Vienna: St. Stephensdom Cathedral

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My first day in Vienna – I went to the infamous Stephansdom (St. Stephens) Cathedral. It was a wet morning but no rain. There was no line and I quickly entered the outer area of the cathedral. It is truly magnificant. Amazing to see how much money the Catholic Church had has for this type of architecture. I wish I had done the guided tour for 13 euros but I was able to spend 5 euros to take a ride to the top of the cathedral for some nice views and photos.

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I skipped the catacombs tour but after finding out that catacombs in Budapest were shut down, I went back to the cathedral to take a tour but alas – mass was going on and I was not able to go on a tour! If you want to do another tourist activity, there’s plenty of horse carriage rides on one side of the church. Just follow the smell of horse dung until you see it.

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IMG_0007I did some more walking around the cathedral area and found the expensive shopping area with Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Gucci, and Prada stores. Weirdly, there wasn’t as many cafes and restaurants as I was hoping. There is Kafe Kontederia which is overpriced desserts for the mass tourists.

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This is St. Peters cathedral. I didn’t have a chance to check out the inside because I was roaming the city looking for a cafe due to lack of alcohol.

Very quinessential Vienna….I’m the type to appreciate the detail that goes into all these buildings. The clouds and dreary weather only made it so much “Viennese.” I stopped by a cafe and ordered a cappuccino. There was no rush to leave so I ordered a glass of chardonnay and people watched.

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My mom's favorite store
My mom’s favorite store
My dad's favorite store...right next door
My dad’s favorite store…right next door

See the rest of the day’s photos after the jump!!! 🙂