We’re back for a walk through downtown Vienna.
We get off the U4 at Karlsplatz, a big intersection in downtown Vienna. It’s sort of a crossroads of underground subways, buses, trams, combined with a park and a beautiful Baroque jewel-like church.
Because of special permission with video and photos, we have to start around 8:00 AM at the world-famous Sacher Cafe, right next to their hotel. We admire the ornate interior of the cafe, which brings to mind memories of a long ago era in Vienna’s royal past. Later we sit down at one of the round tables and enjoy a Sacher torte and a coffee.
The rain starts, so we duck back into the Sacher Cafe and they treat us to free waters! That doesn’t seem like much, but free water in Vienna is practically unheard of. Finally, the rain and hail stops and it’s time to move on to Karlskirche.
Karlskirche, or St. Charles Cathedral is dedicated to the famous saint who inspired the people during the terrible plague years in the 16th century. The church has been undergoing restoration, but is almost complete. Fortunately, when we visited, the lift to the top of the central dome was still operating and we took it up to see the beautiful frescoes up close.
Next, we visited the Albertina museum, with it’s controversial titanium roof. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but we saw beautiful artwort of Durer, Rembrandt, Rubens, and others. In addition, the magnificent state rooms were also on display.
We visited the Monument Against War and Facism, just across from the Albertina. This group of statues is a montage of wartime imagery. It is a call to remember those terrible times of World War I and resist facism and repression from war.
From there, we walk along the Karnterstrasse, a street lined with trendy upscale boutiques. This road is the same one used by Crusaders in the 12th century.
Video from our visit: