Vienna, the Quintessential Central-European City (May 2022)

I have always believed that the best time to visit Central and Northern European countries is during spring and that the second best is during summer. This has also proved true for Vienna, which we visited at the end of May. We combined Kathy’s work at a conference with a long-weekend trip, our first one abroad as a 4-member family since… well, forever – Dimitris has never been out of the country!

The view from the bar… ehm “The View”

We stayed for only three nights, but we had a great time. The kids enjoyed it very much and we also tried to make the most of it without pressuring ourselves.

Our first night was not that exciting, as we arrived late in the afternoon and only had time for dinner. So we walked along the southern bank of the Danube and ended up at an all-day bar. We were all exhausted so we went straight back to our hotel room.

In the next morning, Friday, Kathy was working, so I took the kids and went to the islet on the Danube for a walk. It is impressive to see the size of the river at this location; walking from the south bank to Donauinsel park in the middle of the river -a distance of 600m – took more than five minutes! To understand the size of it all, the Reichsbrücke bridge we crossed to get there, has 3 lanes per direction, and lower on its sides, there are two bicycle and pedestrian bridges. It also serves as a tunnel for the Vienna underground, there is a station in the middle of it!

We met Kathy on her lunch break at the impressive Stephansplatz. After lunch, the kids and I went to the Natural History Museum. The Museum is located in the southwest part of Innere Stadt, the first municipal district of Vienna where the old town of Vienna is also located. The place is full of magnificent old buildings everywhere you look. The Museum itself is vast and impressive, and it’s worth the time, especially for the kids.

In the afternoon it was time for the Prater fun park. We all had so much fun there, we went again the next afternoon!

Saturday was Schloss Schönbrunn day. Interestingly, Myrto wanted to take the Sisi Tour in the palace, as she knew Schönbrunn as “Sisi’s Palace”. So, we got a taste of the extravagant and filthy-rich way of life of the Habsburgs. Dimitris, on the other hand, just wanted to enjoy running around in the vast gardens and the playgrounds.

On our last day, we went out for a walk in the old part of the city, and after lunch, we had to catch our flight back home.

Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and from the little bit we’ve seen, it appears to have a high standard of living.

Accommodation and eating out were a bit expensive, nevertheless, impeccable. Kathy, who had visited Vienna 15 years ago, said that this time she had the best time in the city. I can understand that because the weather was good albeit a little chilly, and because of the kids, we were laid back and did not go crazy with sightseeing and touristy stuff. All in all, it was a nice short trip, I just wish we had more days because we haven’t seen but 1% of the city…

Tony

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2 Comments:

  1. Panagiotis Giannakis

    Η Βιέννη είναι από τις πόλεις που θα ήθελα να επισκεφτώ. Γενικά η κεντρική Ευρώπη είναι του γούστου μου.

  2. Αξίζει πολύ. Εγώ θα ήθελα να ξαναπάω γιατί σε 3 μέρες δεν προλάβαμε ούτε το 1% να δούμε

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