This morning we woke up early in Budapest, packed our bags and checked out before heading to the tram. As a minor setback, we took the tram in the wrong direction, but were quickly back on track to Kelenfoeld station.
Then we almost got on the wrong train, but luckily someone warned us on our way in and we ended up on the right train at the right time going to Vienna. Unfortunately, there were no seats left, so we ended up sitting (rather comfortably actually) on the floor in the back of the train for the better half of the journey.
Reaching Vienna at around 11.30am, we threw off our bags at wombats hostel (which seemed really cool) and walked to Karlsplatz, where we enjoyed the view of the Karls Church in the surprisingly hot weather.
We continued our journey through Viennas historical centre by walking to the Museumsquartier and although not visiting any of the museums, still enjoying the beautiful architecture and garden.
We continued to the Parliament and then the Vienna City Hall, resting at each place.
Having bought a 24-hour ticket to Vienna central zone, we took the U-Bahn to Stephansplatz where we walked around the Stephans church and contemplated whether to visit the house of Mozart, ultimately deciding against it based on mediocre reviews.
We then walked to the State Opera, intending to buy tickets to a concert the same night. unfortunately nothing played that night though, and we ended up having to ditch the idea. The opera was beautiful from the outside, none the less.
We headed to Veggiezz for a late lunch, Zuzanna getting her fifth burger of the trip,
before walking to the Spanish Riding School, where we didn’t go inside (because the tickets were expensive and our schedule tight), but instead continued to Hofburg Palace, snapping photos along the way.
On our way to the U-Bahn, we passed the Austrian national library, where we decided to take a look inside (since it was free for anyone under 19). And it turned out to be absolutely beautiful, and surprisingly one of my favourite things we did all day.
We took the U-Bahn back to Karlsplatz from where we made our way to the modern art gallery Succession. And although all exhibitions but one were closed due to reconstruction, it was still worth the money to gain access to Gustav Klimt’s enthralling ’the Beethoven frieze’. Both the frieze itself and the symbolism behind it was mesmerizing, and although I would’ve liked to see more in the same category of art, it was definitely satisfying in itself.
By now the time was around 5.30 pm, so we hopped on tram 1, taking the infamous trip around the historical centre along the ring road, before ending the tour of the day at Hundertwasser Krawinahaus, a truly quirky building that prods the creative mind.
Taking the tram and metro back to the hostel we checked in and made our beds before heading to Formosa for a light asian dinner.
When we got back to the hostel at around 8.30pm we stopped at the hostel bar getting one free drink each and a free comedy show by an American comedian.
Everyone seemed really nice and I ended up talking to a girl from our dorm for awhile before going to bed in my top bunk bed, perfectly content with having listened to a comedian at a bar instead of a concert in the state opera.
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