Not being the first time I have visited this beautiful city, I thought it was about time I shared these experiences with you all.
On my first visit back in 2013, we initially went to Budapest to watch Formula 1 racing at the Hungaroring. After the racing, we had a day to spare with no plans set out, then one of my friends had the great idea of driving to Vienna. Only 220 kilometres away from Budapest, we thought let’s do this.
The second time I visited Vienna was in September 2016, but was more of a business trip and I didn’t get the opportunity to see as much as I would have liked.
Here are some of my recommendations for you when you get the opportunity to visit this stunning City.
If like me you are driving, then don’t panic! There is parking situated at the front of St Stephens Cathedral, or more commonly known Stephansdom. Either way, not a bad place to start with over 700 years of history and the place where Mozart got married.
When you are there, make sure to climb the stairs of the south tower, (over 350 steps, so bring water). There are amazing views of Vienna but unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of the view, I will be sure to next time I go and share them with you all.
There is a good walk around the Cathedral with many things to see and shops you might find interesting. As you come to expect, there are lots of gift shops to get your keepsakes and gifts for friends and family. Please be sure to try the ice cream, it’s amazing!
There is also Heldenplatz park which while it’s not that big, but every time I have been there it is totally immaculate and beautifully maintained.
The next must see thing for me in Vienna was Belvedere Palace. Only 2 kilometres from St Stephens Cathedral, It will give you the opportunity to see other sites across the City and also getting in some good exercise too.
The next thing I would say to be sure to visit is the Zoo at Schonbrummer Schlosspark Park where you will also find another Palace, Schonbrunn Palace. The Zoo entrance fee was priced at 10 euros back in 2013, (There are many Tour packages online) but all round it is great value for money. The perfect chance to embrace mother nature admire some of the animal kingdom with my favourites being Polar Bears and Penguins.
While I love the landmarks and site seeing, one of my passions is shopping. There is a huge outlet centre near Vienna and is actually on the highway to Budapest, if you fancy a road trip. The outlet is called Parndorf and when I was last there I spent around 4 hours shopping. There are many different brands, but treating yourself to Ermendegildo Zenga tops it off for me.
I hope you have enjoyed my experience, I look forward to hearing about yours!