Vienna Travel Blog

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We caught a train from Salzburg to Vienna. Vienna is an extremely grand and stunning city with splendid buildings, palaces, churches and plenty of museums. We met up with our mate Shaz who was in Vienna for the week and caught the metro over to Schloss Schonbrunn, the sumptuous palace of Austria's royal family, the Hapsburgs.

We wandered around Vienna taking in the sights. Horse drawn carraiges are big business in Vienna, and for an exhorbitant 70 Euros you can go for a trot around town.
We also went to the hughe St Stephans cathedral, which marks the centre of town, as well as visiting the Josephinium museum of medical history. This is a small museum displaying gory 19th century medical instruments, and accounts of unpleasant looking operations.
It also has rooms full of bizarre life size wax models of the human body dissected to show all the organs, veins, arteries, and muscles. They were made in the 1700s to educate medical students - which is quite impressive for the time.
Unfortunately there was no English anywhere, but between the three of us, we tried to work out exactly which scary looking instrument did what.
After our morning of gore, we set out around town again. A lot of time though, we were a bit lost in Vienna's tangle of streets, so there was much map consultation along the way.

We had a great time in Vienna with perfect weather (if a tad chilly). The city is such a beautiful place with lots of magnificent buildings. We left on wednesday to catch a train back to Salzburg in order to fly home.
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