Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Vienna: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times

I had wanted to visit Vienna for some time before I finally headed there.

I visited last year as part of my backpacking trip around Europe with my boyfriend, it was our third stop out of six.

Unlucky for us we started the trip off on a sour note. 

We were in Berlin when we found out that the Air BnB we had booked was cancelling on us as the room was no longer available. 

Cue minor panic attack!

We quickly opened up the Air BnB app and not a lot was available at such short notice so we took the first one we saw within our budget.

It was a private room as apposed to the full/entire home, which actually helped shape my decision on this previous post.

We hauled our heavy backpacks onto the tram and eventually found the street we were staying on. 

After ringing the doorbell a twenty year old, unkept guy answered the door and took us upstairs to his apartment. As we looked around our bedroom and bathroom (with way too many hairs in the shower, shudder) we realised we were staying in a student apartment, and a pretty unclean one at that.

Oh dear!

Also we were advised not to go in the living room as his girlfriend was sleeping in there and she was poorly. Sure we don't need to go in or maybe, you know, don't have a sick person in the flat someone is paying to stay in.

Anyway, the guy actually ended up telling us about two events that sort of made up for the accommodation.

Firstly there was the Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert - with free admission

The Vienna Philharmonic was founded in 1841 and is one of the best orchestras in the world. Every summer since 2004 they have hold an open air concert in Schonbrunn Palace.

An opera at a palace, can you get more Viennese? 

There grounds were stunning and the atmosphere was, well, a little magical tbh. Did I really just say that?

I didn’t know many of the songs they played but I did recognise “Once Upon A Dream” from Sleeping Beauty!

We were only there for a couple of nights so it was good to tick off an opera and palace in one go.

The second event the Air BnB guy told us about was a festival by the river Danube. I have tried to look up the name for this online but I can’t find it, sorry! Apparently it's on every year around May time.

It was a warm and beautiful day, we grabbed some beers from a shop to keep it cheap and sat in the crowd on the riverside, soaking up the atmosphere.

There were several live acts and live performers on throughout the day/night, so we got to have a little dance too.

One performer was a flame thrower wearing a monkey mask and oh-my-god he was the worse flame thrower I have ever seen. He kept on dropping the batons, I was on edge thinking he was going to set himself on fire!

So although our accommodation nightmare put a bit of a downer on the trip (I don't think the bedsheets were clean, bleugh) we did end up having a couple of really fun and unexpected nights.

During the day we headed out for brunch (which was so good I wrote about it in another post), popped to the museum quarter and also made it to Freuds old apartment. 

Have you been to Vienna before? I didn’t have enough time to really explore the city so I think I will have to head back at some point. Would you recommend anything to see/do/eat?



  1. Oohhh this looks like such an amazing trip! Beautiful photos!

    xo, Emily | www.East91Blog.com

    1. It's a beautiful city, I'll have to revisit. Thank you 😊 xxx

  2. I would LOVE to visit Vienna one day! It looks so beautiful! The concert looked like a great find, I would love to do something like that!

    Anna x

    1. I really want to go back and stay somwhere nice so I'm not so grumpy 😄 The concert was great, we felt very fancy and cultured and it was free 😊 Xx

  3. I've been to Vienna before, I found it lovely and so beautiful, it's so clean & green! But I don't feel like I'd bother going back. I've definitely had some nightmare times with accommodation like that so I feel you! x

    Yasmin 😘
    The Sweet Seven Five

    1. It didn't win my heart as much as I thought it would, but I'm willing to give it a second try (I think). Nightmare accommodations can put such a downer on a trip! xxx

  4. Omg! I am definitely going to add Vienna to my bucket list of travel destinations. So beautiful


    1. It is really pretty, wish I had a little longer there to explore xx

  5. Awww shame about the Airbnb situation but I'm glad you still had a fab time regardless. I'd love to have seen the orchestra play at a palace, sounds heavenly!! :) xx

    Golly Miss Holly

    1. Thanks! It was pretty much perfect, we were really lucky to arrive to be there for it :) xx


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