One of my fondest memories from my first visit to Vienna was seeing the Spanish Riding School display. I remember it so vividly, from the everlasting line we waited in with anticipation to get our ticket, the excitement I felt when peering over the elaborate balcony railings to see the arena and the complete awe I had for the beauty of these amazing horses. So, when planning our trip to Vienna, there was no way I was going to let J miss out on this experience.
J and I love experiencing unique things in the places we visit, whether it is restaurants, attractions or activities, we like to head away from the tourists and the crowds to get a more authentic feel. But, we definitely learnt the lesson that it is worth treading the beaten track every once in a while!
We started our morning with a deliciously healthy breakfast at our hotel, Ruby Sofie which has the most incredible view into an adjoining concert hall, how Austrian!
We unfortunately were not there for the weekly concert and cocktail event that is held but we will make sure to be next time.
Travelling around Vienna is easy with the U-Bahn and was probably the most user friendly we experienced during our 4 months in Europe. After a few minutes, we were in the centre of the city and ready for our first appointment of the day, The Spanish Riding School. We picked a prime viewing position opposite the Royal box at the end of the hall (the best position to see the famous dressage and jumps performed) and patiently waited for the show to start.
Unlike me, J doesn't have a deep love for horses and I was so happy to see how enthralled by the performance he was. A horse lover or not, anyone can appreciate the athleticism and technique of the riders and their horses (and the incredible architecture of the more than 200 year old building).
We wondered around the beautiful streets until our tummies began to rumble so of course we stopped for an indulgent hot chocolate and piece of traditional Viennese cake.
There was a lot of people watching to be done in this lovely square of the Hofburg palace but soon it was time to visit our next Viennese treasure, the Belvedere.
Ever since seeing the film, 'Woman in Gold' I have been dying to visit this monumental place, for its architecture, history and art! It surely did not disappoint.
The entrance and main staircase are all magnificent welcome to the former palace, now museum with their monochromatic colour scheme and huge windows looking out onto the manicured gardens.
We explored the museum for the next hour or two, pausing for moment or two longer to enjoy the pieces by Klimt.
What better way to finish our truly Austrian day than by celebrating it with schnitzel?
The Figlmüller restaurant is famous for the best schnitzel in Vienna and we definitely think it deserves that title, not to mention the lady at the front of house is adorable!
After devouring our dinner plate sized schnitzels, we headed back to the hotel. With a gloriously huge bed and bathroom, balcony overlooking the charismatic street and a Marshall amp all waiting for us, what more could we ask for?
xx The Starwberry Story