Travel Blogs from Vienna
You can do a lot in three-and-half days in Vienna, but you do have to be organized. Also, you'll need to build in the "screwing up the public transportation" initiation. After half-a-day though, you'll probably have the color-coded U-system down.
Here are some "must do's":
... truly magical to here them in their city of inspiration. After the concert I managed to get Tom back for having such fun when I was sick on the highway (see Munich blog). Tom although living in all over the world, has not developed a strong stomach. I saw this first hand in India and again after the concert! On leaving the concert and boarding the subway, Tom started to grumble about his belly. By the time we got to the main station, he was in ...
... ride. Unfortunately, we couldn't get our gondola pilot to sing, which is apparently a challenge in the Contiki world. Felix and I opted out of a glass blowing demonstration to relax and grab a beer at a cafe. Other than that we shopped around for masks (that night was a masquerade party, and we decorated our masks to look like Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons), had some wicked lasagna and even got to check out a Vivaldi exhibition at a church. No ...
... We started walking and ended up at an area called Stephansplatz. It's part of the old city and where all the shops and people are. We shared a pistachio ice cream and watched some really impressive break dancers in the street. This one guy spun in circles on his head for probably a full minute. That's some serious skill. We ended the night by doing some bar hopping and enjoying a couple liters of beer. Auf Wiedersehen! ...
... day were here. It is precisely for moments such as these that I am in Europe this summer. Peter and I then visited his university and had a beer ON his campus. Yeah that’s what they do here. It is also acceptable to carry it onto the subway which we took to a beach bar – Tel Aviv. Along the Danube, this bar had a vibrant feel to it with sand on the floors to create the beach effect. After spending some time there (out for over ...
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We arrived at 3:00 pm on a Sunday, and were shocked to find that the reception hours ended at 2:00, necessitating finding a phone booth and calling the head office. (We didn't know this in advance. Weekdays, reception is open until 8:00 pm.)
After that little debacle was settled, we were quickly installed in a comfortable room on the second floor of this modernized hotel. The view out our window of a bank of unattractive offices and some raised train tracks wasn't great, but the baking afternoon sun required closed drapes anyway. (The "air conditioning" was little more than a fan).
On the whole, though, for those traveling with a car, this place is a great deal at 76 Euro a night plus breakfast. It's two blocks from the U3, which takes you right into the heart of the Vienna scene in 15 minutes, without parking or driving hassles, and the neighborhood, though working class and nothing fancy, is decent and safe, with great people-watching opportunities.
The receptionists are business-like, but friendly enough, and the place is absolutely spotless, and the breakfast quite generous. Our only mishap (besides the surprise at the beginning), was a parking ticket due to parking too close to the pedestrian crosswalk--though we didn't park any differently than anyone else. I suspect our obvious rental car status helped seal the deal with that ticket.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.