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DESIGN TRAVELS | Vienna in 3 days ( part 2 )

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Visit Vienna in 3 days : itinerary and tips

————->    have a look here for Visit Vienna in 3 Days part 1

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 Day3

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This time we started the day with the typical breakfast of the tourist, at Cafè Sacher…
A good cappuccino and the famous chocolate cake, that seems to have been invented here (even if there are different opinions about this)
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Day 3 part 1

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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…

For lunch, since we already were in the North-East side of the center, we decided to head to the Prater. And here triggered the drama…
[quote] Error No. 4: not double checking  the tram to the Prater [/quote]
… because the Prater, is just six million square meters wide and five kilometers long, and of course not all trams stop in front of the famous Panoramic Wheel. And of course we took the wrong one, and we had to walk along this little park with a feezing climate, sarving and lookign for a place where having lunch -obviously here in winter almost everything is closed. But we survived (!!) and we’ve arrived to the Panoramic Wheel (6), alias Vienna icon, built in 1896 and still working. And here a nice surprise, the only Christmas market in Vienna that is still open in January, the one in Riesenradplatz (7). An hot punch now (how many different types of punch exist here in Vienna ???)

 

Day 3 part 2

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In the second part of the day, we completed the Ringstrasse tour with the Northwest side, that we haven’t seen before.

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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Visit Vienna in 3 days :

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 Bye Vienna!

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We left on Monday morning, but before leaving Vienna we did our last stop, to visit Schloss Schonbrunn, which is in the way to the motorway just south-west from Vienna city center.
Here, you can choose among different tours of the interior, all of them with a free audio guide. We went for the Imperial Tour, to visit imperial apartments and the amazing Great Gallery.
The park is no less than the palace…even if it was so cold we weren’t able to walk till the top of Belvedere.
Vienna panorama from there should have been spectacular…at least, they say 😉