Thursday, 5 April 2018

Vienna - The City of Music

"Once a year go someplace, You've never been before" ~ Dalai Lama

Vienna - The City of Music! A beautiful city of Austria


They say that all the things you do on the first day of the new year will happen for the rest of the year. Well, this year I'm not complaining about that statement as I spent the first 5 days of 2018 in Austria and Hungary!




A few months pass and I start thinking about going on another holiday. With friends around you constantly jetting off, it's not hard to catch the travel bug. I spend a lot of my spare time YouTube - ing different holiday destinations. The other spare time is usually shopping.

I've had my eye on Vienna for a while since they showed it in Made in Chelsea. They went in the winter time. My mum's birthday was also just around the corner so I thought it would be a perfect excuse to go on holiday, in the name of a birthday present ;)

We quickly booked the flights and hotels and then we were onto the fun part! Some say they don't like holiday planning, but I LOVE it! The excitement of researching where we will go just makes the experience all the better. 

Initially, I was only looking at Vienna, but as I and my mum looked into it further, we realised it was possible to see a fair bit of Austria in the time that we had. We also squeezed in a day trip to Budapest! This wasn't a holiday for sleep and relaxation but for adventure.

We arrived at Vienna in the late morning (01/01/2018) so had the whole afternoon and evening to explore the city. We bought our 24-hour pass from the airport so that we could use public transport all day long, at 8 euros each. There is a small extra charge to get from the airport into the zone where the 24-hour pass is valid. After checking into our hotel, we set off by foot.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Our first stop was at Prater, where we saw the Giant Ferris wheel. We then hopped onto the underground and made our way towards Rathaus. It had already begun to get dark but the real beauty of Vienna began here. As we turned the corner onto Rathaus I actually went speechless. The buildings were just so beautiful as if stepping into a fairy tale. The grandeur of Vienna's imperial and modern architecture gave us a sense of its rich history and culture.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

We spent some time in the Christmas market meandering around the various stalls and Mum found some props for her food photography. Even though it was the New Year, the spirit of Christmas and festivities had still not ended. The ice rink was packed with people. There is something special about going on holiday during the festive period. The buzz created by Christmas and New Year is special, which was evident in both locals and holiday-makers alike. 


Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey



Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

We decided to keep walking as everywhere you looked around, you could see beautiful buildings and further roads to explore.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

A little further up, we got to the University of Vienna, a work of art in its own right. I don't think I'd be able to concentrate on my work if my university buildings looked half as good as this one did!

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

We passed Burgtheater - an elegant building with many statues. As we walked, around the corner was Hofburg Palace. A stunning sight that was overlooked by the city hall.

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We then got to the Spanish Riding school.


As we kept on walking, we told ourselves that this was the last thing that we would see an then turn back, but Vienna wasn't letting us! As soon as we walked a couple of yards, we got to another attraction. After meandering around, we ended up at Stephansplatz/St Stephen's Cathedral



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Austria's most prominent national symbol and the most visited landmark in Vienna. We drunk in the intricately tiled roof and tall towers. Inside was just as beautiful and so peaceful. Now was the perfect time to return to our hotel.

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In the few days in the middle of our holiday, we did day trips to other cities. As Vienna was our base throughout, we would always get dropped off by our coach by the Vienna State Opera.


Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

The atmosphere here was second-to-none. If you could look up "opulence" in the dictionary, I'm sure that this area would be the description. Chairs were placed outside the opera house so that the public could be a part of the opera that was on indoors.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

We anticipated our last day, as we hadn't really had a chance to see the best of Vienna in the daylight! And now, we only had one day left to do it. As our hotel was overlooking Belvedere Palace - you could see a bit of it from our hotel room - we decided to start our morning off there.

Belvedere Palace-Vienna

The sun was still rising and bathed the palace in the most beautiful golden sunshine. The place was mostly empty apart from the local joggers. We had a gorgeous uninterrupted view of the palace - a rarity in touristic places! Recently, a Bollywood movie 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' had shot here.




Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

We then made our way to Schonbrunn Palace, which we had only driven past at night. It was super easy to get to. Schonbrunn really personified summer, the buttercup yellow and green windows added so much colour to the area in the cold wintery atmosphere. We could only imagine how much more beautiful it would look in the summer with all of the flowers. From Schonbrunn, we went back to Rathaus to see the buildings in the daylight.

Schonbrunn Palace-Vienna
Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey


Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

As a foodie, no trip to Vienna would be complete without a visit to Naschmarkt - Vienna's best known market with around 120 stands and restaurants offering cuisines from all around the world. One thing that always causes a bit of stress before the holiday is if we will find vegetarian food to eat . But we were literally worried for nothing! Surprisingly, there were so many vegetarian and vegan options that we were spoilt for choice! We had a late lunch here and walked the length of the market before returning to our hotel to pick up our luggage and catch our late evening flight back to London.

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey


We had the most wonderful time whilst in Vienna. The transport system made it so easy for us as tourists to get around and there was always a friendly face to help us along the way. It is hardly surprising that Vienna has the title of the World's best place to live for 8 years in a row!

Our journey also took us to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Budapest, Hungary. ( Posts coming soon )

Author - Hayley Dhanecha

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2 comments:

  1. We visited Vienna and Budapest a couple of years ago for my husband's birthday. Absolutely loved the architecture in Vienna and the food was outstanding. We enjoyed walking around the xmas markets with a warm mug of mulled wine and sampling the food. Budapest is a great day trip from Vienna!

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  2. How wonderful to spend your New Year in these two lovely cities. Both of them are on our list of places to travel too and looking at what you have blogged and shared here, I know where to go and what to see when we do.

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