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Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Pension Pharmador Vienna
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Crossing the border from the Czech Republic into Austria, the look and quality of the buildings change for the better. We stop in Freistadt - an old medieval town (founded around 1220) that separated the Habsburg and Bohemian lands. It stood at crossroads of the salt and iron trade route during the Middle Ages from the Danube to Bohemia. The outer and inner walls, towers and gates of the old city, built mainly between 1363 and 1393 still exist today.

Since it is raining cats and dogs we decide to cut short the stop at this small village. We also pass on any other places further along the route that we may have been tempted to make a wayside stop at.

We arrive into Vienna in good time and locate our Pension which has been booked for the next 2 nights. After settling in, we contact Annalise & Monica who have come from Zurich to meet with us. The next 2 days are spent walking, driving, sightseeing, eating, drinking and just soaking up everything Vienna has to offer.

Apart from the usual tourist spots, we check out: Demel - a coffee shop (for want of a better word) that started it's operations way back in 1786; and Cafe Landtmann - which opened in 1873, and has been patronised by many celebrities including Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Hillary Clinton and Sir Paul Mc Cartney.

Since Annalise and Monica are staying in a suburb of Vienna, we have the opportunity to dine at a local suburban restaurant (Leopoldauerhof) well off the ant trail but very well known by the local community for it's highly regarded Wiener Schnitzel.

After 2 very full days in Vienna, we bid Annalise and Monica farewell (again) and we prepare for our continued journey west toward the German border.

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