What a clean city. Like for real. After living in Italy for a few months, I was amazed at how clean Vienna was in comparison. Not that Italy isn’t beautiful and wonderful, but the crowded disparate buildings of Sorrento were very different from the orderly white marble buildings of Vienna. I just found that the two cities varied greatly in architecture and culture.
I visited Vienna in February with three of my study abroad friends from Sorrento. We bought our tickets from Naples to Vienna through Austrian Airlines for around €86 and stayed in an Airbnb (like many of our travels) on Waaggasse Straße. Also, just to clarify the following information, "Wien" is "Vienna" in German :) Now you can't say I didn't teach you anything!
- Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal World) Store. Located at Kärntner Str. 24, 1010 Wien, Austria. this was my first time in a Swarovski, and let me tell you, I think I like crystal more than diamonds... I would not mind getting my engagement/wedding ring from here (very far) in the future.
Our first night, we went to a traditional bar across the street called Wieden Brau and got huge mugs of local beer in some Bierkrugs! Which reminds me, I need to buy one of those mugs; it’s not a want, it’s a need. Anyway, the bar itself was interesting and comfy, and the beer and pretzels were exactly what the doctor ordered after 8 hours of travel! We also befriended the waitress, who could speak some English and was wondering where we were traveling from/studying.
We ate lunch at this awesome brunch place called Gasthaus Pöschl (Weihburggasse 17, 1010 Wien, Austria). We sat next to some elderly Austrian men, and I could sometimes understand their German words or phrases – I took German in high school and picked it up again in college when I switched to the communication major.
In Vienna I also had one of my favorite abroad experiences: I got to speak to an old Austrian taxi driver in GERMAN for 20 minutes!! We discussed how English was becoming the dominant language of the world, how his kids had learned to speak English in school but he knew very few words and felt he was old to learn it, and finally (of course), we talked about President Trump. It was one of the few times a European brought up their interest in or concerns about our president, and I honestly didn’t know how much I could translate into German… I was never taught German political terminology back in high school! Nevertheless, the conversation was super fun and insightful, and my friends had a blast hearing me speak a foreign language! I think they even got a few short videos 😊
I highly recommend traveling around Austria, as its cities (like many European nations) vary greatly in architectural style, culture, and traditional food. On this page you can read about my experience in Salzburg Austria back when I came to Europe with my family in the summer of 2015. Salzburg, the mountain-surrounded city known for the Sound of Music film, was serene and awe-striking. Nothing compares to the bell tolling at noon, or the view from the Hohensalzburg Fortress on the top of Festungsberg (the highest point in Salzburg). Vienna, on the other hand, is beautiful in the clean, classic marble look.