Five Things You MUST Do In Vienna (By Jessica)

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I have just arrived back from a wonderful holiday in Vienna, Austria with my grandparents. I had a great time, and I want to share my top five things to see and do (in no particular order)…

1. Schönbrunn 

I had a brilliant time in this palace. We took the Imperial Tour, which allowed us to walk around twenty amazing rooms while listening to audio guides. The other option was a tour of forty rooms, which seemed too many. I loved walking round the rooms because the facts were interesting and it was very cool to see how elaborately furnished they were. My favourite room was the exquisite Grand Hall. I especially liked the massive chandeliers dangling down from the ceiling. The food was delicious too. I had some small pizza-like things with tomato sauce, spinach and cheese that were divine. My grandparents also had a delicious-looking salad. The dining area was really nice and it contained lots of things to look at.

2. Horse Carriage Ride

I adored the horse carriage ride which we got from just outside the Schatzkammer . The person who controlled the horses was a bit grumpy, but I didn’t mind because it was a really cool experience. The pearl-white horses we went on were extremely cute and it was amazing to see the sights of Vienna this way! We passed the government, the town hall and the Hofburg on our trip.

3. Schatzkammer

The Schatzkammer is the treasury for some of the most precious things in Vienna and from the Habsburg Empire. My favourite thing was the Viennese Crown and I also liked a tree with people carved into the gems. The museum is full of paintings and very religious exhibits. The museum was quite dark and you could only take pictures without the flash which meant the pictures we took weren’t good. However, this added to the atmosphere.

4. The Belvedere
The Belvedere is like no normal art gallery. Unlike most (which completely bore me) the Beldevere is full of artwork that I loved from the first sight. One example of  this was “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt that I spent a good five minutes gazing at. There was a lot of art by Klimt there, and he is now one of my favourite artists. I also like the realism and impressionism paintings, as we studied them at school this year. We also ate at the Belvedere, where I had a yummy tomato and mozzarella salad. The service wasn’t great but the food was amazing and it was worth the wait. 

5. The Viennese Wheel!

I really loved the Viennese wheel. Unfortunately, it was rainy and windy when I was up there, but it didn’t stop me from having a great time and seeing incredible sights. Before we went on the wheel, we walked around a room with paintings on the walls about the history of Vienna. There were also miniature wheel capsules with little sets in that told the story. I had a great time and we managed to take some really good pictures. Afterwards, we had lunch at the Prater (the amusement park) and I had no complaints. You can’t go wrong with delicious pasta and a brilliant ice-cream.


7 Responses

  1. Trish Burgess

    This is a great post,Jessica. Thanks for all the information. How fabulous to see Klimt’s The Kiss: it’s a beautiful painting.

    I am going to Austria in a few weeks time with my family and, although we won’t be in Vienna, we are hoping it is going to be a memorable holiday.

    • J

      Hi Trish,
      Thank you so much for including this piece in the Brit Mums round up.
      “The Kiss” is a beautiful painting and it’s my favourite by Klimt because of the colours. I also liked “Avenue of Schloss Kammer Park”. Have you seen it?

  2. SarahMummy

    What a great post. Have never thought about Vienna, but it sounds amazing! Thanks very much for sharing this. Popping over from Britmums travel round-up.

    • J

      I had a great time in Vienna and it was a really fun and interesting break. Thanks for commenting – I was really pleased to receive yours. Come back soon!

  3. Kirstie

    Shame on the grumpy horseman! If I revisit Vienna I might take a tour with him despite his mood. My kids also loved the wheel, and the palace too. We also watched a puppet version of The Magic Flute in a little theatre the palace grounds. If you ever go back before you grow up then check it out.
    Great post. Keep on writing!

    • J

      Hi Kirstie,
      Thanks for your comment. I also really enjoyed going to the opera house, where we saw Cinderella. We sat in the third row so the views were great! If you ever visit Vienna again you definitely should go.
      From Jessica

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