As great as the weather was, Vienna is truly a remarkable city. Experiencing the city in a way made me understand why time and again the city is always included in one of those “best cities to live” list.
With the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartment, the Silver Collection, the Spanish Riding School, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) and the State Hall-National Library inside the palace complex, the Hofburg is like a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to learn everything about the city imperial past.
The one that captures my imagination and attention above all else was learning the life of the beautiful and yet frequently misunderstood Elisabeth of Austria or popularly known as “Sisi” at the museum devoted to her.
Even with good public transportation system, Vienna is still best explored on foot.
From the Hofburg Palace, the rest of the city remarkable sightseeing destination such as the art complex of Museum Quartier and the architecture of the Rathaus (Town Hall), a building serving as the seat for both mayor and city council, are all within a walking distance.
At the end of each day, I often find myself heading back to the busy Stephansplatz area and spend the rest of my time within the vicinity of St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom).
In the evening, with dimmed lights, few candles burning and obviously less people around, the church is a refuge of solitude, a true home for those who were weary and tired from the events of the day.
Though travelling is an exciting affair, a temporary detachment from everything ordinary about life, there are times when it can be lonely and tiring. After few weeks on the road, hopping from one city to another, that very first night at Vienna, I admit, I was lonely and tired.
I sat inside the church and listen to the choir singing a beautiful melody in language that I don’t understand but nonetheless gave me the serenity that I needed that day.