Vienna...the city of Music

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
Trip End Aug 29, 2007

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oi from Austria
What to say about Vienna, Austria?
It's my second time in this city and it is still full of things to do and see.  Museums galore (12 in the palace alone) and some beautiful architecture.  There are also some strange buildings, such as the Hundertwasserhaus, which was designed to have no angles, only curves.  Today it is a social housing project.  There is a lot of music and culture.  Unfortunately winter is not the best time to make the most of one's visit.
Luckily for me, Austria is a German speaking country, so I was able to struggle through with my language skills.  They are also under the Euro, which can be a blessing and a burden.  It makes a country far more expensive, but at least one doesn't have to exchange at every border.
The best way to see the city is by getting a 24 hour metro pass (5 Euro) vs a metro trip ticket (1.50 Euro)...after 5 or so trips, you already saved money.  As the metro goes pretty much everywhere (even Schonbrunn Palace, which is a bit out of the city), it's the best option to make the most of your sightseeing time.
As far as nightlife goes, we didn't really party, as I was feeling under the weather...
Our hostel was clean and a good price as far as the city costs (it was 16 Euro for a 4-6 bed dorm), but Sam and I didn't particularly warm to it as it didn't feel very cozy or homey...But hey, if you want to party, it's probably a great place to's right on the main shopping street as well and next to a metro stop and the Western train station...
The only unfortunate part for us was that the bus (around 30 Euro) to Florence only goes on Sundays and Wednesdays, so we had to take the train...which cost us 90 Euro (disgusting amount!...and not even for a sleeper cabin)...only after we bought the tickets, we met a girl who only paid 29 Euro ( on line, Allegro, Trenitalia)
Because you all know me so well, of course I had an incident on the way over from Budapest...I decided to use the bathroom on the bus, and as we were nearing a stop, the bus driver locked the bathroom and the lights went off...and I couldn't get out!  I started panicking!  But finally a lady told the driver and I got out!  Damn claustrphobia :p
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