So Monday was it time for me to take on Vienna on my own – got good instructions of alternative ways to get into the city center. I chosen the D tram line, because the U4 underground is very boring really, not much to see more than stations.
I got a very nice ride through nice areas of the city – and I jumped off at Burgring stop, wanted to say hello to Mozart. And he was still there in Burg Park beside the Hofburg.
Every time I tried to take an image of him – some “bleedin’ tourists” step into the picture – I think I tried about 20 times, but always somebody there in the way with an Ipad.
The “Palmenhaus”, was my goal for my al fresco lunch – last time I was there I had some fantastic grill sardines, but not on the menu this time. The park was full of relaxing and shade seeking tourists and locals, so busy and very pleasantly cool. All the park ducks was hiding in the shade, except for a mad one that just loved standing in the sun????!!!
Beside the Palmhouse there is the Butterfly House, das Schmetterlinghaus – and I had a weak moment. Not the greatest idea when trying to avoiding heat and humidity, but I went inside.. only cost 5.00€. But talk about humidity.
The house really made it up for its name, hundreds of butterflies – pretty exotic flowers and waterfall in a very small area. Oscar liked what he was put against.
There was one massive butterfly that was so dull when it had its wings closed and stunningly blue when flying around, but I didn’t manage to capture it while flying and believe me I really tried as the blouse got clingier to my body. I think the butterflies name is Morpho.
I think I spent about 1 hour with the flying beauties – and they were everywhere and they was flying straight at me, really had to put an afford to not touch them.
Many kids was trying to catch them and the parents didn’t say anything to them, even if there was big signs about “not touching” any butterflies dead or alive. So I told them!!! *smile
It was a magical house, so glad I went inside.
I wanted to go back to “Hunderwasser Haus”, which I visit during my first stay in Vienna – but it’s a bit out of the way, even if its inside the city center. So thought that if I go on a Hop on – Hop off tour and that would be the easiest way for me to get there and also save my sore knee a bit.
But they wanted 25€ for the tour, because it wasn’t on the basic route .. so I had to buy all the colored routes. I would have been cheaper to grab a cab.
Anyhow I decided to take on the underground again – and I got it right straight away. Had to walk from the Opera House where the bus tours depart from to the Stephansplatz to take underground U3 and to Rochusgasse – and then walk down Rasumofskygasse and then into the left on Löwengasse. There it was. I felt like a local when I saw the house and without a map.
I must confess that I had a look in a Vienna tourist book to get the address, at a bookstore.
Time for lunch at the house café, I had a bruschetta with ham, fresh herb and some great cheese and a cappuccino of course. Sat there for about 45 min in the shade of a big sail … and just enjoying life.
But then it was time to for Oscar to come out and do his bits.
While I walked over to the short distance to “Kunst Haus Wien”…. I enjoyed a big portion of Italian Gelato. The “Kunst House Wine” is also designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
I will come back with Mr Hunderwasser in another post. A very colorful, wired and wonderful Austrian visual artist and designer. He was born in Vienna 1928 and died aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 in the Pacific Ocean, in 2000.
After my short photo session at the Kunst House – I walked up the street to Radetzkyplatz and and there I took tram 1 to Burgring – and I was back to where I started and jumped on tram D. I had walked and travelled in a circle around the whole inner city (1th district) of Vienna on my own and without asking anyone for directions.
God, it felt so good.
“I like long walks, especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.”
I would like to link this post to Jo’s Monday Walk