Spring Break Part 3: Vienna

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After an eventful few days in Prague we jumped on an afternoon bus to Vienna. We’re learning how exhausting a packed trip like ours is so when we got into our hostel at around 6 in the evening we decided to have a chill night. We went out for a traditional Viennese dinner, I’m trying to have goulash everywhere and compare the differences, and then we went back to the hostel to do some laundry and relax. Here’s a picture of our dinner. It was very, VERY Austrian and I loved it:

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The next morning we began to explore Vienna! The first thing that we noticed is that this place is classically beautiful. We wandered through a park and came upon this beautiful church, Karl’s Kirche:

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Another thing about Vienna: STATUES EVERYWHERE! And they are all classically inspired: Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and figures left and right. No matter how many different sculptures we saw we just kept being in awe of every single one. Some were small and intricate, others large and looming – all of them were incredible!

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I honestly don’t even know what this building is…but so many sculptures right??!

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Here’s a huuuuge sculpture with Maria Theresa on the very top! The building behind it is the Natural History Museum which was our next stop!

That’s right. Instead of looking at art history – which there is PLENTY of outside – we went into the nhm, Natural History Museum, to see the dinosaurs!!! As well as this very famous ancient piece of art:

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The Vienna of Willendorf! Look how little she is! I remember studying her in Art History so its really fun to see it in person!

There was also a computer program that you could take a picture on and it would turn you into the ancient hominid of your choice. We all turned ourselves into one and it was so fun:

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Finally, we left the museum to return to the beautiful outside world. Our next stop was a cafe, cafes are very famous in Vienna, where we treated ourselves to lattes and cakes while gazing upon the Hofsburg Palace in all its classical beauty! Then we continued our wander up to St. Stephan’s Cathedral:

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And over to Mozart’s house!

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Classical music had a big life here in Vienna! If we had more time & money we would’ve gone to an opera or classical music concert! But, like I said, there is SO MUCH BEAUTY in the outdoors of Vienna and there was enough to see there for a day! Here’s us posing with even another sculpture!

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Then, I spent more time just wandering and lounging on the gorgeous grounds of the Hofburg Palace and afterwards we went to another cafe for more lattes and cakes! Vienna is kind of an expensive city but, at least for a day, I decided to treat myself to these delicacies!

Then, as we began our return route to the hostel, we walked through an Easter Market which was wonderful!!! There was a giant, painted, spinning egg, live music, and more eggs than I’ve ever seen in one place ever!

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I’m so happy we stumbled upon this because it was just so so fun! As we continued to wander we saw MORE classical buildings and architecture. Our friend Kyle got especially excited at this building because “IT’S A GREEK TEMPLE!” and we got this great pic in front of it:

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And finally! We walked by Parliament which had a HUUUUGE sculpture of Athena! We were all happy and laughing at these amazing pieces of art we were witnessing!

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We had some final dinner and drinks in Vienna and NOW we are bound for Bratislava!

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