10/08/2013 - 12/08/2013
I've gotten quite behind on my blogging again. I'm trying to recall our journey from Budapest to Vienna but it's a bit hazy. I'm going to assume it was uneventful. On arrival in Vienna we checked in to Hostel Guesthouse Kaiser 23. It was more guesthouse / cheap hotel than hostel really - it was a nice place to stay - the showers needed a little maintenance, but that was my only minor quibble. After check in we went for a bit of a walk around and also for some food. Vienna's such a beautiful city - it seemed like there was a photo-worthy view wherever you looked.
In the evening we met up with our friend Steven for a drink. We lived with Steven in Wellington and he's now back living in his native Vienna. It was a brief meet-up as he was off to the cinema, but it was cool to see him (and to meet his girlfriend Alice as well).
We just had the one full day in Vienna, which we mostly spent in the Museums Quarter. We went to the Leopold Museum to start with, which was really good. It's mostly known for its Klimt and Schiele collections, which are great, but there's plenty of other stuff too. After that we went to Mumok, which is the modern art museum. The featured artist was Albert Oehlen, who I wasn't hugely fussed on. Some of the other exhibits were really good, but there wasn't as much to see as I was expecting. Quite a few areas seemed closed off. It was still enjoyable though.
In the evening we went for dinner at a really nice tavern that Steven had recommended. I was tempted to get the wienerschnitzel but instead went for a chicken dish with a white wine sauce, which was delicious.
It was a pretty fleeting visit to Vienna, but very enjoyable. Definitely one to add to the list of 'places to go back to'.