There’s not much that makes me happier than travelling. Last weekend myself and my lovely friend Caitlin headed off to Vienna and had an absolute blast.
Here we are looking VERY merry, after taking full advantage of the free drinks on our British Airways flight.
I’d always wanted to go to Austria and had been dying to book it for so long. Our plans (like most of mine, it seems) started in a bar in London, and then two months later there we were…off on our adventure.
I was in charge of the boring things like the flights, the transfers, insurance, train stuff etc, and Caitlin got the fun job of picking the hotel (not sure how we worked that one out). But dayyyum did she deliver. She chose the 25hours Hotel Wien, and it was by far the coolest hotel I have EVER stayed in. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. The staff were great, it was really clean, majorly central and oh wait…LOOK AT IT…
So yeah, she did pretty good. But hey, I got us there AND back. AND made sure we were insured while we did it. Rock and roll…
We only had two days there, so we didn’t hang about. We aimed to cram as much into our days as possible, starting with an early (and boozy) breakfast. We stumbled upon this really cute place called Burg.ring1 and loved it so much we went both days. They do an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for €20, though we stuck to smaller stuff and cocktails, naturally. The food and drinks were amazing and really reasonable, and it had a great atmosphere. Definitely recommend it if you’re in Vienna and want a nice, relaxed eat.
Here’s a seductive close-up of our Strawberry Spritzers. Top Vienna tip: spritzers are a really cheap (and bloody great) alternative to cocktails/wine.
Since our hotel was so central, we decided to see how we got on exploring the city by foot and I’m glad we opted for this over a bus tour, for example. In terms of architecture, I think it’s my favourite city I’ve been to. I appreciate pretty architecture, but felt like some of the buildings here were on another level. The details and sheer size of them were incredible. These were some of my favourite finds…
I could keep going but I think I proved my point.
As I’ve said about a million times before on this blog (sorry), I often judge a place by it’s food. I have a sweet tooth so couldn’t wait to try a true Viennese staple – Sacher Torte. We went to Hotel Sacher to try the original, and best.
It was definitely worth the wait. The demo videos showing how they made it were basically pornographic. INCREDIBLE.
As well as eating and drinking a lot, we also thought we better take in some of the city’s culture. Caitlin and I originally met in our philosophy A Level class, so couldn’t resist a visit the the Freud museum, which was full of his delightful quotes…
We also visited the Mozart museum, which was much more up my street. It was incredible to see the rooms in which he’d written some of his most iconic symphonies.
It seemed as though the city was just about preparing for Christmas, and if we’d literally gone a week later it would have been in full swing. That was a bit of a shame, but we got to see a bit of the markets, at least. I also chose my advent calendar for the year, so if someone could buy me that, that’d be ace.
So that was my weekend in Vienna! I have a million more photos (mostly of food and drink) that I may do another post with, but hopefully that gives you an idea of what we got up to. If you’ve been, I’d love to know what you thought!