Mini-Post: Vienna in a Weekend

German Word of the Day:


Kunst

n., fem., art


Last weekend was a fun one – I met up with another American exchange student living in Germany, and together we took the eight-hour train ride from Hannover to Vienna.  Since we both are supposed to be in school five days a week, we only had one long weekend to spend in the city.  There was so much I wanted to see that just didn’t fit in to our schedule, but I still had a wonderful first glance at the beautiful capital city of Austria.

Doing Wien  in a weekend:

Vienna is a city full of art and culture, and the very streets reflect this.  The city is bright, green, orderly, and full of beautiful architecture.

The Vienna Courthouse

 

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most famous church in Vienna, but I was delighted to find this small-but-gorgeous Jesuit church by the University (above).

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By accident, we stumbled across the museum that houses the jewels of the Austro-Hungarian empire.  (Free entrance if you’re under 19!)
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And of course, we had to try the famous Viennese Sacher Torte. I’m not a big fan of the chocolate-icing-and-jam combination, but I’m glad I can say that I’ve tried it.

I was totally taken by the adorable pedestrian lights in Vienna as well!

 

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We weren’t exactly on the kind of budget that included buying tickets to the famous Viennese Opera, so I was so excited to find out that operas are live-streamed outside the theater every night during the spring and summer!  We were able to catch a good bit of Wagner’s Ring Cycle opera before it started raining on us.

And that’s Vienna in a nutshell!

 

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