It did not take a lot for us to fall in love with Vienna. How could we not to, with its imperial castles, artistic atmosphere and baroque streets! As usual for first-timers, we visited the breathtaking palaces, including Belvedere Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and Schonbrunn Palace & Gardens. The rest of our stay was simply wandering the stunning streets, trying the local food, having too much coffee, attending a concert, and (of course) having a ride on the Ferris wheel.
Here I present my selected must-dos for a long weekend in Vienna:
Schonbrunn palace (Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47) was no doubt our favourite. I have always been fascinated with the history of the palace and I loved the guided self-tour. You can walk around the halls on your own pace and listen to the story of the royal families who have long ago inhabited the castle and the grounds. I have always found their lives to be way too sad. Arranged marriages and million limitations? No, thank you. Not even for the amazing, endless gardens surrounding the palace.
ST. STEPHEN’S PLATZ
St. Stephen’s Platz (Stephansplatz 3) was another beautiful landmark, which fascinated us with its altars and side chapels. Just next to the gothic cathedral, are some of our most favourite cafes in the city.
Another must-do for us was to have a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad. This is the famous Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, with amazing views over the city. Frankly, I still prefer the London Eye, but when in Vienna, this is a must.
ST. CHARLES’S CHURCH
The perfect spot for late afternoon chill after a day on the go around the many beautiful landmarks for us was St. Charles’ Church (Kreuzherrengasse 1).
Apart from the sunny memories, I have special attachment to that place, because my fiancé had arranged a surprise concert for us (to The Four Seasons), which was one of the best I had ever attended.