Day 1&2 in Vienna

Day 1

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 : 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.

On th etrain

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

Us and Ebke. Alyssa was already sleeping in her stroller

Day 2

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.

Us in the carriage

We took the metro to The Prater later in the afternoon to ride its famous ferris wheel.

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.