Sunday, August 29, 2010

Prater & Danube Park

We spent our Saturday visiting the Wiener Prater which is a large public park in Leopoldstadt (2nd district). On one end is the Wurstelprater amusement park known simply as Prater. The admission into the amusement park is free but you have to pay for the rides and they are between $3 - $5 EURO per ride.
Heights + Circular Motion = Kirsten not feeling the greatest. I love roller-coasters but this ride is NOT for me!
The main reason we went to Prater was to see this Ferris wheel that is the world's oldest and was built in 1897. Instead of your typical seat on the wheel they have cabins.

Took a walk through Danube Park. It has bike paths, some restaurants and a large tower with two revolving restaurants at the top and observation deck.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Around Town in Vienna

Scott and I spent time today walking around the streets in District 7 which is right by our neighborhood. We haven't found our "local" spot just yet but we have several in the running. :-)

We went into this pub / restaurant called Centimeter to grab a bite to eat for dinner. As you can see by the photos the portions are HUGE! We just looked at our plates and laughed. Needless to say, we took 3/4 of it home. Food was good and it was also not that expensive for the amount of food.

Cordon Bleu with Fries and Pork
(Cordon Bleu mit Pommes und Schwein)
Spare Ribs with Roasted Potatoes
(Spare Ribs mit Beilagen)
Spittelberg Street in the 7th District is known for its great restaurants and shops
VIenna has a free bike system. The first hour is free and then each additional hour you are charged. It is anywhere from $1 - $4 Euro and can have the bike up to 120 hours. It is a great way to get around the city.
Viennese ladies catching up at the park
The new way to get around a city - ha ha
Lets do the least amount of exercise!
The subways are extremely clean. I don't think I have even seen a scrap piece of paper on the floors. Love it!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Museums, Hofburg & Rathaus

The History of Art and Natural History Museum in Vienna are almost mirror images of each other. More than 1.5 million people visit the museums every year.
The Hofburg Palace has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. Now you ask, who were the Habsburgs? They were Europe's most powerful royal family and the ruling family of Spanish and Austrian lands. They supplied the continent with a nearly uninterrupted stream of rulers for more than 600 years! 

Hofburg Theatre

The Volkstheater (called People's Theatre)

Across the street from the Volkstheater is the Volksgarten which is a public park and it is famous for its rose gardens.
Another public park is the Burggarten and there is a Mozart Memorial.
The Rathaus is Vienna's town hall and my favorite building in the city. Currently there is a film festival going on in front of the building that lasts a month. This is also where the International Film Festival (Oct.) and the Christmas market will take place.

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