“Roman Vindobona”, “The City of Music”, “The City of Dreams”
Although I’ve recently revisited Vienna, I keep in this description majority of the information from the 2009 visit since I was there longer and went to many more places than now while also I took more pictures and notes from it. This way I keep the structure on how was that Central European trip with the relevant destinations after Vienna; and enhance to a great guide with the latest travel notes.
After little over 4 hours by train from Prague, we arrived in Vienna. Next of the major city in our Central European tour. If 3 days were definitely not enough back in Prague, we experienced the same conclusion here in Vienna, specially knowing that this would be in fact just 2 days and a little bit of the last evening since this 3rd day was for the day tour to Salzburg. In any case, Vienna is not Prague. Yes, still very impressive and imposing with its architecture and elegant avenues, but perhaps because we were coming from an already truly spectacular city, our expectations were set too high from the very first day.
The city has a great urban plan and follows what is pretty much a circular pattern. The Old Town, which is the historic area is called Innere Stadt and is completely encircled by the first ring road, the Ringstrasse, which was built with magnificent palaces, buildings, fountains and monuments all the way along. Both the Old Town coupled with this ring road are mandatory places for sightseeing, leaving for last the sights on the outer neighbourhoods from the Ringstrasse, being the major landmarks the Prater, Central Cemetery and Schönbrunn Palace.