It seems like we did the most cultural activities in Vienna, now that I look back at the trip. We visited a variety of museums, a palace, saw a ballet, and shopped the outdoor market. Without further ado, the list:
See: Many of the museums are in the same area, called the Museumsquartier. So, you can plan your day around visiting a few if you’re short on time in Vienna or if the weather is not to your liking and you kind of just want to bounce between museums without traversing the entire city. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to satisfy all palates as well.
Kunsthalle Wien - a gallery with changing exhibits, we saw the more colorful one by Nathalie Du Pasquier “Big Objects Not Always Silent”. It was enjoyable and thought provoking. This gallery also has an excellent gift shop.
Mumok - Modern art museum of Vienna, the exterior is massive and reminds me of a battleship. We particularly enjoyed the “We Pioneers: Trailblazers of Postwar Modernism” exhibit that is on display until March 2017, it featured many female artists. There was also a film there that we enjoyed and watched in its entirety (about 28 minutes) and I can’t remember the name! I’m sorry, I’m terrible.
Esperanto Museum - My nerdy, language-loving self really wanted to go here when I read about it in the National Library and you can buy a ticket to both the Globe and Esperanto museum for about 8 Euros. The Esperanto museum is tiny but interesting and includes information on other planned languages.
Museum of Globes - This museum had so many globes and also satisfied my friend and I’s love of globes. I think we were both very excited that they had terrestrial and celestial globes and a few solar system models.
Austrian National Library - This library is so beautiful and opulent and in 2016 was/is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Kaiser Franz Joseph’s death. A quote about the Kaiser, “Franz Joseph was considered – and still is to the present day – a benchmark and stable symbol of the empire.” This was absolutely clear in the exhibits marking the anniversary of his death. The library was absolutely gorgeous and I can’t even describe it in words.
Schloss Schonbrunn - Saving the best for last here, this was gorgeous. I could have just visited for the grounds alone. It was the Austrian equivalent to Versailles and not a disappointment at all. We purchased the Classic Pass and I’ve just noticed this ticket isn’t available in the winter (starts back up in March). That is understandable because I’m sure the grounds are not as popular in winter due to the weather and snow removal/plowing the entire grounds would be quite a task. I can only recommend that you go here, brave any weather (it was cold in October) and visit the grounds. Bring your picture taking A-game and your walking shoes. The actual palace was interesting, but a bit crowded because tour groups have priority access so smaller groups, solo travelers, and families get stuck between them and the audio tour people. However, I do not recommend skipping the insidse of the palace. You can’t take pictures, but you’ll live, put your phone and camera away and live in the moment.