Thursday, 13 July 2017

House of Music & Giant Ferris Wheel | Vienna Day 1

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First of all, if you were wondering where we were yesterday, the answer is on a train. For most of the afternoon anyway, and by the time we'd arrived in Vienna and checked in to our Air Bnb, we thought we'd have a chilled evening, planning the rest of our time here and doing a bit of home cooking.


However, it did mean that we were up early and raring to go the next day! We started with a quick visit to St Stephen's Cathedral, a classic symbol of Vienna and one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country. Inside was visually and architecturally stunning, and unfortunately we didn't have any change with us to light a candle like we wanted to do. We might just go back and do that another day whilst we're here. 



Following that we took the short walk to the House of Music (or Haus de Musik). Vienna is known as the world capital of classical music, as the likes of Beethoven and Mozart lived and worked here. Although we can't claim to know a lot about the genre, we took the chance to enlighten ourselves a little with a visit here. Covering four floors, we were taken on a interactive journey through topics from the Vienna Philharmonic, great composers, and even to a scientific level with the sounds heard by a baby in their Mother's womb, and how we hear music. 


It was fascinating and at times a little bizarre with all of the interactions and games going on throughout the museum. It far surpassed our expectations of simply learning about classic music and composers of Vienna. We got in free of charge with our Vienna Pass*, which we have for 2 days. It gets us free entry to over 60 attractions across the city and access to the public transport. We'll definitely be trying to get as much value out of it as possible during our time here, and as it offers so much, I'm sure we'll never be short of something to do!


That brings us to our next stop, which is the Vienna Sightseeing hop on hop off bus. Also free with the card, the four different routes takes us around all of the attractions with the card, as well as much more! In getting to where we wanted to go - The Giant Ferris Wheel, we hopped on the red line and did almost a full route, taking in the sights and getting ideas of where we may want to visit in the coming days.


After a quick change to the blue line, we were where we needed to be! To our surprise, the wheel was set in almost a mini theme park, alongside rides and Madame Tussauds. The wheel has been turning here since 1897, and similarly to the London Eye in more modern times, it was only meant to be a temporary measure. Due to the high costs of bringing it back down, it stayed and since has featured in many great movies and has become a staple of Vienna's skyline.

In a cabin with around 10 other people we made our way around, taking in the breathtaking views of the city. 




Making the most of our time in this area, we also used our Vienna Passes to get entry to Madame Tussauds. Not quite knowing what to expect having not been to the one in London, but knowing that this one might not be as impressive as we hear it is, we had great fun!


From Obama to The Queen, Bieber to Einstein, it really did cover every type of person in there! We couldn't help getting the obligatory selfies with most of them!

We'll let the pictures do the talking!










A fantastic first day here in Vienna has made us so excited to get out and explore more tomorrow! Check back to see what we get up to.

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary passes to the asterisks (*) in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.


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18 comments

  1. These pictures are lovely. It looks like you're having a great time together travelling. It sounds like a drag that you spent so long on the train getting to your destination but it looks so worth it.
    Lois x
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    1. The destination was definitely worth it! We've had the best time!

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  2. The city passes are so great and certainly sounds like you make the most of it!! Looks like you packed so much in which is always good. Especially after a quiet day like you had the day before.

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    1. Vienna city pass has been by far the best pass we've had! So worth it!

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  3. Wow! Vienna looks amazing! I'm looking forward too seeing what else you get up to!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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    1. Hope you've been enjoying our other posts in Vienna!

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  4. Wow another one to add to my wish list - looks like you guys are having a blast!

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    1. Yes definitely!

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  5. St. Stephen's is absolutely stunning! And I had no idea there was a Madame Tussaud's in Vienna. I've been to the one in LA and it's amazing!

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    Emily
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    1. We've yet to visit the one in London but I'd imagine LA is much better!

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  6. Suuuuuch amazing photos! I'm wanderlusting something fierce after reading this post! So funny to see Obama and Nascar in Vienna! The Wiener Riesenrad looks magical. Thanks for sharing!

    Mary Lane @NewYorkCliche
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    1. It was so magical!

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  7. I'm dying to visit Vienna so this post gives me all the wanderlust! I love the look of madame Tussauds too x

    Kayleigh Zara ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ‚www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. Vienna was beautiful, would recommend it for sure!

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  8. looks like such a lovely trip - I especially love the birds eye view shots from the ferris wheel... It can be exhausting to make sure you do everything and hit all the important points when traveling but in the end so worth it!! Just got back from Paris and Amsterdam for my honeymoon and we had like 12 hour days whew :) -- Vienna is definitely on my wish list too, hope it was as amazing as it sounded! xx Bee

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    1. Amazing destinations for a honeymoon! Hope you had the best time and we hope you see vienna and I enjoy it like we did!

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  9. What beautiful photos yet again!!! I love the sound of the ferris wheel and what a great story that it costs so much to take down that it stayed up, everything happens for a reason as they say!!

    Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

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    1. It was a nice rest from everything else and it is a great story behind it!

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