At the beginning of October (hmm, this post has been a long time coming) we had a short break in Vienna. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit ever since I studied late 19th century European history as an undergrad and it didn’t disappoint. Think Berlin (still my all time favourite city) only cosier, cuter and more culinary evolved. Added bonus: our dear friend Marte was in town. Here’s some of what we got up to:
ate what was quite possibly my largest schnitzel ever
sampled a Wiener Melange and a slice of ‘real’ Sachertorte at Café Demel (Café Sacher sells the ‘original’)
explored the hidden depths and heights of an antiques shop in the 2nd district
saw the brilliant ‘Die Fledermaus’ at the Vienna Volksoper and afterwards enjoyed some dinner and drinks with friends in retro style
had a wander around the flea market at Naschmarkt and Florian and Marte had a good dance on the subway platform
and visited Schönbrunn Palace, the one-time summer residence of the Habsburgs.
Also on the list were the Votivkirche (from the outside), the Stephensdom (inside and out), Marte’s exhibition, Wiener Suppentopf, apfelstrudel and yet more schnitzel, so all in all a great trip even though we didn’t get the full Third Man experience (esp. Weiner Riesenrad) but there’s always next time.