a week in vienna

I was lucky enough to spend about a week on vacation in Vienna, Austria. I had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and seeing the lovely sights that Vienna has to offer. Here are some of the highlights of my trip:

Schonbrunn Palace and gardens

beautiful classical buildings (Hofburg Palace)

beautiful art deco buildings (Wagner Apartments)

lovely views from Riesenrad historic giant ferris wheel

the Upper Belvedere Palace (a fantastic art museum inside)

Vienna is a wonderful city for wandering around. There are beautiful buildings all over the place. When your feet get tired, though, the metro system is a great resource. I never had to wait more than four minutes for a train! I also enjoyed visiting Stephansdom – it was definitely worth it to ride the elevator to the top of the north tower, and the creepy tour of the catacombs was interesting too. The Opera House tour was very interesting as well. The vast Central Cemetery had numerous impressive graves, including those of famous composers Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss.

We loved climbing the vineyard-covered hills in the suburb of Grinzing. At the top of one hill, we sampled some wine, grape juice, and simple food at a heuriger with a beautiful view.

heuriger in Grinzing

Speaking of food, I found Vienna to be surprisingly vegan and gluten-free friendly. More on that in my next post…

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4 responses

  1. i love grinzing!

  2. rose j brennan | Reply

    Must have been difficult to select just a few pixs to share -always check to see what’s new -even when i don’t comment!!!

    1. yeah, that’s one of the reasons it took me a while to write this post. in order to see which memories stand out the most, i needed a little time for the whole trip to sink in. thanks for checking in 🙂

  3. […] When I was at the Belvedere in Vienna, I saw a painting of Monet’s gardens with his house in the background. I bought a postcard of that painting at the Belvedere gift shop, and brought it along to the gardens. The photo below shows the painting postcard in the spot depicted in the painting. […]

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