MY TRAVEL DIARY: VIENNA

Believe it or not, this is my eighth time in Vienna. So far I’ve seen it during Christmas time, in the winter, spring and summer, I’ve already visited all must-see places in the city, but I feel like I could never get enough of it. Like I will never be done with it. As the city of music, art, architecture, history, fashion, gastronomy, technology and science, Vienna represents everything that I’m passionate about. It is very clean and organised, grandiose and adorable at the same time. Big, but not too big. Overwhelming, but not overpowering. Just perfect.

The weather is beautiful, warm and sunny, and the days are going by very fast. But I don’t care about that. We spend every waking moment outside and Kiara makes me completely focused and present in the moment. I don’t want to lose one second of our time here so I let myself get carried away by the sights, odours and sounds of the city, trying to take as much as I can and keep as many moments as I can in the little memory box inside my head and just be. Oh, how wonderful it is to watch her walk down those cobbled streets, point her little finger to horses in front of St. Stephan’s Cathedral, walk in front of the Golden Strauss in Stadtpark or eat one of the most famous cakes in the world. Travelling with kids is wonderful and I want to show her so many places in Vienna, but not all, because we will leave some of them for the next time when we come with Borut.

If you’re planning on visiting Vienna soon, especially with kids, here are some of our favourite kid-friendly places that we both fully enjoy.

Literally situated in the heart of the city, it is probably the first place tourists go to when they come to Vienna. Dominated by St. Stephen’s Cathedral, it is crowded with people and horses and surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shopping streets like Graben and Kärntner Strasse. We love to come here to see horses (Kiara’s favourite), to take a walk, light a candle in the cathedral and do some shopping.

The best coffee in town and the best place for people watching and soaking up the city vibes, which is, honestly, my favourite activity. This is more than just a coffee shop. It is “Austria’s first address for gourmets” consisting of a fancy supermarket which offers thousands of delicacies from all over the world and an amazing restaurant on the third floor, the favourite place of the rich Viennese. If you want to buy souvenirs and you are not into fridge magnets and Mozart coffee mugs, then I suggest you come here and get the famous Viennese coffee, chocolate or tea for your loved ones.

The most beautiful park in Vienna and my personal favourite. We come here every day, because Kiara loves feeding the ducks in the lake or hanging out with other children. And I enjoy the beautiful scenery, flowers, trees, the golden statue of Johann Strauss or just sit on a bench and have coffee.

Vienna’s central and best-known market. Just like any other market, it is crowded, loud, colourful, interesting and simply amazing, but unlike many others, it is very clean. It is also very popular among young people, so if you go there at weekends, you may see DJs entertaining the crowd. I’ve also heard that there are some great restaurants which I haven’t tried, but my source is very reliable. 🙂

The Belvedere consists of two palaces built in the 18th century and an extensive garden. It is perfect if you’re coming with children, because they can run around the garden, play hide-and-seek and admire the beautiful statues and fountains. The main  attraction is hidden inside the Upper Belvedere: the work of some of the greatest artist of all time, such as Monet, van Gogh, Klimt (“The Kiss” is definitely worth seeing) and Kokoschka.

One of those places that leave you speechless and you almost want to cry. It happened to me when I was there the other day. I felt so humbled and thankful to be able to be there and see that beautiful statue and buildings surrounding it, to share that moment with my daughter… When you realise that little things are not little, when you live in the moment, moments like that move you deeply. Anyway, Maria-Theresien-Platz is a great place because it is surrounded by Natural History Museum and Art History Museum, and you can see the whole Museumquartier starting from there. The Goethe statue and the Mozart statue are also nearby.

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The best Wiener schnitzel in the world. Period. But make sure to book a table a few days in advance and to try the potato salad as well. You’re welcome.

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I don’t know if I like the food better or the ambiance and interior design. When I see young, stylish people hanging out on a Sunday morning, friends meeting for brunch, young parents with children enjoying their food together… Places like this make me happy. Ströck is amazing, beautiful and definitely worth the visit. When I was there the other day, I had their vegan breakfast and it was one of the best meals in my life. You should try it, even if you’re not vegan.

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This place is the home of the original Sacher cake. It is very luxurious, usually very crowded and overpriced, but worth it. I mean, one cannot come to Vienna without trying the famous Sacher cake, right? You can buy the whole cake and take it home if you like and don’t worry, even though the place is fancy, it is very kid-friendly.

Good music and drinks. It is crowded almost every night, especially weekends.

Have you ever been to Vienna? What are your favourite places?

Bisous,

Fée


Vjerovali ili ne, ovo je moj osmi posjet Beču. Dozivjela sam Bozić, zimu, proljece i jesen u Beču i posjetila sve najpoznatije znamenitosti, ali svejedno osjecam da mi jos nije dovoljno i da mi Beča nikada nece biti dosta. To je grad glazbe, likovne umjetnosti, arhitekture, povijesti, mode, gastronomije, tehnologije i znanosti te time sjedinjuje sve moje ljubavi i strasti. Vrlo je čist i organiziran, veličanstven i sladak istovremeno. Velik, ali ne prevelik. Odusevljava, ali nije nametljiv. Taman kako treba.

