Austria

Vienna (Wien)

In 5 words: Stately, elegant and imperially magnificent.
For your first visit you need no less than 4 full days to be able to fully appreciate the city and all of its major sights while keeping pleasantly unhurried pace.
Distances are walkable in many cases, but you will need use of public transport to venture to some destinations.
Love its stunning architecture, enthralling squares, beautiful gardens, relatively unhurried pace.
Don’t miss: Walking the circle of central squares – Graben, Hoher Markt, Judenplatz, Am Hof, Freyung; making a trip to Grinzing for heurigen experience [further afield]; going to a Mozart or a Strauss concert, or both.
Worthy attractions: Alte Burg, especially Schatzkammer and Nationalbibliothek; Stephansdom; Schönbrunn palace [further afield]; several arresting churches, such as PeterskircheDominikanerkircheKapuzinerkirche (the latter housing Kaisergruft), Karlskirche, Votivkirche; horse training at Spanische Reitschule; Albertina; StaatsoperKunsthistoriches Museum; Stadtpark with its popular Strauss statue (as well as several less popular others); Belvedere; Schwarzenbergplatz and the Red Army monument; Hundertwasser-Haus; Prater.
Destination appeal
Our verdict
Left for another visit: Burgtheater [did not tour inside]; Museum für Volkskunde.
Last visit: December 2016.

View from Vienna Cathedral tower

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Austria: Graz, Linz

Austria is full of interesting destinations other than its magnificent capital, Vienna.  On my travels, I only had a chance to visit a couple of those places for comparatively short time.  Below are brief notes.
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