A day loitering around the streets of Vienna is a great way to recover from five hard days of riding. Sadly, for the small amount of time I had for museums, the high cost of entry was prohibitive, but for me that wasn’t an issue.
With the bike, I was able to zip from the cathedral
to Mozart’s gardens and monument
through the vast complex of former royal palaces
most of which are now converted into museums and national library. The whole city centre is a walk-through world heritage monument.
Some of the sights are painful memories of the past, as with the case of the Jewish memorial in Judenplatz.
Many prominent Nazis had been Austrians (as was Hitler himself), and 40% of the SS had been Austrians, responsible for the administration of the death camps.
But amongst all the historical and architectural distractions in Vienna, including these Roman remains
..and this mosaic copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper
…I couldn’t help but be distracted by this urban “fixie”…..nice isn’t it?
Tomorrow, it’s out of Vienna and into Hungary.