One of the things I love about living in London is knowing that other European cities are just a stone throw away. Ok, more like a plane ride away.
For my birthday this year, I decided to treat myself for a trip to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Other than being known as the City of Music, due to its music legacy – think Mozart and Beethoven, – others also refer to it as the City of Dreams because it was home to the well-known psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud.
Vienna definitely showcased an array of grandeur and impressive architecture, one of the best that I’ve seen in Europe.
The most impressive one is definitely Schoenbrunn Palace, known as the former imperial summer residence, housing more than 1,400 rooms. It being the World’s Cultural Heritage site, it comes to no surprises that it is the most visited site in Vienna. One can choose how much time to spend here, but if you want to see it all, my advice would be allocate a whole day just for this Palace. You can take a tour to see the impressive selection of baroque styled rooms or you can just enjoy its surrounding showcasing an impressive selection of gardens, maze and the orangery.
Vienna also has an endless list of museums housing impressive collections of arts, modern as well as signature pieces from the modernisms and impressionisms era. The one that I particularly enjoyed was the Belvedere where I saw The Kiss, by Gustav Klimpt and Garden Path at Giverny, 1902 by Monet.
The rest of the time, I just took it easy, wandering in the Old Town, while embracing the coffee culture that Vienna has to offer. If you have extra time in your hand, definitely check out Stephanplatz where the hustle and bustle will leave you with nothing but great memories of Vienna.