1.Bezirk / 1st district, Vienna
Wander around the maze of streets of Vienna's central First District (Erste Bezirk), I have lived here for nearly 8 years but I am still discovering new things - In Sterngasse near Schwedednplatz, I found this cannonball (see picture) which had been fired many centuries before. Walk through any passage way and you will find yourself in all sorts of interesting places. In Blutgasse look into the courtyards and you will see typical old Viennese pawlatsche balconies running round the houses. They are often covered in the most beautiful flowers in the summertime. At the end of this street you will see Mozart's apartment if the courtyard is open you can take a quick look inside. Wander round the tiny streets off of Judenplatz and discover the Watch Museum and some great hidden bars and restaurants some even without names.Walk along the site of the old city walls near Schwedenplatz, go to the Fleischmarkt to look at the Griechenbeisl and have a peek at Lieber Augustin who is set in the floor in the entrance to the restaurant. Go to Kleeblattgasse where there is a great bar Kolar which serves beer and warm breads with different toppings. Near Rotenturmstrasse wander down Sonnenfelsgasse or Backerstrasse where you come out at a beautiful church. Just put the map into your pocket and see where you end up after all the Centre of Vienna is too small to get too lost! Enjoy!
There is a beautiful statute near Stefansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), that many people pass by probably without noticing too closely and that is the statute dedicated to all the victims of the 'Black Plague' -- which killed about one-quarter of all Europeans.
Palais Ferstel for dinner. We attended a business event on this particular evening and were treated to a trumpet herald announcing each couple. Cocktails in the courtyard by the fountains was followed by dinner in the ballroom (wow, what a dinner)! The evenings entertainment started with a private performance by the Vienna Boys Choir and ended with Waltz lessons from a local dance group. The atmosphere and event were elegance personified. If you can manage a visit, it's worth while to say the least.
There is a beautiful statute near Stephansdom on the Graben, where many people pass by probably without noticing too closely, a statute dedicated to all the victims of the 'Black Plague' -- which killed about one-quarter of all Europeans. Incidently, this statute is located on the Graben, or 'The Ditch', where many of the plague victims were buried.
Althought in late September, the weather was pleasant and warm, like in summer. Countless bars in the openair invite tourists and citisens to enjoy there, to have some refreshment...
In front of the Hofburg you can find excavations of the first roman city built here called Vindobona. It was the beginning of Vienna. It's very interesting to see how much is still in good shape....
If you are in mood for shopping, avoid the main streets like Graben and turn to some others in the center. You will find tons of interesting shops smaller or bigger without bunches of tourists ...
This area is downtown (Ringstrasse) Vienna, beautiful clean boulevards,with some great shopping too. Do spend some time wandering about the streets within the Ringstrasse
If you visit famous St. Stephens Cathedral try to catch a guided tour that includes
the roof of the church, there are many stories to be told (ask for an English speaking