Photo essay: Amusement parks and Mozart in Vienna

Apparently, I only wrote one blog post about Vienna. Shame on me.

To be fair, it’s hard to get a feel for a city when you blow through like a hurricane. Vienna is classy and refined and squeaky clean. On the other hand, we left the oldest amusement park ever and drove past a bunch of prostitutes just hanging out by the side of the road. C’est la vie.

Wandering around Vienna upon arrival. The architecture in the city is pretty sexy. This is outside the Vienna Opera.

Schönbrunn Palace, otherwise known as the Habsburgs’ summer home. Oh what fun it is to pronounce/mispronounce these words!

At the famous Cafe Sacher, where Sacher-Torte was created. Delicious chocolate cake with a bit of apricot.

A Mozart concert at the Orangery. We were the douchebag bloggers who had our cameras out the whole time.

Getting our Schnap on at the Schnaps Museum. Not shown here: lots and lots of Absinthe.

The Museum of Fine Arts, which I didn’t get to explore. But it was SO PRETTY.

The fish-scale escalator inside Swarovski. For those who like shiny things to distract them from the fact that the regular Joe cannot afford anything within the store. (Guilty.)

I don’t even know what this is, but I wanna join the party.

At one of the oldest theme parks EVER, Prater. The rides were absolutely batshit crazy. I cried the whole time, and I didn’t even try any.

This is what I mean.

Shameless Contiki plug.

Have you been to Vienna?

  • Jason’s Travels

    Beautiful pictures, Candice!

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.blogspot.com/ Rika at Cubicle Throwdown

    It looks so pretty!! I would mispronounce everything too :)

  • http://twitter.com/SeattlesTravels Seattle Dredge ✈

    hahaaa oh my god, before I even read your caption for the weird fountain thing I was literally going to comment the EXACT same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/Viennaunwrapped Vienna Unwrapped

    Beautiful photography, and good mix of traditional and quirky places, love the Swarovski escalator. You must have really stuck out at the Mozart concert at the Orangery – one of the mainstream tourist concert venues in town. I was born in Vienna and lived there for the first 30 years of my life, going back as often as I can.

  • http://twitter.com/Viennaunwrapped Vienna Unwrapped

    Beautiful photography, and good mix of traditional and quirky places, love the Swarovski escalator. You must have really stuck out at the Mozart concert at the Orangery – one of the mainstream tourist concert venues in town. I was born in Vienna and lived there for the first 30 years of my life, going back as often as I can.

  • http://twitter.com/stevo120665 Steve Whitty

    Great photos, making look forward to my trip to Vienna in March.

  • Joya

    Your photos are great! I went to Vienna and my favorite memory was sitting at Cafe Sperl with my friends enjoying coffee and pastries.

  • Alexandra Shiels

    Fantastic photos and I’m dying, DYING, to go to Vienna. My Dad has been twice and never offered to buy me a plane ticket (waahhh, world’s smallest violin plays for me). That chocolate cake is taunting me.

  • Alexandra Shiels

    Fantastic photos and I’m dying, DYING, to go to Vienna. My Dad has been twice and never offered to buy me a plane ticket (waahhh, world’s smallest violin plays for me). That chocolate cake is taunting me.

  • http://www.travelerahoy.com/ Alouise

    You know Vienna has never been on my radar, which likely means it’s a city I’d love because usually the places I have no intention on visiting are the ones that surprise me (in a good way) the most.

  • http://www.travelerahoy.com/ Alouise

    You know Vienna has never been on my radar, which likely means it’s a city I’d love because usually the places I have no intention on visiting are the ones that surprise me (in a good way) the most.

  • http://twitter.com/TheHogga Lindsay Hogg

    That guy at the Schnapp’s museum looks like he knows how to have a good time

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    At one point he told all the girls to leave the room so he could tell the boys a dirty joke.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Oooh, have fun!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Thank ya, Joya! I’ve heard of Cafe Sperl, sounds splendid.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Agreed! It wasn’t my fav of the cities I’ve visited this summer, but I’d like to spend more time there.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Hahahaha, “world’s smallest violin plays for me.” I LOLed.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Hahahaha, great minds!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Ooh, jealous! Yeah, we weren’t supposed to take photos at the Orangery…but we totally did. ;)

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Thanks, Jason!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    I mispronounce English most of the time.

  • Klaus

    I see, so you belong to that group of people that needs to satisfy their inner journalist all the time, even at such a culturally high-class event like a classical concert at the Orangery. Damn Americans, obnoxious and always sticking out like a sore thumb!

    Oh wait… you’re Canadian…never mind. Austrians love Canadians. :-)

    Just kiddin’.

    That fountain sculpture, by the way, is called “Die Macht zur See” (Power at the Sea). Located at Michaelerplatz in Vienna’s Old Town.

    See you at MatadorU! :-)

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    HA! How true Klaus. Would I attend a classical concert in Canada? Unlikely. ;) You caught me.

  • http://twitter.com/TravelerAddicts Travel Addicts

    Thank you for sharing! Your photos are excellent. We’re off to Vienna next month and you’ve completely inspired us to visit the Schnaps Museum (I’m a fan of absinthe)! Thank you!