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Back in Vienna.

We just returned from a little holiday which we spent in my hometown Munich and in Vienna where we lived for 5 years from 2005-2010. We hadn´t managed to visit Vienna since our move and it was so good to be back. I really don´t know what took us so long. We need to make it a priority to visit once a year.

If you´ve read this blog for any given time, it´s really not a surprise that my most favorite place in Vienna... is actually not in Vienna, or at least not within the city limits. The pictures above were taken near the Sophienalpe, a beautiful spot in the "Wienerwald" where we used to hike all the time when we lived in our little house by the woods. This place, for me, is pure magic.

Having said that, I do love Vienna, as in the city. Here´s a (not-so-secret) secret: I have never managed to even like Berlin, no matter the hype. But I´ve always adored Vienna, with its perfect combination of historical beauty and Eastern-European roughness. Since we had Ludwig with us who gets overwhelmed/scared when faced with crowds we limited our city excursions to one afternoon in the 7th district, but it was just enough to confirm that yep, Vienna is still my favorite city.

Ludwig, by the way, was such a trooper throughout the whole trip. He has become a real good traveler and was so happy about all the new acquaintances, both human and canine. The pictures above are from a little Setter meeting which happened on our favorite meadow in Vienna - another one of my happy places (it even had its own Flickr set back in the day!).

Now who wants to sell us a holiday house in Vienna for, like, super cheap? Pretty please?

By the way, we stayed in this holiday home wich had a perfect location and was great for Ludwig (it makes all of our lives so much easier when he has a garden to roam in). Big recommendation!

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Reader Comments (7)

Vienna looks beautiful, lovely countryside and the town looks good too. Glad you had such a nice time and glad Ludwig settled down. Was it work which made you leave, I can't remember..must put Vienna on my "to visit" list!.x

September 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Helen - we just wanted to move back to Germany for various reasons. Looking back it was a bit of a "the grass is always greener on the other side" decision but thankfully it turned out very well for us. xx

September 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Liebe Kathrin,
Du siehst toll aus auf dem Foto! Friseur und Outfit sind super!
Ich bin eine begeisterte Leserin Deines Blog und gehe immer inspiriert raus.
Liebe Grüße aus Bremen von Steffi

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteffi

I am hoping to plan a trip to Vienna/ Munich this spring. Do you have any recommendations? Or perhaps somewhere I could find ideas (i.e. a travel guide or something). Your vacations always look so dreamy and relaxed, I would love to glean your trip planning techniques!

September 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Steffi - das Kompliment freut mich sehr, danke dir! :-)

Sarah - haha and here I am thinking that I always no matter what fail at planning our trips. ;-) I was born & raised in Munich and have lived in Vienna so I´m not really up to date when it comes to travel guides; plus I feel everyone likes to see different things when traveling! The Vienna city guide on Design*Sponge is good though and I like Tripadvisor for hotels etc.

September 28, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Small European cities, especially old ones that have have both Eastern and Western influences, are my favorite places in the world to explore. I've always heard Munich is very livable and Vienna is probably the same. I noticed that in northern Italy, whenever my husband's relatives would send us to a particularly good pastry shop/coffeehouse, they would describe it as Viennese. I've never been to Berlin but the Berliners I've met were terribly snobbish and clearly regarded Berlin as the premier city in Germany, even Europe. It doesn't sound like a very friendly city. Perhaps it lacks what the Danes call "hygge."

I keep meaning to say that your dog is beautiful and Ludwig is an awesome name. I have a poodle named Arnold.

October 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFlora

Flora - yes I agree that it lacks hygge - for me Berlin is too cold, grey and ugly. Plus I can´t stand the hipsters ;-) Love your dogs name as well!

October 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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