postcards from austria | vienna

For the better part of the last month I spent time exploring one of the countries high on my to-do list, a country renowned for it’s wealth of culture and spectacular natural landscapes – Austria.

I started my trip in beautiful Vienna and armed with my trusty, sticky-note filled Lonely Planet guide I wandered my way through a feast of baroque buildings, art, coffee, museums, apple strudel and rudimentary German.

The heart of Vienna is the Innere Stadt (inner city), a roughly hexagonal-shaped area bordered on one side by the Danube Canal and encircled by the Ringstrasse (ring road), a broad road running along the line of the 16th century city walls.

The Ringstrasse is lined with frequent tram stops and underground train stops (Vienna has a neat tube system like London), and provides excellent views of the city’s architectural extravaganzas and parks.

The Innere Stadt is a magical and atmospheric maze, filled with sights that effortlessly pass between the past and the present. Grandiose historical buildings and cobblestone streets sit side by side with contemporary art houses, restaurants and boutiques.

I got completely lost on more than one occasion trying to navigate the criss-crossing streets and truly breathtaking architecture…

looking down herrengasse at schottenkirche

views from walking down nußdorfer straße & bodega marques, parisergasse

florist stand outside the stadtpark

late afternoon at the stadtpark

kunsthistorisches museum & café sperl hazelnut torte

kaiser franz joseph, the first (1859) | statue in the grounds of the hofburg

views of stephansdom (st. stephen’s cathedral) | stephansplatz

carriage horses outside stephansdom (st. stephen’s cathedral) | stephansplatz

margherita pizza from the local pizzeria near my apartment | pantzergasse

gourmet goodies from the naschmarkt (food market) | mariahilf

the hofburg’s northeastern gate | michaelerplatz

viennese chocolate delicacies

café mozart & their famous mozart cake | albertinaplatz

Next post I’ll be sharing more photos from my trip, from a little alpine town called Hallstatt – stay tuned!

angelica talen

photographer & stylist

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