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Vienna, Austria

On Day 2 of our cruise with Gate 1 Travel, we woke up in Vienna, Austria! I loved this gorgeous city! It was so colorful and lively, with so much old world charm. There was tons to do and see. Vienna was also a fabulous foodie city! We got to eat one of the Best Desserts Around the World according to Travel + Leisure.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna!

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Gate 1 provided us with a very informative tour by a local tour guide first thing in the morning. It was extremely helpful in getting us oriented with the city. Afterwards when we went exploring on our own, we recognized the landmarks and knew where we were in relation to the city. :)

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Mozart Statue in the Burggarten Garden

I loved these fun pink flowers planted in the shape of a treble clef in front of the Mozart Statue in the Burggarten Garden. Too bad the statue was being renovated when we were there, this would have been an awesome picture! :)

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Austrian Parliament Building

This gorgeous Greek-style house of parliament comes complete with fountains and a statue of Athena out front. Not only does this building have the expected committee rooms and libraries inside, but there are also dining rooms, bars and even gyms!

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Town Hall

The circus was in town in Vienna!! They often have festivals and markets set up in front of Town Hall. There is always something fun going on! Around the holidays there is a huge Christmas market here.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

St. Peter’s Church

How breathtaking is St. Peter’s Church in Vienna? It’s so quiet and not crowded at all here because everyone is over at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. :) But St. Peter’s is definitely worth seeing too, and it’s free!

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Seriously dying over this organ and clock!

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Be still my heart! St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a gothic style Catholic church located right in the heart of Vienna. Its ornate spires can be seen from all over the city, and are a major sight and symbol of Vienna. Loved the horse drawn carriages out front!

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

There are definitely more people here than at St. Peter’s Church, but we got right in with no line (it’s also free, with an optional donation box), and we didn’t feel too crowded or pushed around inside. :)

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Der Liebe Augustin

Loved this lush courtyard in Vienna.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

So much charm here. The ivy, the flags.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

And this narrow, secluded passageway, begging to be explored.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Hundertwasserhaus

How funky is this apartment building in Vienna?? Young, hip residents of Vienna apply to live here, and once accepted, are allowed to live here for a few months at a time.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Hundertwasserhaus Fountain

How fun would it be to live here?? There is not a straight line in the entire architecture inside or out! I wonder what the rooms look like??

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Xocolat

Xocolat was voted one of the Best Desserts Around the World by Travel + Leisure for their chocolates, truffles, and pralines. Of course we had to try some! I loved their creamy hazelnut truffle! :)

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Demel Eiscreme Shop

How cute is this cafe? This traditional European cafe is perfect for popping in for a snack. Be sure to get the hot chocolate with whipped cream!! :)

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace was the 1,441-room summer home to the Habsburg emperors of Austria. This wasn’t even their regular palace, ya’ll. This was just their summer place. It’s modeled after Versailles, and even has it’s own Hall of Mirrors. Marie Antoinette grew up here, before moving to Versailles.

10 Things You Have to See in ViennaPhoto via Stephanie.

Like Versailles, Schönbrunn has large, beautifully sculptured gardens in the back.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

The sun sets directly behind the fountain for the perfect summer evening view. The structure at the top of the hill is the Gloriette, which houses a cafe with panoramic views of the city.

10 Things You Have to See in ViennaPhoto via Stephanie.

Neptune Fountain

Another notable fact about Schönbrunn: Napoleon used the palace as his headquarters in the early 1800s when he occupied Vienna. He also married a member of the Habsburg family.

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

The rooms and apartments inside are gorgeously decorated and are very similar to those at Versailles. It’s definitely worth seeing if you are ever in Vienna!

10 Things You Have to See in Vienna

Tree Tunnel, Schönbrunn Gardens

We definitely needed more time to explore Vienna. I want to go back!

The next day we woke up in the most breathtaking, postcard-picturesque, quiet little town on the Danube River, in the Wachau Valley. More to come soon!!

Have a great weekend, friends!! xoxo

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