^The Prater – Vienna´s amusement park with rollercoasters^
^the famous ferris wheel^
^Vienna opera building^
^worlds famous Sacher cake^
^Addicted to Rock – Restaurant^
^Ronacher theatre where Dance of the Vampires is playing^
let´s move on with the travel guide for Vienna. You can read the first part here.
On Monday our second day – and also my birthday – we went to see the Prater straight after breakfast. The Prater is like a small amusement park area with rollercoasters, candy stores and also a big ferris wheel with wooden cabins. It is famous for its old wooden cabins which makes it the real sight of the Prater. I wanted to take a ride on it but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance.
The Prater also had a Madame Tussauds but since we where at the London exhibition we didn´t want to spend so much time in there (altough they probably would have had Sissi).
After our pretty short stay at the Prater we took the Underground and went straigth to the Kärntnerstreet – one of the biggest shopping streets in Vienna. The buildings are all really old and beautiful so they had some shops like Douglas and also H&M in the most beautiful builidings I have ever seen. I got some lip products from MAC I wanted and also some pieces from the H&M store cause it was pretty cold and we didn´t bring any scarves, gloves or beanies with us.
Dressed like for a Canadian Winter we took the Underground and went a little outside of the old town to visit the Hundertwasserhaus and museum. Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian architect and artist. He designed several buildings all over the world with his signature style including lots of colors and crooked floors and walls. Also his paintings are very famous.
Afterwards we went to the Sacher café to enjoy some of the traditional Sacher cake as my birthday cake. The location was beautiful and so traditional with old coffee grinders, red velvet sofas and seats and marble tables. The staff is really nice and attentive so there are no long waiting times. They also serve other delicious cakes and sweets but we sticked to a classic chocolate cake with cream.
On another note – Austria has its own drug store chain called Bippa. They do have their own make-up bruh line and I really love them. They are really affordable and in a good quality and also they are white and pink so there is nothing wrong about that. But they sell out fast so you might have to check different stores.
After our afternoon coffee we went to the opera of Vienna to take some photos of the beautfiul building but you can´t go in without a ticket at all.
So since it started snowing/raining afterwards and got really cold and uncomfortable we decided to go back to the hotel and to get ready for the evening.
We reserved a table at the Addicted to Rock restaurant. Every city we visit there is always one day we eat burgers for dinner and which day would be a better cheat day than my birthday. The restaurant had a great atmosphere and a very modern touch. With a big bar as the centerpiece of the room with metall walls and bulbs on ropes hanging low. With wooden boxes as tables and brown armchairs and sofas. I have to admit although I liked it very much it is hard to eat properly by sitting so low and soft on a sofa.
This was our last real day so we took a final stroll through the old town to have a last look at the tiny alleyways and the cute old shops.
After that we took another ride on the Underground and went to the Schönbrunn castle. This is the castle where the imperial family including Franz and Sissi spent most of their time. The area really is huge so after walking around we went inside the castle and took the tour through the castle.
To get a better impression of how big the city really is we decided to go on a hop-on-hop-off tour which was really great. The city is huge and has some really nice spots and some which you shouldn´t set a foot into. We had a closer look at the main train station which is super modern all made of glass and huge. There are so many shops in there it could be a shopping center too.
There is lots of building going on in Vienna. Huge appartment and office complex are stamped out of the ground. Highly architectural and super modern. Everything built of concrete and/or glass.
After riding around in the bus for over an hour we got of and took a ride back to our hotel cause we had to get ready for the musical. We watched The Dance of the Vampires. It was awesome. The music, the singers, the costumes and the scenery. It took place at the Ronacher theatre which was a total match. A old building with marble floors, high and wide doors, beautiful wooden staircases and soft red armchairs. They offered a special service for the break between two sets to set up champagne for you cause the break is only about 15 minutes and you wouldn´t get ready in time by standing in line.
The musical took about 2 1/2 hour but it was totally worth it. It wasn´t boring a minute.
We decided to go back to the hotel once the musical was over cause we still needed to pack and we wanted to leave as early as possible the next day cause the weather was about to be really bad.
Overall it was a really nice getaway. 4 days or 3 full days are enough if you aren´t as museum interested as other people might be (cause museums take a lot of time).
If your birthday isn´t in January you should go there a few months later in Spring I think it would be really pretty since there are so many parks.
Wow this was one heck of a long post but I wanted to tell you as much as possible since anyone is interested. You can also mail me directly if there is anything else you want to knwo.
As always thanks for stopping by. Take care. see you.
dress bonprix / scarf H&M old / mules New Look similar here
bag Mango / blouse bonprix sold out / jeans Pepe jeans similar here
today I am sharing all the information of our quick and easy getaway. After not having a real summer vacation as we where on our trip in June already we decided to get away for two days somewhere nearby. So we picked Munich.
Munich is a huge city and so multiculturel. We started at the Olympic park which is located at the outer edge of the city and it is really nice. It is a incredible big park with a lake in the middle where you can do stand-up paddling, wakeboarding or rent a pedal boat. Around the lake are several buildings like a stadium for concerts and soccer games, a ice-rink and the Olympic tower. We decided to go up the tower to get a 360 degrees view of the city. And boy the view was amazing. As it was a bright and beautiful day we had such a perfect view in every direction. There is also a restaurant located on the tower so you can dine with forsesight :). The Olympic parc was built for the 1972 olympic summer games. Since then it is a place for recreation and tourists from other countries.
After walking through the park – there also a summer festival as we went with different food trucks and a small market with lots of stuff to buy – we went to the English Garden to have a look at the Chinese Tower.
The Chinese Tower is a 25 metres high tower completely made of wood. The tower was built in 1790 as a viewing plattform. It has been destroyed and rebuilt after the second world war and now isn´t open to public anymore.
From all the strolling around in the parks we got a little hungry and went into the city centre to get some coffee and a snack. Of course our coffee stop was Starbucks (just can´t help it, we don´t have one in Regensburg so I am stopping at each and everyone I can find). I had a coffee americano and the best cinamon roll I have ever had. And I got this coffe to-go mug I love so much. With lipsticks marks and hugs and kisses.
After our refreshment we took a look at all the sights in the city. We stopped at the town hall on the Marienplatz for the famous bell ringing happening every full hour.
Then we went up to the Stachus a famous place at the end of the pedestrian zone with fountains and restaurants and places to sit and watch people.
For dinner I had planed to go to the traditional Hofbräuhaus in Munich be we tended to go across the street into the Hard Rock Café Munich and that was a great decision. We had pulled pork burger and mac and cheese.
After dinner we finally went to the hotel. We stayed at the Leonardo Hotel Munich City West for the night. This is a design hotel chain and you can find one in at least every city of Europe.
The room was pretty big and we had a small terrace which belonged to our room. There was also a small kitchen aisle hidden befind a wood wall. I can´t say anything about the breakfast cause we just grabbed a quick coffee and then checked out and went to the Chiemsee.
The Chiemsee is a lake nearby Munich (about an hour away). It is a pretty huge lake with a big castle in the middle.
We rented an electric boat and drove arround on the lake for about and hour. We popped some champagne and ate some ice cream chocolate. It was really pretty and the weather was just fine for this occasion.
Before finally heading home to Chloe we had pizza and a diet coke at a lake restaurant.
This really was a nice short trip and a great opportunity to get away for some time.
I think we might do this some more times throughout the year.
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