It’s been awhile now since a friend of mine, has suggested to visit Vienna. She keeps on bragging her experience and the architectural grandeur of Vienna. It’s been couple of years I have been putting it off, but just recently my niece was posting beautiful photos of Vienna. So I excitedly book my hotel accommodation. And I was delighted when Vienna Tourism board provided my Vienna 72 hour pass.
My Austrian adventure started in Salzburg. After my three days in Salzburg, I then headed to Vienna. I catched an early train costing me €24.00 not bad for three hours journey. Passing through green field pastures, acres of cornfield. What a beautiful sight of the rolling hills of Austrian countryside. Oh I felt in relax mode instantly, so I have been nooding on and off too. As soon as we arrived in Vienna I got into a taxi and soon enough I checked-in to my hotel. With my Vienna welcome kit together with my 72 hour pass handed by the receptionist. My excitement started to build up. After quick study of the underground map, Im so eager to explore. First I visited Schonbrunn garden, its free entry to visit the garden and there’s a discount to see the palace with the Vienna Card.
The Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural Herritage on 2001, as well as Vienna’s Ringstrasse Boulevard and part of the old town. Those amazing architectural building dating back from imperial times, those beautiful baroque and art Nouveau styles. Wander around for a photography stroll during day time.
And a wonderful evening experience of exploring the extraordinary rich culture boasting theater, opera house and galleries. The city’s home for internationally known composer, such as Mozart, Beethoven Schubert, Strauss to mention afew.
When in Vienna try to go and see a show, sometimes it can get expensive if there’s a dinner package, some option just show ticket sitting or even standing too. But did you know that there’s a big white screen just outside the main opera house for the same show for free and they provide chairs too!
While in Vienna why not maximise your stay. Go for wine tasting, even better champagne! So if your looking for a good time, this is my best bet. Who will say no to a wine? Hahaha right, there are lots of wine cellar offering the wine tasting but I opted to go Schlumberger Cellar and I wasnt disappointed at all. With your Vienna card they will give you discount. You can choose a cellar tour with one free glass of classic Schlumberger. In my case I chose the full Schlumberger tasting which consist of 5 different Schlumberger from sparkly, pink, gold chardonnay. And I sweet talk them if I can taste the vintage DOM Schlumberger and they gladly offer me a glass. I was delighted and my experience is top notched. The DOM quote “It is a true jewel, embracing the magic of exceptional”. I went away happily and merrily I would say.
If you still have time to spent, dont miss out to visit the Prater. It was constructed in 1897, the world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel from 1920 until 1985. Its the oldest perries wheel in Europe, and still working. Be a kid once again!
And lastly never hesitate to ask for direction to Viennese local, they will gladly help you. In my case I met Stephen while I was looking for authentic Viennese Cuisine. He told me the restaurant was a tourist trap, instead he suggested a local restaurant and he ended up joining me for dinner.
Followed by a visit to local Gin Bar. I was amazed how the bar tender/manager prepare the drinks. There’s no menu card, you just tell want flavour you want accordingly to your taste. My very authentic Vienna experience no doubt. Thank you to Stephan.
Although Vienna Tourism Board provided the pass, I retained full editorial control and all opinions are my own.
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