The bus then took me to the Schönbrunn Palace -The majestic Baroque palace, once used to be the summer residence for many Austrian emperors, was originally built in 15th century and reconstructed in 17th century by the empress Maria Theresa, who received this as a wedding gift. With hop-hop off I got some discounts to the entry ticket (I took the basic ticket which included some 23 rooms - the entire palace has 1441 rooms). I visited the study room, dinning room, bedrooms of Francis Joseph 1. Lot of rooms still have retained the silverware, the bed and dressing tables. The palace has a huge garden which was one of the attractions too, but I skipped it.Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the palace.
Oldest market in Vienna and probably the coolest place to hang around and watch vendors selling almost everything possible. Cheese, dried fruits, bacon, sausages, beautiful looking stuffed olives, desserts from across countries, hand painted crockery, flowers, fresh fruits and the list can just go on forever. The food stalls were very inviting serving different local and international cuisines - enjoy the pics!
Stephansdom or the St. Stephen's Cathedral is a beautiful Gothic church in the busy centre of Vienna at Stephansplatz. The towering church is ornately patterned and invites you with its delicate and intricate artwork. I remember standing on the pavement across the Church, still and just admiring the architectural brilliance. Don't break your neck as you stretch it to take in the look of the Cathedral in its full glory, though! The Cathedral offers beautiful view of the city from the top. For the health freaks, there are stairs - 343 steps to be precise! For those who would rather take the lift, you are my friend! Just go inside the church and a lift would take you up, of course with a fee.
It's one of the most important and busiest squares in the city center of Vienna. The streets are full of artistic artworks, shops selling everything from branded clothing to souvenirs, funky cafes and buildings with rich architecture.The main attraction here is St. Stephan's Cathedral which gives the place its name.
Where do you begin to explore a city with splendour like Vienna? The first evening in Vienna and I realized all my planned itineraries were starting to fail me. We decided to take the city bus from our hotel to the city centre and go with the flow. When we alighted in front of the Opera House, we got our answer! The Ringstrasse (or the Ring Road) is a 5.3 kilometres long stretch that traces the path of the Medieval city wall surrounded Vienna until 1860. Emperor Franz Joseph ordered its construction in 1857, replacing the Medieval wall with a grand boulevard – which today boasts of some of the most important sights in Vienna. The Ringstrasse was officially opened in 1865 and celebrates its 150th jubilee this year. If you are the walking kinds, then you can explore the area on foot – pausing in between to admire the grandeur of the buildings that you find along the way. Those who prefer more comfort, the Vienna Ring Tram departs every 30 minutes from Schwedenplatz and goes around the Ringstrasse, offering an interactive system with its audio-visual system. Another way to explore it is through the Hop-on Hop off bus tour. Just perch yourself on the top deck and you would find yourself going around the Ringstrasse. If you go around the Ringstrasse, you will acquaint yourself with almost all the important attractions in the city centre such as the Opera House, the Museum Quartier (housing the Museum of Natural History, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Modern Art Museum), Heldenplatz, the Parliament and the City Hall (Rathaus).
This place was basically a canal coming out from Danube river. I later discovered the name-​Donaukanal. This place was really cool with superb graffiti walls, pretty wooden benches with candle lamps, lots of people just chilling and sipping their drinks. I occupied one of the cute benches and got myself Bacardi rum original cocktail with lime and soda, a lemony flavor drink.I enjoyed my drink along with the serene view of the river. The place though was very lively with great music, I was feeling extremely peaceful from within.