Vienna is the ninth stop of my one-month Famous Hostels Eurotrip!
Vienna, with its stunning palaces, famous Opera, schnitzels and restaurants next to the Donau River, is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I lived in the Austrian capital for 5 months during my studies and was so happy to be back.
From Berlin I caught the night train to Vienna. As soon as I got into the train I met some backpackers doing an Interrail trip around Europe as well. We started chatting and soon the first beers were ordered and we had a very fun night. I love how easy it can be to make new friends when you travel!
This hostel was exactly what I needed after a long train journey. It’s one of those places where you immediately feel at home as there’s a big family table to eat, many areas to hang around and even is an amazing garden!
The next morning I arrived at Hostel Ruthensteiner. Everyone seemed to love the hostel and decided to just stay there (it was a rainy day) and chat to each other instead of exploring the city. I quickly met a lot of other travellers and teas and coffees turned into beers (if you’re there make sure to try their “Schwatzer Peter beer”).
Since I’d already spent some time in Vienna I knew that the museums and attractions can be pretty expensive. However, I found out about Vienna Pass, a city pass that allowed me to go into as many places as I wanted for two full days. They have other kinds of passes as well but since I had two days left I thought it would be a perfect way to see the amazing things this city has to offer.
Even if you don’t know much about art or are not that interested, there is one masterpiece everyone knows (and should see at least once in a lifetime), which is The Tower of Babel.
I woke up early the next morning to see as much of the city as I could. The rain was gone and I was very excited to wander around Vienna! I started in the old city center where I visited a very old library and the imperial apartment of the former emperors. Both were located in Hofburg Palace, which actually still is inhabited by the current Federal President of Austria.
From there I walked to Museum Quarter. Here you find some of Vienna’s best museums such as the Leopold Museum, Natural History Museum and (my favourite) the Art History Museum. The latter is honestly one of the best museums I’ve been to. Not only the building is incredibly beautiful, the art is so good!
After that I really needed to go back to the hostel for one of these delicious beers. I cooked dinner in the massive hostel kitchen where I met two really nice girls who were both travelling solo as well. I stayed for a few beers and then went to sleep to make sure I would be able to have another amazing day.
After a little wander around the old city center (make sure you check out the Parliament, Vienna City Hall and Stephansdom), I took the Sightseeing bus to a very cool expressionist landmark. If you like Gaudi – from all the weird architecture in Barcelona – you surely love this. In the middle of some very historical buildings you suddenly find this fun artistic apartment complex called Hundertwasserhaus. It’s really cool to see and if you’re interested in the artist also check out his museum (Kunsthaus) just around the corner. Since I couldn’t get enough of doing stuff I jumped on the bus again and went for a ride in a Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater, the city’s most famous amusement park. It was fun but maybe better to do it when it isn’t dark yet. Loved all the lights though!
The next morning I woke up early to go to Schloss Schonbrunn. This is one of the most famous palaces in Vienna (it used to be the summer residence of Sisi).
You don’t even have to go inside the palace but can just walk around the gardens. It’s so beautiful! However, I actually didn’t go there for the palace but to go to the zoo! There are two pandas and I really wanted to see them (I’d never seen pandas before). I could write a whole story how much I liked those pandas but I’m not sure if that’s interesting for everyone. Anyway, if you like zoos or just want to do something else than visiting museums and palaces on your Vienna trip, go there! After the zoo I went to Schloss Belverdere, this is also a beautiful palace (with stunning gardens too). They also have a museum inside with some very famous painting by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Claude Monet.
After two amazing days I had to pack my back again to go to my next destination: Switzerland!! I took the train from Vienna to Interlaken in the Swiss Alps. I will write more about my time there soon. In the mean time make sure to follow my journey on the Famous Hostels Instagram!
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