This morning we hopped on the train to Vienna. This time we knew how to find the non-reserved seats. I have prepared Alyssa’s books and color pencils so she can make herself busy while we catch on with sleeping in the train lol. We also brought food with us so Alyssa didn’t get cranky if she got hungry.
We bought the train ticket to Vienna from Austria train website here which I find is more user friendly Vs the Germany website. Austrian public transport is also family friendly, especially the Metro. All of their metro underground stop has elevators which made our life easier as we didn’t have to carry Alyssa stroller if she fell asleep. The train station also always have elevators.
Our Hotel in Vienna is also located in front of the train station and there is also various restaurants inside the train station. Sari was not feeling well so we used the afternoon to sleep in and only went out in the evening to meet Ebke for dinner in Stephanplatz.
The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical centre of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna’s cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world.
We hang out in one of the outdoor cafe and as it got dark we walked to find a Asian Restaurant to have dinner
We headed to Naschmarkt first thing in the morning for breakfast and bought all kind of olives and truffle cheese for snack to go before meeting Ebke in front of Albertina museum.
The Naschmarkt is Vienna’s most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Vienna River, it is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long. Nowadays, people can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods and seafood. There are also many small restaurants which offer e.g. sushi, kebab, seafood, traditional Viennese food and stalls which offer clothes and accessories.
Vienna, Austria’s Imperial capital is a blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. The city is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterized by the abundance of Baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia (1740 – 1780) and Franz Joseph (1848 – 1916).
The splendid baroque Belvedere Palace today houses the Austrian Gallery displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt (The Kiss) and Kokoschka as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna’s old recreational park, and the Spanish Riding School with their world-famous Lipizzaner horses.
Vienna also has more museums and galleries of international reputation: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna with the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, Museums Quartier with the Leopold Museum, Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Centre) and Kunsthalle rank among the city’s most important cultural venues. Albertina Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of graphic arts and prints (60,000 drawings, 1 million prints).
Vienna is also home to many celebrated composers who lived and worked here including Strauss father and son, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s best, the Staatsoper one of the world’s leading opera houses, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir one the world’s most famous. Vienna has established itself as a great musical metropolis.
We spent today walking around visiting many cultural attractions around Vienna and bought musical concert for tonight.
Tired from walking we finally took the horse carriage ride to make Alyssa happy. It turned out the adults were more excited than Alyssa who was trying her best to look cool.
We took the metro to The Prater later in the afternoon to ride its famous ferris wheel. The Prater is a popular public park and green space in the city, and is home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Its ferris wheel, at over 200 feet (65 m) tall, is one of the symbols of Vienna. Used for centuries as the imperial hunting grounds, Vienna’s Prater was opened to the public in 1766. In 1895 the amusement park, Wurstelprater, was opened, of which many of the original attractions have been perfectly preserved, contributing to the charming historic feel of the park.
The Giant Wheel
Since being opened in 1897 during the celebration of Franz Joseph’s Golden Jubilee, Vienna’s Riesenrad, or Giant Wheel, has been one of the city’s most iconic symbols.
Throughout its history, the ferris wheel has lived on through war and disatser. It managed to survive the threat of demolition and lay unused for two years during World War I, but in the final days of World War II, it was bombed and burnt down. While it was reconstructed in record time, only 15 of the original 30 gondolas were restored.
Those remaining gondolas now form an exhibition space underneath the wheel, where visitors can explore the different eras of Vienna’s history: the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the World Exhibition, and the different wars fought in the city.
Mozart and Strauss mini concert
We head back to the city square for dinner and parted with Ebke as we are going to watch Mozart and Strauss mini concert by Wienner Royal Orchester at Beethovenplatz.
We have bought the ticket impulsively from the guy selling ticket on the street because he told us the venue was low key and perfect for family and the orchestra was also only a 1 hour performance. I thought it would be a good introduction of classical music for Alyssa.Turned out she was enjoying the orchestra and managed to sit still during the performance.
The music and performance was very good quality, we had a mix of some opera singing and ballet performance. Recommended for people who wanted to get a taste of Vienna orchestra in a casual family setting.