I didn’t plan to visit Vienna but as my friend noticed it, I had one day totally free! It was the good opportunity to see the city again before going to Poland. Unfortunatly the weather was – again – not perfect.
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As I said before my visit of Vienna was not on my trip schedules. I thought to go there but changed my mind because of no time. Luckily and surprisingly my friend shown me the mistake and I could think about my hostel.
Booking and hostel
A hour before leaving Linz I searched for a hostel in the city not far from the train station. I found mine just 5 minutes from it, which was perfect because I felt not in the mood to carry my bag thought this big city! Two drawbacks of my hostel: Fucking cold water.. And absolutely no plugs in my room! Sharing with 7 people and couldn’t charge my phone and camera!
Vienna the Imperial City
Schönbrunn Palace and park
The first thing I asked to my hostel (after where were the showers) was the city map and points of interests around there. The reception told me about a nice Palace near the hostel! Youhou! I would two metro stops to get it.
The morning I woke up and I had a bad breakfast (but could charge the phone in the cantine). I have been kindly surprised by this Palace, a large yellow building front to the Great Parterre down a small hill and the Gloriette, an arch. I also saw three monuments but haven’t find their name… When I think about it was not the best time for it, the wind was really strong and cold, in total opposition with Versailles Palace I have seen last summer. Far different.
Finally the best souvenir I have is that little friend I made. A friendly squirrel who got interested by me, or my food. Maybe mostly by my presence, the park was quite desert. I tried to have a photo with this little guy but he did not agree…
Walking in the old town
I left the Palace by the main entrance and understood where all the tourists were… I took the metro again and reached the center in Wien Mitte. The city there look similar to Paris (ot exactly but comparing to city such as Tallinn or Bratislava) with large avenues and fat building everywhere. I noticed some churches such as Domincan and Assumption.
I joined the real center where is the Cathedral Saint Stephen. Then the main tourist street and its main monument Plague Column lead me to the Old Castle (Alte Hofburg) which has been the central place of the Hofburg dynasty from 1533 to 1918.
After that I moved to the northwest to see few major places. The Town Hall was closed and the Votive church in renovation. I saw in the park near it the European Table, with on each seat the German name of a country from Central and Eastern Europe (the three little Baltic States were there).
Cathedral and church
The main picture that people have when thinking about Vienna will be those wonderful Palaces, magnificent parks and thousand monuments. That’s close to be true. The Hofburg Imperial Palace is most probably the most notable. A large park surrounding the building, its two Equestrian Statues and its location, in the center of Vienna make it the favorite spot for tourists!
As during my last visit the main building from the center I like was the Parliament of Austria. Large roman building with a beautiful statue of Atine. Good thing is this time it wasn’t during the night! 🙂
Vienna by night
The night came very fast, and with it my energy ran away. I jumped in the first McDonald I find for the wifi, and a coffee. I could answer last emails from my incoming erasmus students. Know that I first entered in a formal italian café, sat and wanted to order, but nobody never came to me in 30 minutes despite they saw me.
I liked how the main street looks when it is unlighted, the Cathedral square is also worth to see. But for me the best spot was the church of Saint Charles. The Karlskirche was already my favorite place in Vienna the first I came with my French buddies. A large fountain and a particular design make it good to visit. I am just angry on me to have forgot the Soviet Memorial at two steps from it. For the next time.