Vienna – our Viennese Whirl

The map I got of Vienna at the train station is huge! We had no idea how big this city is, and according to my guidebook, how many museums there are. Despite the relatively short journey to Vienna from Budapest, it was nearly 4pm by the time we found the hostel.

We were starving! Using trip advisor we found a restaurant nearby. It was closed. We found another further down the road, this one didn’t seem to exist. Fortunately we stumbled across Lehmburg. We ordered traditional food, I had a yummy schnitzel.

In town we looked around the area surrounding Stephensplatz, where the Gothic Church – Stephansdom is. We looked for a bar recommended in the travel map, but sadly we couldn’t find this either. Sat down for beer and cards at a different cafe/bar and we were commented upon by an old lady in German. We had no clue what she had said, but luckily our table neighbour translated that she was pleased to see young people playing cards as usually they are all looking at electronics! A funny and random comment which made us laugh.

The rest of our evenings exploring took us through Museumsplatz, past parliament and to some more beer. We headed to Rathausplatz to the Film Festival. Here we got some well tasty Teppenyaki and a cocktail. It was busy, lively and a huge screen was showing a film about the Rolling Stones!
Thursday we went to Europe’s oldest Zoo, Tiergarten. We took the underground there and walked through some beautiful gardens to find it.

The zoo had a great variety of animals, the usual, elephants, giraffe, penguins, lions and tigers! They were in the process of building a huge polar area too, just near the penguins. We saw two Rhino, some water Buffalo, fish, Flamingos and Pelicans!

Such a fun day, despite being full of kids haha – just joking. For dinner we attempted the Mill again, the restaurant that had been closed the day before. Despite needing ‘a reservation 3-4 days in advance’ as we were there early we got a tasty meal of Austrian food, in particular a beef and mushroom consommé, a clear but really flavoursome Austrian soup.

We’re currently chilling at the hostel before our night train to Venice! Our trip to Vienna was short and sweet, there is definitely way more things to see.

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