Day 7 - Vienna

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Palace Vienna

  We awoke in the morning to find that two of our three bunk mates had already departed from the hostel.  The third was a girl and from what we could tell was unable to speak English.  We all got ready for the day departed from the hostel.  Before leaving I borrowed their Internet to book another place across town for that night.  We were able to leave our packs in the luggage storage at the Step-In hostel so that made the walk into town much easier. 

  Vienna is a beautiful city.  It had unbelievable architecture and a modern big city feel.  It was a lot like a smaller, cleaner New York City.  We really enjoyed it.  Most of the main sightseeing attractions were in the middle of the city and we made our way there.

Cathedral Vienna
  This was truly worth the walk.  There were two massive museums with huge gardens and in the distance we could make out the royal palace of Austria.  We passed by the museums and wandered towards the palace.  It was open to visitors and at the moment was actually a college.  We wandered around the palace before heading towards a cathedral that reached above the horizon line.  It had a massive spire and the inside was classic Gothic architecture.  Once leaving there we made it back to the main plaza and entered the National Museum of Austria.  There was a completely intact Egyptian burial tomb as well as a huge collection of Greek and Roman artifacts.  We enjoyed the exhibits but the real fun came when we entered the art section.
Inside the Cathedral
  This was the first time any of us had ever been able to come face to face with paintings from Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Durer, and others.  It was eye opening.  I didn't ever really appreciate art until i saw a masterpiece with my own eyes.

  After the long day out we dove into a quite restaurant and had dinner before going on the hunt for our hostel.  Again, we found ourselves lost.  But, after a small panic attack and a run around the block I found the apartment complex hidden away on a side street.  This room was a breath of fresh air.  It had a bathroom in the room, three beds, a kitchen, and TV (all in German, but TV none the less).  It was a great way to end the day. Cheers.

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Palace Vienna
Palace Vienna
Cathedral Vienna
Cathedral Vienna
Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
Fountain in Vienna
Fountain in Vienna
Parliament
Parliament
Plaza Park
Plaza Park
Vienna
photo by: EmyG