Vienna / Wien
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Vienna was my biggest surprise on my trip. I hadn't really anticipated visiting it, and it turns out that it made a huge impression on me ... and I wasn't even there a full day! I got to the city in the late afternoon, and by the next morning, I had a 6:19 train to Munich, but those hours in between were amazing! I didn't even look for a place to sleep, I just wandered around the city all night.
About the first thing I did in Vienna was eat. I had never liked sauerkraut in the States, but I figured eating a meal in Austria, I had better give it at least a taste. Now I know why I don't like it in the States, it tastes so much better in Austria and Germany!
Belly filled, I explored the city.
Eventually I came to the Rathaus and knew immediately that this was where I was going to spend a number of hours. There was an outdoor film festival there that plays through the summer, and there was an international food fair of sorts going on (similar to Taste of Chicago if you've ever been there ... except on an international scale). The Rathaus (City Hall) itself is a remarkably beautiful structure, and on it was a screen upon which the films were projected, once it got dark.
The rest of the night I strolled, or sat in contemplation. Stephansplatz was undergoing renovation (mainly just the steeple) but was still another remarkable to sit near and just take in.
Around 4-ish I found a bus that went within about a mile of the train station & took that.
No real stories to tell, no meeting of friends, no going out and partying ... but this is one of my most memorable experiences on the trip. Not THE most memorable (that will come in the Tatras near Zakopane, stay tuned) but quite amazing!