Recently I have been thinking about a summer in college that I studied Italian Renaissance Art and Classical music in Innsburck, Austria. It was a formative time for me as I was fortunate to travel to many cities in Europe, and I really began to appreciate European architecture. I also began to see how different and unique each European city is. Innsbruck in particular is stunning and unimaginably beautiful, I got to look at the Alps and charing colorful houses every day.
The Triumph Arch is a welcoming point in the city.
There is such beauty and authenticity there, I can’t wait to plan a return trip.
I travelled twice to Vienna and loved going to the Vienna Opera House.
The Rathaus (city hall) was designed between 1872 and 1883 and is amazing as well.
I went to hear Mozart’s Magic Flute at Schobrunn Palace and was struck by its beautiful exterior and interior. The palace is a former imperial 1,441-room summer residence located in Vienna. It is considered one of the most important cultural monuments in all of Austria and is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
The long history of the site and buildings located here date back to the Middle Ages, it was named by Emperor Matthias in 1612. The several buildings and property passed through the Habsburg dynasty until 1918 when the Republic of Austria took ownership.
The interior is stunning.
There are also beautiful conservatories at Schonbrunn Palace. The gardens were designed with a Baroque layout and have remained mostly in tact over the years.
Another wonderful city in Austria is Salzburg, which is famous for the Von Trapp Family from the Sound of Music.
I’d put Austria on your list if you haven’t been, and if you have, let me know what’s on your favorite list!