I pulled into Vienna by train, and excitedly ran through the station to meet my uncle Wilfried. I stayed with Wilfried for the 5 days I spent in Austria, and he has a fabulous apartment in the city close to just about everything! We headed straight to the grocery store, because snacks right??? I spent the first night in Vienna with Wilfried, and my cousins Jakob and Sara, who all took me in and showed me everything amazing about the city. We had dinner and beers at a quiet restaurant, Wilfrieds favorite local spot.
Tuesday I had plans to meet Sara at her work at a homeless shelter, but first I roamed around the city without a specific plan and just looked at everything and enjoyed cappuccinos in the cafes. Sara took me to the top of her work building and showed me an incredible view of the city from high up, which made me just too excited to see what the city had to offer!
I left Sara to meet with Jakob, he works at the Vienna Parliament for a politician, and gave me a tour of the Parliament building and around the main area of the city through the old streets and past everything listed in every “What to see in Vienna” book out there, I walked quite a bit and I loved every minute of it!
We went to Jakobs apartment to make dinner and I met his roommates and got the low down on everything I needed to see in Vienna, because there is always more to see! After dinner we went to Prater, Viennas amusement park, where most of the attractions were closed but it was actually really cool to see it all closed, there were still people walking around and enjoying the area, and on the ferris wheel each gondola was actually big enough to throw a party or have dinner in! It was actually so beautiful with all the lights.
I woke up super early to head to St.Stephens Cathedral. At home we have a big framed photo of this cathedral and it was a huge reason why I chose to come to Austria, I just truly love it and have always wanted to see it. So, it was first on my list for the day. It cost just a few euros to climb the tower with over 300 steps to the top of the cathedral, and the view from up there was incredible. The tower wasn’t busy and it was so nice to just stand and look out on the city for awhile. I took a few laps around the cathedral to soak it all in before I left for the Art Museum.
It was still quite early when I got to the Art Museum, so I had a few hours to wander and see all the exhibitions. After the art museum I went back towards Saras side of town to meet her and go see the castle, we walked all the way up to the top of the hill behind the castle to see the most perfect view of the whole city. The sun was just setting and the sky was clear and the view was perfect - it was truly the best way to see Vienna.
Sara and I met up with Jakob and his girlfriend to go see Moonlight, thank goodness, it was in English! Sara and I then went to a restaurant across town called Ludwig + Adele, oh my gosh was this restaurant everything I have ever wanted. It was so perfect in every way and the food was so delicious, I met another cousin Moritz, who is a manager of the restaurant! We stayed there for awhile and Sara had other friends meet with us and we headed out on the town to see some Vienna bars and stayed out wayyy too late!
Is spent Thursday relaxing, two weeks away from home didn’t seem like so much until it really happened! I think I’m catching a cold too so I spent the day catching up and making some plans for Prague, buying bus tickets and reserving our hostels for the weekend! When Wilfried came home from work we got ready and headed to dinner at a beautiful cafe to meet Renate, Wilfrieds sister! Jakob and Wilfrieds friend joined us as well, and I came bearing gifts for the family from the family at home! We ate incredible paninis (fancy grilled cheese if you ask me) and enjoyed dessert, I got a banana and chocolate mouse cake with passionfruit!!!!! SO YUM. What a great last night, we strolled through the city center again and walked home.
Today I met with Sara at Moritz restaurant again for breakfast before I left, I got avocado toast and a cappuccino. PSA: if you’re interested in traveling anywhere i HIGHLY recommend Vienna for millions of reasons but THIS RESTAURANT especially. I don’t know what it was about this place but it was home. Then I headed off to the bus station and I am now on my way to Prague!!
I am meeting Hannah in Prague and hope to see my sorority sister Taylor who is studying abroad in the city as well! Vienna was gorgeous and seeing family was priceless, they made the city feel like home and kept me so very busy and I am so incredibly thankful for them all!
Now to Prague for three days and back to Munich to fly home, what a quick trip it has been!