July 11, 2008

3 Days in Vienna

Continuing from Budapest, the next place we went to was Vienna.

The first (and very hot) day we went to the Belvedere, which like the other palaces, consists of a palace and a large garden. Unlike other palaces, Belvedere doesn't have the typical apartment tours but instead are art museums. We spent the afternoon walking leisurely in the meseums attempting to learn about the artwork.

Next, we saw the Hundertwasser Haus, which looks like a colourful building from a cartoon but was actually a block of council flats. This building was fun to look around and discover its quirks!

At night, we went to the Musikverein. There, we watched an orchestra perform music by Mozart. I was amazed by how many songs that I know or have heard before are by Mozart. There were also two opera singers who sang with some of the pieces, although I didn't enjoy those performances qutie as much since they didn't sing in English and I have no idea how to appreciate opera singing.

The next day we visited the Schonbrunn Palace. We thought this was the most impressive palace in Vienna, although we were definitely liked the back garden more (below.)

The main attraction of the garden was the Gloriette, which just looked like a very fancy ornament to the garden to us. And yes, we walked all the way up to see the Gloriette up close.

In the afternoon, we visited Stephansdom. After visiting many European churches, many of them have started to look very similar. But I really like and remember this one -the exterior and interior remain very old-looking and authentic. The inside of the church was dark and grey, and you could really appreciate the Gothetic style inside. It's honestly one of the few sightseeing churches that has made an impression on me.

On the last day, we visited the Hofburg Complex. There are a few exhibitions and tours inside, but the one we really liked was the Sisi Museum. After going through all the guided tours in the past few days, I feel like I've really learnt something about the history of Vienna -or at least the history of the Austrian Royal family!

For the rest of the afternoon before going to the airport, we decided to just chill in coffee shops and try the cakes Austria is so famous for: the Sachertorte and apple strudel. To be honest, the Sachertorte wasn't that great -it just tasted like a dry piece of chocolate cake. And while the apple strudel was tasty, we weren't all too impressed by it either, (probably because all the cakes were so hyped up that we had high expectations for them.)

Walking around Vienna, the general feeling I got was the Vienna was much more tourist-friendly and had a very holiday-feeling to it. Everything there felt very artistic, creative and cultured, although I'm sure that's just because we all already know that Vienna is the 'music capital of the world'.

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Blogger i think thats hauttte said...

looks like so much fun! mozart was an amazingly talented composer.

7/11/2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger Pamcasso said...

the architecture is amazing. I never knew!

7/11/2008 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gothetic style"... please say that was a typo.

7/11/2008 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is called I am Fashion please write blogs about fashion not your boring history Europe trips. Or at least include what you bought in Vienna.

7/11/2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Vienna Austria said...

Yes, Hundertwasserhaus is really a good laugh. There is also a thermal spring resort in Styria which was built in the same style.

7/11/2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Snowberry & Lime said...

Hi there, I am a brand new reader of your blog. :) I had to laugh at the Sachertorte comment, because the same happened to us when we were there, these cakes get hyped up so much that they are almost bound to be a disappointment. I really loved the art museums though, what a wealth they have!

Best wishes,

7/11/2008 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Closet Therapy said...

Are you on a cruise? One of my friends is on a European cruise and is hitting up the same cities you are...

7/11/2008 3:10 PM  
Anonymous donnasandra said...

I NEED to go there, I am a real history and palace geek!

7/11/2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger 1234 said...

your trip looks amazing, so lucky!

7/11/2008 5:24 PM  
Anonymous fashionista said...

Wow, looks like you had the exact same trip to Vienna I had a few years back. :)

7/11/2008 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That really looks amazing!

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7/11/2008 8:40 PM  
Blogger kaolee said...

looked like fun!

7/11/2008 10:16 PM  
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7/12/2008 12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vienna is one of my top cities to visit, because of the classical music history.

7/12/2008 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Ahh...omg my hometown! I hope you enjoyed you're time in Vienna! And the "Sachertorte" tastes dry because it isn't loaded with butter and fat. :P

7/12/2008 1:06 AM  
Blogger Cecilia said...

looks like fun. i love the hundertwasser haus

7/12/2008 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you guys didn't do any shopping...there's some amazing stuff to be had in Vienna.
Extremely jealous, for I love that city!

7/12/2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Austin, Texas is the "music capital of the world" .... SXSW anyone?

7/12/2008 2:23 PM  
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7/13/2008 12:34 AM  
Blogger Sebastian Perinotti said...

You know that the Schonbrunn Palace is one of the palaces in which Marie Antoinette grew up in!

7/13/2008 12:50 AM  
Anonymous savvymode said...

I love to travel. But why do I always gain weight??? Just got back from Napa and I feel putty and feel to need to become best friend with my eliptical machine.

7/13/2008 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..depends on what you call music; there's music and then there's music

7/13/2008 5:20 AM  
Anonymous Bella24 said...

Vienna is one of my favorite cities, looks like you had fun! I'm glad to see you posting your travel adventures, as food, the fine and performing arts have often been the basis of inspiration when a designer creates a garment. It's educational to encounter places and experiences that form many of our top designers frame of reference, it opens our perspective as to how fashion fits into the world of art.

7/13/2008 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very easy to enjoy Opera.

Just look at the planned repertoire, then research the libretto, or story. Go to iTunes and download the arias, it's very easy to learn what they are saying.

It takes about 10 minutes of Google and Wikipedia to learn a little bit about a particular composer's work, much less read the libretto, go to Youtube and listen to some samplings and watch the acting.

Opera is acting and singing. It's not that hard at all. Why travel if you aren't the least bit interested in expanding your mind?

I surf your blog to expand my ideas regarding fashion. I don't presume to wake up and know what is an emerging trend.

I learn, I research.

Not so hard.


7/16/2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

I live in Vienna and I love reading your blog :D
the photos you took are lovely.
keep up the good work :)

7/16/2008 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Sexy Costume said...

WOW Vienna, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, I wanna go some day :)

7/18/2008 2:40 AM  
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Wonderful blog. Vienna is one of my favorite place aside from Milan.

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