Oh Vienna! In June 2018, I visited Austria’s capital for the very first time. Apart from the love of music and culture in this city, I had no idea what to expect, but I was greeted with amazing architecture, the cleanest streets and so many beautiful green parks
On our first day in Vienna, we decided to find as many noticeable sights by foot. We strolled across some magnificent buildings such as Rathaus, Votivkirche and Hofburg Palace. We grabbed a healthy lunch and headed back to our hotel going through Volksgarten before watching Giselle, the ballet, at Vienna State Opera House.
On our second day we headed westward and visited Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence which has 1,441 rooms and 500 acres of gardens surrounding it. We explored the interior of the building, which is very intricate and colourful, and if you enjoy history or royalty I’d highly recommend to have a tour there. Yet for me, the gardens were my favourite part of the palace. There were fountains, mazes, roman ruins, statues, rose gardens, flower tunnels and a botanical and Japanese garden!
To contrast with the old, we went back into Vienna city to find its modern areas. The first point of call was Hundertwasserhaus, a ‘high-rise meadow house’ hidden away in a normal looking neighbourhood. The little shopping mall across from the apartment is also a nice quirky area to get some souvenirs. We finished off our stay chilling out by the Danube River, on a man-made island called Donauinsel. It has a great recreational area with sport opportunities including canoeing, cycling, rollerblading, skating and swimming.
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