I've always wanted to see the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra play. Luckily for us, they had a show that Saturday that we were returning from the mountains of Slovakia. So we decided to try to get tickets and do one day in Vienna before heading to Budapest.
For those of you not in the know, this orchestra is kind of a big deal. Since its inception in 1842, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has represented the best in the Central European orchestral tradition and is considered one of the finest in the world. As such, tickets are hard to come by. In fact, we were only able to get standing room only. Which, I would only do once honestly. You're packed like a sardine in a can in the back of the theatre along with a bunch of other people. The temperature must have risen 20 degrees in the span of a few minutes. A great experience, but next time I want seats. The standing room is a bit too much to handle for a long period of time.
After being crammed in with the masses, some fresh air was called for. What better way to do this then with a walking tour. We picked the free Vienna old town tour to follow. Instead of doing all of the tour we chose a few highlights to keep it a leisurely day.
The high points included:
- Anti-War & Fascism Monument
Kärntner Strasse (no pics, sorry)
- Ancient Roman Wall Ruins
You really need more than 24 hours in Vienna, but this self guided tour does a fantastic job at helping you pick out some of the highlights for when you're in town just a short while.
Oh ya, and we totally just happened to be there during the gay pride parade. Those pics are on my instagram though for who's interested.