Dec 17 2013
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Austria’s capital has always been my favorite cities in Europe. Vienna is the first European capital I visited since I live in Europe for the first 4 years. My first visit last 2007 and was followed last 2011. I believed, I don’t get enough during those visits and it is the reason why I visited it again for the third time. In fact, after that trip to Vienna, I was inspired to travel and see more places and countries not only in Europe but also in other parts of the globe.
By saving money from time to time, I am proud that I have been to over thirty countries worldwide and still counting. After my third visit recently, I still want to visit Vienna again. I was lured by the charm and beauty of this city making it one of my top favorite cities in Europe.
The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna. The foundation stone was laid in 1874; the building was completed in 1883. This is where the two houses of the Parliament of Austria conduct their sessions.
When I received a travel flyer in one of the travel agencies in our area, I did not hesitated to book this trip because it was really very cheap. It was actually Christmas market trips to Vienna and other nearby cities like Bratislava and Budapest. Since I haven’t experience Christmas markets in these cities yet, I took the chance to book this offer.
A German couple trusted to go with me since I have the map of the city. The other German tourists who were with me during that group trip decided to stopped at the Rathaus. Others were even afraid because it was their first time in the city and they don’t really know where to go. Aside from that, they don’t have a map of the city.
The weather that time was very unfriendly. It was raining during the whole duration of our stay in Vienna until we left the city. Thanks to my great leather boots and my good winter jacket that made me comfortable while walking around the city.
From the Karlplatz, I miss seeing the Karlskirche, one of the beautiful churches in Vienna. It was already out of my mind because I was considering the weather and the limited time given to us. I don’t want to be late in coming back to the bus.
On our way to Augustiner Strasse, we passed-by at the Staatsoper (State Opera House), Albertina, Nationalbibliothek (National Library), Hofburg, Michaelstor (Michael’s gate), Heldenplatz, Parliament, Burgtheatre and other sights along the way to the Rathaus or City Hall.
It was still raining when we reached the Rathaus. There is a Christmas market going on in this area. From there, we started to go around the different booths and wooden stalls that sell various kind of Christmas products, ornaments, arts and crafts, food items, local delicacies and many more.
We also went inside the City Hall. There were some activities for children going on inside. Some were taught how to bake, draw, paint or make Christmas decors. It was quite interesting seeing activities like these for kids.
Even though my time was limited that day, I am still thankful to visit and experience again once of the most beautiful cities I visited in Europe. I am hoping one day, I can step on this lovely city again.
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