Vienna has to be one of the best visits I have visited in Europe. Located in Austria, Vienna is the capital city, a thriving metropolis of 1.8 million people.
It was May, we arrived in Vienna from Madrid, the main airport is located 18 km from the centre of the city. For our trip to Vienna, we rented an apartment very close to the river. Being our first time in Vienna, unsure of the language and city layout we booked a Vienna airport transfer through Up transfers. The truth be told it was a pleasant experience, the driver was very friendly, he pointed out the city sights and we navigated Vienna quickly and safely to arrive at our hotel.
We immediately set out to explore the city. Downtown Vienna is like a museum in itself, each street hides particular magic. The first of many attractions we visited was the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the most important religious building in Vienna and also the place where the wedding and the funeral of the genius Mozart took place. Just across the street, you will find Wanner a store made famous for its Vienna cookies a treat for chocolate lovers.
During our time strolling the streets, we visited the imperial palace of Hofburg, the largest and oldest palace in Vienna. The president of Austria lives in the Palace along with the impressive national library of Austria. The library contains more than 8 million documents, including old books, maps and papyri. The Library holds an amazing collection of old world maps
As the sun set and the light faded over this amazing city we headed for the Vienna Opera. A local friend recommended we get there early and see if we could buy last-minute tickets. if you are lucky, you can get tickets for a very cheap price. We managed to secure some of the last tickets and ended up in the last rows. The Vienna Opera is one of the best experiences of the Austrian capital.
The next day we caught the train to the Schönbrunn palace which is located approximately 8km from the city centre. It is an incredibly beautiful palace and in spring its gardens are an incredible experience. We arrived early to visit and had plenty of time wandering the gardens. In the afternoon there would be an outdoor concert.
The Schönbrunn Palace is an old imperial summer residence and represents one of the greatest attractions of Vienna. Although the history of the place dates from 1559, it was the Empress Maria Theresa who years later would turn the palace into a temporary residence of the Habsburgs. It has 40 rooms and a large baroque gallery.
The Vienna Zoo is also located at Schonbrunn Palace. The Vienna Zoo is one of the oldest in the World. It has a hugely successful Giant panda breeding program
After enjoying our time at the palace we thought it was only right to try the world-famous Austrian struddle. We ate the traditional apple strudel at the subway station while waiting for our train back to the city centre
On our last day in Vienna, we had to leave for the airport early in the afternoon. That morning we so we decided to visit The Prater. A theme park in the centre of the city. The Prater has been a way of life in Vienna for well over a 100 years. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed typical Austrian cuisine from the Schweizerhaus Wien. Biergarten. We had the most amazing Pork Knuckle for our lunch. We believe The Prater is a must on your visit to Vienna.
We liked the experience with Up transfers so much that we requested a Vienna City Center to Airport transport service, so we saved time we enjoyed in the park and arrived in time for our next adventure.