There was actually quite a crowd of photo-takers at Hundertwasserhaus (architecture buffs, perhaps?). It was a cool building, and I did find that coin squasher.
|Coin squasher, Austrian style!|
On Friday, we visited St. Stephen's cathedral. We stayed at a hotel near it, so we had seen it from the outside every day. Our guidebook suggested devoting half a day to it, so we though it would be a good activity for the day we left.
The reality was a little different from what I expected. From the guidebook, I was under the impression that we could pretty much explore at leisure. The reality was a little more complicated, with all sorts of separate tickets to see different parts of the church, package deals, and places where we had to wait for guides to start tours and then pay them in person at the end. It was also extremely crowded inside. Granted, this is a very popular site to see, but I also have the sense that the number of tourists was increasing with every day we spent in Vienna. I think we arrived just at the end of a tourism lull. Anyway, I got a few pictures inside and outside.
|This one was taken on another day. :)|
Our last couple of days in Vienna were also an exercise in eating. I had been curious about the various sausage stands on the street, and ended up eating sausage for lunch on both Thursday and Friday. I had some sort of bratwurst on Thursday. American hotdog vendors should visit Vienna and take notes. First of all, both the sausage and the bread were good. The bread was a baguette-type bread, rather than a squishy hotdog bun. Secondly, the vendor poked a hole through the center of the bread, rather than cutting it in half lengthwise. That ensured that the sausage and the mustard stayed in place and that my hands stayed clean while eating it. A perfect hotdog-eating system! On Friday, I tried a currywurst, something I had heard about, but couldn't quite believe would be good. It was, though--there was just a slight taste of curry in the sausage, just enough to make it interesting.
We also did some wandering and eating at a couple of outdoor markets we found. These markets had a good mix of crafts and food. And plenty of Easter eggs. :) I feel lucky to have visited so close to Easter so I could see all of the beautiful eggs. I'm wondering what was made with the eggs that were blown out of their shells.
|There were even ostrich eggs.|
We also each had a fascinating pastry at the market. It was some sort of dough wrapped around wooden poles and baked in an oven. I've never seen anything like it.
|I fear this photo does not do the pastry's structure justice.|