Museum night in Vienna
Vienna is a city where classical music seems to be frozen in stone. Mozart and Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss, Brahms and Haydn lived and worked here. Whatever music is played in your headphones while walking through the local streets, Vienna will set you up for the corresponding aristocratic mood with its elegant atmosphere. And then, as in the menu of a gourmet restaurant, you yourself will choose which Vienna you want to meet.
Despite the fact that the city is large enough, it’s more interesting to explore it on foot.
Stephansplatz – an electronic scoreboard and an unobtrusive female voice in the car suggests that it is time to go out. All Vienna metro stations are minimalist in design and practical in essence. As we climbed up the escalator and stairs, the man in the wheelchair was already ahead of us, using the elevator. There are no turnstiles in the subway (U-Bahn local), and supervisors are extremely rare. In the end, the Austrians themselves do not fit in the head, how can you not pay for the fare.
Leaving the underground, but comfortable metro world, we find ourselves in the heart of the Austrian capital. If all roads lead to Rome, then all Vienna roads lead to Stefanplatz. Here, on the main square of the city, you will see that majestic and elegant Vienna, which was previously represented. The image of the city that shaped my imagination before the trip materialized here, and the reality turned out to be very close to expectations. But this does not mean that Vienna did not delight or surprise. First wow! sounded right on Stefanplatz in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in whose honor this square was named. This is a very high Gothic building, which is more than 800 years old, is a symbol of the Austrian capital, and St. Stephen is a long-standing patron of the city. By the way, from the observation deck of the cathedral you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Danube and Vienna.
Vienna is a city for connoisseurs of exquisite and at the same time pompous architecture. The local atmosphere does not forget that once it was the capital of one of the most powerful states of its time – the Austrian Empire. Time passed, but the city did not lose its special aristocratic and imperial spirit. This feeling only intensifies with every step from Stefanplatz towards Hofburg – the winter residence of the Habsburg imperial family. Now in this palace various conferences, exhibitions, feasts, balls are often held. There was also a place for the OSCE headquarters.
The summer residence for the Habsburgs was the Schönbrunn Palace, which can be reached from Vienna’s city center by bus or metro. This palace complex is really striking in its scale. To go around the palace and the entire territory around it, it takes reality more than one day.
Vienna is accustomed to compliments. And they are all well deserved. The only “but” is the city is so magnificent that it can not fully fit into the Instagram lens. This, of course, is a joke, but not without some truth. Photographing Vienna is easy when you focus on the details, rather than trying to capture everything in one frame.
Despite the fact that the city is large enough, it is most interesting to explore it on foot, periodically going down the subway to drive to the next destination. Alternatively, you can offer a bicycle or … fiakr. Carriages drawn by a pair of horses are a common occurrence for the Austrian capital, which has so much nostalgia for the past era. This is not transport, but a real symbol of the city. Fiacra is very popular among guests of Vienna. However, such a walk is not a cheap pleasure.
VIENNA IS A BIG MUSEUM UNDER AN OPEN SKY
To get to know Vienna is to embrace the immense. For several days this is not possible. Someone will say that life will not be enough for this. The capital of Austria is really very multifaceted. You can explore the Vienna Palace, walking for weeks walking around the Hofburg, Schönbrunn or Belvedere Palace. It is also worth getting acquainted with the natural Vienna, because there are many parks, palace and park ensembles, and on the edge of the city the Vienna forest covered with legends is hidden.
We must not forget about the gastronomic Vienna. We are talking not only about coffee, strudel, Sacher cake and other pastry masterpieces, but also about hundreds of interesting establishments – from fabulous pastry shops to gourmet restaurants. By the way, during the Christmas period, a traditional fair takes place on the square in front of the Vienna City Hall.
We also remember the musical Vienna. The Vienna State Opera is known all over the world. Tickets here are expensive. However, the Austrians are convinced that high art should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, in the auditorium on the upper tier there is a platform with standing places. A ticket there costs only 3 euros. It should be noted that they are sold an hour before the opera, and sold out very quickly.