On my business trip to Vienna we had limited time to sightsee: one evening, a full day before work began and one afternoon and evening once our business had concluded. I had hoped to attend some kind of musical performance whether it was classical music, opera or even the Boys’ Choir but as August is European Vacation Month I didn’t find anywhere offering these attractions during the times we had free.
As I was the only one of our group who had been to the city before, thanks to the stop on my Viking Danube cruise in 2017, I played a bit of tour guide and was glad I’d done a blog post about it!
Our first stop was the Schönbrunn Palace. Instead of having a personal guided tour we did the audio guide and did the shorter tour. Photos are still not allowed inside but the gardens were more beautiful in August than they were during my prior visit, which was in October.
Our hotel was a fairly easy walk from Stephansplatz and over the course of our stay I made sure to see both sides of the roof this time as I’d missed seeing the two eagles and double-headed eagle on my previous visit.
Leaving Stephansplatz we walked down Goldschmiedgasse (Goldsmith’s Alley) and saw St. Peter’s Catholic Church just off to one side. We didn’t have time for a visit but just the facade we saw was pretty.
Vienna is a lovely city and I hope to come back yet again when I can find performances of the composers whose music made this city famous. Based on my experience with air conditioning at the hotel I hope that will not be in the summer!