Vienna, Austria was the last stop on our 2012 BMW European Delivery adventure.
We stayed at Small Luxury Hotel Das Tyrol.
The hotel is located on Mariahilfer Strasse, the longest shopping street in the city.
Since this was the last stop on a two week journey, our plan was simple: Leisurely enjoy the city.
And that is exactly what we did.
One of Vienna’s most famous sights is St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom).
The Gothic cathedral has survived many wars and has become a symbol of Vienna’s freedom.
There is speculation that St. Peter’s Church could be the oldest church in Vienna, although nothing of the original remains today.
One of our favorite meals in Vienna was at Palmenhaus.
The restaurant is in a massive greenhouse conservatory overlooking Burggarten Park.
It was a beautiful evening so we chose to sit outside on the terrace.
We started with fried goat’s cheese salad:
And a refreshing cucumber soup.
We both ordered the fish special for our main course:
I really enjoyed our meal at Palmenhaus. The food was creative, the atmosphere was casual, and the weather was perfect for sitting outside and watching the day turn to night.
After dinner we walked around the park and stumbled on a group of people swing dancing in front of Hofburg Palace.
We sat on the steps and watched them for almost an hour.
The next day we went to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, the museum housed in the Belvedere Palace.
I’ll be honest, I had one goal at the Belvedere museum and that was to see Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss.
Photography is not allowed inside the Belvedere Museum.
So, I do not recall if I took that picture of The Kiss.
I have the same answer for my picture of Michelangelo’s David.
Belvedere Palace is massive — you could easily spend a whole day exploring the garden and exhibition rooms.
That night we went to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s most popular market.
If you don’t already know this, I have a thing for food markets and try to find them in every city around the world.
There is just something about hanging out where the locals shop.
I wish I could shop for every meal in a food market like this.
There are several restaurants to choose from at Naschmarkt, all who get their ingredients from the surrounding shops.
We finally chose Neni.
To this day I crave the simple, yet complex flavors of the Jerusalem Plate:
Grilled Chicken, Green Tahina, Hummus, and various herbs and spices — so good!
That was our last night in Vienna and the last night of our fourth European Delivery adventure.
For two weeks we explored Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia, and Austria and it all started at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany.
In three years, we’ll pick up another car and set-off on another journey through Europe!
- Otočec Castle, a Relais & Châteaux hotel
- St. George Residence
- Marrol’s Boutique Hotel
- Alchymist Residence Nosticova
- Hotel Das Tyrol