Just arrived in Sweden for Stugan (yay!). But without my baggage (boo!).
The three days between arriving in Sweden and departing Venice, were spent in Vienna. To be honest it was a little hard to maintain my enthusiasm for tourism with Stugan just around the corner. The ever growing anticipation and excitement for Stugan meant that I just wanted to be there already. But I don’t like to let opportunities slip by, so I persevered and kept the tourism ball rolling. Looking forward to a break from all this intensity though!
Vienna is lovely; it must be said. It reminded me a lot of Paris in terms of how fancy it was. It’s a city filled with perfectly manicured parks, enormous palaces and impressive museums. Vienna feels like a place with a lot art and culture history. Mozart concerts are rammed down your throat on every corner. Literally figuratively that happens.
So what did I do in Vienna? Well, a lot of gardens. Especially the outrageous palace grounds at Schönbrunn and Belvedere palaces. Aside from that, the stand out thing about Vienna was the quality of the museums. I visited both the Kunsthistorisches and the Albertina, and both were absolutely superb. If you’re into art (I certainly am) , then you simply must visit both of these museums. Monet bis Picasso at the Albertina is probably my favourite single exhibit I’ve seen this trip (possibly alongside Eye Attack at the Louisiana). I’ve spoken a lot about museum on this blog, but now that the tourism leg is over I can make a categorical list of the best museums in the world:
- Louvre (Paris)
- Orsay (Paris)
- Albertina (Vienna)
- Kunsthistorisches (Vienna)
Very good museums:
- Louisiana (Copenhagen)
- Duomo (Florence)
- Rijks (Amsterdam)
- MAS (Antwerp)
- Correr (Venice)
- Acedemia (Florence)
- Vatican (Rome)
- Computerspiele (Berlin)
Note: I visited a bunch of other museums on this trip too, they were all pretty good, but not memorable enough to make it onto this (extremely) prestigious list.
I also have a couple of regrets about museum that I never got around to. Notably the stuff at Museum Island in Berlin (especially the Pergamon) and the National Gallery in Prauge. Possibly the Uffizi too.
So yeah, Vienna is nice. A little pricey and bit too German for my liking but very beautiful, very functional and plenty of nice public spaces. The last of which is something I’ve realised Cape Town is sorely lacking. Yay for reverse culture shock!
So that pretty much concludes my tourism adventures (for now). Onward to Stugan! I really hope we can make something good there. Either way, it’ll be a blast!