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Waltzing through Vienna

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A May 2005 trip to Vienna by Webgoddess

K + K Palais Hotel Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: Vienna is a dream city for anyone with a romantic streak or interest in history. It's a city of culture, history, music, and art. Wander along narrow medieval alleyways or across imperial squares, view Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and marvel at the impressive architecture along the Ring.

Waltzing through Vienna

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Overview

Vienna at night Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Vienna is a thoroughly modern city where the past and future of Europe converge. Vienna’s role as the seat of the Hapsburg Empire for centuries can be seen in the wealth of architecture and in the city’s artistic and musical heritage. From its colorful history, Vienna has adopted the best of the new and still preserves its culture and history. Vienna is divided into 23 Bezirke (districts). The original city that lay within the protective walls comprises the First District of modern Vienna. The demolition of the city walls led to the construction of the Ringstrasse and an impressive parade of buildings along its length. The majority of the tourist attractions lie on and within the Ringstrasse...Read More

K + K Palais Hotel

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Hotel

K + K Palais Hotel Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This modern first-class hotel, with all the conveniences, lies behind an elegant, old facade of an historical building once belonging to the imperial family. Rudolfsplatz is probably the quietest square in the area, but only a stone's throw from lively areas and good, reasonable restaurants, as well as the city centre, a 10-minute walk away. It is highly convenient for the Metro and trams going around the Ring in either direction and certainly ideal for reaching all parts of Vienna in the shortest time possible. Its location is extremely convenient when travelling to and from the airport. The rooms, minimalist in design, are warmed by soft yellow walls and honey-coloured wood wains...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

K + K Palais Hotel
RUDOLFSPLATZ 11
Vienna, Austria
43-1-5331353

Zanoni & Zanoni

Restaurant | "Zanoni & Zanoni"

Zanoni & Zanoni Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This Italian ice-cream parlor is loved by every Viennese and tourist alike. It is open from 7am until midnight 365 days a year and offers delicious ice-cream creations and pastry for gourmets.

You must go to the counter to place your order, which is prepared and brought to your table. There are no chairs, as you eat standing up at a bar-height table. There's nothing better after a night of shopping or the opera than one of their decadent desserts.

We had awesome chocolate profiteroles in cream and the infamous Sachertorte. Both were excellent and reasonably priced.

For more info, visit the website.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Zanoni & Zanoni
Am Lugeck 7
Vienna, Austria 1010
43 1 512 79 79

Der Hofmeister

Restaurant

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A little hidden cobblestone street leads to this engaging Old World house, which dates back four centuries. We stopped for a late dinner here after shopping on the Mariahilferstraße. The food was delicious, plentiful, affordable, and very fun. Der Hofmeister It is also, as it turns out, the former Imperial Stable of Maria-Theresa. The atmosphere is intimate and charming, with stone walls and arched ceilings. I had wienerschneitzel, and my companion had pork goulash with saeurkraut. We also enjoyed Oster brews and the local apricot schnapps and apple brandy. They were all shocking at the first sip and then like water by the end. The service is fast by European standar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2005

Der Hofmeister
A little alleyway off of Mariahilferstraße
Vienna, Austria

Cafe Weimar

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Restaurant

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This traditional Viennese bistro is frequented by students from the university, so the prices are reasonable and the portions are large. Hot and cold snacks are served all day into the evening, and full lunches are served midday. They serve everything from schnitzel and dumplings to various sausages and sauerkraut, and even have pizza and french fries. Passing by the pastry case on the way in, I was tempted to order dessert first, but my better sense kicked in and we decided to share a dish to leave room for dessert at the end of the meal. We shared a large platter of bratwurst, knockwurst, and a few other wursts I can't recall the names of. The dish was accompanied by a larg...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

Cafe Weimar
Währinger Strasse 68
Vienna, Austria 1090
01/317-12-06

Stephansdom

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Attraction | "St. Stephen's Cathedral - Stephansdom"

