But not all was lost.
We ended up stumbling upon a little wine/beer garden right by our hostel that was just completely amazing--one of the best meals of the trip! And the hostel was fabulous. I didn't know what to expect, but it was clean, comfortable, and not grungy or hippie like I had envisioned. The only catch was the we stayed in bunk beds, but they actually provided some really cute picture moments!
The next day we had much better luck. We cabbed up to the highest point of Vienna to the Rauhenstein Castle ruins that also included an old, abandoned monastery (they use to make their own beer as many of the monasteries did and do--we were sad to see it not open!). With 360 degree views for miles, this was a postcard experience that could never be captured on film or art. As we walked back down, we stopped at various wine and beer gardens and a monastery that was OPEN and made their own very bubbly beer along the way, each one beautiful, fun, and delicious. To cap it off, we stopped at Mayer am Pfarrplatz, better known as Beethovenhaus where Beethoven actually lived and composed one of his symphonies. Truly an amazing day.