took this option and I waited in line for the lift to the top.

The line wasn’t long and the wait was only 10 minutes. The views from the top are nice, however, if there is a long line, it isn’t worth the wait. The church though is a must-visit, and it’s one of the most well-known buildings in Vienna.

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I was somewhat disappointed that the city cycling tour that I wanted to do was sold out for the day. Cycling is my preferred option for touring around, especially large cities. It was easy to walk around Bratislava, but Vienna is much bigger and not ideal for walking around.

I should have booked the tour well in advance, it didn’t help that I arrived during the height of tourist season. With this slight setback taken on the chin. I decided to take the bus tour instead, I do find most bus tours boring, but the city is spread out.

The first stop I made was at Naschmarkt, a large food market brimming with stalls and restaurants. It was around lunchtime, and I was hungry, a no-brainer to have lunch here. You need to sample some food here.

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Schonbrunn Palace

Afterwards, I got back on the bus, next stop Schonbrunn Palace. The palace is just enormous and spectacular with over 1,400 rooms! I did the tour inside, and it’s very impressive. However, I was happy when the tour ended.

I was mainly interested in exploring the vast grounds surrounding the palace. I spent a couple of hours exploring the grounds, and it was more enjoyable than the palace tour. There is a ridiculous amount of statues on the premises!

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The grounds are kept impeccably and are a must-visit on a warm Summer day. The palace tour itself ? It was fine, but I wasn’t blown away by it for some reason.

I would have enjoyed it more if it was the middle of winter and raining outside.

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I returned to the bus which made its way back towards the city centre, I walked to the Vienna opera house, another impressive building. If opera is your thing, then this is the place to go. I continued on my wandering tour around this area.

No matter what you street you walk down, you won’t be too far from spectacular buildings. They are everywhere! To this point, I found the Hofburg Palace, another famous palace. It was very busy with tourists and another well known place of interest.

Looking back, the day went fine in general, 1 or 2 small hiccups. I was tired after the day. I’m sure all the walking had something to do with it, and it was hot. It’s crazy how many miles you can clock up walking when touring. They creep up on you, especially in large cities.

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Hundertwasser Museum

The next day, I had some time to tour in the morning to do some final touring. I decided to go to the Hundertwasser Museum. Housing the work of famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

My visit to this unique museum was fascinating, and it was time well spent. I only found out about the museum while talking to someone the previous day. Moreover, I must say that after my visit, I’m a fan of his work.

The tour of the museum was the last major point of interest for me. I had a little time to kill before leaving which meant time for 1 last ice-cream! They are big business in Vienna. It’s so good, you definitely need to try it here. That wrapped up my time perfectly in Vienna.

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Summary

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Vienna. It’s a big and stunning city that is spread out for miles. A cycle tour would be ideal in Vienna, the one that got away on this occasion. The only negative that I can think of is that it’s an expensive city. But other than that, I don’t have any other downsides.

It’s very clean with spectacular buildings. I felt safe throughout my visit, and the atmosphere is very chill in the city centre. I could easily spend more time exploring as there is a lot to see and do.

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I’m a fusion of finance and fitness. Background in financial services, certified PT, blogger, world traveler. Blazing my own trail. Blog: https://pdfitness.net

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