The Captivating Charm of Vienna, Austria!



Located on the Danube River, Vienna has a
rich intellectual and artistic history. The imperial
palaces such as the Baroque palace Schönbrunn
offer opulent interiors. This elegant palace
was the summer residence of the Habsburgs.

The pace of life was vastly different from today.
First impressions as we toured the city were
that the buildings were elegant. Horse drawn
carriages moved about the city and palace
grounds leaving the history to our imaginations.

Besides being the capital city of Austria, Vienna
has many famous cultural events, coffee houses,
restaurants and wine taverns. It is the city of
charm and a feast for the eyes. We enjoyed
the many outdoor cafes where we sat with

wonderful coffees and pastries. Our hotel room
upgrade spoke of an earlier period with its
chandeliers and large desk, a sitting area with
sofas and chairs, a wardrobe and high ceilings
by our standards. Fresh linens adorned the


tables to the breakfast room with floor to
ceiling windows overlooking the city. In
a sitting area with chandeliers stood a
beautiful Bösendorfer Grand Piano which
was handcrafted in Austria. After

inquiring about the piano, I learned
that it was in need of repairs. I was
allowed to play a few notes though. Such
a gem has long been on my wish list. It
also requires space to be appreciated.

After a tour of the city, we walked the
pedestrian zone near our hotel and browsed
the windows of shops. Lanz of Austria,
a quality name in Vienna and around the
world offered just what we wanted:

two beautiful sweaters in traditional
gray colors. These will serve us well in
the winter months. Day two included a
visit to a local monastery which will
be the topic of a future blog. Suffice

to say, Vienna is worth the trip. Go
inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral and
view the magnificent altars and stained
glass windows. We listened to the bells
toll and left behind prayers for loved ones.

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19 Responses to The Captivating Charm of Vienna, Austria!

  1. Darlene says:

    We loved Vienna when we visited too. We have apple strudel three times in one day! It was so good and hubby’s favourite.

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    • Darlene- your comment made me smile. Thanks. We did not have Apfelstrudel three times in one day but once in an outdoor café with our coffee. Delicious. One of my husband’s favorites as well. We had the pleasure of a return flight with Austrian Airlines complete with a chef who came through to take orders and ask us how everything was! Elegance indeed. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Vienna has always been on my list to visit. Why I never did, I cannot fathom, especially after viewing your so lovingly taken photos. Best wishes and greetings, Mary Ann!

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    • I highly recommend a visit, Peter. For the wonderful Kaffee and Apfelstrudel alone! I recall a short visit during my student days in Heidelberg so this was a nice refresher course. Elegant! Enjoy the weekend and thank you for your lovely comment.

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  3. Lovely, Mary Ann… Thanks for sharing! ❤ xo

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  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    Looks like a lovely trip to Vienna, Mary. A wonderful city renowned not just for its history but stunning architecture. So lovely you got to play on a Bösendorfer Grand Piano. Not every day you see one around unless you got one at home.

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    • Mabel, thank you for the lovely comment. The architecture of Vienna is so elegant. It’s also true that it’s not every day you see or can play on a Bösendorfer Grand Piano. Even though out of tune and in need of repair, it was great to tickle the ivories. I would need a much larger abode to house such a piano. I can always dream. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””


  5. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,lieber Russell,
    eine wunderbare Homage an eine europäische Hauptstadt mit eindrucksvollem besonderem Charme.Wir sind sicher schon mehr als zwei Dutzend mal in Wien gewesen, jedes mal bin ich wieder aufs Neue begeistert. Ob Paris ,London,Kopenhagen ,Rom oder andere europäische Städte, jede Stadt hat historisch faszinierende Geschichte.Die kurzen Entfernungen hier in Europa helfen in kurzer Zeit viele interessante geschichtsträchtige Städte kennen zu lernen.Ich freue mich über euere Begeisterung,die euer Europabesuch bewirkt hat. Gern würde ich noch mehr von euerem Gastspiel in Prag erfahren. Mit Neugierde warte ich auf Deine weitere Berichterstattung.
    Dir und Russel alles Liebe und Gute
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      vielen Dank für einen schönen Kommentar zu unserem Besuch in Wien. Auch wenn es nicht unser erstes Mal ist, gibt es immer etwas zu erleben und mit wunderbaren Erinnerungen nach Hause zurückzukehren.
      Für Prag und unsere Leistung von Dvoraks Stabat Mater war es einfach eine einmalige Erfahrung. Wir haben viele Stunden geprobt, aber es hat sich gelohnt. Was wirklich erstaunlich war, war der Palast und die Akustik. Wir brauchten keine Mikrofone und konnten ein Flüstern hören. Selten kann man eine solche Akustik erleben.
      Ich habe alle von Deinen genannten Städte besucht und habe noch mehr auf meiner Bucket List. Auch hier in den USA zum Beispiel Bryce Canyon und Yellowstone. Und eine Rückfahrt nach Mesa Verde in Colorado. Es gibt überall Abenteuer, Arno.
      Vielen Dank für den Kommentar und Grüße an Deine Familie und ein schönes Wochenende.
      Deine Mary Ann


  6. Clare Pooley says:

    The one and only time I visited Vienna was in 1977! I stayed in a friend’s apartment and just walked and walked round the city every day. I am so glad you had a lovely stay, Mary Ann!

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