With two nights in Budapest behind us, we crossed into Austria by train and arrived in Vienna. We only had one night to spend there, so we decided to dive right into Vienna’s cultural side. We made our way downtown to the Straatsoper (State Opera House) and bought tickets to that evening’s performance of “Onegin”, a ballet with music written by Tchaikovsky. We were pleasantly surprised that we could attend the show without breaking the bank: an hour before the doors opened, “standing room” tickets went on sale on a first come, first served basis. We bought tickets in the ground level standing area, which was meant to be the best one, and it cost us a whopping 4 euros each. Not bad to see an opera in a setting like that!
The show was great, and the stage sets were absolutely incredible. Aside from the fact that our legs got a little tired, the location of our “seats” was fantastic. We were directly centered on the stage, and slightly elevated. This was our view!
With the rest of our time in Vienna we simply wandered through the parks and old city streets without aim. We visited the Stephansdom cathedral, one of the tallest churches in the world. It was very difficult to capture with only our 50mm lens (our 18-200 is still broken — grrrrrr). Vienna was a beautiful and vibrant city, and although they charge a bit much for coffee — it cost us just as much to sit and have cappuccinos as it did to go to the ballet — it’s a place I’d love to visit again one day.