Most of our second day in Vienna was spent at Dialog im Dunkeln, which I’ve already posted about, but I would now like to reiterate that it’s a really cool experience and you should give it a try if there’s one near you. (Also, we are now planning to visit the one in Frankfurt while my brother is here). Before we headed over there, we stopped at the station to buy train tickets for a day trip to Bratislava the next day. Once we’d done that, it turned out we still had some time left before our tour was due to start, so we popped into a church. I don’t remember the name of it…
We also had time to stop for a coffee, which I just had to take a photo of because art!! Having a pretty picture on your coffe may be an everyday occurrence for some, but it’s not something you see much of in Karlsruhe so I still get very excited about it.
Once we’d done Dialog im Dunkeln, we decided to head to the Natural History Museum, stopping on the way for lunch. We ended up stopping at a cafe where we both had Mango Lassis to drink and ate the Indian Dal (spicy lentil soup).
After walking for aaaages, we reached the Natural History Museum only to discover it was closed! We later found out that a lot of places had closed for the afternoon, although at that point we didn’t know why. The cute elephant outside the museum kind of made the wasted walk worth it:
Next, we decided to try going to the butterfly house. On the way, we randomly discovered another exhibition, so we had a look at that. It was something to do with cables as art and featured a lot of extension plugs and wires, plus a weird video. I didn’t really get it…
By the time we reached the butterfly house, it was 5:30 p.m… 45 minutes after closing time. *Sigh* Since it seemed like museums were a lost cause, we decided to find somewhere to sit and watch the football instead, seeing as it was the day of England’s last match in the World Cup! (Yeah… we suck and didn’t make it past the group stage.) We found an Irish pub, where I drank Stiegl, a Salzburg beer.
As we were leaving the pub, we found out the reason for various things closing early… Putin was in town and there were various demonstrations/protests going on because of it. Here’s one that we saw for LBGT rights (I know there is sometimes a Q in there, too, but the sign we saw only had the four letters):
We were both hungry by this time (even more so after watching people eating burgers and nachos at the Irish pub), so we went looking for something to eat. Jan found a brew-pub called Salm Bräu that had good reviews on TripAdvisor, but mostly from tourists. It turned out to be an okay place, but not somewhere I would recommend. The food was nice but forgettable, and my beer mostly tasted of yeast. Jan had a dark beer, which I tried but can’t even remember what I thought of. Never mind, have a photo of our beers anyway:
By the time we’d eaten, it was pretty late, so we decided to head back to the hotel. On the way, we passed some kind of monument/memorial with cyrillic writing on it that had been cordoned off earlier in the day. Jan was curious, so we went to have a look at it. It didn’t take me long to get bored with his attempts to interpret the cyrillic, so I turned my attention to the fountain opposite that was all lit up.
I also took a photo of it in green, but I think two photos of the smae fountain is enough for a blog post 😉
After I went back to Jan, a Russian couple came up to us and helped with the translation of the cyrillic so we could finally get on our way! 😉 I wanted to get some sleep as we had an early planned the next day…
And that was Tuesday. Coming up next: A day in Bratislava, Slovakia.
*I am counting Vienna (and Bratislava) as my June trip for the Take 12 Trips challenge*
16 thoughts on “Vienna: Day two”
Bad luck about the museums – and Putin 😉 Still, seems like you managed to see (and eat) a lot! 🙂
LOL, I swear we didn’t actually eat that much. There was aaaages between the soup and dinner!
Yeah, tell it to the judge 😉
Aw, the elephant 🙂
I had to wait for all the millions of kids to stop climbing on it before I could take a photo, but it was worth it 😀
It would probably have been cute with kids on 😉 What am I saying… I don’t even like the buggers!!!
Sorry the National History museum was closed, I am sure that would have been interesting! But the elephant is soooo cute! 🙂
I love the elephant 🙂
That elephant is adorable! And I am loving the food photos!
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Aww, thanks! Not sure if I’ll be able to find 15 people to nominate!
I know…it was so hard for me…
Loooove. Been to Vienna and Bratislava– loved the latter most!
We didn’t spend long in Bratislava, but what I saw was nice.
Aww that elephant statute is so adorable!! Shame all the museums were closed. 😦 The fountain looks wonderful! How many different colours did it do (or was it just the three?)? Oh and loving coffee art! I’ve never had art in my coffee (I don’t drink it and there’s no froth on tea!) but I’m always fascinated by how they do it.
I need to get back to Vienna, I feel like I hardly scratched the surface over a weekend! Sounds like you had a good time though, and love that elephant. I have a picture with him too. 🙂
Yeah, there is so much to see there! I still feel like I’ve missed loads.