This is the latest installment of photos from Vienna, including photos of things that I`ve seen on random walks around town.
I was staying at my aunt`s flat in Heiligenstadt (it`s District 19, about 15 minutes of metro from the city) and I used to take out my little cousin with my sister for short walks in the morning before heading into the city to see what the area looks like.
Apparently, they`ve got a park named after the date of my birth: 12th February. How cool is that! I just wish the park looked prettier though...
There is a footpath named Beethoven-gang where that little brook is and I`ve also stumbled across this Beethoven-memorial near to a church on Grinzinger Strasse. He used to spend a lot of time in the Heiligenstadter thermal baths.
I would love to dine at this restaurant when I go to Vienna again because the decoration is very impressive and they`ve got Viennesse kitchen.
And I`ve found this in the house we`ve stayed. I think it`s a memorial to a Hungarian man who used to live in the building...or he made it.
Little cousin had too much to drink during a night out, haha
My aunt suggested a place, that she usually sees while jogging, to go out one night and we went but never found it. We`ve found industrial areas and walked by the Danube (which is a lot more creepier than a night walk by the Thames) instead.
Some photos from the underground (U-bahn as the German language says) that hardly ever goes underground and always have phone signal.
I got to spend a picnic and afternoon by the Donauinsel. I like that place because tourists hardly ever get out of the city and you can get a glimpse of the everyday Viennesse life here...or how some locals spend their summer days.
They`ve got free beach by the river!
And people who climb on the bridge from the water then jump back into it. Pretty mad.
Two of the many street art I`ve seen. Vienna is the global resident of gaffiti artists I believe, as I`ve never seen that many in one city before. The walks along the river, the bridges (like on the photos) and other similar places are fully covered. Who had the free time to do all these? I don`t have an issue with street art if it`s really artistic but a stupid scrible just looks ugly.
There are some areas of Donauinsel that looks more like you`re on a wild life watch and not in a capital city. Of cousre these photos cover only a tiny part of the island as it`s quite long to walk through on it during sunset.
One negative thing I want to highlight is that if you want to see the major touristic elements such as Schonbrunn Castle, the Belvedere, galleries, museums, etc. you need to have a lot of money because some of the prices are just a rip off. Unlike the bigger London museums, none of those bigger ones are free over here - and I have tried to find free ones.
If I have to sum up the 4 days I`ve spent in Vienna, I would say that it`s an awesome town but I can`t imagine myself living there. I definitely wanna go back though because it has a lot to offer culturally and historically - I read an article about Vienna that said Freud, Hitler, Stalin, Tito and several other now legendary/infamous names lived here at the same time, in 1913. Can you imagine them passing each other during a simple afternoon walk - the same as I did -before all those unnecessary wars and struggles happened because of some of these people? It`s crazy to think about it yet these stories make a place interesting.
And at the end of the 4th day, I rode home on the Hungarian ghost train...