A little of Vienna
I really loved the metro in Vienna. The 12 EU 2 day pass was good value and it helped me cover a lot in 2 days. I checked in at the Wombat’s hostel near the Naschmarket where I had a good ravioli and pasta lunch at an Italian place(12 EU for 2 big dishes). Vienna was like no other city I had seen till then in Europe. A lot more finer, more atmospheric with all it’s palaces and buildings from the past. The Belvedere Palace was excellent, and the views of the old town with the St. Stephen’s towering above were brilliant. The collection is among my favorite, and I quickly forgot all I had seen till then(but sadly no photographs). The St.Stephan’s was more than impressive, despite being the last cathedral in my trip(I wont call it just another cathedral) and looked even more fabulous when lit after sundown. Walking through the well lit Habsburg palaces was so rewarding, especially after sundown when there zero crowds. The Rathaus is an excellent building, but there was some kind of a function going on, so I couldn’t see the entire building. But it wins my vote for the finest building in Vienna. Cafes were on my must do list, I went to Cafe Sacher and Cafe Gerstner where I enjoyed several varieties of cake and apfel strudel.
Some more of Vienna
I still had a good part of the morning before my flight back to India. Took a metro to Schonbrunn Palace, and wow..what palace grounds!! I really wished I had more time here(yes, i always wish so, but time is limited). I also wanted to “tick” the State Library,Österreichische Nationalbibliothek . And I am glad I managed to squeeze it in. So that’s all one can do in a few hours.
Took a train to the airport(via the Wien Meidling), quite a convenient and cheap way of getting to the airport, but then not everyone had place to sit.