Vienna – A Saturday in February
A business trip to Vienna was the reason I decided it would be a great idea to explore more of the city than I have seen yet. Last time I spent time in Austria’s capital is already a while ago and I remember I could day in winter when the icy wind literally almost killed me. This time the weather forecast was more pleasant and the reality today was surprisingly chilly but much better. Ok the early bird flight from Cologne wasn’t the best feeling when the alarm woke me up at 5am.
After I had the luck to get a free lift to the 1. “Bezirk” and a walk through the still empty Center of Vienna crossing the imperial riding school, parliament and town hall the hotel luckily already had a room for me at 10am. A good time for leaving luggage and heading toward Schoenbrunn Palace. It was already in the metro not to overseen that I am not the only one who had this idea. Despite the cold wind I had a nice long walk through the gardens of the impressive palace. Ok to be honest I only enjoyed the palace from outside because the never-ending line at the ticket counter discourages me to have a look into the palace. But I am sure there will be a next time I ll come back. Vienna is not out of this world.
Back in City Center I felt that I deserve to do another touristy thing – having a piece of high calorie Sacher Cake -. The famous Hotel Sacher lays next to the opera house and smiled invitingly to me. But I changed my mind and tried a different “Hofzuckerbäckerei” at the main shopping street – L. Heinen -. Also a typical style Viennese coffee-house with a huge choice of cakes and plenty of Austrian citizens. I tried to remember when I had the last piece of Sacher Cake but I can’t remember. This cake was good and the Melange to wash it down.
Ready the way back via the St. Stephens Cathedral and St. Pauls Cathedral – where I figured out a free organ concert will take place at 8pm and set the plan for tonight – and an afternoon nap before going out again. The dinner options were a bit of a problem because the Austrians seems to be hungry earlier than the Germans which I thought is not possible. I tried three places I checked out before on tripadvisor and soon I figured out that all were fully booked. At the end I decided to take a sevat at the bar for dinner at restaurant “Ulrich” and “enjoyed” the view to a bunch of flowers standing in front of my nose. To be honest not the most inviting place to have dinner and it was not the best food I had in my life at this a bit overrated place. Nevertheless the waiters as well as the bartenders here were quite handsome – maybe it was a must have requirement – and motivated me to explore more of the Austrian capital. What would be more perfect than a relaxed evening walk through the streets of Vienna?