Austria, the country where Mozart lived, The Sound Of Music was filmed and where we visited for the next part of our trip.
We arrived very tired after a busy morning in Prague and then a 4.5 hour train. It was quite late but we found a small Italian just around the corner from our hostel for dinner. It feels like it’s been a very long time without pizza!
Our first stop was St. Stephen’s Cathedral right in the very centre. It’s a 12th century cathedral that also contains the tombs of some of the Habsburg family. It also has an amazing, colourful tiled roof which I think is quite uncommon for churches.
We then went round the corner to find Mozarts house. He lived here from 1784-1787 and now it’s been turned into a museum presenting his life and career as a composer. We decided we didn’t know enough about music to justify paying to enter.
As it was so hot and we were all shattered, we did a little bit more sight seeing and then went home.
We decided to stay in for dinner and Fiona and Shalini made us all a yummy veggie pasta and salad. We were quite undersided about what to do in the evening. We didn’t think Vienna would be particularly good for a night out, especially on a Tuesday night but we went down the road to Travel Shack which seemed quite cool but wasn’t really the vibe we wanted. We instead went to the infamous Bermuda Triangle (apparently, people go there and return a few days later not knowing where they’ve been) and had a few drinks there instead. I’ve now decided that amaretto sour is my new favourite cocktail!
The next day we left later than planned (classics us) and got the metro out of the city to the Royal Palace. This used to be the summer house of the Habsburg family and looks exactly like I’d imagine a a palace – although maybe not a brown colour.
The palace is part of a huge collection of attractions and you can buy one ticket that covers all of them. But we were here for one main thing; THE ZOO!! We bought tickets from the automatic machines and it was 8€ for a child up to 18 (or a group of 21 year olds that look 18) or 16.50€ for an adult and then we went and acted like children all day long! My highlight was probably the koalas because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a koala in real life! I’m just sad I couldn’t cuddle them!
Built in 1752, it’s the oldest zoo in the world and currently holds the award for the best zoo in Europe (although I’d disagree and say London Zoo is better!). I sang my way around the zoo (filmed on snapchat) but sadly, I can’t seem to upload videos via the blogger app so you may have to wait – although you might not want to hear my awful singing of the lion king and Nellie the elephant!
After the zoo we tried to find the maze. However, we have come to a conclusion that the whole complex is a maze and an actual maze does not exist because we couldn’t find it! Also in the area there is a desert house, Palm house, kids museum, entrance to the palace and more so definitely worth checking it out if you’re in Vienna!
- Country: Austria
- Country Population: 8.4 million
- Spoken language: German
- Unit of currency: Euro (€)
- Time zone: GMT +1