After 3 days in Prague, it was time to move on to our next city – Vienna. I’d booked an early train to try and make the most of our time in Vienna, and last minute packing meant we thought we were cutting it quite fine to get to the train station in time. I haven’t walked so quickly in ages as we couldn’t afford to miss our train, and I didn’t want to see the time in case I worried about how late we were. Turns out I should have checked, as we were actually at the station half an hour before we actually needed to be. Plenty of time to grab a bite for breakfast and make the trek to the platform for our train.
After a really smooth ride, we arrived in Vienna and jumped on the metro to get to our hotel. Quickly checked in, our first stop was lunch to try and make a plan for our brief time in Vienna. I’d left the travel guide for Vienna at home as taking the backpacks meant we couldn’t carry everything we wanted, but thankfully we lucked out with the restaurant having free Wi-Fi.After a yummy sandwich, we made our way to the Spanish Riding School to start our sightseeing, and saw some of the prettiest buildings yet. Once we’d arrived, we found out that you can watch the morning exercise, so made it first thing to do tomorrow. Onwards we continued, walking past the library, around the Museum quarter with the Christmas market, and through another Christmas market by the town hall.
Initially, I thought the town hall was the cathedral, mostly because the building is stunning, so detailed and just huge. We ventured in, and found a kids’ craft area, where children were baking, making decorations and just being super creative. This wasn’t really the place for us, being a childless couple in our twenties, so we continued on through the Christmas market before heading back to the city centre.
As we wandered around the city soaking up the sights, we passed a few more Christmas markets and a building which emitted yellow fog. As we came close to it, I had no idea what it was, so covered my face when we passed it. It was only once past it that we saw a plaque explaining that this was an art installation. No idea…
Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped in at the actual cathedral in Vienna – St Stephen’s. Located ideally in the centre of the city, we had a brief look around before stopping for some dinner at the same place as lunch (we’re so adventurous…). Early mornings mean early nights, so after a bit of washing was done it was time for bed, ready to make the most of our full day in Vienna tomorrow.