Our last stop of this amazing month in Europe is Vienna and it is such a beautiful city. We have 4 days here which allows us to barely scratch the surface of this fine city. Vienna is the capital of culture in Europe. It has produced some of the world’s most famous musicians, composers, and artists.
Vienna looks like art. Throughout the city, all of the buildings are adorned with intricate and beautiful masonry work, engravings, and statues. There are so many monuments, museums, and palaces, all of which are found right in the center of the city. Overall, it’s a very clean and calm place to be. We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves here.
We have seen most of the city via bus tours and our hotel is walking distance to everything, but we still need to see some of the big deal stuff like the palaces. Fingers crossed that Phoebe will be in a decent mood for our last day here so we can get some of these things done. Palaces are my favorite attraction to visit (so don’t ruin it for me kid).
As for the food- so here’s the thing, I had an excellent meal at the Griechenbeisl of the traditional wiener schnitzel on our first day here. It was really good. The veal was perfectly tender and the breading was so light and crispy and so well balanced. I can’t say anything bad about it. I personally prefer more flavor and seasoning to my food. My parents and sister had the same opinion too. I don’t want to criticize the food because I think it’s how food is done here. So with that, feast your eyes on some of the best wiener I’ve had in my entire life. (I will never get tired of seeing the word wiener all over the place, and yes I know I’m being so totally immature about it.)
I also ordered some dumpling slices hoping Phoebe would eat it (ha ha). They were very bready but delish.
Our second night was a bit spicier. We wanted some flavor to our meal so we checked out a newer restaurant near our hotel called Mercado. The decor was gorgeous and really all we needed to entice us inside.
The first order of business were drinks. I had the most refreshing Hibiscus Mint Margarita that tasted like a tropical flower with a hint of mint and a nice little kick of tequila. It was perfect.
I ordered two small plates for dinner- beef albondija in a tomato fondue and cheese croquettes with a creamy goat cheese and chimichurri sauce. The beef albondija (or meatballs) were so juicy and tender, and they packed a punch of spice that didn’t hurt your mouth to the point of needing to chug ice cold water. I normally can’t stand spicy food, but the spice in the meatball was so well done that it was very enjoyable to eat. The croquettes were so creamy and had a nice cilantro and celery mixture inside that was very different but a good addition. Fried cheese balls…do I need to say any more?
We shared a fluffy corn bread with the best ever in the world salted truffle butter. Such an excellent combination that I never would have thought of. I need to make this when I get home!!!!
I 100% want to come back to Vienna to see and to taste more. Like I said, we’ve barely scratched the surface of this city. There is so much history and culture to experience and enjoy.
More to come about our Sound of Music day trip to Salzburg (my poor father ha ha ha!), and hopefully a palace tour!!
So sad to be leaving, but happy to go back to my home.