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travel diary: vienna, austria

By May 22, 2014 austria, europe, travel, travel diary

I think Vienna has to be my favourite city in Europe. Although Amsterdam is up there, I think Vienna is more for me.

The buildings are grand, the streets are clean and it has that perfect mix of history and modern culture.

Although there are countless things to do, see, eat and drink here, sadly I had just one day to explore. I tried to make it count.

We arrived here early morning and started with a quick bus ride around town to get our bearings. Although I have been to Vienna before, I was blown away by the sheer grand-ness of the buildings and how picture perfect every corner was.

We started our walking tour by popping past a pretty special council building, the Hundertwasserhaus. Designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and costing over 6,000,000 euros, it caused quite a stir.

Quite ahead of it’s time, the building is rather odd looking and features undulating floors, a roof covered with earth and grass and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows.

Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.

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It’s location and uniqueness make it the most sought after council accommodation in Vienna.

Next we took a walk around town, stopping to admire all the architecture. Here are some of my favourites.

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Finally arriving at the beautiful St Stephens.

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Afterwards we walked down the main shopping street, Kohlmarkt. All the big names are here.

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But…. it was Demel that caught my eye.

Serving coffee and a wide range of pastries, it’s the perfect place to get your pre/post shopping sugar fix.

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Sadly we were in a bit of a rush and the line was crazy long, so we made speed to an adorable local restaurant called Pfudl.

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Nestled into a quite backstreet, if you’re looking for a perfect spot to get out of the tourist crowds and recharge, then look no further.

We ordered some local wine and perused the menu.

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Tee | Scarf (similar)

Between us we had the traditional Wiener Schnitzel.

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The Boiled Beef.

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And the Beef Stroganoff.

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As tempted as were to get dessert, we still had another café to visit so we kept ourselves under control.

Only long enough to walk around the corner and pop into Cafe Prueckel for Viennese coffee and pastries.

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Tee | Scarf (similar) | Jeans | Sandals

Prueckel is rather cool with 60’s / 70’s furniture, cool lighting and nifty newspaper readers.

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You could tell, this is where the local Viennese come. And I could see why.

After checking out the strudel bar, we settled for traditional apple.

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Which we washed down with Viennese Coffee.

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Rum with a dash of hot chocolate (gone before I could get a pic) and an Iced Coffee.

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Stuffed and caffeinated, we rolled over to the park to walk off our indulgence.

The weather was just perfect.

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Spring was well and truly in bloom.

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On our way back to the bus, we spotted this antique shop and lost the rest of the afternoon.

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All four of us spotted something we liked. After some spying and trying, begging and bargaining, we all walked away with a piece of Vienna to keep.

My piece was this gorgeous Eterna watch. Isn’t she a beaut?

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After a brief refresh and a seafood dinner, we headed off for a private show at the Palais Liechtenstein.

Although we were hit with torrential rain walking in, all was forgotten once we set out feet through the doors.

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After a quick explore around the hall and a glass of bubbly, we piled into the hall. We were lucky and snagged front row seats.

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Shortly after, the show started. We were treated to pieces from Strauss, Beethoven and Mozart.

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As well as a soprano performance.

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And a tenor performance.

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Then a beautiful duet by them both.

Thinking it couldn’t get much better, we were all blown away when the MC busted out the violin and played Mozart’s “Turkish March”.

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He was most impressive.

To round the night out, we watched a ballet piece performed to the Blue Danube Waltz.

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You can see I’m very chuffed after what can only be described as a perfect day in Vienna.

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Dress | Heels | Bag (similar)

I can’t wait to return to explore more of this perfect Austrian city.

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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