Thank you Vienna in German. Suzy, I hope you're proud.
30.07.2009 - 30.07.2009
Thursday, July 30th:
We head out of Budapest early in the morning and train it east to Vienna. Our hostel is right around the corner from the station, so we throw our bags into the packed storage room and head out to explore!
Our first stop on Suzy's guided tour includes a walk down Mariahilfer street, full of shops and restaurants. It ends at the Hapsburg palace. A massive "winter" residence for the Kings and Queens. We also check out St. Stephen's, Vienna's main church. The interior is overwhelming with a vaulted and ribbed ceiling. We ride a tiny elevator up to the bell tower to get a full view of the city. The church's roof is covered in colorful mosaic tiles and is stunning.
We walk back through the palace into Museum Quarter and the Leopold Cafe. We grab our first beers of the day: Radler. It's a lemonade beer and delicious!!! We sit along a shallow pool in the piazza and watch naked kids splash each other and play.
Now that we're refreshed, we head into the Hapsburg rose gardens and then across the street to Rathaus, Vienna's city hall. A music film festival is going on so we wander over to a food booth for another round of Radler and a pretzel, obviously.
At night we train it over to the Bermuda Triangle. An area of Vienna that has over 30 bars in a very small area. Perfect. Again, we search and search for our restaurant suggestion, but Frommers never disappoints. We eat at Salzmat, a cozy restaurant with a hand-written daily menu only in German. Our friendly waiter translates and the food is delicious. The meal is, of course, followed by a house shot of palinka. Will we ever learn?
We end up at a local bar, Krah Krah and enjoy some more beers outside. The cards come out, again, and we play some rounds. Time flies by, and before we know it, we're running back to the train station to catch the last run of the night. We make it and head on home.