Grand Buildings and Monuments in Vienna

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Vienna is a city I have visited numerous times while living in Austria, but every time it was to visit friends and family or to go to operas, concerts, shows and theaters. This time I wanted to be a tourist to try to see the city with different eyes.
It was first now that I came to think of how grand everything was. The Austrian Parliament is of course massive and rich in beautiful details, but so was also the national library, the opera houses and even the smaller public buildings.
I found a really good map on this page which helped me see it all more effectively. In one fully packed day I was able to see most of the city sights so that I could spend rest of my time with

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The Austrian Student City of Graz

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Graz is the second biggest city in Austria and one definitely worth visiting if traveling through central Europe. It is known for being the cultural and student capital, and has a lot of history to it dating back to the 15to 18th hundred, while Styria was the Austrian front against the Turkish Ottomans. From that time the city has a castle, a clock tower and most impressively the Worlds largest historical armoury hosting over 32 000 pieces of armor and weapons. Some guns being as heavy as 65 kilos, armor weighing over 40 kilos and even one of the World’s only seven original horse armors which originally used for parades only, but is today traveling around the World moat of the time to be used in exhibitions and movies, so I was lucky it was there.
The main reason of my visit though was to meet an old friend from the time when I lived in Austria, and it has been great walking around exploring both old churches as well as the new, strange looking art museum and Mur island restaurant. Having been on the road for long it was also great to take some time off to relax and catch up on old times.
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Back in my Second Hometown, Linz

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Traveling from Ukraine, I had a nights stop in Hungrary where I met an old university student colleague of mine who lived in the capital. It had snowed the whole evening, so after a few drinks we decided to head to the top of the hill and slide down on bob sleighs. The view from the top was great at night and sliding down was a fun way of spending my only night before heading to Linz in Austria.
Linz is my second home town after living there for a year during high school, almost ten years ago. It is a place I have visited many times since and the perfect place to retreat to when traveling in Europe gets tiresome. The host family that I used to live with made sure to keep me well fed and rested, and I made a schedule for all my old friends who I wanted to meet during the two days I was there. Visiting the Poöstlingberg church, which is the city’s symbol, the city castle and hanging out by the Danube brought back many memories from a time there that I will always miss.

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Back to my Second Home

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Sleeping outdoors and on train stations, and eating canned food and cheeseburgers for days does something to your whole body. The few days that I spent in Austria have been a rehabilitation for my whole body and spirit. The feeling of taking a long warm shower, eat good home cooked meals, cutting my hair, sleeping in a comfortable bed, washing my clothes and starting to do sports was the best treatment I could give myself at that time. During my stay I went mountain biking, played golf, met up with friends and went to a exhibition of modern art called “Höhenrausch 2” ( I also went to Höhenrausch 1 two years ago). Fully charged again, I set the course for Hungary.
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