The four day weekend is almost upon us! I hear it’s still snowing in some parts of the world this Easter, so today’s recap of Vienna is quite appropriate really.
Okay, so that’s only a teensy dusting of snow (in fact we even had some blue skies for the first time in a while), but we were excited to see any.
Finding a train station with lockers proved more difficult than expected, so we were glad when they were finally stowed away so we could go and explore.
First up was the giant ferris wheel. I recall not being overly impressed even at age 7 when I last visited (it went too slooow) so I wasn’t expecting much. In fact none of the rides were open (being winter) but the fairground was still open so it was kind of eerie.
Still, it was fun to walk around and it’s such a pretty city it’s hard not to enjoy yourself.
We popped in to a random cafe for a quick bite of lunch and it turned out to be this awesome 100-year-old famous cafe complete with funky modern furniture. Score!
We spent the rest of the day at MAK (Museum of Applied Art) which was superb. There was an excellent chronological exhibition of the Viennese style through Modernism. There was also an exhibition of the finalists of a poster competition and a brilliantly displayed showcase of projects from a fascinating collaborative program between traditional artisans and young designers. Heaven!
I was soon brought back to earth – literally – when we had picked up our bags from the train station that evening. I fell over in truly spectacular style. And no, not into soft, fluffy snow either. Asphalt.
Carrying the pack and wearing seven layers of clothes obviously restricted my arm movement so I felt a bit like T-rex. Consequently I broke the fall WITH MY FACE.
I was out cold for a sec and when I came to I could taste blood and it hurt so bad I was convinced I’d knocked out my teeth or at the very least broken my nose. Some extremely kind locals helped The Man scrape me off the road before I could get run over by a bus.
Thankfully all of my teeth and bones appeared in tact. Even my camera and iPad (I fell directly onto my camera bag) were unscathed.
So with me looking like a right mess – crying, with a fat lip and grazed head – we rocked up at our hotel which was A PALACE.
(I know you mustn’t believe me that we are not fancy travellers, you can just get some seriously good deals in winter! Plus, I didn’t take photos of the shitty hostels we also stayed in.)
Upon further inspection in the hotel bathroom, my front teeth were indeed cracked and I remained in pain and concerned about permanent damage until we arrived home. Happy to report that my dentist tells me I didn’t do any damage to the nerves or ‘structure’.
The Man cheered me up with cake (isn’t he a good husband?) which I could eat, if only in tiny bites.
ANYWAY, enough of my dramatic woe-is-me tale. It was hard to be too upset when I woke up to views like this from our hotel window:
Wasn’t kidding about the palace thing.
One of my favourite things to do in a new city is to simply walk around and take it all in.
Yes, one of the sights on our itinerary was an underground station. I am such a design nerd.
Gold stars to any readers who can tell us who designed it!
We were supposed to be meeting our walking tour guide here in front of the Spanish Riding School, but – as we later found out – he had left without us. No, we didn’t get there late, he left early!
More art galleries to visit of course, this one being the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum).
Continuing the arty theme, we visited the stunning Seccession Museum. I thought it was going to be dedicated to the history of the turn-of-the-century art movement of that name, however all but one of the exhibitions inside were actually contemporary art.
The highlight was Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze. We had actually seen a replica not long ago in Canberra but it was amazing to see the original, especially from the raised viewing platform so you could see it up close and appreciate the details.
I promise that’s snow, not a dirty lens.
Kinda makes me wanna find my inner Midas and gold-leaf everything in sight.
We treated ourselves to dessert-as-dinner at the famous Cafe Sacher. Apple strudel and sticky wine, yes please!
We finished our day with a concert in the Orangerie at Schönbrunn Palace. Terribly touristy, I admit, but it was a great introduction to Mozart & Co.
Okay, that’s me signing off for the long weekend! I have lots of things to share next week so I may still post on Easter Monday.
Til then, have a wonderful Easter everyone!