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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.