September 13, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 

New Year at City Hall Photo                                                                                                    Photo © www.wien.inf


Vienna!

Schnitzels, classical music, royalty and, finally, a city where coffee earns its rightful place as more than just serving up your daily caffeine dose. Welcome to Wien, or Vienna as it’s otherwise known.

Vienna truly is the music capital of the world and a city that encourages you to take a step back in time to a bygone era. It is in Vienna where you can trace the footsteps of many of the world’s greatest composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Johann Straus and Johannes Brahms. It is also where you can finally be the belle of the ball and waltz along to some of their famous compositions: every year, more than 450 balls take place in the Austrian capital. The Viennese Ball Season runs from New Year’s Eve to Shrove Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). It tallies up to around 2 000 hours of ball dancing annually.

Fancy a Viennese Waltz?                                                                                                         Photo © www.wien.info

Still on the subject of music, the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert is considered one of the hottest tickets in town, with prime seats costing as much as US$1 200. Statistics show that the concert in 2016 was viewed on TV by 50 million people in 90 countries. If you haven’t got a ticket for 2017, you too will again have to watch it on the small screen as you have an absolute zero chance of scoring a ticket in 2018. So popular are the tickets that names must be selected by a random draw to have the opportunity to purchase tickets – and the entry period closed in February.

Ever fantasised about a royal life? Well, the good news is you can be king or queen of the castle at Austria’s largest palace, Schonbrunn. The two-bedroom Grand Suite is available for hire, at the hefty price tag of US$1 500 per night. But ask yourself if you could really put a price on bragging rights to say you’ve stayed overnight in the former imperial home of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress “Sisi” Elisabeth?

Schonbrunn Palace                                                                                                                       Photo © www.wien.info
Look forward to more history as you make your way to Vienna’s famous cathedrals. One of the most famous is the 700-year-old St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Thirteen bells hang from the tallest tower, which stands 448 feet high and is accessible by climbing 343 steps. But it’s the Pummerin bell, in the 224-foot-tall tower, that is the second largest free-swinging European chimed church bell.

Now let’s talk coffee. Coffee is about more than just a caffeine buzz for Austrians – it’s part of their heritage. In 2011, Viennese Kaffeehauses (coffee houses), which originated in the 17th century, were put on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, as they are a place “where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill”. Today two of the most historic Kaffeehauses are Café Central and Café Sperl.

Coffee and a chat is what Kaffeehauses are all about                                                                    Photo © www.wien.info
A word of warning when visiting Vienna, though: this is no place to be if you are following a strict diet. The national dish of Austria is Weiner Schnitzel, which consists of pounded thin cutlets of veal that are dusted with egg and breadcrumbs, and then fried. And did you know that croissants actually has Viennese origins? They are based on the Austrian kipferl, which means crescent in German. Bakers in Vienna made kipferl to commemorate Austria’s victory over the Ottoman Turks in 1683, their shape based on the crescents seen on the uniform of the enemy.

Süss or scharf                                                                                                                                 Photo © www.wien.info
Also in Vienna, you have a choice on how you would like your hot dog. When ordering a hot dog from one of Vienna’s trademark hot dog stands get ready to answer whether you prefer the sweet kremser mustard or spicy estragon. Vendors may shorten it to süss (sweet) or scharf (spicy). One of the most popular kiosks is the old city’s Würstelstand am Hohen Markt.

Why not discover this amazing destination with Trafalgar? You can see it from the inside with Trafalgar’s 9 Nights Imperial Europe package. Book it with your Sure Travel consultant today. 

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