After finishing the cycling part of the trip, we began our tour in Vienna by going to the Donauturm – a ~170 meters tall tower with a rotating restaurant at the top. We had sandwiches, coffee, and of course – a great view of Vienna.
We then went by U-Bahn (underground) to the old part of the city, and headed towards Hofburg Palace. We entered princess Sisi museum as well as the royal apartments of the palace. It was royal and grandiose, even grotesque. Everything had a specially designated room – showers, toilets, lunch, dinner, bedrooms, living rooms, exercise room, make up room etc.
We took a little break at Julius Meinl shop, where we saw many coffee bags. We stopped there to drink coffee and have a small snack before continuing.
We then went to see the silver collection of the royal family of Hofburg.
Then we decided to start the walking tour of the day at the Opera house. We went in to ask about guided tour tickets, and ended up spontaneously buying tickets for tonight’s concert – 7 euros each. Cool.
We realized we don’t have enough time to tour if we want to get dressed up for the show, so we headed to Naschmarkt, a local market, where we had Schnitzel..
We then went back to the apartment, changed clothes, and went to the Opera house. We arrived a bit too early, so we had time for ice cream 🙂
We then got inside. It was a VERY fancy hall. Quite an experience on its own. We had a booth on the side with a few other couples. The show included six instruments – three violins, one cello, one piano and one harp. There was also an opera singer who sang Aria. The music was very beautiful, yet we considered the singer a bit irritating, especially as he came off and on the stage just to get more applause.
We went straight to sleep after a full, enjoyful yet tiring day.