Visitare Metropolis

Trip Start Sep 01, 2011
Trip End Sep 18, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Monday, September 12, 2011

The first thing that we noticed is that Vienna compared to other capital cities in our journey is very comfortable. Unlike moscow-like Warsaw and overwhelming Prague, the old Metropolis of the Empire felt cozy right from the very first moment.

The subway of Vienna is the best I have ever seen so far both practical and esthetically pleasing. The network is dense and convenient, trains are in good shape, some gorgeous old stations which are constructed in 1898-1901 in Jugendstil style, it's easy to use chidren prams because each station has elevators etc.

We’ve spent almost all day in Schönbrunn and it was very pleasant and refreshing. The park is in great shape: very clean and groomed. The Zoo is just marvelous.

Vienna is home to streets-sandwich culture and coffee culture. So we ate some delightful "frankfurters" while on spazier in the palace park and drank coffee with Sachertort in Sacher Restaurant :)

Language spoken in Wien is not your regular German. It’s its Viennese version, adjusted for usage by multi-ethnic population of the city. Some obvious differences: words’ endings are simplified, articles are often dropped usw. However, there’s also a more orthodox Austrian-Bavarian that is used in the province: I’ve heard a conversation of two locals on a gas-station where I was buying a “vignette” (most highways are paid) and I couldn’t understand a single word! Even their greeting and thanks were totally unknown to me :)

The place where we stay is unbelievable: it is located on one of the hills surrounding Vienna on the territory of a historic Schloss. Our door-window opens up in a garden with the city centre right on our hand.  It takes some time to get to the centre by bus and then by U-bahn but the view alone is worth it :)


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