Vienna is celebrating the 150 anniversary of the birthday of one of it’s most prominent and beloved sons – Gustav Klimt. I had no idea until I arrived to Vienna a week ago. Gigantic posters announce special Klimt events all over the city. To say I was overwhelmed would be a major understatement.Wein Museum, Art History Museum, Leopold Museum, Succession, Belvedere – just to name a few must-sees in the next several months in Vienna. Each exhibition is designed differently and focuses on a particular facet of Klimt’s life. I had only two short days in Vienna and it was virtually impossible to see everything.
I enter Leopold Museum holding my breath. “Klimt - up close and personal” is the name of the exhibition. Throughout the gallery there is a glass display with hundreds of postcards.
It might sound strange, but it was my best “Klimt moment”. There will be other moments, of course. Vienna fascinated me deeply and I am planning to go back soon. My first impression of the city was that I found myself in a clean, calm Paris. And just like Paris Vienna is famous for it's authentic cafés. Café Central, Café Mozart, Café Sacher offer everything a demanding gourmand can expect. But if you are looking for a quiet and intimate atmosphere, go to Café Hawelka in the old town (Dorotheergasse 6).