Saturday, 2 May 2009
My favourite cities: Viena
I was in Viena last year with my mother for 4 days and we really enjoyed the city´s cultural life. We took the city bus tour departing from the Opera but to be honest, i don´t recommend it because you lose a lot of time (one you get off the bus you have to wait for a long time to get a new one) and Viena has good means of transport : tram, bus and underground and you can get to all places easily.
Dont miss the Museumsquartier, it´s a square full of different museums and each museum has a beautiful cafeteria.
Try to see as many paintings from Klimt as possible, his paintings are in different museums around the city. Our firs visit was to Leopold Museum where you can also see interesting paintings from an Austrian artists called Schiele, a bit tetric but we liked it. You can spend one day in the quartier if you are a museum´s lover.
The most famous klimt´s painting: "the kiss" can be found at the glorious Belvedere Palace in the "oberessaal" , it is one of the most beautiful paintings I have seen. The palace is huge but we only went to see the room where Klimmt´s paintings were as you can also spend one day only inside the palace! To go to the palace you need time since it´s a bit far from the city centre, we went by underground and then we had to walk for aorund 15 minutes.
Don´t miss: The city centre with the opera,walk along the "Käntnerstrasse" (commercial street)get to the the Cathedral, the parliament, the Rathaus,a very beautiful "Votvitkirche","Hofburg", the university, the "Stadt park", Albertina´s museum,"Hundertwasser Haus" (modernist neighbourhood where you can find some small interesting shops) the Donau Insel it´s great to walk along if it´s sunny and of course dont leave Vienna without going to:
the Sissi´s palace : "Schönbrunn Schloss" its garden´s are huge and you need many hours to walk along them. We went there to attend a concert and see some Bals dancing. You can book this on the internet and then you collect the tickets once you are in Vienna. It´s beautiful because they play the most known balls and they also dance.
Viena is full of cafeterias with delicious cakes and it also have many good restaurants where you should order a " wiener Schnitzel". A good place to have lunch or dinner is the market " linke wienzeile" ,it´s full of different places to have a good meal according to your taste. By the way,just in front of the opera you can have a typcial "wiener Frühstuck ( breakfast from Viena)" for only 5 euros! we went there every day!
The hotel where we stayed was : http://www.austria-trend.at/hotel-ananas/en/ it was very clean and close to the centre, very expensive to have lunch or breakfast there so we found a good place just close to the opera.
If you are going to be for 3 days at least, i´d recommend you to buy the ticket for 72 hours where you can use all transports and form the airport you can use the CAT train that it´s quick and takes you straight to the city.
I found Viena a very romantic city, full of art,beautiful buildings many with "cariatides", with great restaurants and cafeterias! There are many more beutiful sights to see in Viena, I only put the most important ones
To me Viena is one of the most European beautiful cities and I´d recommend you to go if you haven´t been there yet! I was very happy to have been able to bring my mother to such a beautiful city and as she is a fan of classical music ,Viena was the perfect city!