We arrived in Vienna with a clear vision in mind: to see as much of the city in just two days.
Little did we know those two days would inevitably turn into just one. See, we arrived on a late Saturday afternoon. After traveling all morning and most of the afternoon, we really didn’t have the energy to do much exploring that day. In our minds, we’d have all of Sunday and Monday to roam the city streets.
So we checked into our Airbnb, dropped our bags, headed out to scope out some dinner, came back and just chilled. Aka, binged on Netflix.
We woke up early on Sunday. Ate breakfast. Drank morning tea. Left the apartment for some sightseeing. We noticed a lot of stores were closed, but figured it wasn’t a big deal, as many stores close on Sundays. We roamed around. Came back to the apartment. Fixed dinner. Watched Netflix. Went to bed early, as we had a rather large sightseeing agenda for Monday.
Woke up early again on Monday. Ate breakfast. Drank several cups of coffee. Set out to do some more exploring. And it was then we noticed it. The streets. They were completely EMPTY.
Stores were closed. Again. Restaurants = closed. Grocery stores = closed. Markets = closed. I could tell the same thoughts were flooding my mind as Derek’s. We looked at each other with the same exact look. What was going on!? Where were all the people? Vienna was — for the most part — a ghost town.
Turns out it was a major holiday — Whit Monday. And unlike in America where so many stores observe major holidays with sales, sales, sales, Vienna was different. It seemed as if almost the entire city observed the holiday by closing shop and taking the day off, which I respected.
So, our time in Vienna was cut rather short.
We saw as much as we could, given the circumstances. I could tell though that this was a great city. It had a really cool vibe to it, especially with all the vibrant colored buildings. Beautiful architecture. Stunning palaces. Delicious food. We both really enjoyed our time here. And as much as I do wish we could have seen a bit more, it was pretty cool feeling as though we had the entire city to ourselves for those two days.
For more Vienna travel tips, check out this post I wrote for POPSUGAR that lists out all the can’t-miss experiences! And if you want to read more on our European adventures thus far, you can find all those posts here.