I have to say that we were very fortunate to have fantastic weather for our entire time in Vienna (as well as Salzburg, Budapest and Germany). Having said that, nothing beats sitting down at an outdoor cafe on a warm summer day drinking a nice cold Gosser Lager in the midst of the Museumsquartier.
The Peterskirche was built in 792 and is together with the Ruprechtskiche among the oldest churches in Vienna. In 1701 it was pulled down and in the following 30 years it has been rebuilt by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. The church is an adaption to the Petersdom in Rome. In the interior you can enjoy the rich baroque decor.
These houses are today used by the local authority as part of housing projects. Most residents actually being artists.
Once it was possible to view some apartments, but with the burgeoning crowds the residents have become unhappy and are now unwilling to show their apartments anymore.
One of the most famous Vienna...
One of the most famous Vienna Cafes is the CAFE CENTRAL (here from out)... every cafe of this type contains:
- piano (played in evening live)
- at least 5-10 different styles of coffe with Schlagobers (you'll will get to know) and friendly service people... 1.000 of this Vienna Coffe-houses all around...
New Year's in Vienna - part I: Silvesterpfad
If you don't have relatives or friends living in Vienna, or you just wish to be around a LOT of people, the "Silvesterpfad" (New Year's Path) might be the right thing to do. It's a huge party spanning the entire inner city. Traffic for vehicles is closed, and people walking around all over the place. Lots of booths offering hot drinks such as Glühwein (hot wine flavored with spices), punch in different flavors (our favorite: berry-punch with lots of real berries), and champagne. Other vendors offer foods: Frankfurter (Viennese name for Wieners), Langos (garlic-flavored hungarian deep fried flat bread), Leberkässemmel, sausages, sweets, etc. And then there are tons of booths selling Glücksbringer (Good Luck Charms) for the New Year's celebration. At some of the major squares you can find stages with radio stations broadcasting all the happenings: dance-performances, bands, DJs, Karaoke-shows, contests, and music of all types. With 2006 being the official Mozart-year, this year Rathausplatz was dominated by Mozart: waltz courses, string performers, a retrospective of "Wolfi", and even some metal: "Rocking Mozart".
The Silvesterpfad spans all over the inner city: from Rathausplatz, Freyung, Am Hof, Hoher Markt, Graben, Stefansplatz, Kärntner Strasse, all the way down to the Prater. Just take the Underground to the Inner City and you'll be right within the happening. A word of caution: the closer to midnight it gets, the more crowded - and at times a bit rowdy - it gets. We went from about 5 - 7pm just to get a taste of it all - and it was just right!