Family city trip to the capital of Austria, Vienna. Lets do a small history lesson 🙂 Vienna started as a Roman military post in 15 BC called Vindobona and it got city rights in 1221 with a city wall after which it became quickly a bustling trading post with got bigger and bigger. In 1278 they fell under the reign of the Habsburgers after that they became under the German Reich the capital, also Napoleon came along, twice. Some things happened in WWI and WWII until what it became what it is today. The city is called the city of music due to it’s music history and city of dreams because it was the hometown of Freud. The history in a nutshell.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: Schönbrunn , City of Vienna (see all UNESCO sites here)
Day 1 – Arrival to Vienna & St. Stephansdom
Today we arrived to Vienna just after lunch time to our hotel Koning von Ungarn; a great hotel and very large room on two levels. We decided to just take a taxi from the airport to the hotel; yes it’s more pricy then the train or bus but it saves just so much time; and we like to travel efficient. In the afternoon we explored the St. Stephansdom which was around the corner of the hotel. They have great catacombs below the cathedral and also the views from the tower are great. After a early dinner we went to bed early to be ready next day to get up as early as possible.
Day 2 – Exploring Schonbrunn castle in Vienna
Today we went on a day trip to Schonbrunn castle, gardens and surroundings including the zoo. A beautiful place to spend a full day walking and exploring. Schönbrunn Palace has a history dating back over 300 years. It’s baroque style is of great beauty and importance. Take at least a day to explore the beauty of Schönbrunn.
Day 2, 3 & 4 – City centre and departure
With the St. Stephansdom explored on the day of arrival a total of 2 and a half day is enough to explore the rest of Vienna in depth including 2 or 3 museums. Things we explored are, but not limited to, Hofburg Palace, the New Palace, Imperial Treasury, the Old Synagogue, Jesuit church, Augustianian Church, Capusinerchurch, the Parliament, Opera House, Secession Building, some Roman Ruins, Belvedere, St. Charles Cathedral, Votive Church and a lot of minor attracting while strolling through the streets of Vienna. At the end of day 4 we took the taxi to the airport around 4PM to get back to Amsterdam.