postcards from austria | vienna

kunsthistorisches museum, view from ringstrasse | table twenty eight

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

looking down herrengasse at schottenkirche, vienna | table twenty eight

sights of vienna | table twenty eight


florist stand outside the stadtpark

florist stand outside stadtpark, vienna | table twenty eight


late afternoon at the stadtpark

late afternoon at the stadtpark, vienna | table twenty eight

stadtpark, vienna | table twenty eight

stadtpark, vienna | table twenty eight

stadtpark, vienna | table twenty eight


kunsthistorisches museum & café sperl hazelnut torte

kunsthistorisches museum & café sperl hazlenut torte, vienna | table twenty eight

snapshot of the city, vienna | table twenty eight

statue, vienna | table twenty eight


kaiser franz joseph, the first (1859) | statue in the hofburg

kaiser franz joseph I (1859) statue in the hofburg, vienna | table twenty eight

kaiser franz joseph I (1859) statue in the hofburg, vienna | table twenty eight


views of stephansdom (st stephan’s cathedral)

st stephen's cathedral, vienna | table twenty eight

st stephen's cathedral, vienna | table twenty eight

st stephen's cathedral, vienna | table twenty eight


carriage horses outside stephansdom (st stephan’s cathedral)

horse carriages at st stephen's cathedral, vienna | table twenty

sights at st stephen's cathedral, vienna | table twenty eight

carriage drivers congregate at st stephen's cathedral, vienna |


margherita pizza from the local pizzeria near my apartment

margherita pizza, vienna | table twenty eight


gourmet goodies from the naschmarkt (food market) in mariahilf

naschmarkt in mariahilf, vienna | table twenty eight

antipasto lunch at the naschmarkt in mariahilf, vienna | table t


the hofburg’s northeastern gate & michaelerplatz

the hofburg's northeastern gate on michaelerplatz, vienna | table twenty eight

michaelerplatz &  the hofburg's northeastern gate, vienna | table twenty eight

the hofburg's northeastern gate, vienna | table twenty eight

lion statue in the hofburg, vienna | table twenty eight


viennese chocolate delicacies

chocolate delicacies, vienna | table twenty eight


café mozart & their famous mozart cake

café mozart, vienna | table twenty eight

mozart cake, vienna | table twenty eight

 Next post I’ll be sharing more photos from my trip, from a little alpine town called Hallstatt – stay tuned!

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