Neues Rathaus, the Town Hall of Vienna
This was our only other full day in Vienna, and we knew we had to make it count; so we had a full day ahead of us! We started out by heading off to the Naschmarkt, which is a great outdoor market that Vienna has, near the Opera house. We wandered around, and ate here at one of the many different places that were set up to feed you. The market also offered fruits, vegitables, flowers, and since it was the fall, there were people with huge bottles of sturm out, selling glasses for 1 Euro a piece. HORRAY!!! It really is the nectar of the gods. I wish we could get it here, but to my understanding, the issue is that since there is the most subtle of carbonation (you can barely tell, just the most mild tingle on your tongue) they can't cork it, because as it continued to fermet, it would get more carbonated, and the pressure would keep building until the bottle explodes.
The outside of Cafe Demel, with the Hoffburg Complex in the background (I told you it was close!)
Then we spent some time exploring the city. One of the great things about Vienna, is it's really easy to get around. The city center is quite small, surrounded by the Ringstrasse, which is a circular road that surrounds the center part of the city. Everything within this is walking distance from each other, and transportation is also a breeze to use. Then we went to one of the most well known pastry shops in Vienna, called Cafe Demel. This is very near the Hoffburg Complex, on the road between it and the Stevensplatz U-Bahn. It's a wonderful place to stop at; a true taste of Vienna. The pastries are to die for, and the atmosphere is wonderful. If it's a nice day, try to get a table outside!
It was getting late in the afternoon, so we headed out to the Prater; we wanted to ride the huge Ferris Wheel and see the park.
It was a wonderful time. The Ferris Wheel is the oldest in the world, and the cars in the Ferris Wheel hold a lot of people at the same time. We had an amazing view of Vienna from the top, and it was incredible to see. The inside was covered in graffiti, it seemed like anyone who had ever entered had signed their names on the old wood walls.
Our lovely Beer Garden Dinner, with my brother displaying the "Blood Orange" flavored Fanta...
We ate at the Beer Garden there, and had schnitzel, sturm, and a funny flavor of soda we don't have here in the US; "Blood Orange" Fanta. (we got a kick out of that).
We finally headed back to the hotel, stopping on our way to take pictures of Schönbrunn Palace all lit up at night on our way back.
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The Prater is a great Amusement Park in Vienna. It has more than 250 attractions; but the real reason to go here is the huge ferris wheel, which… read entire review