Vienna is an incredible city!!! Its like a fairytale with its palaces and royal mountains, rolled in a splendid package. From my trip there in 2002, I remember a few fun facts. This time, instead of writing about my time spent here, I would like to talk about its uniqueness.
Ok let me start with the funny, odd and impressive things that I noticed in this beautiful city.
One of its only kind and one of the oldest Giant Wheel is in Vienna, situated in a large wooded amusement park called Prater. It is as tall as 209 ft and is constructed in 1873. The voilently rocking Gondolas give a spectaculer view of the city.
We travelled to this really strange part of the town which had a very queer looking building! It looked like a fairytale castle with a mixture of pinks, blues, yeallows, with odd-sized and shaped widows and even a wall which resembled an indoor mountain climbing wall. I kept thinking…is this a fairytale or reality? I guess it was reality called Hudertwasser’s Architecture. Here, everything we saw was to do with World famous classical composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, and Brahms.
I always remember this place called the Schonbrunn Palace. I don’t have words to describe it…..lush, manicured, magical, enchanting…..I think I can go on… It was a place I would imagine Cinderella or the Sleeping Beauty must’ve lived. Of course, the pictures do not do justice to the place but believe me….it was one of its kind!
Hungry as we were and having a backpackers budget, we decided to stroll through a dainty flea market called Naschkmarkt to grab a bite. This place had some fabuluos finds like antiques and a few bargain-priced castaways. Some oddsome items like traditional hats, aged leather, retro toys seemed to enthral the crowd. Though I am not a big Kebab person, Bipin and I had a humungous lamb kebab just for Euros 3. It not only filled us up but I always remeber its delectable taste and till date haven’t found its match!
One of the last things I was told was kids less than six years of age travel on Vienna’s public transportation system for free. Sunday and public holidays also mean ‘free-ride day’ for passengers that are aged fifteen and below. How considerate and incredible!