After spending close to a month in Romania and Hungary, arriving in Vienna for a week was certainly a change of pace. We knew western Europe would be different, so we were ready for that, but in the long run our impression of Vienna had a lot to compete with since we were just leaving Budapest, a city we had a fantastic time in. Regardless, here’s our one week itinerary in Vienna.
The Opera House
In order to get ready for the ballet at the Opera House, I (Scott) needed to be properly dressed. Because of my limited amount of clothes, it isn’t possible to travel with nice shoes and Sunday’s bests.
So shortly after arriving in Vienna we scoured the thrift shops for decent clothes. We found pleted pants and decent button up, but shoes were another story. In the end, at the last thrift store we visited, I bought a pair of shoes much too small for my feet.
Needless to say, they were uncomfortable – but boy did I feel like a hundred bucks.
Long story longer, the Opera House was a lot of fun but we were limited by obscured views. That was a big time bummer but all in all the experience was a success. The ambiance, music, and top notch ballet work was a beautiful moment.
Austrian royal family know how to live in style. Besides their palace, numerous other buildings reside on the property: library, greenhouse, stables, etc. It’s hard to know where everything begins and ends because of how large the compound is.
Anyway, we did the whole tour to get an idea of it’s size – and to pose in the half circle building. Way cool!
Vienna National Library
The most beautiful library we’ve ever been in. Albeit you couldn’t rent out any books.
We had no idea the composer was Vienna resident until we started doing research for the town. Beethoven also swung through town (although he lived in a smaller town in the country) but we focused on Mozart’s memorial.
Thankfully we were here in springtime in order to see the treble clef made of flowers. It’s a little hard to tell but you can see the while marble Mozart on the white marble pedestal in the back.
Lady Bathory’s Hungarian House
This one is esoteric. This is the apartment Lady Bathory lived in during her reign of terror in Vienna. Lady Bathory would bathe in the blood of the town’s virgins. Very scary stuff!
The reason I (Scott) had to stop here was because an excellent metal band is named Bathory – a spooky homage to the mentally disturbed woman. Pretty gross? Yes, but history has some skeletons in it’s closet and this is one of the more interesting ones.
This wasn’t on the list but when Hayley mentioned what happened here I had to pose for a picture. This balcony is where Napoleon dissolved the Holy Roman Empire. It blew my mind to think Napoleon stood on that balcony and made a history changing decree.
Long story short, this guy built a round house. Vienna told him to pay taxes and stop printing his own stamps – he said no. He declared his property a micro nation. The city decided to move him to another part of the city. How weird is that?! Read more about it here.
For schnitzel we went to Figlmüller, which is famous for having schnitzel bigger than your head (see photo below). Hayley had the Figlmüller schnitzel (pork) and I had the Weiner Schnitzel (veil). Would we eat them again? Maybe… but not at the price we paid. Overall schnitzel tastes like a really flat chicken patty and ususally served with a salad or potatoes. Pretty easy to eat with a local beer.
Vienna was a lot fun but we don’t feel a special attachment to it like we did with Budapest or Florence. The city itself didn’t feel incredibly comfortable, socially wise, but the classical Austrian soul was still present in the ballet, architecture, and arts around the city. Having said all of that, we give Vienna…
So there’s our one week itinerary in Vienna. All in all, the city was fantastic but visiting it once was enough. Have you been to Vienna? Did you like it? Hate it? What did we miss? What would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.