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3rd August
2011
written by Hazel
Smurf!

Smurf!

We decided to break up our train journey from Prague to Slovenia with a stop in Vienna.  Now this is a city that you hear a lot about, so we thought we shouldn’t miss it.  With the way the trains were scheduled we had just about a four hour stop.  We did our usual routine of finding a map and heading for the sights.  Fortunately, our Eurail pass was valid on the city train, so we were able to easily get into town from the train station.  As usual, click any of these pictures to see the gallery.

First up, the cathedral

First up, the cathedral

The weather was miserable.  Cold, windy, and little drops of rain now and then.  Even the carriage horses needed coats.

Cold ponies

Cold ponies

And the parks were dangerous!

Danger!

Danger!

There were lots of pretty buildings and statues

There were lots of pretty buildings and statues

Statues on the palace

Statues on the palace

One of my favorite buildings

One of my favorite buildings

Congress Building

Congress Building

A conversation with a gargoyle

A conversation with a gargoyle

The ultimate verdict on Vienna:

There are lots of cool buildings.

There is lots of cool history.

There is not a hip, happening kind of vibe.

It is very expensive.

So I guess it really depends what you’re looking for.  If you’re on a budget and not really into museums, etc, it might be better to skip Vienna.  I’m glad to have gone there, but not a roaring hit with us.

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