Vienna may be a large city but most of the attractions can be seen on foot. We embarked on a self-guided walking tour the first day and ended up reaching 16,000 steps each!
One of the most visited attractions is the Mozart Memorial situated inside the Burggarten (Imperial Palace Gardens). Although Mozart was originally from Salzburg, he gained his fame in Vienna after he moved there at age 17. His most well-known compositions were written during his final years of life.
My favorite sight was the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral towering high at 446 feet! Its unique multi-colored tile roof is covered in over 230,000 glazed tiles. The interior is even more impressive with 18 altars, numerous chapels, ornate carvings and immaculate organs.
Another church we set out to see was the Church of Minorities (Minoritenkirche), which houses a massive mosaic tile recreation of Leo’s Last Supper painting. Truly Incredible!
We weaved through alleys, parks and main roads to experience all that Vienna has to offer. The city is full of architectural highlights blending traditional and baroque styles. The buildings are massive, the streets are unbelievably clean and the energy is lively and fresh.
A beautiful rose garden is located within the public park of Volksgarten, which is part of the Hofburg Palace. It’s not the biggest park but certainly worth a visit.
There are palaces all around Vienna but three main ones to explore are: Schönbrunn Palace (former imperial summer residence), Hofburg Palace (former imperial residence, now partly the official residence of the President of Austria) and the Belvedere Palace (former summer residence of the Prince). All are truly stunning along with their gorgeous acres of gardens!
We trailed off our tour route to visit Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment house harmonizing nature and man with a grass covered roof, uneven floors and a colorful exterior. It certainly stands out among its boring, plain neighbors!
Vienna is best explored by walking, very pleased we went that route. Most attractions are museums, palaces and historic buildings that can be seen all on a stroll through the city.
But most importantly, we made time for some Austrian beer!
Dates Visited: 9/25-9/29, 2016