A Postcard from Vienna

After two nights in Budapest my sister and I hopped on a train and travelled to Vienna for a further three nights. As much as I was excited for this holiday I didn’t have any expectations for Vienna; Budapest was the city I had always wanted to go to, the city I was the most looking forwards to exploring, Vienna was just another holiday destination but it turns out I actually ended up preferring Vienna to Budapest. Of the two cities I will more likely be going back to Vienna than Budapest.

Maybe holidays work better for me when I have no hopes pinned on them. Vienna joins cities like Krakow and Amsterdam, cities I had no expectations of before going but cities that are favourites of the ones I’ve travelled to so far.

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If Budapest was full of history then Vienna was full of culture; art and music. There are plenty of incredible museums you can visit if that’s something you enjoy doing on holiday; the Sisi Museum inside of Hofburg Palace or the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which is as impressive outside as it is inside, are only two of many. There’s even the Vienna Opera House for the music lovers.

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Even if museums aren’t really your thing the one I would highly recommend visiting is Kunst Haus Wien. It more of an art installation than a traditional museum, focusing on the works of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. I don’t really have the words to describe Kunst Haus Wien, but it was incredible, unforgettable, and well worth a visit.

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One of the first things my sister and I did in Vienna was travel to Schönbrunn Palace which, even knowing very little about Vienna before travelling there, was a place I was aware of in the back of my mind. While the palace itself was impressive the main attraction were the gardens. I was lucky in that we had incredible weather while we were in Vienna, which just made the gardens all the more beautiful. We spent probably an hour walking through the gardens, and I know we didn’t discover everything they had to offer.

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Another attraction heavily associated with Vienna is the Wiener Riesenrad, the giant Ferris wheel, so that’s something my sister and I did our second and final full day in Vienna. We made it there just as the park was opening so there was very little queuing time, and the views we saw when we reached the top were not to be missed.

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Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • Take a horse and carriage ride through the city…You’ll see them everywhere, and the drivers give you an unofficial tour of the city as you travel around a small part of it. There were plenty of things me and my sister learnt we wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.
  • You don’t have to pay to enter the Schönbrunn Palace gardens…There are two entrances to the gardens around either side of the Palace. If you go left you reach the Priory Gardens, which you have to pay to enter, but if you go around the right you can see the bulk of the gardens for free.
  • Again be aware that tickets in Vienna need validating the same as they do in Budapest…While you can walk to most sights in Vienna some, like the Schönbrunn Palace and the Wiener Riesenrad, are a little further out and it would be very easy to get caught out by this.

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Vienna was a lot more expensive than Budapest was, so it’s not the best place to go if you’re looking for a budget holiday, but if you’re an art or music love then I cannot recommend travelling to Vienna enough.

I fell in love with the city immediately, and really want to go back one day to experience it all over again. There’s plenty to see and do and while going in the summer (or when it’s warm and sunny) was nice I imagine seeing the Christmas Markets during the winter would be even more incredible.

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26 thoughts on “A Postcard from Vienna

  1. Gorgeous pictures – the Schönbrunn gardens looked stunning! They were quite bare this week as they seemed to be planting between seasons. Like you I’d love to return at Christmas and have a ride in one of those horse drawn carriages!

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  2. Beautiful pictures as always Beth! ❤ I'm also really glad to hear that you had a wonderful time in Vienna. I fell in love with the city the first time I visited it and I'm beyond happy that I have the opportunity to live there! 😀 I'm a big lover of art, I'm even studying Art History, so Vienna is seriously the perfect place for me. Also the Christmas markets are beautiful and I highly recommend visiting them if you ever have the opportunity. 😉

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! 😀 ❤ Oh Vienna was incredible, it's on my list of places I want to go back to one day. I'm a little jealous that you get to the live there I must admit but yeah if you're studying Art History Vienna is definitely the perfect place to be.
      Ohh, I'll have to remember that for my next trip, I'll arrive in time for the Christmas markets next time. 😀

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  3. Oh my GOD, these photos are beautiful, Beth!! Vienna seems like such a gorgeous and rich place and I really hope I’ll be able to visit one day. I love all the photos you took where you stood centered in front of the building and got a symmetrical shot — that just makes me ridiculously happy. I’m glad you had a good time, Beth! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much May! 😀 ❤ Vienna is incredibly gorgeous, and so much better than I thought it would be as well. I hope you manage to visit soon too, and that you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
      Ha, yeah they ended up being my favourites as well, it's just a shame I had so few of them compared to all the other photos I took.
      Thanks May. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Beautiful pictures! Vienna is next on my city break list… I have just come back from Rome. Have you been? I’ve never been the history type but Rome has converted me ahah! X

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    1. Thanks so much Emily. 🙂 Oh in that case I hope you love Vienna as much as I did.
      Yeah I’ve been to Rome a couple of times now but would love to go again one day. It’s actually one of my favourite cities I’ve visited so far. I’ve always been a history fan but it’s easy to see how Rome could convert you if you weren’t before! 😀

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    1. Hi Sophie. 🙂 ❤
      Oh thanks so much. Yeah there were some really impressive buildings in Vienna (not sure why, but I always feel like architecture is more impressive in other cities outside of my own country you know?) and it was definitely a city break I loved as well. 😀

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  5. OH I’m so glad you loved Vienna so much, Beth! It is definitely a city that’s on my bucket list and I can’t wait to go there someday ❤ These pictures you took are beautiful, I love these gardens especially, so pretty, and the views are stunning! I love seeing cities from above so… I know this will be something I'll have to do for sure 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures ❤ ❤

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    1. It was incredible Marie, and oh I both really hope you make it to Vienna one day soon and that you love it there as much as I did. 🙂 ❤ It's a beautiful city, there's plenty to see and plenty of gardens as well. I think we saw the main one and didn't manage to make it to some of the others but I'm sure they're just as gorgeous.
      Ha, yeah seeing cities from above is something I love as well. It's a must for every holiday I go on. 😀
      That's all right, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. 😀 ❤

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