09.24.2011 - 09.24.2011
On Saturday, I got on the train again and went to Vienna. This trip was a little longer and I had to make a tight connection in Linz, Austria, but everything went smoothly.
When I got into Vienna, I checked into the Hotel Karntnerhof. This is also a nice hotel with a great location. It was just a couple blocks from St. Stephan’s Cathedral, which is one of the city’s major landmarks, but it was on a quiet street. It even has a roof terrace.
Also near my hotel was the Mozarthaus, one of the buildings in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived, which has now been turned into a great museum dedicated to the composer. Mozart and his family lived in the building from 1784 to 1787, and during that time period he wrote the opera The Marriage of Figaro.
There are three levels in the museum: one focuses on the life of Mozart, one on his music and one is arranged as his apartment would have been. It was all very well done and interesting.
After the museum, I walked to Stadtpark, a really nice park with monuments for several famous people including composers Franz Schubert and Johann Strauss. The Strauss statue was under renovation, so this is just a replica.
Then, I had just enough time to take the metro to another park, The Prater, before dark. The Prater is a huge park that includes carnival games, roller coasters and the famous Ferris wheel, the Riesensrad. The Riesensrad is made up of several enclosed carriages that hold about 20-30 people. It was built in 1897 as a temporary exhibition for an event honoring the anniversary Franz Joseph’s coronation, but it has been so popular that it is still going today.
The park was packed with people and the line to get on the Riesensrad was long, so it was starting to get dark by the time I got on. I was still able to get some great views of the city from 232 feet in the air.
After the Riesensrad, I went back to my hotel and had dinner at the restaurant that is next door. I have no idea how to pronounce this one: Palatschinkenpfandl.