Thursday, 23 July 2015

Vienna 1-Day Itinerary

Salzburg --> Vienna

The night before we arrived in Vienna from Salzburg by train. With only one full day in Vienna, we set off fairly early in the morning and walked to the Schlachthausgasse U Bahn station which was 10 minutes walk from the hotel. We took U3 towards Ottakring, switched to U4 towards Hutteldorf at Landstrasse Wien Mitte station and alighted at Schönbrunn station. It was only a short walk to Schönbrunn Palace from the station.

Vienna train station
The palace was large with a grand garden, multiple water fountains and even a zoo. We spent an hour just walking around the garden and taking photos of the architecture from different angles. 

Schonnbrunn Palace
Looking back
Next we went to Old Town Vienna. We walked back to the Schönbrunn U Bahn station and took the U4 towards Heiligenstadt and alighted at Karlplatz station. Adjacent to the station was the Vienna State Opera.

Old Town
Karlplatz was a short walk to Old Town where building after building of grand architecture with huge statues of warriors on horses and carefully carved stone statues stood. Beauty was around every corner. I particularly liked that the skyline of the fantastic architecture was not distracted by any modern high rises behind it. Some of the places we walked past included Albertina, National Library, Theatre Museum, Parliament and Hofburg Palace.

National Library
Thoughtful gardens filled with blooming roses of all shades were great resting spots for tourists and locals alike. Water spouts with fresh cold water could be found in the gardens of Old Town and across from the National Library. 

After exploring this area, we took tram 1 and alighted at Karlplatz station to walk to Naschmarkt. Naschmarkt was a street with stalls on each side selling spices, baked goods, seafood, meat, cheeses and an assortment of goodies.

I wish we had more time to explore Vienna with it's architecture, sophisticated old town, music and art inspired scenery and well-connected transit. The streets in the areas we visited were divided clearly into bike, pedestrian, car and tram lanes. The U Bahn was easy to navigate with magazines hanging on knobs for commuters to browse. 
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