We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in Vienna. Our visit to this former Imperial Capital and Melk Abbey was, of course, packed with history - both religous at the Abbey and the art of the years of Empire.
There's far more to Vienna than we managed this weekend including the Hofburg Palace, Schoenbrunn and the world famous Spanish Riding School. To cover all the Vienesse Imperial offerings would take far longer than the weekend we had.
Although somewhat of a "Leicester Square" experience, we did enjoy our visit to the Heuriger in Grinzing but next time we'll try another district for something a bit more "real."
Melk was hugely impressive. Not just in the scale of the building but also the work which had gone into the interior decoration. Both the Natural History and Art History Museums were impressive both in their collections and the buildings which house them. While the Catacombs of St Stephans Cathedral added more than a little macarbeness to the trip.
Overall, a great success of a trip.
Melk - a day trip to the monastic city - Notes from our day visiting the Benedictine Monastry in Melk
Austria - goals and achievements - Travel goals and achievements from various trips to Austria
Salzburg - great places not to miss - Essential things to see and do when visiting the historic city of Salzburg
Salzburg - last day of a long weekend - An morning in Salzburg and back to Zürich
Salzburg - a day on foot - A day on foot around the historic city of Salzburg
Bregenz - a morning on foot - An morning in Bregenz and onto Salzburg
Salzburg - St Sebastiankirche - Brief notes on and about the St Sebastian Kirche in Salzburg
Austria - recommended places to stay - Recommended hotels in Vienna, Salzburg and Bregenz
Salzburg / Bregenz - accomodation summary - Comments on our hotels during a trip to Bregenz and Salzburg
Vienna - Lazaristenkirche / Vincentian Church Immaculate Conception - Notes on the Lazaristenkirche / Vincentian Church Immaculate Conception in Vienna, Austria
Austria Tourism - Official website of the Austrian National Tourist Office
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook