Destination: Vienna

When will you realize… Vienna waits for you? – Billy Joel

Finally, Vienna at last! It was my first visit, and  before coming to the city all I could think about Vienna is the Danube, Classical Music and Vienna Sausage. I must admit, I did not do my assignment about reading more on what to see or where to go around Vienna. Well, my plan of having no plans at all was absolutely perfect. I love strolling around the busy streets and spots in the morning, but loved it more in the evening hanging out in a bar, cafe or restaurant just people watching and even interacting with some friendly locals. At one time while inside the subway train during an afternoon rush hour, I had a very funny and somewhat scary experience with a friendly Austrian lady who told us to be careful not to bump his dog (which was concealed inside a trolley bag). I smiled at her and said that I won’t and I was not aware that there was a dog inside. Then she giggled back and said, “it is alright, but if you kill my dog, I will kill you”. I just smiled at her joke as a reply. She smiled back at me, but she repeated three times what she already said, “If you kill my dog, I will kill you”. Okay, so I guess she was serious about it and it was not really a joke. Lesson learned, Never mess with an old Austrian lady and her dog. But, it was nice and fun talking to her.

With just the free city map and a couple of tips from the people we met, Vienna is a fun place to tour. I wanted the city to educate and surprise me. Exploring a place whether famous or unknown, touristy or not, I tend to not expect so much. You always never know when a happy accident will happen and more often those accidents are the ones that truly defines the journey and the experience. Indeed it was. Vienna is magical, beautiful and friendly.

The facade of the Schönbrunn Palace on a cloudy afternoon (Above) and early evening (below) with a small Christmas market in front of the Palace grounds.
The facade of the Schönbrunn Palace on a cloudy afternoon (Above) and early evening (below) with a small Christmas market in front of the Palace grounds.
Around the Schönbrunn Palace grounds
Around the Schönbrunn Palace grounds
Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) and its altar.
Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and its altar.
Strolling around Stephansplatz at 11pm after watching a Christmas story opera inside the St. Stephen's cathedral.
Strolling around Stephansplatz at 11pm after watching a Christmas story opera inside the St. Stephen’s cathedral.
Vienna Rathaus (City hall), was well illuminated and festive with a large Christmas market in its grounds.
Vienna Rathaus (City hall), was well illuminated and festive with a large Christmas market in its grounds.
Donauturm, the tallest structure in Austria.
Donauturm, the tallest structure in Austria.
The view of Donau City, a very modern side of Vienna.
The view of Donau City from the view deck on top of Donauturm, a very modern side of Vienna.
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