Melbourne – a city to fall in love with

Melbourne is ranked first in the list of most livable cities int the world (Vienna is second!) and now we know why.

The city center is not very big but very worth seeing. We really enjoyed our first walk. We find it particularly successful that the architects have managed to integrate the new buildings with the old ones so that they not look like foreign objects.

As one of the first stations in the city, we strolled through Chinatown.

In addition to many Chinese restaurants and shops you will also find the Hofbräuhaus in a little street … I was not really aware of the connection between the Hofbräuhaus and China until now ;).

In some restaurants you can watch – even from the street – how dim sum is made! Since Max loves Dim Sum we had to try this immediately, of course. They were fresh and delicious.

The next stop was the Victoria State Library, which is famous for its dome and reading room.

Here you will also find exhibitions about the history of Australia and a gallery with many – some very interesting – pictures.

Most impressive of all, I found this picture – of course it is from Melbourne:

Afterwards we drove with the tram number 35 (unfortunately I did not manage to take a picture of this old tram) – by the way, all trams in the center can be used free of charge!

We exit at St. Paul Cathedral to take a look inside.

Vis a Vis is the tourist center of Melbourne – almost an attraction in itself. Above ground is only the entrance area.

Underground you will find a large area with 10 switches and very competent staff.

Unfortunately we were too late for the planned boat trip (last departure was at 15:30 and we were there shortly after 16:00) – too bad, but we will come back.

So we go to the Eureka Skydeck 88 – the tallest building in Melbourne and one of the highest in the southern hemisphere. The view is very good.

Afterwards we went back to the hotel.

Unfortunately, the view from the room is not really good …

We are looking forward to tomorrow!