A European Winter | Vienna & Graz


Vienna

Vienna or Wien, the largest city in Austria, is one of the most beautiful cities you could ever visit! If you're a fan of music, coffee, and architecture this is definitely the place for you to be. 

What To Do In Vienna

1. Have a peek into living lavishly at Schönbrunn. The imperial palace that is surrounded by beautiful gardens sits just about 30 minutes away from the center of Vienna by public transportation.

2. Get up close and personal with some cute and cuddly or strong and ferocious creatures at Tiergarten Schönbrunn. This zoo is the oldest in the world. A variety of unusual and rare animals call Tiergarten Schönbrunn home. One of their most popular animals are the giant pandas. 

3. If the zoo isn't enough for you, take a stroll into the Natural History Museum. With 39 exhibit halls you could spend all day in here. 

4. Eat a slice of Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher. The Sacher Torte recipe dates all the way back to 1832. And if dessert isn't part of your diet the marbled decor in the hotel will still be sure to blow you away. 

5. Located next to both Hotel Sacher and The Opera House, The Albertina is a museum worth visiting. It houses one of the largest print rooms in the world. 

6.  Crazy about architecture? Vienna is filled with Otto Wagner buildings such as the Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station and the Postal Office Savings Bank Building. 

7. Go hunting for some fresh produce at the Naschmarkt. This outdoor market is open every day of the week except for Sundays. In addition to high quality food the market also has a flea market portion to it for you to scavenge through. 

8. In Vienna you can actually go to the amusement park at any time of the day. Prater is open 24 hours and entry is free of charge! 

9. The Belvedere is a must see. This museum is beautiful inside and out. The lush gardens outside perfectly compliment the exquisite art that sits inside. Here you can see Klimt's "The Kiss". 

There is so much to do and see in Vienna that my list could never be comprehensive enough. As always I suggest just walking around and getting lost. That's the best way to really see a city. 


Graz

Graz is the 2nd largest city in Austria. By bus or train it's about 2-2.5 hours away from Vienna. If you're looking for a more local and less touristy experience I would highly recommend checking this city out. 

What did I do while I was there? 

Grabbed a coffee, walked along the river, stood in the main square, enjoyed the city views from the rooftop bar of the mall, climbed up or actually through a mountain, ate a burger, played pool for 4 hours, and most importantly made some awesome new friends! 


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