1.Bezirk / 1st district, Vienna
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.
Also a place that some people do not want to miss is the house where Mozart lived in Vienna and created few of his masterpieces. In the old house there is a small museum about his turbulent life, as many know that Mozart did not only love music.
Inside the old city centre quarter (District 1) one can also find the oldest and original buildings of the Vienna University. The modest buildings are spread over several buildings and still contain certain divisions of the present day University. One of the original first University parts is immediately next to the Jesuit church.
While waiting for my first taste of Viennese ice cream, I was amazed by the huge clock directly in front of me. It was the Anchor Clock (or Ankeruhr)...built between 1911 and 1917 and is situated on the oldest square of Vienna 'Hoher Markt." The clock represents a typical Art Nouveau design and forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company's building. It's adorned with mosaic ornaments and in the course of 12 hours, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge (among them Joseph Haydn, medieval lyricist Walther von der Vogelweide, Empress Maria Theresa and Prince Eugen of Savoya). Every day at noon, all figures parade accompanied by music from the various time periods.
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.
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 ...
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...
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