On my latest trip, one of my stops was to Austria for a little Vienna vacation. It’s practically impossible to take in Austria without learning a bit of history. The country’s capital was home to monarchs, kings and rulers who reigned over much of Europe for several centuries.
As I have a fascination with royalty, I had to take in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, which served as the winter residence for the ruling monarchs and is currently used as the residence and workplace of the President of Austria. The enormous palace and grounds was essentially a city center where up to 5000 people live and worked. After viewing the palace’s silver collection, royalty apartments and watching the horse perform at the Spanish Riding School. I could easily take up residence there.
Naturally if I was going to visit the winter home, I had to see the summer residence as well. The Schönbrunn Palace and its magnificent gardens are just as breathtaking as the Hofburg. Further solidifying the fact that I should live in castle. But to live in these grand homes, you’d need a fantastic wardrobe so naturally I had to do a little shopping while I was in the area.
Right near the Hofburg along 1, Kohlmarkt, you can find many of the high-end luxury brands that I’ve come to admire. I popped by many of my favorites such as Moncler, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Ferragamo and Burberry to name a few. For more affordable shopping, I also hit the shops around my hotel, the Ruby Hotel. Here you can find the fast fashion brands like H&M and Zara as frequent as the Starbuck’s locations are in the states. Other widely popular stores were the shoe store Humac that had a great selection of shoes and department store, Kleider Bauer where I picked up some great Hugo Boss pieces.
For this trip, I stressed comfort in my attire. There was lots of walking involved so naturally the focus was on shoes. My Timberland Newport Bay Canvas High-top Sneakers were an absolute godsend. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I own and were great to walk in. I alternated these with a pair of Prada sneakers which were great as well.
When packing for a trip, consider dress requirements if you’re planning to visit churches or cathedrals. Some cathedrals have strict dress codes such as no tank tops or shorts so it’s wise to be prepared. While this was not the case while visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, it was better to be safe than sorry. I opted for jeans and khaki’s paired with short and long sleeve shirts for this part of the trip. Adding a light leather jacket at night and I was all set for my Vienna vacation.
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Denim – AG Jeans; Striped short sleeved shirt – Zenga; Oval mirror sunglasses – Chili Beans; Sneakers – Prada; Khaki pants – Timberland; Canvas High-tops – Timberland; Polka dot long sleeved shirt – Marc Jacobs; Sunglasses – Retrosuperfurture; Leather jacket (not shown) – Timberland