Schönbrunn Palace stands tall in the list of Europe’s opulent palaces. Reminiscent of the Baroque era, the Palace is among the classic “must-sees” for tourists coming to Vienna. So make sure you reach here early if you want to avoid long queues. We took the ‘Grand Tour’, wandering through the 40 rooms of the Palace – each evoking an awed response from both me and my husband. Each room has a distinct character and are intricately done. For instance, there is a ‘Rich Bedroom’ with its rich red velvet hangings and precious embroidery in gold and silver. Or the ‘Millions Room’ that is set apart in its decor showcasing scenes from the life of Mogul rulers in India in the 16th and 17th centuries and features panelling decorated with 60 Rococo cartouches with Indo-Persian miniatures. After the tour of the Palace, we explored the royal gardens. The central axis of the palace formed the backbone of the gardens and each section is meticulously set in accordance with the axes. The vast gardens are really an extension of the ruler’s status, but pity we didn’t get a chance to see the flowers in full bloom as we visited in early spring. What I specially loved about our visit was the Easter market, which I hadn't known about before. There was live music, delicious food stalls and glühwein! Cherry on the top? An unexpected snowfall!!
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.
Kaffee Alt Wien
I found out a coffee place Alt Wien- supposedly one of the best coffee shops known for its wall posters, rude waiters and ofcourse the coffee. It was a funky cafe having walls full with posters of past and upcoming events, yellow lights, few people and busy waiters. I got some garlic toasts and its famous coffee - Wiener Melange (in German it means Viennese Blend).