On my first Eurotrip (which also happens to be my firs blog post ever, whut up – we’ve come a long way bloggy), I had high expectations for everywhere. I had never been to Europe, so it was all fun and games all the time, seriously. The trip was organized at a crazy pace of 10 countries in 20 days at about 2 nights per city, which meant we saw all we could and partied as much as possible at every destination to truly make the best of each place. We were freshly 21 and the world was our oyster (although 21 lost its significance in Europe, the importance was our mindset).
Anyway, about halfway through the trip, we arrived in Vienna, Austria after what I can only describe as a blurry whirlwind of our previous two stops, Munich and Interlaken. These two cities turned out to be our favorite stops of the trip. Anyway, we were on a traveler’s high and did not want to leave either wildly different but equally majestic place. I’m telling you, one of my friends broke her vegetarianism in Munich. Big things were happening.
But, we had more of Europe to see and Vienna was next on the list. Our arrival started off rough. We were supposed to make a day trip stop in Salzburg between Munich and Vienna, but after de-boarding the train in the wrong village of the Austrian Alps and vicious hangovers for some, we decided Salzburg would be around for another day and we continued onto Vienna. As our train was pulling up in Vienna and we were pulling our backpacks off the luggage rack in the train car, Anne’s strap got caught and pulled the emergency lever. It set off an alarm, the doors opened, and the train came to a halt. As we heard the train workers yelling, we realized what happened and did what any sane backpacker would do and ran for it while yells resounded behind us.
So our trip to Vienna just wasn’t set up for success and as you can see in the pictures, the weather did not help highlight the cities colors. Wow, I’ve already written too much and not even talked about the city. Anyway, I do have two Vienna must-sees:
- Schonbrünn Palace - the most popular tourist attraction in Vienna, and for good reason, the palace and palace gardens are a “mini” Versailles – an ornate summer home dating back to the 1600s. You can spend an entire day exploring here, seriously. But due to our subpar moods, we rode around on a train (pathetic, I know).
- Prater - a huge park that includes an amusement park with rides and typical fair offerings. We had a wildly amusing time there for no particular reason, I can’t explain it. It’s worth a stop though and it’s a really lively part of the city. We were like kids in a candy store.
Things we probably should have also included:
- Austrian food (we ate Asian food – sorry ’bout it)
- Mozart’s home (it’s now a museum – he only lived there 3 years)
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral (after Spain & Italy, we said “once you’ve seen one church, you’ve seen them all)
- Belvedere Palace
- Vienna Opera House
- Hofburg Palace (Marie Antoinette was born here, and lots of other happenings occurred)
- See the Spanish Riding School
Clearly, it’s not that Vienna lacks offerings or personality. We even had friend’s who had studied abroad there send us all sorts of suggestions. But sometimes, you’re just not feeling it. An important lesson about our stop in Vienna is that sometimes it’s A-Ok to take a day or two off. Successive traveling is beyond exhausting. Your back, your feet, and your wallet wear down. By our next stop, Budapest, we were back to our normal selves. Sorry our rest had to fall in Vienna, but it did and was much needed.
If you’re heading to Vienna, there are a range of hotels on venere.com for your upcoming trip. Hopefully, I’ll be heading back there soon. First impressions mean a lot, but I’m willing to give it a second chance.
Have you ever visited Vienna? What were your thoughts?