Backpacking through Europe; Vienna

Beautiful Vienna was the third stop on my trip, after Prague and Berlin. It was my first time in Vienna and I was excited to see it. Particularly since it was named (second year in a row) as the most liveable city in the world by the Economist. Needless to say expectations where high.

Scooter driving down a street in Vienna, in the background you see the Stephans Dom, the monument of Vienna.
One of Viennas stunning streets with there enormous houses, in the back you can see the gothic ‘Stephans Dom’.

Where to stay in Vienna

Vienna is divided in to districts, district 1 is all of the centre, containing all the biggest sights. I was lucky enough to stay here, because I was staying at my friends gorgeous apartment. I was a 5 minute walk from Stephans platz where the incredible Stephans Dom is.

It’s a bit pricier in district 1, 2 and 3 but Vienna has incredible public transport. Both, U-bahn and S-bahn run across the city but there are also many tram lines across the city so getting anywhere is quick and cheap. So if you wanna save money on accomodation staying a bit in the outer districts is really no problem.

Must see in Vienna

Stephans Dom

As churches goes, the Stephans Dom is absolutely magnificent. It is massive and the roof is something else, it depicts the typical two headed Hapsburg eagle. The Hapsburgs are present throughout the city and they have made their impression on Vienna. The Hapsburg castle and their ‘guesthouse’ are witness to their royal wealth. The Dom is in the very centre of Vienna and its hard to miss, I suggest you have a walk around it and also visit the inside, you won’t regret it!

Museums in Vienna

The Albertina

This is an art museum in the old Hapsburg guest house. The art you can fins at the Albertina are giants like Picasso and Monet. There is for sure a more contemporary feel to the museum rather than classic. But it does have the old Hapsburg rooms left and walking through there you feel the old historical feels.

The World Musum

I loved this museum! It was massive and it contained the personal collection of arch duke Franz Ferdinand. The name the world museum is truly justified as it has something from everywhere.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Museum of Art History)

This museum probably have more remains from the Roman Empire than Rome does. I found it really fascinating to see all the Mediterranean left overs. This museum had a huge downside, there was no signs in english. That has never happened to me before, and this museum is huge… So you better practice your German before you visit this museum.

Karls Kirche or Charles Church

This church is built on Roman ruins. That has given the church a unique look with the incredible peelers. I haven’t seen anything like that on a church before… You should pop in have a a look inside and up in the big dome of the church. If you are here you might as well walk a short block away and see the soviet liberation monument, a must see and you should look into Viennas special after war history.

Karls Kirche or Charles church, reflected in the fountain infront of the church
The Gorgeous Karls Kirche

The Vienna Wineyards

Vienna is in a valley and the mountains surrounding the city is full of wine yards. These are owned by the catholic church but they have leased them to local farmers (lucky farmers!). When the season is right you need to visit here and try some delicious Vienna wine out. A good reason to get some nature on a city trip.

Eating and dinking in Vienna

There are many restaurants in Vienna and bars. Something you have to try is the Vienna pastries and chocolate.. They love their sweets and they are great at it, so have a little break in a café and try some of the local stuff out.

Vienna is a bit pricier.. And something to keep in mind is that almost everything is closed on Sundays. But some restaurants I recommend are Disco Volante, a great Pizza place, which is SO good. It doesn’t matter what time of the day Ulrich has something to offer., brunch, lunch or dinner! It has everything. Finally it’s worth mentioning Kleines café a fabtastic place to enjoy a beer after a long day of tourism.

A small street in vienna.
One of Viennas many amazing streets.

My Vienna take away

I don’t think I could live in Vienna, even though its fantastic… But, it’s not a city for me! With that said I will definitely return and spend some more days here. All the architecture is wow and the city has a cool history. You feel safe walking around by yourself at any time a day. But I think the city is a bit too ‘grown up’ for my flavour…!