Visit Vienna in 3 days : itinerary and tips
Day 3 part 1
Today is much colder outside than yesterday in Vienna, this morning we planned to visit Schloss Belvedere (1.2), Prince Eugene of Savoy’s own castle, which takes its name from its strategic location and panoramic view over the city. The night before he even snowed in Vienna, so we couold see the beautiful gardens in Belvedere whitened by the snow (the positive side of this cold outside 😉 And of course we walked up to the Upper Belvedere, which houses an art museum, with a collection dedicated to Gustav Klimt, inclusing the famous Kiss. Don’t know if you’ll agree… but in my opinion just the opportunity to see this work of art is worth the trip!
Then we head along the East side of the Ringstrasse in northern direction (skipping a stop that I had planned before, the Mak), to reach the famous Hundertwasserhaus (3-4): a residential building with 50 apartments, designed by the homonymous artist and Austrian architect. Friedensreich Hundertwasser has created here a corner which is completely different from the rest of the city, a building in which the edges are replaced by curved lines, full of colours and of different claddings on the façade. Many unexpected elements here, what about the Londoner red phone cabin (5), I couldn’t resist to jumpinside it! It is even more odd to see a building like tis one in a city like Vienna, which is so elegant and homogeneous, sometimes so perfect to be quite monotonous. Unfortunately the apartments are not open in Hundertwasserhaus (because they actually live inside!), there is just a small set of shops in front of the building in Hundertwasser style, although I found it a little bit too touristy for my taste…
[quote] Error No. 4: not double checking the tram to the Prater [/quote]
Day 3 part 2
We choose to do it with the tram line, having bought a 72 hrs Vienna Card which allows the access to all public transports and to various museums with a discount (not very high, but better than nothing!) There is also a special tourist tram for Ringstrasse tour, which lasts half an hour and cost 9 euro, but we opted for public transports instead. That’s very easy, we took line 2, in a counterclockwise direction, and then we changed in Schwedenplatz, to take after few minutes tram 1 and to complete our tour of the Ringstrasse. Just a few minutes there in the stop for the change, to admire Sofitel (1), designed by Jean Nouvel, with its spectacular colourful ceiling…(next time we definitely have to go up there for a drink at LeLoft!The Western part of the city is the most spectacular one, especially the Rathaus (2), that’s amazing, even more at the sunset with its lights on. Unfortunately in those days they were dismantling the Christmas ice rink, … but the Christmas tree was still there :)Unfortunately, even in Marie-Theresien Platz there is only a trace of Christmas markets, with all the typical wooden houses closed… We decided (not me, actually, I’m not a great lover of stuffed animals…) to visit the Natural History Museum: its interior is majestic, and a coffee under the enlightened dome of the coffee shop was a great choice (3)Our last evening in Vienna: a walk in the center, to admire the Parlament, the Hofburg (4) and Michaelerplatz enlightened, to finally reach a nice place for dinner, along a side street of Kohlmarkt (the Hopferl, that’s the name of the place): not touristy, with abundant beers and food 🙂
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