Jonathan and I arrived in Vienna and checked into our hotel, the Sofitel. (It was a very nice hotel, and very convenient to everything. It will shortly be renamed Hotel Am Konzerthaus as of October 1. (http://www.hotelamkonzerthaus.com/)
Immediately, we hit the road to start exploring. It was my first time in Vienna, and about the only thing I had previous knowledge about was the Opera House, which was one of the first things we visited. Below: The Opera House.
We did a guided tour, which showcased various beautiful rooms within as well as taking us into the gigantic backstage. Afterwards, we walked to the Secession Building, a museum featuring works of the Secessionist movement, including Gustave Klimt's Beethoven's Frieze. Above: The Secession Building.
Afterwards, we walked through the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs, stopping at the Augustiner Keller to have our first beer of the Oktoberfest season, as well as a beautiful plate of Wiener Schnitzel (named after Vienna—Wiene in German). Below: Scenes from the grounds, and of course, the Wiener Schnitzel.
After a long walk, we went back to the hotel to clean up before hitting a couple of bars for a not-so-late night as we had an early train to Salzburg the next morning.