Fast Tour through Vienna

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Upper Belvedere

Finally our well deserved vacation was there. Our plane left neatly on time, and after a flight of 1 hour and 30 minutes we landed in Vienna. After that we took the bus towards the Sudbahnhof, where our friend was waiting for us by the time we arrived. Lucky for us, we had a free stay :). We settled in a bit, drank some coffee at Goldegg café, and started our fast tour through Vienna. We started at the Belvedere, once a grand (summer)palace , now both parts, the upper and lower Belvedere, are museums. We only saw the outside, which was huge and just amazing to see. The garden/park behind the Belvedere is just beautiful...and immense of course. And very peaceful and relaxing, even though Vienna is a huge city, it's not completely crowded and busy, but we could stroll around very relaxed.

Sovjet Monument
The fountain in the middle was an amazing piece of art too.

After that we continued our trip on foot. We walked along to the Sovjet Memorial, a monument to remind Vienna of the 'liberation' from the Germans by the Sovjets in WWII and Vienna was under their administration. From their on we walked on to Karlskirche on the South side of Karlsplatz, also called St. Charles's Church. A really beautiful church and as most buildings created in Baroque-style. Emperor Charles VI made a promise, to build a church when the Black Plague was gone from Vienna, and so he did in 1715. The church was finished in 1737. 

From there on we walked passed the  Opera and the Sacher Hotel towards Stephansdom. Stephansdom is a Gothic Cathedral which is currently partly renovated, and they're still working on the tower.
Karlskirche
The inside is simply beautiful, with sculptures, colored-glass windows, an beautiful decorated altar and organ.

After lunch, and a bit of relaxing time, we went to Stephansdom by subway and from there on to the Hofburg and the Spanisch Ridingschool. We only saw the Lippizaners in their stables. The Hofburg itself is a huge building, completely decorated, and with huge statues around it. This is the palace where Sissi and Emperor Franz Joseph lived, together with the entire family of course. After that we went past the National library (really, all the buildings are immense), Museums of Art and Natural History (with the statue of Empress Sissi in the middle) and to the Museum Quartier. That's where we spent the rest of the afternoon. The first day was only a bit shocking when i saw the prices, Vienna is  expensive when it comes to drinks in my opinion. The food is relatively cheap, depending of course where you go. And i learned something...we don't have something like weissgespritz around here, and even though i still like wine without water better, it didn't taste bad. ;)
We had our dinner at Dots, a sushi restaurant. It is cheaper then in Holland, and they have absolutely delicious sushi. If you're a sushi lover...go there!

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Upper Belvedere
Upper Belvedere
Sovjet Monument
Sovjet Monument
Karlskirche
Karlskirche
A tiny part of the garden behind t…
A tiny part of the garden behind …
the fountain @ Belvedere Gardens
the fountain @ Belvedere Gardens
Opera
Opera
Stephansdom
Stephansdom
Inside Stephansdom
Inside Stephansdom
A beautiful sculpture in the centr…
A beautiful sculpture in the cent…
The Hofburg
The Hofburg
Vienna Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
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Dots is a stylish restaurant, which serves great sushi. According to friends it's the best sushi in Vienna. The interior is completely white, and toge… read entire review
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