Jumping on tram #1 in front of the Staatsoper (state opera house). Circling the Ringstrasse (grand boulevard vienna ring road) for a great tour with a public transport ticket. Passing the Hofburg (imperial palace), Parlament, Burggarten (imperial court’s garden), Rathaus (city council), Burgtheater (imperial court’s theatre), Vienna University, and more.

Getting off at the Vienna University stop. Wandering to the heart of the city to the glourious gothic Stepansdom (Stephan’s cathedral).

Making my way to the Hofburg passing the Pestsäule (plague column) in the Graben and the Michaeler Tor (St. Michael’s gate). Passing the National Library and the Imperial Sisi Apartments and Crown Jewels.

Crossing the Ringstrasse to the Kunsthistorisches Museum (national art gallery) - home to a breath-taking art collection. Must see! The (Great) Babel Tower by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-1530 - 1569) and the Geographer by Johannes Vermeer (1668 – 1669).

Recharging at 7 Stern Bräu in Neubau with a Gulash1 and beers brewed-on-location with Vienna’s fine tap water (from the Austrian Mountains). Trying 7 Stern Märzen (5.1%, 13.5°), 7 Stern Weizen Classic (5.2%, 12.7°), 7 Stern Prager Dunkles (4.5%, 12.1°) and today’s special 7 Stern Smoked Porter (5.3%, 13.8°). Cheers. Prost.

  1. Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás [ˈɡujaːʃ]) is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices.