Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Vienna, City of Dreams (by Marta)

One of the unforgettable trips I can definitely call my trip to Vienna. Great composers, breathtaking palaces and museums - that's Vienna. 

Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists who admire its wonderful monuments. Vienna is one of those places that has its unique charm. On the one hand, it is a majestic historical place with really wonderful architecture. It is a city where, through the eyes of imagination, one can move into the golden times, when the cobbled streets could hear the clatter of horse hooves, which horses harnessed to carts took fashionably dressed ladies and gentlemen to the opera. Vienna is simply a paradise for lovers of culture and art. On the other hand, it is a modern city, full of greenery and vibrant. Regardless of what time of the year we go to the capital of Austria, we will always find something for ourselves: numerous concerts, festivals, balls take place here, and in winter it is worth coming to the beautiful Christmas markets.

Schloss Belvedere


St. Stephen's Cathedral
There are places in Vienna that you simply have to see. It is best to start exploring the city from the historic center, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The undeniable atmosphere of this place is created primarily by stylish tenement houses. Walking the streets sooner or later we will come to Stephansplatz, at which stands one of the most characteristic buildings in the city, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephen that is filled with works of art. In addition, you can visit catacombs, climb the stairs to the south tower and admire the view of the city or take the elevator to the north tower and see up close Pummerin, Austria's largest bell and the third largest bell in Europe. Look carefully at the cathedral’s mosaic roof. Concerts are also regularly held in the cathedral! 

A few minutes walk from Stephansplatz and we are already at Hofburg, which is one of the largest palace complexes around the world. Indeed, it's impressive! You can visit here, among others The Sisi Museum, the beloved Empress of the Austrians, Imperial Apartments and see the Silverware Collection. 

Between Hofburg and the museum district at Maria-Theresien-Platz, two majestic buildings will definitely draw your attention: this is the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum. The first is considered one of the most important art galleries around the world. 

The Habsburgs summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, is one of those places not to be missed in Vienna. One of the most beautiful palaces in Europe offers only 45 of over 1,400 chambers to visit, but they are impressive - you can see, among others imperial rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, representation rooms. No less interesting is the surroundings of the Schloss Schönbrunn palace: you can stroll around the beautiful gardens, visit the palm house, visit the world's oldest zoo Tiergarten Schönbrunn.

Schloss Schönbrunn


Albertina will certainly be an attraction for art lovers - it is not only the former Habsburg residence, but also a huge collection of drawings and graphics. You will see here the works of Monet, Renoir, Dürer, Rubens, Klimt, Kokoschka and Picasso.

Gustav Klimt, The Kiss

An impressive collection of artworks from the Middle Ages to modern times can also be seen in the summer residence of Prince Eugene, Schloss Belvedere. 

It is also worth visiting the MuseumsQuartier, which is one of the largest spaces dedicated to culture and art in the world. This place is simply vibrant!


You can also visit Vienna in the footsteps of the great composers - Beethoven, Mozart or Strauss. You can visit The Beethoven Museum or the Pasqualatihaus building, in which the famous symphonies and other works of Beethoven were created. Being in the world capital of music, we can also plan a visit to the Vienna State Opera.

Tastes of Vienna

What about visiting Vienna along the culinary trail? There are plenty of local and iconic flavors here! Tasting the Sachertorte is simply a must. There is nothing better suited to this cake than delicious Viennese coffee. Rich in taste Mozartkugel pralines and fresh Apfelstrudel are another must-have desserts. You also should not leave Vienna without tasting the Vienna schnitzel. It's also worth going to Naschmarkt. This is a real culinary paradise in Vienna.

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