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Vienna Revisited

  

My carriage awaits 

Sky Restaurant
A local friend invited me to this rooftop terrace in the heart of Vienna’s shopping district. Great place to have lunch or stop for cake and coffee. There’s also a bar if you prefer to have drinks with friends. Note: proof of vaccination required to enter restaurants in Vienna.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This impressive Romanesque/Gothic cathedral is the iconic symbol of Vienna. The colorful patterned roof is made of 230,000 glazed tiles while a mosaic of double-headed eagle graces the south roof and the coats of arms of Vienna and the Republic of Austria are emblazoned on the north side roof. The two front towers are Romanesque in origin.

The interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Café Central
This elegant café has been around since 1876. It was the meeting place of famous people like Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, Peter Altenberg (poet) and a host of others. The café is in the Palais Ferstel on the corner of Herrengasse and Strauchgasse. They’re open for breakfast and offer a lunch fare as well. Note: proof of vaccination required to enter restaurants in Vienna.

Whoever said, “you can’t have cake and eat it too”, didn’t see the cake selection at Café Central. Since I was in Vienna, I had to try the famous Sacher torte.

Herculean statues at the Hofburg in Vienna mirror the power and influence of the Habsburg empire.

Digging up the past in front of the Hofburg.

State Hall of the National Bibliothek
See separate article about this beautiful library with over 200,000 books. On Josefsplatz 1. Mask required. https://www.travelswithcharie.com/2021/08/state-hall-of-national-bibliothek-of.html

You will find a defibrillator in the streets of Vienna. They care about public health.

Hundertwasser Haus
Who was Hundertwasser? And how has his architectural designs influenced 19th century Vienna? Check out my separate article about Hundertwasser Haus.

Kegelgasse 34-38. Take Tram 1 to Hetzgasse which is a minute’s walk to Hundertwasser Haus.

It’s a beautiful day to stroll in the Volksgarten in central Vienna.

Monument to Elizabeth, Empress of Austria or Sisi as she was fondly called.

Where to stay:
Novotel Wien Hauptbahnhof
Canettistrasse 6
www.accor.com
Railjet from the international airport stops at Vienna’s main train station. The hotel is a 3-minute walk away. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. There’s a restaurant and bar in the lobby.

Metro and tram services from the train station whisk passengers to the city center in minutes. It’s easy to buy an all day transport card from a Tabac if you plan on exploring the city. Mask required in public transportation.

Requirements to enter Vienna during this pandemic:
Proof of two-dose vaccination using vaccines approved by the European Union (EMI) or negative PCR test and submission of health declaration form which is distributed by airlines to its passengers.

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