Today, I’d like to share some thoughts about a popular city that’s been argued a lot of times by a lot of people. Some love it. Some don’t: Vienna.
There’s a lot of people who don’t like Vienna. I’m actually one of those who never quite liked Vienna. My image of the city has always been straight forward: UGLY. I’ve imagined a poor and dirty city full of drugs, crimes and awkard people. And to be honest I really haven’t seen anything different there yet.
Anyway: I guess my opinion about this city started to grow as I have always been there just for a short stay and haven’t had the time to explore its real beauty.
I really wanted to change my perspective as Vienna as a city always seemed fascinating and I heard a whole lot of good stuff about it. So I wanted to rethink and get out there trying to visit some tourist spots and sights I haven’t seen yet (there’s gotta be something good about it if everyone’s going there, right?).
This time – now that I took a closer look – Vienna seemed great and pretty. It’s an awesome mixture of old traditions and new, modern lifestyle. Vienna has some stunning old buildings, beautiful parks, etc. and connects through a really well established infrastructure.
There’s so much to see: from the famous “St. Stephen’s Cathedral” and “Schönbrunn Palace” to the artistic “MuseumsQuartier”, “Museum of Fine Arts” and relaxing parks like the “Volksgarten”. Not to mention the many events you can enter, be it a concert, musical or anything else.
If you’d like to get a fast first impression when visiting Vienna I advice you to go to “Haus des Meeres”, an underwater animal park. Sounds odd? Well, wait until you reach the top of the building. You get an unbelievable 360°-view all over Vienna right from the centre of the town (and you get to see some nice fishes).
Vienna is also well known for its coffee culture. To be honest it’s a little awkward for a born italian. Coffee for us is somehow like one of the most important things in our everyday lives. Having to pay an unfriendly waiter telling me “We don’t have a card. Want coffee?” for an overpriced cup of the beloved brown gold in one of the most well known cafe’s in town – “Hawelka” – seems like a joke.
Speaking of which: rudeness seems like a lifestyle in this city. Tourists get treaten like assholes to experience the ultimate vienna way of living!
People in Vienna are also always in a rush and look damn busy all the time. They’re always pushing around and “asking you kindly” (see above, get the irony?) to get out of their way all the time.
A lot complain about the size of the city. Some have to get to work and back home by subway driving 45 minutes per day through the whole city. Might be the reason why they’re all so unfriendly.
But really this is just a small downside to an otherwise great city to visit and live in!
If you’re looking for a calmed down city I wouldn’t recommend to get there.
But if you’re up for an interesting place that shares old traditions with a flavour of modern culture, it’s a great place to be.
For more pictures: I’ve opened an Album on Flickr.
But enough now, I’m off to Munich.
What’s your view on Vienna?