So yesterday was our touristy day. We went to all the main sites. Before we left the hostel in the morning, we went to the front desk and asked one of the receptionists how to get around. She gave us a map and directions and then we asked her how we should get to Budapest for the next day. She told us there was a cheap bus with tickets that are half the price of train tickets and it gets you there in the same amount of time. So she called up the bus company and we reserved two seats.
We left the hostel and made our way over to the metro and got on a train to Karlsplatz. Of course it was snowing. This is one wild and warm spring break we’re having! Keeedddinggggg. There was a big church in the square that Brooke and I took pics in front of. Then we walked up a main street called Opernring and passed some beautiful buildings along the way. The architecture in Vienna is pretty fantastic. Everything is so detailed and regal. It’s beautiful. We walked into this area with two big palaces before entering Museumsplatz, the Museum Quarter. The palaces were huge and of course beautiful and the museum quarter was cool too. There were two main museums there, the modern art museum and the classical art in the Leopold. We wanted to go to the modern art museum but we asked about the exhibits and there really wasn’t anything that seemed super special and a must-see. So we continued our walking tour. We were getting a little hungry so we went to this little stand by the Albertinasplatz called Bitzinger. My friend Catharine told me about it and said that we must get this sausage sandwich called a kaser-krainer. It was delish. Brooke got a cup of hot wine too that was very flavorful and also really good. Then we made our way over to the big place that belonged to Sisi’s husband, Francis who was the emperor. Sisi is the one who owned Schönbrunn palace that we saw the day before. We took lots of pictures then walked through downtown Vienna and passed all the nice stores on the way to St. Stephen’s Church. The church on the outside was so cool. There was this big zig-zag pattern on the roof and the inside was gothic style. Really nice.
It was freezing so we went home after the church and hung out for about an hour and a half before going to the opera house to see a Viennese opera! We were going to just buy really cheap standing tickets, for €4, but when we were in line a man was selling left over box tickets for €25 so we decided to splurge and get those instead. It was definitely worth it. When you’re in the standing section, you have to run and save a spot and you have to stand the entire time. Since we had seats, we were able to explore the opera house and go to our seats right before the show started. We got there early so we had time. The box seats were not so great, but still worth it. When you sit in a box seat, there are screens with subtitles so we were able to understand the play that was in German. It was so strange. The sets were pretty lame but it was still an awesome experience. Definitely worth it. The opera lasted about an hour and forty five minute then we just went back to the hostel.
Now we’re sitting in the hostel at breakfast and we are about to leave for Budapest!