For the better part of the last month I spent time exploring one of the countries high on my to-do list, a country renowned for it’s wealth of culture and spectacular natural landscapes – Austria.
I started my trip in beautiful Vienna and armed with my trusty, sticky-note filled Lonely Planet guide I wandered my way through a feast of baroque buildings, art, coffee, museums, apple strudel and rudimentary German.
The heart of Vienna is the Innere Stadt (inner city), a roughly hexagonal-shaped area bordered on one side by the Danube Canal and encircled by the Ringstrasse (ring road), a broad road running along the line of the 16th century city walls.
The Ringstrasse is lined with frequent tram stops and underground train stops (Vienna has a neat tube system like London), and provides excellent views of the city’s architectural extravaganzas and parks.
The Innere Stadt is a magical and atmospheric maze, filled with sights that effortlessly pass between the past and the present. Grandiose historical buildings and cobblestone streets sit side by side with contemporary art houses, restaurants and boutiques.
I got completely lost on more than one occasion trying to navigate the criss-crossing streets and truly breathtaking architecture…
looking down herrengasse at schottenkirche
florist stand outside the stadtpark
late afternoon at the stadtpark
kunsthistorisches museum & café sperl hazelnut torte
kaiser franz joseph, the first (1859) | statue in the hofburg
views of stephansdom (st stephan’s cathedral)
carriage horses outside stephansdom (st stephan’s cathedral)
margherita pizza from the local pizzeria near my apartment
gourmet goodies from the naschmarkt (food market) in mariahilf
the hofburg’s northeastern gate & michaelerplatz
viennese chocolate delicacies
café mozart & their famous mozart cake
Next post I’ll be sharing more photos from my trip, from a little alpine town called Hallstatt – stay tuned!