36 Hours in Vienna [Solo Eastern European Trip Recap]
The third city on my trip was Vienna. I have to be honest here, I knew next to nothing about the city before going. I didn’t pick my trip because it included a stop in Vienna - I was more excited for the other cities. I didn’t do as much research about Vienna because I was only there for about 36 hours and already had a lot booked.
On the drive from Prague to Vienna I stopped at Kutna Hora, better known as the Church of Bones. It’s in a small village and way back in the day a priest went to the holy land and brought back holy water, so everyone wanted to be buried there. There are over 40,000 bones in the church - they had to stop taking in new bodies because they were at capacity! The vibe of the church was more creepy than cool. It was weird seeing a chandelier and being like, “oh hey there is a femur!”.
Once I got to Vienna I went to yet another traditional dinner (more meat and potatoes), then spent the night at the famous Prater amusement park. It like an old-school movie set more than a traditional American amusement park, which was really neat. The park has a well-known ferris wheel that gives amazing views of the city. I have an irrational fear of ferris wheels but I made myself go on it because I knew I wouldn’t be back in Vienna any time soon. I used some meditative deep breathing to get me through it and managed to get some awesome photos. It was also cool to see in the cart one over a date going on, with a couple eating dinner and drinking champagne. First date goals, am I right?
The next day I started the day with a walking tour of Vienna, which helped e familiarize myself with everything. The highlight of the tour was seeing where Hitler annexed Austria to Germany, which was also what stemmed the creation of concentration camps. Vienna had a surprising amount of really cool history, from the Nazi regime to the royal family. If you’re a history buff, definitely put Vienna on your travel list!
Vienna is also famous for strudel and high end coffee shops, so I made a point to take a break and spend an hour drinking cappuccino and eating strudel. The Naschmarket was also open, so I meandered through the stalls and saw lots of diverse food choices, clothes, odds and ends, and more. After an awesome lunch at Mr. and Mrs. Feel Good, thanks to food recommendations from @realfoodology (Tove Lo’s nutritionist), I explored the natural history museum to avoid a pop-up rainstorm.
My busy day continued with a tour of the original Schnapp’s location and current museum. At the end of the tour I got free shots, so you know it’s a great tour when they give you alcohol. The nice buzz continued on at a dinner with lots of wine, followed by a classical music concert at the Schonbrunn Palace. I don’t usually listen to classical music, but since Vienna is the home of it I figured there was no better place in the world to listen to Mozart. Once the concert ended I headed to a backpacker’s bar where my friends and I were too cheap to buy alcohol and drank outside in a park before going in (kind of sketchy travel and life tip: find a grocery store and get alcohol there so you don’t have to pay for drinks at the bar). My friend from college happened to be in Vienna that night, so she and her dad came by the bar and we caught up, which was so random but fun!
I could have spent way more time in Vienna - there were so many beautiful, old buildings with gorgeous architecture that I wanted to check out! Vienna was the biggest surprise on my trip and is definitely an underrated city. Definitely make it a point to check out Vienna next time you’re overseas!