Vienna, Part 2

I have so many pictures from my few days in Vienna that they all wouldn’t fit in one post, so here’s the 2nd half.

The reason most people come to Vienna is see the famous Vienna Opera House and to try and see an actual opera here. They have operas almost every night and have 500 standing tickets for each show. I was told to go over and get in line about an hour and a half prior to the show in order to get one of these 500 tickets, but aparently that wasn’t long because there were still about 25 people ahead of me when they announced they were sold out forĀ  the night. So FYI, get there really early to get one of these 5 euro tickets.

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The next day I visited the MUMOK modern art museum. All of the big museums are right next to each other in the MuseumQuarter so it makes it very convenient. Here’s a few of my favorites from this museum.

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Then there was a special exhibit by Maria Lassnig, who has a very unique style of painting. ThisĀ  one was plastered all over the city on flyers for the museum.

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That night me and some friends I met at my hostel decided that we didn’t want to wait 2+ hours in line to see an opera that night, so we decided to go see an orchestra concert instead. We went to see the Imperial Orchestra Wien. We didn’t realize how touristy of an event it was until we got there, but I still enjoyed it. They basically played the most famous clips from the most famous works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.

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Afterwards, we went to a restaurant called Centimeters where, living up to it’s name, everything is measured in centimeters. For example, we each ordered 6 cm of bread. You also could have ordered a meter of beer, which upon asking we found out is actually 8 pints. We decided to pass on that and got wienerschnitzel instead.

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Then we headed back to my hostel for my last night in Vienna.

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The City of Music

Vienna is known as the City of Music, and for good reason. Mozart, Haydn, and Strauss were all from here, at different time periods, but here nonetheless. Vienna is actually a lot different than what I had pictured it as before I arrived. It’s a big city, but doesn’t really feel like it so much. That’s kind of how Berlin was as well. Here’s some of my favorite pictures from Vienna, but because there was a lack of free tours here I’m not sure what some of this stuff was.

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St. Stephens Cathedral was pretty impressive, even though I’ve seen what seems like thousands of cathedrals traveling around Europe.

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This next picture is of Hundertwasserhaus. It was created as a social development project, and is probabaly one of the coolest looking buildings in Vienna.

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Right down the street from Hundertwasserhaus was the Kunsthaus Museum, containing possibly the coolest paintings I’ve ever seen. I believe they called it graphic art, but I’m not 100% sure about that. I had to run around the floor from the security guard in order to get these photos because pictures weren’t allowed. They were so cool though that I did a stealth mission to obtain these. Here were a few of my favorites.

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Then this last one was from the special Picasso exhibit they were running at the time.

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