Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

February 2005: Vienna

Vienna is one of my favourite places, but this was my first ever winter visit to this most civilised of cities.


The Johann Strauss II memorial in the city park, just across the street from the Hotel InterContinental Wien.


The imposing and somewhat fanciful St Charles's church.

Hofburg Perhaps not its most famous aspect, this is the facade presented by the Hofburg Palace to the main shopping area of the city centre.
Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum and its twin, the History of Art Museum, look all the more impressive as cleaning work progresses.

Natural History Museum

The NH museum again, with detail from the monument that sits between the two great museums.


Part of the square in front of the city hall had been turned into a public ice rink.


The famous Vienna City Hall, seen through some of the temporary paraphernalia associated with the ice skating.


The striking Votive Church sits just outside the Ring at the interestingly named Schottentor (Scots Gate).


In summertime, the suburb of Grinzing is famous for its Heurigen - the original wine bars, without a yuppie in sight!


The Belvedere Palace sits in splendid grounds ... most of which were covered in snow!


Striking roof tiles on St Stephen's Cathedral

The Magic Roundabout 

Trams on routes 1 and 2 travel endlessly round the horseshoe-shaped Ringstraße, completing their circuit on Franz-Josefs Kai.


Front view of the fabulous Schönbrunn palace. The snow did nothing to deter the tourists!


Looking towards the Gloriette behind the Palace of Schönbrunn. Where have all the flowers gone?!

Reason for trip : free flights as part of the deal for visiting Florida in November 2004!

Base: InterContinental Wien

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Flight Log: BA697