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Vienna 2018

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Over Christmas and New Years 2018-19 I traveled to Europe with a couple of friends. I will link to the other topics once I create them.

 

Munich, Germany: December 21-24

Vienna, Austria: December 24-27

Prague, Czechia: December 27-29

Berlin, Germany: December 29-January 3

Zermatt, Switzerland: January 3-5

Thun, Switzerland: January 5

Bern, Switzerland: January 5

Zurich, Switzerland: January 5-7

 

We took the German rail service Deutsche Bahn from Munich to Vienna on Christmas Eve. We arrived at night, got some sushi, and then went to Midnight Mass at Domkirche St. Stephan (St. Stephens Church) downtown. The biggest thing we learned about Vienna is that every single person seems to smoke. Every bar allows smoking. And everyone in every bar smokes. Aside from that, Vienna was gorgeous. Most people celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, so we planned our trip to travel between cities on Christmas Eve. There were still plenty of places closed on Christmas Day, but it wasn't too bad. Most of the cultural institutions were open as normal.

 

Photos from the train station to the church.

 

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Frohe Weihnachten

 

Taking the streetcar close to downtown

 

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It was really lively downtown for 11pm on Christmas Eve.

 

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St. Stephen's Church

 

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Christmas Day

 

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Another Christmas Market. This is in the Museum Quarter, Maria-Theresien Platz, to be specific.

 

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We went into the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) where we saw an exhibit on forged documents and an exhibit curated by Wes Anderson. There was a Bruegel exhibit (famous Dutch painter from the 16th Century), but all times were sold out for that when we arrived.

 

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We got tickets to a concert in the Hofburg, the Habsburg Imperial Palace. A classical concert featuring a variety of artists with a focus on Mozart. I didn't take many photos (it was pretty cold and I didn't bring my tripod this day, so night photos didn't come out great).

 

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Another miniature Christmas Market

 

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We tried to go into this bar on Christmas Eve, but ended up going on Christmas Day. It's called Loo's American Bar. We weren't expecting much, but were caught off guard by the signage and name. We walked in, and it was a really intimate space. Seating for maybe 20 people maximum, and that's sitting really close to your neighbors. The bar is modeled after early American bars in New York City from the 1890's and 1900's. The bar opened in 1908. The interior is a beautiful copper/brown/marble and it's an incredibly inviting space. The upper half of the walls use mirrors to make the space look much larger. They make really good coffee and mixed drinks. 

 

We were talking to a local who said the bar was removed at some point and a museum took the interior pieces to preserve. In the 1980s the bar was brought back with all of the original interiors reinstalled. 

 

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You can see interior photos of the space on their website here: https://www.loosbar.at/gallery

 

Now we're back at the Hofburg for the concert

 

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Walking around again

 

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These little stands had some amazing hot dogs that were stuffed into baguettes and stuffed with cheese. Perfect drunk food.

 

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A blurry photo of friends enjoying the hot dogs. I don't remember the name for them.

 

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The next day we went to Schloß Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace). This was the royal palace in Vienna and was used as a summer home for Franz Joseph until his death in 1916. You were not permitted to take photos inside, and I largely obeyed that request.

 

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And of course they have a Christmas Market set up

 

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The Great Hall inside the palace

 

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We headed back into the city to go to a Christmas Market in front of city hall.

 

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The Rathaus (City Hall) was unbelievable. And of course, they had a Christmas Market out front.

 

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DSC_1347 by Ryan Lammi, on Flickr

 

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There was a carousel outside of city hall as well. It was tough to get a good photo from a miniature tripod with so many people walking by.

 

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The next stop is Prague, Czechia!

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Those hot dogs are called käsekrainer.  They are good drunk food, agreed.


Great shots.

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"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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how funny my co worker just went to vienna again for a week and a half not even a month ago. he had been going on about it -- he loves it there.

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I would go to Vienna again just for the strudel. 😋 

 

Personally I think Vienna makes London look provincial.


There's nothing wrong with optimism, as long as you don't get your hopes up.

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Agreed, Vienna clearly shows it was once the world's "richest" city at one time.  It's architectural unmatched in Europe.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Nice photos, thanks for sharing! My parents just got back from Vienna, and said it was really wonderful. One thing that surprised them was how there is little separation between church and state in Austria, and that the country is heavily Catholic. One of the days they were there, most shops were closed for 'Ascension Thursday'- a holiday I didn't even know existed! Interesting you went to church on vacation. I've of course toured churches while traveling, but have never thought of going to mass. I guess the Catholic mass is pretty standard around the world, so even if you don't understand the language, you still pretty much know what's going on. 

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The funny thing is this is probably the first time I've gone to a church service in over 15 years, and this was my first Catholic mass. One person we went with is at least culturally Catholic and grew up going to mass, so he understood the general order of things and would occasionally tell us what was happening as best he could tell.

If it hadn't been a Midnight Mass for Christmas, we probably wouldn't have gone, but it was definitely a cool experience. 

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