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The Haupstraße

I arrived in Vienna with no issues and walked to my hostel.  After showering up and dropping off my things, I grabbed a map of the town and started to explore.  The hostel I stayed at was not too far from the train station, and most the sites were about a 15 minute walk away down the Haupstraße (main street), which is quite modern and has many upscale shops.  It's actually a really nice walk, but for now I wanted to go see the palace and the city center.  I grabbed some lunch from the supermarket on the way, and I made sure to ask the lady which water didn't "have bubbles" in it.  She said ohne...which means without in German (the word ohne is printed on the bottle).  Needless to say, I never forgot that word.

Schloss Hofburg
  I walked down to the Hofburg (the imperial palace).  The whole area was so beautiful, with a huge grassy area and the palace right next to it.  At the time, I didn't even know you could go inside - fortunately someone made me aware of that before I left Vienna.

I plopped down on the grass and ate my lunch.  I then went into the church where the Vienna Boy's Choir sings.  I don't really know why, but I did.  After that I wandered about the Hofburg, and apparently I walked right past the entrance.  Not sure how I did that.  My exploration led me to a large square right in front of St. Stephensdom.  I went inside there to look around and then I paid a couple euro to hike up the stairs of the tower.  I was hoping for some awesome shots of the city.

St. Stephen's Cathedral (that spire is tall!)
  Doesn't look like I got any really good ones.

After Stephensdom, I continued up the road until I found Sigmund Freud's house.  I don't know all that much about him and I'm not even sure I believe his theories about the mind, but for some reason I wanted to go.  His house was actually pretty cool, it has been converted into a museum and have a lot of memorabilia.  I wouldn't say there was anything terribly exciting about it though, in fact I really don't have anything else to say on the subject.

I walked from Freud's house to the Rathaus, or town hall.  There was some festival-like thing going on there, it looked like they were going to show a bunch of movies on a huge screen.  There were also several food and beer vendors, so it looked like it would be a great time.

Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall)
  I checked out the food, as it was getting to dinner time, but nothing appealed to me.  So, I went back to the place I bought lunch and picked up some things for dinner.  I went back to the hostel and cooked it up, meeting all the folks in the kitchen.  There were some "older" ladies there - in their 60's - having a great time with the rest of us...I applaud them for that!  You are never too old to travel.

After dinner I met the folks in my dorm room.  4 of us ended up going out on the town at night to see what we could see.  It turned out there just wasn't much going in Vienna at night, but we had some fun anyway!

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The Haupstraße
The Haupstraße
Schloss Hofburg
Schloss Hofburg
St. Stephens Cathedral (that spir…
St. Stephen's Cathedral (that spi…
Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall)
Vienna Rathaus (Town Hall)
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna near the Hofburg
Vienna near the Hofburg
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna
Inside St. Stephensdom
Inside St. Stephensdom
Park next to the Hofburg
Park next to the Hofburg
Vienna
Vienna
A museum in Vienna that I never we…
A museum in Vienna that I never w…
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna
Vienna
Freuds house
Freud's house
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photo by: EmyG