Backpacking Eastern Europe via River Boat: 3rd Stop Vienna Austria

Vienna Austria is absolutely amazing guys! So many good stories from this place and it’s history. First of all the city is clean, the cleanest I’ve ever seen in Europe. Turns out that is one of their main goals. Even when they have a parade in town street cleaners follow behind the last person in the parade picking up trash immediately so the city is always clean. Another outstanding feature is how much graffiti there isn’t. Most beautiful European cities unfortunately have graffiti all over their beautiful old palaces and buildings. Not Vienna. The Mayor of Vienna called a meeting with the top graffiti artists in town and they made a deal. They can spray paint the inside wall of the Danube that is 3 miles long as much as they want as long as they don’t spray paint the rest of the city. An agreement was made and ever since Vienna is spotless, and breathtakingly gorgeous.


St. Stephens Cathedral

It was a cold and drizzly day but that didn’t stop us from visiting St. Stephen Cathedral, the first and oldest Pastry shop in Vienna where you can watch the chefs works, or have some wenerschnitzel or one of my favorite things to do, visit the market. I love to see where the locals go for groceries, produce and gifts. I love how they buy certain things from certain stands and really get to know their vendors. Reminds me of my friend Carlos that always sells my family meat at our Tom Thumb in Dallas.

We visited the Albertina Museum that houses a great number of Klimt’s, Picasso’s and Monet pieces and last, my favorite, the Classical Orchestra Concert that had an Opera singer and 2 Ballet dancers.

Vienna Austria may be my favorite so far with its rich architecture, culture, beer and music. I would totally live in this city! It even has the tallest Bungee jumping platform in Eastern Europe, a Ferris wheel (the second ferris wheel ever built) and countless parks for enjoying nature in the hustle and bustle of the city. Yeah I think I could get used to this!

P.S a funny thing about Vienna: They sell Marijuana plants and you’re not allowed to smoke it BUT if you want to you can buy two plants and keep them in your apartment as decor but you have to promise not to smoke it and water it! Hilarious!

When you visit Vienna:

-Go See a Show!

-East Weinerschnitzel

-Visit the SChonbrunn Palace if you like Furniture….I don’t. But it is still interesting!

-The Albertina Museum houses Picasso, Klimt and Monet but there are over 300 to choose from, mainly the Museum of Natural History is a popular one and the Kusthistorisches Museum listed as one of the top 10 museums in the world. Don’t want to miss that.

-Visit the second built ferris wheel and take a ride on it. (But let it be known it is slow…half hour for one full go around!)

-Demel the oldest pastry shop where you can watch the chefs work, and be sure to go upstairs for some tea!

-Visit the Naschmarket, see where the locals buy groceries and try some new foods!

In Vienna there is so much to do and see, you will never be bored!


Matthew Dwight