Vienna

Name of walk Vienna
Date of walk 2018-11-13

Brendan had a five day conference at the International Atomic Energy Agency, so armed with a Vienna Travel Card I explored the streets of Vienna by myself. This post is what’s left after I removed all the church visits!

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Early one morning I took a walk across the Danube to UNO City, aka the Vienna International Centre. The headquarters of the United Nations.

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On the left in the Donaupark is the Donauturm which is 827ft high, and has two revolving restaurants and a viewing platform.

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Neue Donau (New Danube).

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This is where I came across the ultra modern Catholic Church among all the high rises.

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UN Building, where Brendan's conference was.

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Brendan's photos of views out from the top looking east.

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Looking out towards the New Danube and The Danube.

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Brendan's photo of the view from the bridge across the Danube at sunset.

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Back in central Vienna Cafe Hawelka is a Bohemian Coffee House which opened in the 1930s. The owners often took paintings from artists in exchange for food, a a result the walls are covered in paintings by Ernst Fuchs.

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Hofburg Palace.

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Roman ruins in Michaelerplatz uncovered in 1990.

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The stables of the Spanish Riding School.

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Lipizzaner Horses.

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The Hofburg Palace and Josefs Platz.

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The Holocaust Memorial in Judenplatz is by British artist Rachel Whiteread. There is always an armed guard, seen here patrolling, and several guarding the Jewish Museum.

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The back of the Kirche am Hof, which was closed when I walked past. The square contained another Christmas Market in the process of being constructed.

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How to travel in style, if you are a tourist....a rich one!

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On my first day I discovered the Cafe Diglas, established in 1923. It had marble tables and little window booths fitted with red velvet sofas. The waiters wore waistcoats and bow ties and the cake selection was wonderful! I spent many hours here resting my weary feet and reading my Kindle.....and eating cake! They also did wonderful Goulash Soup. The photo shows Sachertorte....very yummy!

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One morning I took the underground to Schottentor Universitat, walked around Sigmund Freud Park and the outside of the Votivkirche in the fog. Then off down the road that leads to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History). I pass one of the university buildings.

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I passed Sigmund Freud's favourite cafe, Cafe Landtmann, which is right next to the Burgtheater.

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I then walked through the Volksgarten.

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The grand staircase in the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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I walked around the picture gallery, set out like our National Gallery. An artist recreating 'The Tower of Babel', by Bruegel.

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The cafe was superb!

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This time I tried the Eiskaffee. Coffee with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

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Our hotel was off Praterstrasse. Near the Riesenrad, the Ferris Wheel immortalised in the film of Graham Greene's 'The Third Man', starring Orson Wells. I intended to get a closer look, but ran out of time.

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Just up the street from our hotel was a Marijuana Shop, it both grew and sold its own products. This was the view from the street.

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Part of the shop front.

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I met up with Brendan in the evening. On this particular evening we also met up with Doug, Laura and Phil. We all chose Schnitzel (pork, not veal), and it was just as boring to eat as I remember from childhood.

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One of two Pavillions standing in Karlsplatz which were built as part of Otto Wagner's scheme for Vienna's turn-of-the-century underground system.

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Handelsakedemie.

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The Cafe Museum near the Opera House was built in 1899.

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The cake menu, behind, was three pages! So many cakes, so little time!

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Staatsoper (Opera House)

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A large pink rabbit was outside. No idea why!

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Looking up helps to spot the churches!

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The Doblinger had two shops side by side, one for classical sheet music and one for pop, rock and jazz. The classical trumpet music collection was large, but even this place didn't have Albinoni's Adagio.

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We went out for an evening meal with Phil and David. This time we all had Goulash and Dumplings. Mine was only a half portion, but I got a fresh chilli on top!

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I took a walk through Stadtpark. It contains many monuments to musicians.

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Franz Schubert Monument.

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Wien Fluse. No water here either. Maybe they drain all the water before the freeze comes.

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Johann Strauss Monument.

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Mozarthaus. Mozart lived here from 1784-87 and wrote the Haydn Quartets and The Marriage of Figaro. It is now a museum.

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The Haas Haus, designed in 1990 by Hans Hollein, is directly opposite the Stephansdom, and a total contrast in architecture.

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The Graben and the roads off it is the main shopping area for those that can afford Gucci, Versace and Channel etc. No Pound/Euro Shops here!

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St. Peter's on the right. Some wonderful buildings.

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Another square with Christmas Market stalls.

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Freyung Passage, a luxury shopping arcade. The only shops I visited in Vienna were a book shop, music shop and chocolate shop.....what else does a girl need?

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On the Friday morning I headed back to the Danube, but via the footbridge on the other side of the car/rail bridge.

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The Franz Joseph Jubilee Church from the footbridge over the Danube. In front are the Danube Cruise boats.

There were many things I hadn’t time to see, so I still have something to come back for; although I must admit that the cakes alone would do that anyway!

Jo.

 

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