Vrijeme je predivno, toplo i sunčano te nam dani brzo prolaze. Ali ja ne marim za to. Svaki moguci trenutak provodimo vani i zahvaljujuci Kiari potpuno sam usredotocena i prisutna u trenutku. Ne zelim potratiti niti jednu sekundu i zato se potpuno prepustam prizorima, mirisima i zvukovima grada, pokusavajuci sto vise toga zadrzati u svojoj maloj kutijici uspomena koja se nalazi u mojoj glavi, i jednostavno bivati. Divno li je promatrati je kako korača popločenim ulicama, upire svoj prstic u konje ispred Katedrale svetog Stjepana, hoda ispred Zlatnog Straussa u Stadtparku i jede jednu od najpoznatijih torti na svijetu. Divno je putovati s djecom. Zelim joj toliko toga pokazati, no neka cemo mjesta ostaviti za sljedeci put kad dodjemo s Borutom.

Ako planirate posjetiti Beč s djecom, nabrojat cu neka od nasih najdrazih mjesta.

Nalazi se u samom srcu grada i vjerojatno je prvo mjesto na koje dolaze turisti po dolasku u Beč. Trgom, koji je uvijek pun ljudi i kočija, dominira Katedrala svetog Stjepana, a ondje cete naci i brojne restorane, kafice i ulice prepune trgovina poput Graben i Kärtner. Kad dodjemo na trg, obicno pozdravimo predivne konje (Kiara to najvise voli), setamo, upalimo svijecu u katedrali ili odemo u kupovinu.

Najbolja kava u gradu i najbolje mjestu ako, kao i ja, volite promatrati prolaznike i upijati energiju grada. No ovo nije tek kafic. Ovo je “najpoznatije austrijsko okupljaliste gurmana” koje se sastoji od divno uredjenog supermarketa u kojem mozete naci na tisuce delicija iz cijelog svijeta, te restorana na trecem katu, omiljenog bogatim Bečanima. Ako zelite kupiti suvenire, a niste ludi za magneticima i salicama s likom Mozarta, predlazem da ovamo dodjete kupiti bečku kavu, čokoladu ili čaj za svoje najdraze.

Najljepsi i nama najdrazi park u Beču. Svaki dan dolazimo ovamo, jer Kiara voli hraniti patkice u jezeru i igrati se s ostalom djecom. Ja pak uzivam u divnom okruzenju, cvijecu, stablima, zlatnom kipu Johanna Straussa ili jednostavno sjedim na klupi i pijem kavu koja se moze kupiti na preslatkom standu u samom parku.

Sredisnja i najpoznatiji bečka trznica. Kao i svaka druga, ova je trznica prepuna ljudi, bučna, sarena, zanimljiva i divna, no za razliku od ostalih, ova je čista i vrlo popularna medju mladim ljudima. Zato se nemojte iznenaditi ako u vrijeme vikenda ovdje zateknete DJ-a koji zabavlja prolaznike. Iz pouzdanih izvora znam da ovdje ima i restorana koji nude raznovrsnu i ukusnu hranu, pa ih svakako isprobajte.

Dvorac Belvedere sastoji se od dvije palače sagradjene u 18. stoljecu i ogromnog vrta. Savrseno mjesto za posjet s djecom koja mogu trčkarati vrtom, igrati se skrivača ili se pak diviti fontanama i predivnim kipovima. No pravi dragulji nalaze se u Gornjoj palači. Riječ je o djelima nekih od najslavnijih slikara svih vremena, poput Moneta, van Gogha, Klimta (“Poljubac” svakako vrijedi vidjeti) i Kokoschke.

Ovo je jedno od onih mjesta koja te svojom ljepotom ostave bez riječi i natjeraju ti suze na oči. Upravo to mi se dogodilo kad sam bila ondje prije nekoliko dana. Osjetila sam neopisivu poniznost i zahvalnost sto se nalazim na tom mjestu, sto gledam tu ljepotu i predivne palace oko Trga, sto taj trenutak mogu podijeliti sa svojom kceri… Kad shvatis da ne postoje male stvari i kad zivis u trenutku, ovakvi te prizori duboko dirnu… Trg Marije Terezije je sjajno pozicioniran jer je okruzen Prirodoslovnim muzejem  i Muzejem povijesti umjetnosti, a odavde mozete obici čitavu Muzejsku četvrt. Takodjer, u blizini su Goetheov i Mozartov kip.

Najbolji bečki odrezak na svijetu. Obavezno rezervirajte stol nekoliko dana unaprijed i kao prilog narucite salatu od krumpira. Nema na čemu.

Nisam sigurna sto mi se vise svidja: hrana, ambijent ili uredjenje samog prostora. Kad vidim mlade ljude kako se ondje druze nedjeljom ujutro, prijateljice koje se sastaju na brunchu ili pak mlade roditelje kako s djecom uzivaju u hrani… Mjesta poput ovog čine me sretnom. Ströck je divno mjesto koje svakako vrijedi doci vidjeti. Nedavno sam bila ondje i kusala sam veganski dorucak koji me potpuno bacio s nogu. Obavezno ga kusajte, čak i ako niste vegan.

Ovo je mjesto na kojem mozete kusati Sacher tortu spravljenu po originalnom receptu. Vrlo je otmjeno, prepuno i dosta skupo, ali vrijedno svakog centa. Pa ne mozete doci u Beč, a da ne kusate najpoznatiju tortu na svijetu!

Super glazba i pice. Uvijek je puno, posebno vikendom.

Jeste li bili u Beču? Koja su vasa omiljena mjesta? Pisite mi!

Bisous,

Fée

 

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