I spent the past few days babysitting and sightseeing in Vienna, Austria. Last time I was there was when I got back from London and had a few hours to look around the town but didn`t get to see the central. Now, I`ve had the chance to spend four days in Vienna because my sister and I took our little cousin to visit her mother who works there (- aka family drama). Exploring a foreign town is not very optional with a constantly moaning 6 years old (first and last time I did this) but I sort of managed to see the main things.
I thought I share some photos from the historical side of Vienna first and these are basically in the city centre.
Dirndl is the national clothing for the Austrian/German nations (let me know if I`m wrong!) and you can find many shops selling these with various design. I would love to wear one in the future...perhaps at an Octoberfest kind of event.
The last two photos above show a cute little antique shop we`ve found in a small yard while walking around the streets. You can spot my sister randomly standing on the first photo.
The Wiener Staatsoper gives place to the famous ball each February.
Cafe Sacher, popular cultural place for the upper class and Sachertorte-lovers...
...and Hotel Sacher (in the middle), a luxury hotel still owned privately and run by family members. On the left, there is the already mentioned Staatsoper.
Stephansdom is spectacular both out and inside. It`s back is also the meeting point of many horse carriages where you can hop on and have a ride around the city. I`ve felt sorry for poor horses as they`ve had to work despite the heat (it was 35-40 degrees during my time there). They got some water and showers regularly though.
The building of Hofburg is a political and cultural centre with lots of history.
A random church we`ve walked in to check from inside. Beautiful, isn`t it?
Pretty empty streets
Totally forgot the name of this one but you can easily find it near Stephansdom.
I took a visit to a H&M shop on that main square and I loved how the store is made out of an actual house where I guess an upper-class family used to live in the past century. This is only the hall but they`ve got awesome chandelliers too. So unusual.
In love with these embrodiered pins. So classy and pretty.
I close this post with the Burggarten. It belongs to the Hofburg, there is a park for chilling, Palmenhaus where to eat+drink and the Schmetterling Haus with cute butterflies, that I`m going to show you in the next photo blog tomorrow.