Our Weekend in Vienna

This post was composed by Natalie Brown

We departed from the Center in Salzburg early the morning of Thursday September 22nd. We were headed for a weekend full of fun and adventures in Vienna and everyone was excited for our first overnight tour.


Once we got to Vienna our first stop was beautiful Schönbrunn Palace, which is a surprising yellow color. We found out that the color is actually called Schönbrunn Yellow (named after the palace itself). We were able to take a tour of the palace and explore the huge gardens surrounding it. We could have stayed at the Schönbrunn all day as there were plenty of things to keep us entertained, including a labyrinth and the oldest zoo in Europe. Not to mention, countless breath-taking views of the castle grounds and the city of Vienna itself.

Outside of Schönbrunn PalaceOutside of Schönbrunn Palace

Outside of Schönbrunn Palace

A view of the gardens surrounding the palaceA view of the gardens surrounding the palace

A view of the gardens surrounding the palace

Getting lost in the LabyrinthGetting lost in the Labyrinth

Getting lost in the Labyrinth

 
A view of the Schönbrunn Palace and the city of ViennaA view of the Schönbrunn Palace and the city of Vienna

A view of the Schönbrunn Palace and the city of Vienna

 

But soon we were back on the bus and headed to our hotel to check in for the weekend. Next, we jumped back on the bus and headed to the Belvedere Palace. We went on tour of the palace, the highlight of which was being able to see the incredible artwork of Gustav Klimt. We were able to see such pieces as The Kiss and many others.

Gustav Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss"Gustav Klimt’s famous painting “The Kiss”

Gustav Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss"

 

On Friday we all received a wakeup call at 6:45am, pulled ourselves out of bed and headed for breakfast before meeting up at the bus for another busy day touring around Vienna. First on our agenda for Friday was the State Opera House, which was absolutely incredible. We had a guided tour of the opera house and were able to appreciate all the original architecture as well as the restorations that had been made to the beautiful building.

A view of the balcony seats in the State Opera HouseA view of the balcony seats in the State Opera House

A view of the balcony seats in the State Opera House

The beautiful ceiling in the opera houseThe beautiful ceiling in the opera house

The beautiful ceiling in the opera house

One of the many rooms we were able to seeOne of the many rooms we were able to see

One of the many rooms we were able to see

 

After the tour of the Opera House, we walked over to the Secession Building where we were able to see a Frieze by Gustav Klimt. The work was inspired by Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. It was incredibly striking. Seeing Kimt’s artwork in person was an amazing opportunity for all of us.
After walking through town so we could see the outside of Karlskirche (St. Charles), we were given time off to explore the pedestrian area and eat lunch on our own.
We met back up for a tour of St. Stephen’s, which was another unbelievably beautiful church.

The exterior of St. StephensThe exterior of St. Stephens

The exterior of St. Stephens

Inside St. StephensInside St. Stephens

Inside St. Stephens

Some of the incredibly detailed artwork in St. StephensSome of the incredibly detailed artwork in St. Stephens

Some of the incredibly detailed artwork in St. Stephens

 

But our day wasn’t over yet! After seeing St. Stephen’s, we headed to the Hundertwasser Museum. We received a guided tour where we learned all about Hundertwasser’s life, his beliefs, and saw some of his powerful and expressive artwork.

Outside of the Hundertwasser Museum!Outside of the Hundertwasser Museum!

Outside of the Hundertwasser Museum!

 

At the end of the day, we returned to our hotel with just enough time to get dressed up for dinner and a night at the State Opera House. We were lucky enough to see a ballet at the famous opera house. It was a wonderful night!

Ready fo a night at the OperaReady fo a night at the Opera

Ready fo a night at the Opera

 

Despite the busy day before, we were up again at 6:45 Saturday morning (courtesy of our friendly morning wake up calls). After breakfast it was off to the Museum of Fine Arts where we received another wonderful tour and had the pleasure of seeing a great deal of beautiful artwork. Saturday afternoon we had some free time to explore and get to know the city of Vienna. There was so much to take in and so many sights to see!
Sunday morning we were on our way back to Salzburg, but we stopped on our way at the Melk Monastery to attend a traditional German service as a group. After the mass, we received a tour of the elegant Monastery.

The Melk MonasteryThe Melk Monastery

The Melk Monastery

Enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard of the MonasteryEnjoying the sunshine in the courtyard of the Monastery

Enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard of the Monastery

The stunning interior of the MonasteryThe stunning interior of the Monastery

The stunning interior of the Monastery

 
Taking in the beautiful viewTaking in the beautiful view

Taking in the beautiful view

 

We had a marvelous time in Vienna, but after our extremely busy weekend, we were all exhausted and ready to head home to Salzburg. Looking back, we were all amazed that we were able to do so much in one trip. We got a wonderful introduction to Vienna and most importantly, we got to spend the weekend experiencing all new things with our newly formed family here in Austria. We could not have asked for more from our tour of Vienna!