Vienna Travel Blog› entry 99 of 128 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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!