Welcome back! Did you have a good lunch? Which spices did you buy? and did you find the trinket shop with those beautiful quilts? So now let’s continue and finish our journey through Vienna on the D tram.
On the corner of Servitengasse and Grünentorgasse is what looks like a square handrail. I must have past it many times before I went over and looked at what was on display in the ground. Old keys all labeled with the names of their former Jewish owners – a quiet reminder of the area’s past history. Simple, understated and easy to miss.
Turn left up Grünentorgasse and pass the Servitenkirche. I always love photographing this church. I love the shapes, the angles and the colour. I’ve past it many times in different seasons and light. I have tried various contortions to avoid the electrical wires running over head, but they usually make an appearance! At end of the street you arrive at Porsellangasse. Here you will meet up once more with the D tram.
However hold off a little longer from climbing back on board the tram, there is another quiet un touristy gem I want to share with you. If you head right out of Porzellangasse and take the first left into Fürstengasse you will arrive outside The Liechtenstein Palace. By now I suspect it is mid afternoon and the perfect time for a glass of Leichtenstein white wine. The café at the side of the palace is carefully placed in the shade of the trees, while in the summer the gardens are a delight of butterflies and bees. The palace holds a unique collection of art, but to visit you need to check the opening times and book in advance. For me the unhurried, quiet nature of the grounds is the great attraction, which is a complete contrast to The Belvedere.
As the early evening approaches, return to the D tram and continue your journey out of the city, all the way to the end of the line. Nussdorf is an outlying suburb of Vienna, surrounded by vine covered hills and a pleasing contrast to the stately grandeur of the main city. Take your time wandering around this little gem, with quaint streets and ancient houses. It is also a chance to choose a local Hueringer, ready for your evening meal. One popular Hueringer is situated in a former home of the great composer Beethoven. Its clear though that Beethoven liked Nussdorf, since he lived in quite a few of the houses around the village, as the plaques on the walls explain.
Now would you like one last adventure? Just to finish off your day in spectacular fashion? Find the No 38 bus. It runs along Grinzinger Strasse and head all the way up to Kahlenberg. Kahlenberg sits on top of the hill overlooking Vienna and affords a breath taking view of the city down below.