Vienna is, without any doubt, one of the most loved capitals in Europe. I had heard much about it, but had not found the moment to visit it properly, so I took advantage of a full week business trip there to start it a bit earlier and have the chance to feel what Vienna is all about.

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Although it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it is not my type of city, although my perception can be slightly biased because of the weather (cold and grey) that accompanied us during our stay. The Austro-Hungarian Empire’s footprint is clear in every corner of the city, as Vienna was its capital for several centuries.

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The Belvedere Palace and its garden is one of the key spots to visit. Schönbrunn is another interesting palace to visit, together with its gardens. We did not visit them during our tourist part, but I could enjoy it during a couple of early morning runs there.

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But above all this, Vienna is known for the music. Most of us probably know Vienna’s New Year’s Concert in the Musicverein, which is the most popular concert in the world, but the mandatory visit in Vienna is its Opera, which is one of the busiest ones in the world, having a different play every day. It is also one of the most accessible ones, and anyone can buy very cheap tickets for that day’s play (do not expect to sit down, though).

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Another thing you should not miss is the National Library, which is one of those gems that can be partially visited, a masterpiece in this city.

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Overall, nice destination for a couple of days, and easily combined with other capitals within a short distance, like Prague or Bratislava. I will have to come back again, just for pleasure.

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