Vienna, Austria – music, meals, museums, and must sees

Ceiling at the Vienna Opera House, Vienna Austria

Ceiling at the Vienna Opera House, Vienna Austria

Another ceiling in the Vienna Opera House

Vienna Opera House

Mozart's birthplace, Vienna, Austria

Mozart’s home and workplace, Vienna, Austria

The appropriate place to start a tour of Vienna would be the Vienna Opera House. Not only because Vienna is where Mozart spent his most productive years and some of the most classical operas of any era, debuted here, but because the beauty of the opera house is unparalleled, in my mind.

My daughter and I took in a modern day version of Mozart‘s ‘La Clemenza Di Tito.’ Modernized bizarre stage sets and costuming were upstaged by singing that would have made Mozart proud.

Wienerschnitzel in Vienna. Now you see it....

Wienerschnitzel in Vienna. Now you see it….

Now you don't. Kind of.

Now you don’t. Kind of.

Another Viennese traditional must is trying to eat a plate sized wiener schnitzel (flattened and deep fried veal) at the famed Figlmueller restaurant where people line up for hours for the opportunity. My son had a bit more success than I did.

My daughter was not a big fan of wiener schnitzel so we tried out the other hot spot where people (mostly women) stand in line for hours to indulge in the chocolate bittersweet decadence of a piece of the world famous Sacher Torte at the cafe in the Hotel Sacher. Very fancy!

Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher, Vienna

Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher, Vienna

Like most European large cities I have visited, Vienna is easily walkable. The Old town here is more of a tourist trap than other Old Towns, but still appealing for the first time visitor with all these highlights in a concentrated area. And other must sees, like the Belvedere Museum (great Klimt exhibit); Grinzing Wine region (try the local reds); and the Schonbrunn Castle are easily accessible via the always available tram system.

Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria

Grinzing Vineyards, Vienna, Austria

Grinzing Vineyards, Vienna, Austria

Once again, it is a castle that caught and kept my greatest attention, while in Vienna. The grounds at Schonbrunn Castle are reminiscent of Versailles in their vastness. It is this vastness, teamed with the symmetry achieved in the gardens, sculptures and the grand castle itself that amazes me, all dating back to the 16th century.

Front of the Schonbrunn Castle, Vienna

Front of the Schonbrunn Castle, Vienna

Gardens and Sculptures of Schonbrunn Castle

Gardens and Sculptures of Schonbrunn Castle

Looking up at the Gloriette (original building spot of the castle) from the grounds of the main castle

Looking up at the Gloriette (original building spot of the castle) from the grounds of the main castle

View from the Gloriette back down on the main castle

View from the Gloriette back down on the main castle

What stands out: the architecture throughout Vienna is of a classic European style, similar to Paris, where the buildings are all a muted color, very unlike the vibrant colors used in other European cities like Prague. But it works. The muted facings allow the ornate detailing, sculptures green spaces to come to the forefront. So look closely, past the gray tones and see the real beauty of Viennese architecture.

 

One thought on “Vienna, Austria – music, meals, museums, and must sees

  1. Love the pictures of the Vienna Opera House! And how amazing to see a production with Mozart’s music there. I’d rather have the chocolate torte than the Wiener schnitzel, too! Thank you for taking me on another beautiful trip with you ❤

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