A Little Review of My Week in Vienna

At the end of September, I was lucky enough to spend a week in Vienna.
I happened to catch the last few days of summer, because of this and as I had no real plan of where I was going or what I wanted to see, I didn’t take any public transport and walked EVERYWHERE! Over a few days I clocked up almost 60km (pulling a hamstring in the process) but despite that, I feel like it’s the best way to see a city, especially if time is on your side and when everything is within walking distance of up to an hour.

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Photo by Dennis Kummer

The architecture in Vienna blew me away. It is SO over the top that it’s almost ridiculous. However, I loved it and had neck ache from constantly looking up. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos of buildings in my life and I had never been inspired to draw architecture before…until I was here.
Even ‘regular’ apartment buildings look fit for a King, often being held up by epic looking statues and adorned with decorative borders and columns.
This was one of my favourites…
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Between all the walking, I of course stopped for many coffee and food breaks. Like most big cities you are spoilt for choice, although I often chose a smaller side street and found some real gems in
doing so, including a delicious Vietamese place called Tata and a Japanese called Mochi, which was closer to our apartment, a little out of the main centre. It was very small inside and a little pricier there but definitely worth a visit.
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Of course one of my obsessions is to look for beautiful floors on my adventures. It’s actually one of the things I get most excited about now when traveling somewhere new (don’t judge… I did use the word obsession) On my first day of walking around I was a little disheartened as I only came across a couple, one of those being in the entrance of the National History Museum, but you needed a ticket to pass through the entrance. I cheekily asked the security guard if I could just quickly take a photo, he was super kind and let me! Great success!

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Floor to the Natural History Museum

On my second day of walking around, I came across a bunch of floors, one after another…I was on a floor roll! And I realised why I’d been missing them the day before. Almost all of these were found in the entrance of apartment buildings. Okay so, I didn’t break into the apartments, don’t worry..the obsession isn’t out of hand. A lot of apartment buildings, similar to Berlin, often house something like a doctors practice or a lawyer’s office, meaning the door to the street was wedged open. So, I’d just quickly step into the entrance, take a snap and be on my way.
Here are just a few of the floors I found…you can see more of them by clicking on one the pictures and following me on my ‘Art Beneath Our Feet’ Instagram account.

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So all in all, I give Vienna a big thumbs up! After Berlin and Budapest, I would rate Vienna my next favourite European city I’ve been to and would take any opportunity to head back for another visit.

 

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