Viennese Whirl – sights

 

The Hofburg - winter home of the Imperial family, the Hapsburgs. Chinless wonders, the lot of them.
The Hofburg – winter home of the Imperial family, the Hapsburgs. Chinless wonders, the lot of them.

Vienna is MAGIC. Forget Before Sunrise and The Third Man and instead concentrate on the history of the place, which ebbs and flows like the Danube. Myself and the Lovely One spent five days roaming around the city, sampling the sights, and sounds, and tastes. I’ll do some proper posts on some of the highlights shortly, but for now, some of the SIGHTS.

 

Front of the Opera House. LE SIGH
Front of the Opera House. LE SIGH
Stephansdom. One of the prettiest cathedrals I've ever seen and home of the Catacombs. BONES GALORE.
Stephansdom. One of the prettiest cathedrals I’ve ever seen and home of the Catacombs. BONES GALORE.
Frontispiece of the Musiksverein.
Frontispiece of the Musiksverein.
The Musiksverein. A beautiful, gorgeous building.
The Musiksverein. A beautiful, gorgeous building.
Interior of the Musiksverein. We listened to a glorious evening of Mozart and Gluck. GORGEOUS.
Interior of the Musiksverein. We listened to a glorious evening of Mozart and Gluck. GORGEOUS.
The Viennese Seccession Building - home of the Jugendstil.
The Viennese Seccession Building – home of the Jugendstil.
Schonbrunn palace - summer residence of the imperial family and about 80% original. Spared by bombs, the only bits ruined were where those pesky Brits insisted on installing an office during the war.
Schonbrunn palace – summer residence of the imperial family and about 80% original. Spared by bombs, the only bits ruined were where those pesky Brits insisted on installing an office during the war.
Schonbrunn Gardens
Schonbrunn Gardens
Schonbrunn gardens
Schonbrunn gardens
Chilly.
Chilly.
Snowstorm street. This was the day my poor old boots gave way and I had rather soggy toes all afternoon. Could it dampen my enthusiasm? NO! Well, a touch, maybe.
Snowstorm street. This was the day my poor old boots gave way and I had rather soggy toes all afternoon. Could it dampen my enthusiasm? NO! Well, a touch, maybe.
Snowstorm aftermath - about 3 ft of snow in the back yard. We couldn't shift the door open!
Snowstorm aftermath – about 3 ft of snow in the back yard. We couldn’t shift the door open!
Number of Schnitzels eaten since 1 Jan. Terrifying number.
Number of Schnitzels eaten since 1 Jan. Terrifying number.
Sadly, in Austria sometimes you do work for The Man.
Sadly, in Austria sometimes you do work for The Man.
RESPECT IT!
RESPECT IT!

 

Sight of the Reisenradt - the famous century-old ferris wheel. Vienna sees the London Eye and laughs its face off.
Sight of the Reisenradt – the famous century-old ferris wheel. Vienna sees the London Eye and laughs its face off.
View from the Reisenrad. I totally didn't see this on account of having my eyes closed. CURSE MY FEAR OF HEIGHTS.
View from the Reisenrad. I totally didn’t see this on account of having my eyes closed. CURSE MY FEAR OF HEIGHTS.
Nope, didn't see this either.
Nope, didn’t see this either.
TRAM
TRAM
Cafe Sperl - legendary cafe frequented by the Emperors and also Sigmund Freud.
Cafe Sperl – legendary cafe frequented by the Emperors and also Sigmund Freud.
A BONA FIDE REAL LIFE ACTUAL SACHERTORTE
A BONA FIDE REAL LIFE ACTUAL SACHERTORTE

Vienna in February is a great experience. Hardly any tourists, a great vibe in the cafes and a touch of romance for the souls amongst you with a love of snuggling weather. Lewishambles definitely enjoyed this tour. Up next: the food. BUT OF COURSE.

 

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