The Vienna Story

Tripoto
4th Nov 2015

St. Stephen's Cathedral

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Schonbrunn Palace

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Schonbrunn Palace

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Hofburg Palace

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Austrian National Library

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Austrian National Library

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Austrian National Library

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Rathaus

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Mozart Haus

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St. Stephen's Cathedral

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Danube Canal

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Austrian Parliament

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Hofburg Palace

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Hofburg Palace at night

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Inside Rathaus

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Marx Halle

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Rathaus Park

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Hofburg Theatre

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Vienna is the first and only city I have visited in Europe. Attending the Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna gave me an opportunity to explore this beautiful city. It is steeped in culture and tradition and has preserved it's history beautifully while being remarkably modern. It is an amalgamation of old and new, of history and modernism. And for anyone with a taste for history, art, culture or just beauty....Vienna is a city which must be visited.

We initially put up at Novotel Wien City, which is very walking distance from the Danube river. It is walking distance from St. Stephen's Cathedral, which was the first place we visited in Vienna. On the way, we also caught a glimpse of Mozarthaus. St. Stephen's Catheral is an imposing church right in the middle of the city. Cobblestone paths lead up to the massive doors and inside it, there is an immense sense of peace. There is also a lift which takes you to the top of the bell tower from which you can get an aerial view of the city. Beneath the cathedral, there are catacombs for which guided tours are available .

Next we came back to the hotel for getting ready for the Drucker challenge get together at the Austrian National Library which is housed in the Imperial Palace, followed by guided tour of the library. It is beautifully ornamented with frescoes and statues, and bookshelves line the walls from floor to ceiling. Being a self proclaimed bibliophile, it was a thrilling tour for me. Apparently, the royal family was more interested in collecting books than fighting wars! After this, we walked to the Rathaus to attend the speakers' cocktail reception. Being inside the Vienna city hall was an experience to cherish.

The next day was spent at the conference, which took place at the Hall of Sciences. It was a part of the old Vienna University and still retains it's aura of learning and erudition. The day was spent listening to eminent speakers from the world over and meeting new people. The evening brought a 3 course fine dining experience at Marx Halle followed by a live musical concert.

The next day was again spent at the conference. And the day after that, we set out to explore Vienna. We started with a tour of the 40 rooms at the Schonbrunn Palace. The gardens surrounding it looked very beautiful with the colors of fall adorning the floor of the woods. Next we went to see the Austrian National Parliament, Hofburg Theatre and Volkstheatre. After having lunch, we went back to the Imperial Palace and walked around. The environs are beautiful and perfect for taking lots of pictures. 

We did not have the time to visit the Imperial apartments and the Albertina Museum, but those of my friends who did, raved about them. The things to try out in Vienna are the the Viennese desserts, especially the Apple Strudel. The non vegetarians can try out the Schnitzel, while I found few options for vegetarians. I did eat a humongous vegetable sandwich, which was more like two pizza bases stuck together, with loads of cheese and vegetables. With this, our Vienna story came to an end, with memories to last  lifetime.

Hofburg Palace or Imperial Palace is in the middle of the city of Vienna. It houses the Imperial Apartments, various museums, the National Treasury, the Austrian National Library. Each of these small museums require separate entry tickets and separate tours
Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
The Austrian National Library is housed within the Imperial Palace. We got a free tour courtesy Global Drucker Forum. It houes a huge collection of books from ancient to modern. It is also in the process of being digitized. The frescoes and decorations make it look les like a library and more like a miniature palace.
Photo of Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
This is the City Hall. We attended a cocktail reception here. It is a stately building which stands tall in the city centre of Vienna, and the seat of the mayor. In front of the Rathaus is well tended garden called Rathaus Park.
Photo of Rathaus, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Rathaus, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Rathaus, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
St. Stephen's Cathedral is a magnificent Church standing in the centre of the city of Vienna. With it's tiled roof and tall towers, it affords a view of Vienna which will leave you speechless
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
The ornate Austrian Parliament Building is also in close proximity to the Rathaus
Photo of Austrian Parliament Building, Doktor-Karl-Renner-Ring, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
The schonbrunn place is about 15 km from the city centre. It is also approachable by metro. There are two tours available- one for 20 rooms and the other for forty rooms of the palace. We took the 40 room tour and the remaining rooms are very richly decorated and not to be missed. There is also beautiful garden a little distance from the palace and the Schonbrunn zoo is also in the vicinity
Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita
Photo of Marx Halle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse, Vienna, Austria by Aparajita