I have been to Vienna several times in the past few years. It’s very close to Bratislava, so we somehow take it for granted that one of the most beautiful cities in Europe is „just around the corner“. We’ve gone there for Christmas markets, shopping or to the airport, but to be honest, I never actually really explored the city. We always came for fleeting visits, often in an incredibly cold winter weather and there was never enough time to see much. This Summer, however, Peter and I decided to change it.
I’ve always wanted to try a boat ride on the Danube, but since we’re not really tourists in Bratislava, there never seemed to be much purpose. When we got a chance to try the fast hydrofoil express boat from Bratislava to Vienna, however, we thought: this was it. Our perfect excuse to play tourists for a day. We booked our tickets (you need to do that in advance, since the boat if often full, especially during the weekends), parked our car in the city port downtown (free parking for a day, yay) and boarded the little speedboat. I’ll give you a little tip – if you decide to book the ride, make sure you arrive as soon as you can, since the seats aren’t reserved and run in the style „first one get the best“. The spectacular journey on the Danube took us about an hour and a half and we saw places we never knew existed before – fishermen’s cottages by the river, castles from down below, lush woods and lovely villages… Until we arrived in Vienna.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’d never been to Schonbrunn before, even though Vienna is so close. I knew about it, but somehow we never came to the city in a nice weather, so we didn’t bother. This time the weather was perfect, sunny and hot and after walking the streets of the old town we took the underground to Schonbrunn castle. It took our breath away. The castle grounds are HUGE, green, colorfull and totally amazing. We walked up the hill opposite the castle and took a break on a green lawn, surrounded by tourists from all over the world, enjoying the sun just as we did.
We also visited the Museum Quartier with all the exciting museums and galleries we still have to visit and realised, during the long walks in the old town, that the main topic of our trip would probably be HORSES. They were everywhere – live ones, statues, big, small, made of metal and stone, Vienna obviously looves horses! So after about 6000 of them, a coffee in the busy center, break by the Schonbrunn castle and MUMOK museum, we slowly made our way back to the pier, where our boat awaited us. One of those perfect Summer days.
Btw, my outfit for the trip was absolutely comfy – I chose my loose boho pants with baroque print from F&F, a simple white top and some chunky accessories. I carried a bigger bag, although I prefer small cross-body ones for walking, because I needed to carry more things… All day I felt like I’m in my pyjamas, which suited me just fine 🙂
I was wearing:
pants – F&F
top – H&M
shoes – Primark
bag – Primark