Arrived in Vienna just in time for dinner, went to the centimeter bar for some beer and weinerschntchel. I always though Wienerschnitzel was some sort of sausage, it’s actually fried pork chop. It reminded me of katsu, it was pretty good and very buttery.
The next day we wandered through the city, going around the Vienna ring. We stopped by a park to have a picnic in front of a pond, the park was right next to the Wien River and had statues of important music figures like Strauss and Schuburt.
After feeding some ducks and finishing up lunch, we continued toward the Stephansdom Cathedral. We paid 5 euros to ride the elevator to go up to the North Tower, the tower wasn't as high as I expected but it still gave a great view of the city. The shingles on the roof were pretty cool, they created a mosaic of crows. After the cathedral we headed over to the Ankerhur clock, it definintely was not as cool as the Astronomical clock in Prague. We stopped at a random cafe and had some apple struddel and sacher torte (famous chocolate cake), these were the two items that anyone visiting Vienna must to try. There wasn't much else to see so we headed to the Hofburg Palace and took the three part audio tour. The first part of the tour was the Imperial Silver Collection, it was a massive collection of silverware, porecelin, and gold. It started to get boring after seeing so many sets of plates and spoons, we quickly made our way to the second part of the tour which was Sisi's story.
This part of the tour was very interesting, it followed the life of Elizabeth, Queen of Austria. She was seen as a very beautiful woman, and her popularity grew after she was assassinated. She did not enjoy the royal life, always wishing to live a normal peaceful life instead. The last part of the tour was a walk through the royal apartments. We grabbed some dinner and made our way back to the hostel. The hostel we were staying at was really crappy, but the people we met there made it fun and much more enjoyable. We hung out with some of our new friends and tried to find a bar to have some drinks and get to know each other better.
The next day we took the bus to the Schlob Schonbrunn, this palace was awesome and my favorite palace. We decided to buy the Classic Pass which included the Glorietta, Labryinth Garden, Apfel Struddel Demo, and Royal Apartments.
It was pretty crowded and everyone had a specific time frame that they were designated to go through the royal apartments. We still had time before our entry time so we headed to the Glorietta in the garden first. The back of the palace was beautiful, there were flower beds, statues, fountains, and trees. It was a short zig zag hike up to the Glorietta that was perched on the hill top and gave a great view of the Schlob Schonbrunn and Vienna. After admiring the view, we hiked back down to check out the Labryinth Garden. The Labryinth was totally awesome, it wasn't very easy to get to the goal of the viewing platform. We were going in circles and hitting a bunch of dead ends, eventually I figured that the secret was to choose the path that seemed furthest from the goal. We finally made it to the viewing platform and from there we could see everyone trying to find their way through the maze, it was really funny and quite entertaining.
There were 2 other labryinths in the garden, but they weren't as challenging. After completing all the mazes we went to check out the Apfel Struddel demo where we got a free sample and learned how to make it. It was finally our time to check out the royal apartments and the rooms were so extravagent. The one room that stuck out to me was the Millions room, which was where Mozart made his first performance. We walked around the palace grounds a little more taking a bunch of pictures and just admiring the garden. We bought tickets for a Strauss Concert (another must when visiting Vienna) so we had to head back to catch the show. The concert was good with a full orchestra and 5 singers. They played several popular Strauss pieces and 2 Mozart ones.
Next stop, Salzburg: Home of the Sound of Music =)