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Weekend in Vienna. Here’s what to do in two days if you decide to go to Vienna, just for one night. A small holiday that can reserve beautiful surprises.
Weekend in Vienna. I suggest you what to do in two days to enjoy this beautiful city even if you have little time!
At the end of February, together with my Knight, we decided to fly for a weekend in Vienna. We left on Saturday morning and returned Sunday night … tired but also very satisfied to be able to still visit almost all the main places of the city.
As soon as we landed we went to the hotel, which was just outside the central train station. Time to leave our luggage and we headed by the metro to Stephansplats, the heart of the city.
Here is the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the most important Gothic monument of Austria. After visiting it we got lost in the shopping streets.
Mariahilfer Strasse. This long boulevard is the most traditional place to shop all over Vienna. Take this tour on Saturdays because on Sundays the shops are all closed !!!
After making some purchases, we headed to Hundertwasserhaus, one of Vienna‘s main attractions. A complex of colorful public houses by the architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
A corner with a fairytale atmosphere that I recommend you do not miss.
During a weekend in Vienna you have to take a ride on the main attraction of the city, the large Ferris wheel inside the Prater. An ancient playground open to the public in 1766, full of attractions and places where you can eat typical Viennese dishes.
After admiring Vienna from above, fatigue started to be felt … and even hunger! So we decided to go to dinner in a typical Viennese restaurant, near our hotel to enjoy the famous Wiener Schnitzel, a slice of meat (usually veal) breaded and fried in butter or lard … a real goodness!
On Sundays, since the shops are all closed, the ideal is to visit the Royal Palace of Hofburg. The house of the Habsburgs and of the Princess Sissi.
A palace of 2600 rooms !!! To visit it all you need at least a couple of days! But unfortunately we did not have all this time so we decided to visit the Imperial Apartments, the Silverware Museum and the Princess Sissi Museum.
We visited everything in about two and a half hours, retracing the life of Elizabeth of Austria. A beautiful woman, who became empress at the age of 19 and who immediately realizes that court life is not suitable for her: too many obligations and little freedom.
In time Sissi will become an unhappy, melancholic and shy woman, obsessed with taking care of her beauty and her person.
Pharaonic and marvelous the Silverware of the Hofburg. Services of plates, glasses, cutlery with hundreds of pieces, all very precious and unique.
Wonderful Milanese centerpiece, 30 meters long !!!
After the visit to the Royal Palace, we have given ourselves a well-deserved and sweet break in the historic DEMEL patisserie, one of the best and oldest cafes in Vienna.
Founded in 1888 and for a long time it has been the Court pastry shop.
I took a soft and delicious Krapfen while my Knight a delicious slice of sacher cake. A culinary stop not to be missed!
Refreshed and rested we walked to Maria-Theresien-Platz is one of the main squares of Vienna, which connects the Ringstraße with the Museumsquartier.
The square is characterized by two specular buildings that house respectively the Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History). At the center of the square is the monument dedicated to Maria Teresa from which the name of the square itself.
On foot, we went to the Parliament, but it was under renovation and completely covered by scaffolding and cranes. So we headed to the very close Rathaus, the majestic Vienna Town Hall in Gothic style.
On the square in front of the Town Hall there was a beautiful ice rink, made of paths that wound through the square, wooden houses with typical food and souvenirs ..
The square was crowded with people, lots of families and boys who were flying happily on skates.
Unfortunately, the time for our weekend in Vienna had come to an end and so we had to head to the airport!
Vienna … elegant, austere and beautiful!
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