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Day Trip from Vienna to Salzburg – Is It Possible?

Salzburg had been recommended to me as the second most interesting city in Austria, after Vienna. I’d planned to stop there for a few days, but several hours of searching for accommodations turned up nothing that was affordable. I gave up and bypassed the city entirely. A few days later, after thoroughly exploring…

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PHOTO: Original Mozartkugel at Furst Cafe in Salzburg, Austria

Click on title to view photo in large format. Salzburg, Austria, is best known for its historic old town, castles, and age-old churches. But for my money, the real reason to visit this historic city is to taste one of the world’s most delicious candies, the original Mozartkugel at Furst Cafe. This small,…

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PHOTO: A Lucky View of the Lipizzaner Horses in Vienna, Austria

Click on title to view photo in large format. These handsome Lipizzaner Horses in Vienna are descendants of the breed that was initially developed in the 16th century with the support of the Royal Hapsburg family. Lipizzaners were bred for a long life and a muscular build. As a result, they excel in…

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Wonderfully Weird Things to Do in Vienna, Austria

My first visit to Vienna was indecently short. During my Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises last year, I spent a day getting to know the city. Following a walking tour of the most important sites, I met up with the ship’s chef for a gastronomic discovery of the Naschmarkt, the city’s…

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PHOTO: Art on Graben Street in Vienna, Austria

Click on title to view photo in large format. The view down Graben Street in Vienna, Austria. This avenue dates back to an old Roman settlement, when it was a trench running in front of the medieval city walls. During the 12th century, the trench was filled in and became one of the…

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PHOTO: Neo-Renaissance Style Vienna State Opera House

Click on title to view photo in large format. The Vienna State Opera is perhaps the most iconic building in the Austrian capital. The Neo-Renaissance Opera House was the first major structure on Vienna’s Ringstrasse. Construction began in 1861 and was completed in 1869. Interestingly, the building was not initially popular with Viennese….

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