Have you ever stepped foot in a place or laid your eyes on something for the first time and felt completely and utterly at home?
As my tour bus ended its 8-hour drive from Zakopane, Poland to Vienna, Austria, the grogginess of a long, 3 weeks of travelling through Europe and lack of sleep quickly faded away and turned into love at first sight.
The Amazing Architecture of Vienna, Austria
Surrounded by the grandest baroque buildings I had ever seen, flower beds bursting with colour and the soft hum of classical music coming from all directions, from the moment I hopped off the tour bus, I immediately felt like I had stepped foot into a real-life fairytale. Don’t get me wrong, I had loved almost everything about my entire trip through Europe, but there was something about the magical city of Vienna that I was instantly drawn to, and I was busting to discover it.
Though, as I fell more and more in love with the beauty of the city, I quickly realised my biggest disappointment was that I would only be there for less than 24 hours.
It was all the more reason to explore as much as possible before our time came to a close. But after an 8 hr bus trip, the first thing anyone needed to do was make a quick trip to the loo. Little did I know that this would be equally as magical, in the strangest of ways. As we stepped through the first door, to part ways into ‘male’ and ‘female’ a man, playing the piano sat in the corridor, providing the smoothest of tunes to all those who came and left. Bizarre as it was, as I pushed through the door to the female bathrooms, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the character it added to this already phenomenal city.
The Shopping in Vienna, Austria
We spent the afternoon hopping from shop to shop as we got the last of our European shopping sprees in before our 36-hr flights home began. >> Find Flights<<
The people who served us as we stuffed Austrian delicacies into our mouths and purchased too much to fit into our suitcases were an absolute delight and those who passed us on the street always greeted us with a smile and a soft wave. With mesmerizing Mozart compositions on repeat throughout the entire plaza, it was no secret that I was plotting how to escape from my tour group and live out the rest of my life exploring the wonders of Austria.
The Accommodation in Vienna, Austria
For our final night in Europe, we checked into the Eventhotel, Pyramide. >> Find Accommodation <<
Although travelling on a budget was suitable to accommodate for our method of travel, it was accommodating, warm and had a homely feel to it. Unfortunately, on the night of our arrival, the elevator had stopped working, but the staff spared no expense helping us carry our bags to our rooms and making sure that we were settled in nicely so that we could freshen up and make it to dinner on time, which consisted of a divine Austrian spread of bread, sausages, vegetables and pastries.
Although I dream of travelling the entire world someday and have a bucket list of countries that I would love to see for the first time, I would travel back to Austria and experience it in its fullness in less than a heartbeat.
Alyssa Hare – World Traveller