I thought it would be fun to take a look back at where I was this time last year. Any guesses? The answer is…Vienna!!!
We were so lucky to have my gran take me and my family and to Vienna for a little city break (I think it was for about 5 days but you will have to forgive me because it was quite a while ago so I can’t remember).
I’m not going to lie, the city didn’t have the best first impression on me. We hadn’t eaten for ages because we didn’t get anything on the flight so we turned up hangry and a bit exhausted. We checked in at the hotel then went for a wander and tried to go to a restaurant to have a drink and some of the cake that Vienna is famous for…the waiters were all rude and no one acknowledged us so we gave up and ended up going to McDonald’s across the road.
Despite a bit of a shaky start, Vienna is a beautiful city. I am a huge fan of the vibe, food, and architecture of northern European cities, especially in winter. I really love just spending time wandering round, checking out the cool buildings and side streets.
One of the main things we wanted to see in Vienna was some of the fantastic museums on offer. The photo above was taken outside the Belvedere Museum. The Belvedere is home to many of the works of Gustav Klimt, one of my favourite artists. even if you’re not into art, you have probably seen The Kiss, one of the most iconic paintings of the twentieth century. The Kiss was a huge deal, they even set up a reproduction one in a separate room for people to take photos with so people didn’t spend ages hanging around the original and you could see it better. In the flesh, the gold on the paintings stands out and glimmers under the light in such a spectacular way. There were also some works by Egon Schiele, another artist I was really excited to see.
Another museum that we went to was the Leopold, where the majority of Egon Schiele’s pieces are. Although a somewhat questionable character, Schiele’s work is unsettling a thought-provoking: his bodies contorted in awkward and uncomfortable positions.
The first picture in this article is taken from the tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral. I was really impressed with the gorgeous setting of this.
Small, winding side streets opened up into a gorgeous square. The picture to the right is of a flower shop on the square which really captured my heart. We took a look around the inside (I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit dark and gloomy) before heading up the tower. I think one of the most amazing things about the cathedral is the work gone into the roof. As you can see from the photo, the tiling has been done in a zig-zag pattern in yellow, green, black and white. This really added to the stunning views out over the city. There is something so magical about being able to climb to the top of a tower and see the city stretch out for miles around you.
As I mentioned previously, Vienna is famous for its cake, and I ate some spectacular ones while I was there. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures but trust me when I say they were beautiful! Rich layers of cake, chocolate, and caramel with glossy mirror glazes and delicate chocolate curls on top. Tangy fruit tarts, perfectly balanced with sweet cream and crumbly pastry.
One of the most beautiful places we went to go and see was the passage by the famous Cafe Central. I wanted to find some great photo spots and this definitely delivered.
Another fantastic place is the Hundertwasser Museum. The playful checkerboard exterior of the KunstHausWein (designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser) makes for such a cool photo. The interior followed the same distinctive and down right cool style.
All in all, Vienna is a fantastic city to visit. I think if I went back I would stay in a different part that was slightly more lively and had a few more restaurants, but it was still amazing. There’s so much art to see and it’s such a wonderful setting.