Vienna

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!

Sunrise from the night bus.

Sunrise from the night bus.

Vienna is so pretty!

Vienna is so pretty!

I went to the Vienna game dev meetup!

I went to the Vienna game dev meetup!

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.

Vienna loves Mozart as much as Warsaw loves Chopin.

Vienna loves Mozart as much as Warsaw loves Chopin.

The famous St. Stephens!

The famous St. Stephens!

This is an Austrian road with Austrian clouds. In Austria.

This is an Austrian road with Austrian clouds. In Austria.

Gardens at Belvedere palace.

Gardens at Belvedere palace.

Belvedere palace and it's creepy boobed, winged gargoyle lion ladies.

Belvedere palace and it’s creepy boobed, winged gargoyle lion ladies.

Went to the Schmetterlinghaus. Didn't get photos of the coolest butterflies :(

Went to the Schmetterlinghaus. Didn’t get photos of the coolest butterflies 🙁

Wait... this isn't real nectar!

Wait… this isn’t real nectar!

Looking over Burggarten with the butterfly house on the left.

Looking over Burggarten with the butterfly house on the left.

Katholische Kirche St. Peter: Pretty outrageous.

Katholische Kirche St. Peter: Pretty outrageous.

Camels like these are still used in Vienna today!

Camels like these are still used in Vienna today!

Okay. That's pretty cool.

Okay. That’s pretty cool.

The soviet war memorial.

The soviet war memorial.

Flowers at the rather lovely Volksgarten.

Flowers at the rather lovely Volksgarten.

The famous Karlskirche.

The famous Karlskirche.

The grounds at Schönbrunn are absolutely massive. It's basically an entire suburb.

The grounds at Schönbrunn are absolutely massive. It’s basically an entire suburb.

More Schönbrunn. This time with a lake.

More Schönbrunn. This time with a lake.

Spying on Schönbrunn palace from a water feature.

Spying on Schönbrunn palace from a water feature.

Greenhouses and topiary at Schönbrunn.

Greenhouses and topiary at Schönbrunn.

Yet more Schönbrunn gardens.

Yet more Schönbrunn gardens.

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:

Great museums:

  • Louvre (Paris)
  • Orsay (Paris)
  • Albertina (Vienna)
  • Kunsthistorisches (Vienna)

Very good museums:

  • Louisiana (Copenhagen)
  • Duomo (Florence)
  • Rijks (Amsterdam)

Good museums:

  • 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.

The national art gallery is awesome!

The national art gallery is awesome!

This is some pretty avant-garde stuff.

This is some pretty avant-garde stuff.

Some really modern styles at the Kunsthistorisches.

Some really modern styles at the Kunsthistorisches.

The national art history museum has more than just paintings. Loads more!

The national art history museum has more than just paintings. Loads more!

Love this. THE ALBERTINA IS SOOOO GOOOOD.

Love this. THE ALBERTINA IS SOOOO GOOOOD.

Albertina museum.

Albertina museum.

Monet bis Picasso features a slew of household names. Such a rad exhibition.

Monet bis Picasso features a slew of household names. Such a rad exhibition.

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!

Hello there, squirrel friend.

Hello there, squirrel friend.

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