I come from Virginia, a place famous for its slogan – “Virginia is for Lovers.” However, after visiting Vienna, I think it better exemplifies this phrase. Vienna is world-famous for its majestic buildings, renowned music and arts, and vibrant history. Here, I was able to experience the best of both worlds – the tiny, hopping cafes on backstreets, and the beautiful, regal attractions of Vienna.
For my first day, I actually took a day trip to Bratislava.
On the second day, I met up with Nadine, a fellow travel blogger from thenadwork, at Wirr, a nice local café with a cozy atmosphere. Located just near the Volkstheater metro stop, it’s a cute little place. I got a little lost on the way, but once I found it, it was the perfect place to sit and talk for a few hours.
After that, I headed over to the MUMOK museum, a museum of modern art. Currently they have a cool exhibit called “Lights” by Dan Flavin, who uses fluorescent lights to reconstruct ideas, concepts, and events. It was very mentally stimulating and pretty.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Vienna without going to Stephensplatz, home to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The outside was gorgeous with its beautiful, gothic architecture, but the interior was gorgeous with the beautiful color collage and decorations.
As a cognitive sciences student, I couldn’t forget to go to Freud’s house, where he performed many of his famous psychoanalysis sessions. Learning about his life, his instruments, and his personality from his apartment was definitely an interesting experience.
And, as a traveler, I was fascinated by the Globe Museum in the National Library. They have over 250 globes on display, from ancient religiously-influenced globes to modern tools and everything in between.
But, since it is December, I of course went to the various Christmas markets. My favorite was the Spittelberg market, full of local crafts, imported goods, and lovely decorations. The people there were very friendly and the atmosphere was local and inviting. I loved every minute of it.
On my last evening, I went to a performance at the Vienna State Opera. Vienna is famous for its performing arts, so as a musician, I knew I had to see something. I had the amazing opportunity to see Othello by Verdi, and it only cost me 4 euros! More on these “standing tickets” later, but it was certainly worth the small investment. The theater itself was gorgeous, with its grand chandeliers and tiered balconies.
Vienna is a romantic city because it is so full of antiquity and majesty. I had an amazing time there, despite the rainy days, and enjoyed simply walking around the city just as much as I enjoyed the attractions. I’ll definitely be back one day, but for now, Auf Wiedersehen to Vienna!
Thank you again to Nomadic Matt, Hostelworld, Vayama, and Wombats Hostel for making this trip possible!