How I Fell In Love With Vienna On My Second Visit

How I Fell In Love With Vienna On My Second Visit

I first visited Vienna when I was 20 and hadn’t traveled much abroad. While the trip was fun, the city and I didn’t click and I couldn’t really put my finger on why. Maybe it was my bad mood or high expectations, but for years I went on without any wish to return. Until 2015 when I realized Imagine Dragons wouldn’t have a concert in Romania on this tour and I started searching where it would be the cheapest to see them on a weekend. After checking their schedule a bunch of times, we’ve settled on Linz, Austria. We planned on staying in Vienna for a couple of days, then take a train to go to the concert. Or so we thought.

I was genuinely excited for giving Vienna a second chance until I received a mail notifying me the concert in Linz was cancelled. A few days after I bought non-refundable train tickets. “Well fuck,” was a much more PG version of what was going through my head back then. This lasted for a day though, until I saw the concert was actually moved to Vienna and all was good again.

I spent four days filled with a lot of walking around admiring the stunning buildings (despite freezing our asses off), eating a lot of great food and shopping a little more than our suitcases could carry. Here’s how my camera has seen the trip…

Wandering in Vienna

Christmas in Vienna
Someone wasn’t ready to let the Christmas spirit go. I feel you, Vienna, I feel you!
The gorgeous Karlskirche in Vienna
While I didn’t have a plan in mind, seeing Karlskirche was a must for me since I’d missed it the first time.
Inside the gorgeous Karlskirche in Vienna
Karlskirche is even more beautiful on the inside
The Butterfly House in Vienna
The Butterfly House in Vienna. My camera hated it there, it would fog instantly since it was super warm and humid.

On the way to the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna

Panda at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna
NOM NOM NOM

@imaginedragons were amazing tonight, I'm so happy I got to see them live!

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Sweets in Vienna
Well that’s the perfect reason to get married!
Love locks in Vienna
There’s no escaping these love locks!

Have you ever been to Vienna? Was it love at first sight?

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary Vienna Card that offers free public transportation and discounts at all the sights in this post, but all views are entirely my own (and the photos were taken by my freezing hands).

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  • Rockin’ photos as always! ๐Ÿ˜€
    It looks like you had a fun trip!
    PS the panda is super cute!

    • Thank you! We loved the panda, haha. There was another one who was sleeping and wouldn’t move at all.

  • Lucy Dodsworth

    So glad Vienna was better the second time around! There’s a couple of cities I’ve been a bit meh about and would like to try again โ€“ Prague being one. Did like Vienna though, and how pretty is it with the snow (when I was there it was ridiculously hot!).

    • Prague was my second trip abroad and I absolutely loved it! I definitely need to go back there, it’s such a pretty city!

  • Priti

    Vienna looks amazing, I’d love to visit one day soon! Great pics too, love the one of the panda ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Isnt Vienna gorgeous? I only popped in for 2.5 hrs during a layover but right away I felt that I had to come back for a proper visit. The architecture in particular puts most European cities to shame – yes, even Paris!

    • I loved the architecture, all the buildings are so beautiful! Though I also love the architecture in Paris (can’t say one is better than the other), it has its own special charm.

  • I adore Vienna… It’s often described as Munich’s more sophisticated big sister, and I couldn’t agree more! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I’m dying to visit Munich, hopefully I can go this year! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Phoebe Thomas

    Beautiful photos, you got so close to the stage at the concert, I’m impressed! I have been to Vienna and while I really liked it, I didn’t fall in love. I don’t know why but something didn’t quite click. I definitely want to go again and see more. #citytripping

    • I always like to be in front and I was close to the stage but on the far right, I managed to snap the photo on that one time when the singer came there, haha.

  • I can’t wait to go to Vienna for the first time this spring! Your post makes me look forward to it even more! Amazing photos, and fun to find you on #citytripping!

    • I hope you have a great time in Vienna, I’d like to see it when it’s warmer as well, haha.

  • Fantastic photos – I went to Vienna once years ago and had a bit of a mixed experience. We were interrailing and got a sleeper train in then another out in the evening as we were running out of time and money, so as a result I don’t remember a lot apart from a very cross bathroom attendant in the station… I think it’s overdue a return! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • You definitely need to return and explore it properly, I’m sure you’d love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stunning photos Vlad! Isn’t great when you can combine exploring a city with a concert of your beloved musician? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve been to Vienna on many occasion. It is beautiful city, but it lacked something that would made me fall in love with it.
    #CityTripping

    • I was the same after my first visit, but this time something clicked ๐Ÿ™‚

  • beatravelling.com

    So maybe I should give it a second chance, as I wasn’t impressed the first time…

    • Hopefully you’ll like it more the second time ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Great pictures, Vlad! I absolutely loved Vienna but I think my being a Mozart fan girl and learning all about Freud as a Psychology undergrad may have something to do with it. Oh, and add my absolute fascination with Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” and you can see why I’m a total Vienna fan girl. ๐Ÿ˜› Glad your concert story had a good ending. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Liz! I -think- I see why you love Vienna so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ah, is not hard to fall in love with Vienna. I’ve only been there for a couple of days but hope to return soon. I see you couldn’t get away from the cold weather as you were hoping.

    • Still, the cold in Vienna was nothing compared to the -18C we had back home. Hope you can return to Vienna soon.

  • Wander Mum

    Beautiful pictures – I’m glad you revisited and gave Vienna another go (and got to see Imagine Dragons). I’ve never been but it’s firmly on my list for this year or next. #citytripping

    • Thank you, I’m surprised you haven’t been to Vienna, I bet you’d love it.

      • Wander Mum

        I know! It’s one of those places I just haven’t got around to visiting. x

        • I’m the same with Italy and Germany, but I made up for it this year. At least with Italy, still working on getting to Germany ๐Ÿ˜€

  • We have not yet been to Vienna! Your article just feeds the longing more. And, as to love, locks? A pox on them.

    • I think this love locks trend needs to die, there are everywhere!

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    Vlad I am so happy to hear you finally fell in love with Vienna. We were there for Christmas and visited Karlskirche for a classical Christmas concert on Christmas night. I really enjoyed reliving our visit through your beautiful pictures.

    • I bet the concert in Karlskirche was magical, I’ve never been to a concert in a cathedral before.

  • Corinne Vail

    Vlad, I totally agree. I wasn’t overly thrilled with Vienna the first time I went either. It was much better the next time! Love your photos.

    • Thanks, Corinne, glad you had a great second visit as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sooo happy you enjoyed Vienna this time around!! I have been there a few times but funny that I only went for doing a course or something similar. Next time I need to explore the city more, there are so many things I didn’t do there, I don’t even have proper pictures (I love yours as always, especially the second one) ๐Ÿ˜€
    #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Thanks, Allane! Hope you get to revisit Vienna and take some proper pictures ๐Ÿ˜€

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