Stephansdom Photo, Vienna, Austria
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It is the most recognizable landmark in the city, and the square is the main gathering place for locals and tourists alike. This is where Mozart was married and where his funeral was held. There's a saying that if you're looking for someone in Vienna, get a coffee and find a table at one of the outdoor cafés in Stephansplatz. Eventually, the person you're looking for will walk by. St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of Vienna’s most famous sights. It defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It was built in 1147 AD. Duke Rudolf IV of Habsburg ordered the complete restructuring of the church in Gothic style. In 1359, he laid the cornerstone of the nave with its two aisles....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Stephansdom
Stephansplatz
Vienna, Austria A-1010
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Staatsoper

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Attraction

Staatsoper Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Vienna Opera House is situated in the first district of Vienna at the southern end of the Kärntnerstrasse. August von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll built the State Opera House from 1861 to 1869. The Vienna State Opera House was opened in 1869 with a gala performance of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni." Since that time, it has been one of world’s leading and most famous opera houses. Great musicians have held the post of director, among them Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel, and many others. The Opera House was almost totally destroyed in the World War II, but soon after was reconstructed following the original plans (it was reopened in 1955)....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Staatsoper
Opernring 2
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 514 44 2969

Benedictine Abbey

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Attraction | "Benedictine Abbey in Melk"

Benedictine Abbey Photo, Melk, Austria
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Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest baroque monasteries, might well be mistaken for a palace. The first documentary reference to the name Melk dates from the year 831. It was, in all probability, at this time that a castle was built on the cliff-top site of the present-day abbey. Since the 12th century, a school has been connected with the monastery, and valuable manuscripts have been collected and created in the library. In the course of the monastery’s history, members of the Melk monastic community have achieved significant success in the fields of natural science and the arts. The imperial rooms are currently home to the most modern abbey museum in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Benedictine Abbey

Melk, Austria

Wachau Tour - Romantic Danube Valley

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Attraction | "The Wachau - Romantic Danube Valley"

Wachau Tour - Romantic Danube Valley Photo, Vienna, Austria
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With its abruptly rising hills, nestling baroque villages, and ancient monuments, this fascinating stretch of landscape along the Danube has recently been declared a World Heritage Site. The hard work of many centuries has transformed the steep hillsides along the Danube into terraced vineyards, with their lovingly restored houses at the foot of these slopes. The villages of Spitz, Weißenkirchen, Joching, or Loiben breathe an atmosphere of centuries of life with wine. With its medieval ruin and the spire of its church rising far into the landscape, the small town of Dürnstein has a special place among the architectural gems of the area. I believe this is where the 37,000-year-old statue...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Wachau Tour - Romantic Danube Valley
Melk
Vienna, Austria

Flea Market

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Attraction

Flea Market Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The best and most-established flea market in the city is located just behind the Kettenbrückengasse subway station. As we step out of the U4 subway at Naschmarkt, we are immediately greeted by the potent fragrance of exotic foods and the lively hustle-and-bustle of Vienna's historic outdoor market. Everyone knows Vienna for its operas and waltzes, its coffee houses and castles, and the Prater amusement park, but this is the multicultural Vienna of everyday. This centuries-old marketplace is built over the Danube and combines the typical Viennese sales spiel with the atmosphere of an oriental bazaar. Here we can barter, badger, and bargain to our heart’s content while sampling everything from br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Flea Market
Behind Naschmarkt
Vienna, Austria

Prater Amusement Park and Ferris Wheel

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Attraction | "The Prater"

Prater Amusement Park and Ferris Wheel Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Most tourists want to visit the Prater and ride the giant Ferris wheel (Riesenrad) to follow in the footsteps of the famous movie "The Third Man." My travelling companion, however, had an urgent need to ride the giant Ferris wheel because of its brief appearance in the James Bond Movie "The Living Daylights." We rode the underground to the Viennese park known as the Prater. From the subway exit, the walk is about 2 blocks. The park is actually fun for people of all ages with its nostalgic merry-go-round, modern roller coaster, puppet shows, and some 250 other rides and attractions. The park also boasts restaurants, cafés, and a biergarten. Surrounding the amusement park is a lush, gre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

Prater Amusement Park and Ferris Wheel
Prater Park
Vienna 1020