After visiting Switzerland, Neala and I went on to explore Austria.
The past six days we have been to Innsbruck and Vienna, and it’s safe to say that Austria is now one of our favorite countries.
Austria has been the first destination on our trip where we have been able to spend time in larger cities rather than small mountain towns, and so we have gotten out and explored a lot more than we had previously. Bigger cities align more with our current travel style, and so visiting Austria has been a gratifying experience.
In Innsbruck, we discovered that every summer evening there was a classical music concert outside in old town. We aren’t necessarily interested in classical music, but we still enjoyed the atmosphere of the concert. There were a lot of locals filling up the square, and it was evident that Innsbruck has a strong sense of community, something that we really appreciate when visiting different countries.
One of my favorite ways to get to know a city is by simply walking around from destination to destination, rather than take taxis or the metro.
There is so much you can learn about a town by wandering on foot, and in doing so Neala and I discovered a film festival that was happening in Vienna.
Before even entering the film festival area, there was a massive stretch of food stands on either side of a long road, with an abundance of seating in the middle. On either side of the food stands were parks with benches and green space.
After passing the food area, there was a huge area in front of a massive church that was filled with rows of benches surrounding a projector. The night we visited the festival an Austrian operetta was playing.
Even though the movie was in German, we were still able to enjoy and appreciate the atmosphere of the festival; the film was free, and so there were hundreds of people all together in the square, some locals, and other foreigners.
My favorite part of Austria has been visiting Vienna.
The architecture is quite spectacular; almost all the buildings in the city have an older feel, with highly detailed trims and small sculptures incorporated throughout the outsides of the buildings.
The streets are pretty narrow, with the buildings towering very high on either side; it almost felt like we were walking through a maze.
The entire city has a very relaxing and laid back feeling to it, and I’m sad that we already have to leave Vienna. I would highly recommend adding Vienna your travel bucket list, it doesn’t disappoint.