Prater, Vienna

Photo essay: Amusement parks and Mozart in Vienna

Apparently, I only wrote one blog post about Vienna. Shame on me.

To be fair, it’s hard to get a feel for a city when you blow through like a hurricane. Vienna is classy and refined and squeaky clean. On the other hand, we left the oldest amusement park ever and drove past a bunch of prostitutes just hanging out by the side of the road. C’est la vie.

Wandering around Vienna upon arrival. The architecture in the city is pretty sexy. This is outside the Vienna Opera.

Schönbrunn Palace, otherwise known as the Habsburgs’ summer home. Oh what fun it is to pronounce/mispronounce these words!

At the famous Cafe Sacher, where Sacher-Torte was created. Delicious chocolate cake with a bit of apricot.

A Mozart concert at the Orangery. We were the douchebag bloggers who had our cameras out the whole time.

Getting our Schnap on at the Schnaps Museum. Not shown here: lots and lots of Absinthe.

The Museum of Fine Arts, which I didn’t get to explore. But it was SO PRETTY.

The fish-scale escalator inside Swarovski. For those who like shiny things to distract them from the fact that the regular Joe cannot afford anything within the store. (Guilty.)

I don’t even know what this is, but I wanna join the party.

At one of the oldest theme parks EVER, Prater. The rides were absolutely batshit crazy. I cried the whole time, and I didn’t even try any.

This is what I mean.

Shameless Contiki plug.

Have you been to Vienna?

  • January 14 2013
    Jason's Travels

    Beautiful pictures, Candice!

  • January 14 2013

    It looks so pretty!! I would mispronounce everything too :)

  • January 14 2013

    hahaaa oh my god, before I even read your caption for the weird fountain thing I was literally going to comment the EXACT same thing.

  • January 15 2013

    Beautiful photography, and good mix of traditional and quirky places, love the Swarovski escalator. You must have really stuck out at the Mozart concert at the Orangery – one of the mainstream tourist concert venues in town. I was born in Vienna and lived there for the first 30 years of my life, going back as often as I can.

  • January 15 2013

    Beautiful photography, and good mix of traditional and quirky places, love the Swarovski escalator. You must have really stuck out at the Mozart concert at the Orangery – one of the mainstream tourist concert venues in town. I was born in Vienna and lived there for the first 30 years of my life, going back as often as I can.

    • January 23 2013

      Ooh, jealous! Yeah, we weren’t supposed to take photos at the Orangery…but we totally did. ;)

  • January 15 2013

    Great photos, making look forward to my trip to Vienna in March.

  • January 15 2013
    Joya

    Your photos are great! I went to Vienna and my favorite memory was sitting at Cafe Sperl with my friends enjoying coffee and pastries.

    • January 23 2013

      Thank ya, Joya! I’ve heard of Cafe Sperl, sounds splendid.

  • January 18 2013
    Alexandra Shiels

    Fantastic photos and I’m dying, DYING, to go to Vienna. My Dad has been twice and never offered to buy me a plane ticket (waahhh, world’s smallest violin plays for me). That chocolate cake is taunting me.

  • January 18 2013
    Alexandra Shiels

    Fantastic photos and I’m dying, DYING, to go to Vienna. My Dad has been twice and never offered to buy me a plane ticket (waahhh, world’s smallest violin plays for me). That chocolate cake is taunting me.

    • January 23 2013

      Hahahaha, “world’s smallest violin plays for me.” I LOLed.

  • January 21 2013

    You know Vienna has never been on my radar, which likely means it’s a city I’d love because usually the places I have no intention on visiting are the ones that surprise me (in a good way) the most.

  • January 21 2013

    You know Vienna has never been on my radar, which likely means it’s a city I’d love because usually the places I have no intention on visiting are the ones that surprise me (in a good way) the most.

    • January 23 2013

      Agreed! It wasn’t my fav of the cities I’ve visited this summer, but I’d like to spend more time there.

  • January 21 2013

    That guy at the Schnapp’s museum looks like he knows how to have a good time

    • January 23 2013

      At one point he told all the girls to leave the room so he could tell the boys a dirty joke.

  • January 23 2013
    Klaus

    I see, so you belong to that group of people that needs to satisfy their inner journalist all the time, even at such a culturally high-class event like a classical concert at the Orangery. Damn Americans, obnoxious and always sticking out like a sore thumb!

    Oh wait… you’re Canadian…never mind. Austrians love Canadians. :-)

    Just kiddin’.

    That fountain sculpture, by the way, is called “Die Macht zur See” (Power at the Sea). Located at Michaelerplatz in Vienna’s Old Town.

    See you at MatadorU! :-)

    • January 24 2013

      HA! How true Klaus. Would I attend a classical concert in Canada? Unlikely. ;) You caught me.

  • February 22 2013

    Thank you for sharing! Your photos are excellent. We’re off to Vienna next month and you’ve completely inspired us to visit the Schnaps Museum (I’m a fan of absinthe)! Thank you!

  • May 24 2015

    I’ve been to Vienna once, but didn’t have the chance to try Sacher-torte…Well, anyway, i’m from Slovenia so I have about 3 hours car ride to Vienna. If you ever cross Slovenia, let me know, would love to meet you and show you around. Great blog :)

    Mikela from http://www.lovingfromberlin.blogspot.com

    • May 25 2015

      I do hope to get to Slovenia at some point! I’m moving to Berlin in August so I’ll be doing lots more European travels then

  • May 30 2016

    Hey, great share….

    These are really some amazing pics!! I have heard lot about VIENNA. I am really falling in love with Vienna. I am surely going to visit this place very soon.

    Keep sharing more….
    Cheers!!
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