Travelogue – 36 Hours in Vienna

Following our whirlwind tour through the wine regions surrounding Vienna (read about part 1 and part 2) we headed in to the city and dropped our car for 2 nights and one full day to explore.  
We stayed at Hotel Das Tyrol, the perfect location and a steam room and sauna available for guests to top it off!  The breakfast was 25 euro per person so we decided to venture out and so glad we did.  We started our day at Neni in the Naschmarkt where we feasted on the Israeli breakfast spread of our dreams.  The market is worth a walk around as well, with vendors hawking samples of everything from truffle salami to falafel.  We put together a breakfast picnic for our early train ride the next morning. 

We spent the day wandering Vienna and loosely following Rick Steve’s walking tour, hitting the highlights of the very manageable and walkable city.  I made Jared hike the 343 steps to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, we had to make room for lunch at Weibel’s Wirtshaus!

Infamous schnitzel!
After lunch we wandered through the various Christmas markets.

We followed “Rick’s crude tip” and bought same day standing tickets for the Opera and stayed for the first 30 minutes before heading to dinner.  To view the inside you have to either view a performance or take one of the 45 minute guided tours, at 4 euro per person we were front row center just behind the orchestra section, such a good deal and just enough Opera for our attention spans!  

We had dinner at Trattoria da Paolo & Anna the first night and O Boufes the second night, both delicious but very different. The service at both elevated the food and experience to a memorable level!
I was a little concerned that we wouldn’t have enough time to see the city but it was the perfect amount of time.  Granted we’re not the biggest museum people and you’ll notice we didn’t visit any in our one day, so if you wanted to build that in I would recommend 2 full days to see it all.  
Next up, Budapest!

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