We’re so delighted to share with all of you about our amazing Europe travel just last week. The first city we’ve been to is Vienna in Austria. Vienna is known to be the “City of Music” because of it’s musical heritage. Yes, the infamous “Sound of Music” of the Von Trapp Family is originally from this country. Much more to this, Vienna is just so stunning, very rich in history and full of impressive architectural designs. So here’s what we’ve been doing last week during our 10 hours stay in Vienna.
05:50 – Arrived at Vienna Airport via Austrian Airlines
06:30 – Took the suburban railway (S-bahn) to Wien Mitte Station or the City Centre. Ticket price is at EUR 4.40 per individual
scene from one of the metro stops
07:00 – Arrived at the City Centre. From here, we could already have a view of the tower of St. Stephen’s Church so we headed towards it and asked for directions.
just got curious about this sculpture near the bridge – a stylized human face
resting on a bus stop
07:45 – at Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
I was very impressed at this massive tower and wonderful Gothic style architecture of the church. I went inside, near the altar and say my prayers. The interiors of the church are as impressive as the exterior designs.
inside the cathedral
Note: It’s also worthy to pay EUR 5 to go to the north tower with Pummerin bell using an elevator or climb 343 steps to the tower-keeper’s room in order to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city centre.
08:45 – Hofburg: Imperial Palace
Hofburg was previously the center of Habsburg empire. And currently, it serves as the official residence of the Austrian President. The exteriors of the building was rather charming, majestic, and historic. Unfortunately, we did not go inside the palace as it is under renovation, but even so, we had a great, stunning view from the facade of the palace.
fountain near Hofburg Palace
9:15 – St. Michael’s Church
Located just within the area of Hofburg Palace.
10:00 – Mozarthaus (also known as “House of Figaro”)
From Hofburg Palace we headed our way back to Wien Mitte Station in which we are en route to Mozarthaus and Stadtpark. We easily find Mozarthaus as it is a few distance away from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. So this is where the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used to live, in which some of his great works have been composed here. He also used to perform concerts with Haydn, right in this apartment.
11:00 – Stadtpark
At last we find a resting place for our tired and aching feet. We had a light snack while taking advantage of the nice cold weather and perfect view of the nature. My son was busy feeding the doves and chasing after them. After this, he fell asleep with husband, and it was such a wonderful sight for me to see, my heart is melting right from that moment. So while the two were taking a nap, I took the opportunity to have wonderful photos at the park.
my son feeding the doves
such a wonderful sight to behold
lovin’ the nature
let’s paint the world green
scene from the park
fountain at the Stadtpark
my son loves to play
13:00 – Schonbrunn Palace
From Wien Mitte Station, we headed to the Schonbrunn Station for the Schonbrunn Palace, considered as the summer residence of the previous Habsburg monarchy. Currently, it is considered as one of major and most popular tourist destination in Vienna. As a tourist, I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the palace, not to mention its expansive, lustrous gardens and ornaments.
charming Schonbrunn Palace
Gloriette, the Neptune Fountain, the Great Parterre, and my son
14:00 – had a quick lunch at Quicklee Chinese Restaurant at the Wien Mitte Station. I ordered some noodle soup while my husband craved for fried noodles.
I had to warn you though that it there’s no public toilet in Vienna. I mean, in the Philippines and in Dubai or in almost anywhere, when you go to a shopping mall, there will always be a free toilet for public use. When we went to one of the shops and asked the cleaner, she informed us that the toilet is not for public use and told us to go to Mc Donald’s. We were surprised that one has to pay EUR0.50 for using the toilet at Mc Donald’s.
16:00 – headed back to the airport
20:35 – Auf Wiedersehen Wien! Ciao Milano