central europe: part II.

March 20, 2012

donnerbrunnen fountain_Peterskirche st. peter’s church peterskirche donnerbrunnen fountain
museumsplatz museumsplatz | cait, navigating

naschmarkt awnings | tulips

golden vienna golden vienna museumsplatzlamps_advertisements museumsplatz lamp posts | advertisements Stephansplatz stephansdom stephansplatz 

*the tram: hop on and take a quick and dirty tour of the city. we needed a break after all the racing we did around prague, and the tram was a welcome respite from the walking.
*naschmart: definitely a spot where even a working-knowledge of german would have been helpful, but gawking at flowers and sweet treats was more than possible regardless of linguistic prowess.
*chocolate: mostly we ate through our austrian chocolate while hungry on trains to other places, but it was certainly a highlight of the trip.
where we ate:
gasthaus pöschl: we read about this place in the new york times 36 hours piece on vienna and it did not disappoint. as a result, cait and i are on a quest to find the pumpkin seed oil used in one of the most glorious salad dressings either of us has ever had.
fruhstuckssalon augustin: this is exactly the sort of spot you want to stumble upon when traveling. tucked away from touristy crowds, it is 100% charming. they have a large selection of traditional austrian dishes served up vegetarian-style. spray roses on every table, stained glass windows, and moody black woodwork, this was my very favorite spot of the trip.
cafe sperl: more on this, later.
where we stayed:
hotel stadthalle: our room looked a tad like something out of snow white and the seven dwarfs and our internet was shaky, but the friendliness and knowledgeability of the staff more than made up for it. also: they’re certified eco-friendly and they grow lavender on their roof. what’s not to love?

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  • Reply Linda Zimmerman March 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I am enjoying this trip through your eyes and words! The photo of the tulips is spectacular and posted on the first day of spring really caught my eye. Pumpkin seed oil…sounds divine!

  • Reply bigBANG studio March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Holy smokes, Vienna in spring! What a joy! I did a trip one spring break in college with some friends from Budapest to Vienna to Prague and it was such a delight. Enjoy every moment, lady!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Lovely pictures!

  • Reply Kristina March 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Isn't Vienna just so pretty? I loved it! Naschmarkt is great as are all the small cafés! DId you eat a Wiener Schnitzel?? 🙂 It was the biggest one in my life! 🙂 And Kaiserschmarn (pancakes)? mmmmh, yummy!!

  • Reply Jenna March 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply nancy March 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

    oh, tulips are my favourites 🙂 <3

  • Reply Bonbon Oiseau March 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    So happy you went to such a beautiful place (just reading backwards..I was gone at the same time!)—your trip looks wonderful and sunny!!! more about this pumpkin oil bitte. oxoxo

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