Firstly, and most importantly: my head hurts. A lot…
…. Kids. Alcohol is bad.
I refused however, REFUSED, to let this stop me from enjoying Vienna. Self-inflicted illness is just not a good enough excuse to miss this city. I love Vienna. It is the first place on this tour that I have been before, and it is as beautiful as I remember.
Vienna is one of those cities where as you drive around, you gain an appreciation for how even the simplest of buildings are beyond anything that you could ever be capable of creating. The city is westernised but has maintained the charm that comes with its age, which makes it really special. I recommend visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and the surrounding gardens. It is simply stunning.
Austria’s recent history is a different from its surrounding countries. Unlike countries who were attacked and occupied during the first and second World Wars (particularly the second), their alliance with Germany meant that they essentially signed over control of their country to Hitler before his more horrific atrocities began. I can’t imagine how devastating it must have been to place trust in a government system who then uses your land and resources to assist in the damage that World War 2 caused to the rest of Europe and the Jewish people. Austria has spent a lot of time and effort re-establishing their own unique and independent identity, to the point that in their Declaration of Independence which stands carved in stone in the middle of Vienna, they state that their mistakes during the Second World War will never be repeated.
Outside of their history, I spent my time in Vienna enjoying their food, their coffee and their classical music. I attended a classic music concert where I heard a number of well-known pieces mostly consisting of Strauss and Mozart, with dancers sometimes accompanying the musicians. I love that this country has maintained a love for classical music. Even if classical is not a style that you usually enjoy, I recommend seeing one of these shows. It is talent that simply doesn’t exist in modern music, and embodies so much of the history of the country.
Vienna is beautiful. Whilst I didn’t get a chance to go back this trip, I would also recommend going to Prada (not the handbag store… unless you want to go to that Prada. Then go for it). It is a theme park with the biggest Ferris wheel in the world, and a great night club.
Till next time.