I recently had opportunity to spend few days in windy and chilly, but otherwise lovely, Vienna and thought I should share some of my favorite moments.1. Seeing Hofburg Palace for the first time, just after the sunrise. With no other people in sight, I had the privilege to enjoy discovering majestic architecture in proud solitude.
Hofburg Palace housed some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. (Wikipedia)2. Admiring numerous Viennese cafés that radiate grandness and exclusivity, and are unlike coffee shops seen in Italy and France, despite geographical proximity. Vienna also has impressive number of pastry shops with enticing displays, which are practically non-existent in Munich.
Vienna’s most important religious building was consecrated in 1147, stands at 136 meter high, hosts Austria’s largest bell weighting 20 tons, and is believed to have been built on top of ancient cemetery dating back to Roman times. Catacombs beneath the church contain bodies of 11,000, mostly victims of bubonic plague. (Wikipedia)4. Watching baby elephant run around its mother at Schönbrunn Zoo, located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace. The zoo, founded in 1752, is considered to be the oldest existing zoo in the world. I found myself lost in a leafy forests, inhabited by mountain goats, panda bears, with occasional patches of desert populated by rhinos and elephants. I rarely enjoy visits to the zoo as it reminds me of animal jail but on this occasion, I caught myself thinking that all animals looked quite content and well-cared for, and are probably better off being where they are.
You should have been there!