Earlier this month, I had the good fortune to spend a few days in one of the world’s enchanted cities – Vienna.
Palaces, museums, cafes, parks, cobbled streets, pleasant people, classic music – what does Vienna not have?
Food options for a vegetarian, perhaps.
Austrian cuisine may be limiting in this regard, but then in a cosmopolitan city like Vienna there are plenty of alternatives to the meaty Austrian diet.
And then there’s always the strudel to compensate, to say nothing of the Sachertorte.
Here are some memories from my wanderings…
On the first day, I wandered around the Inner Stadt…
….and climbed all the 343 steps to the top of the Stephansdom tower…
At the cafe Hawelka, I ate my first vegetarian strudel.
There’s a lot to do and see around the Hofburg, and the Imperial Treasury collection is worth your time. You can find there a unicorn horn (ahem, a narwhaal tusk mistaken for one.)
On the second day, I went to Schönbrunn.
I sipped some tea at the Gloriette Café and sat awhile in hot glasshouse, surrounded by greenery.
I then headed off to the art museum to see Bruegel’s paintings and other masterpieces.
On the third day, after a stop at Gerstner, I went to the Belvedere and Prater.
No visit to the Prater is complete without a ride in the city’ iconic Ferris Wheel.
At night, you can see the stars from up there, and be a little closer to them than usual…