Category Archives: Austria

Even if Germans see Austria as its poorer cousin we believe Vienna is the place where you can be an aristocrat. Everything there reminds you of the times when Austria was part of the Hapsburg empire, from the buildings and furniture to clothing and food. People are hard working, yet relaxed, so it’s not uncommon to see people sitting up around outdoor tables and drinking wine after work.

Schonbrunn Zoo in Vianna, Austria

Tiergarten Schönbrunn Zoo, Vienna: best Zoo in Europe and oldest in the world

If you happen to find yourself in Vienna, Austria, one of the must see places is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn (the Zoo), the oldest Zoo in the world, voted the best European Zoo in 2010, the year we’ve visited it. What makes this Zoo so special is the location, as it’s found inside the Schönbrunn imperial palace and gardens domain, so there’s plenty to see there in a few square kilometers of open sky, trees, elegant gardens and magnificent architecture. Continue reading

Saint Stephan’s Cathedral

Saint Stephan’s Cathedral (Stephansdom): see Vienna from above

Like many capital cities in the world, the center of Vienna is packed with old building and street, a lot of tourist attractions, fine restaurants, places to drink a coffee (people from Vienna love their coffee) and eat some fine sweets. Exactly in the city center, in the middle of Stephansplatz (Stephan’s Square), lies Stephansdom (Saint Stepahan’s Cathedral), which for a long time was the highest building in Europe, measuring almost 136,44 m. That’s amazing for something that was built in 1147. You have to take a look at the picture below to really understand how tall this building really is. Continue reading

Inside House of Music

Haus Der Musik, Wien (House of Music, Vienna)

There are many museums in the world, some gigantic, some small and cozy (if you can say that about a museum), some disguised as gardens or imperial castles, but none of them is as abstract as Haus Der Musik (House of Music) in Vienna. It’s one of the strangest museums I’ve been into, but intriguing at the same time. To give you just a short example I can tell you that one of the first chambers  is the one dedicated to how an unborn child hears sounds from the outside world while still in its mother womb. Need I say more? Continue reading