Have a VT meeting :-D
Of course, this tip applies to any location where a VT'er lives at ;)
Mr. Sweden and I attended a mini meeting that VT'er Michael arranged for us. In it, we met VT'ers Viennese Ursula, Spanish Ursula and Manfred. These interesting people gave us a good time over good food and a lot of laughs. I'm sure that most VT'ers will be happy to meet you over a cup of coffee, a beer, dinner, lunch, etc.
The picture on this tip is courtesy of Spanish Ursula.
Stephansdom - a beautiful giant cucumber covered with loads and loads of knobbles. Climbing on Stephen Dome roof I discovered for the first time in my life I had height sickness.Fortunately, two Danish guys help me to recover my courage and my humor sense. Heres a scarry laughing panicked version of me:)
One day is not nearly enough to visit Vienna. However, for those who cannot stay more than one day, here are my suggestion to make the most of it.
First of all buy a 24-hours travelcard, then:
1) Start with a complete tour of the Ring by tram (list of the sights in my Vienna page). Start at any point of the Ring, but get off the tram at Burgtor;
2) Walk under the Burgtor, see the Heldenplatz and the "new" wing of the royal palace (Hofburg), walk across the other courtyards of the palace and under the dome of the Michaelertor;
3) Have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at the cafe on your left-hand side when you get out of the Michaelertor in the Michaelerplatz;
4) When you get out of the cafe, take the street named Kohlmarkt up to the Graben;
5) Walk the Graben, admire the elegant shops but be careful not to miss the historic and artistic beauties of the place;
6) At the end of the Graben you will see Stephansdom, the cathedral;
7) After taking an adequate number of pictures of the Cathedral, walk southward along the Kartnerstrasse, the trendiest street in town;
8) At the end of the street you will see the Opera;
9) If you wish to have lunch, the informal Augustinerkeller is nearby (details in my Vienna page);
10) Take the D tram in front of the Opera (other side of the avenue, so use the underground crossing) and go to the Schloss Belvedere, one of the most beautiful palaces in Vienna;
11) Visit the exhibition of paintings (Klimt, Schiele etc) inside the Schloss Belvedere;
12) Take the tram D again (opposite direction) to get back, but get down at Schwarzenbergplatz;
13) A short walk will take you to the Karlskirche. Admire, take pictures and then walk to the underground station Karlsplatz;
14) Take the line U1 to Praterstern. When you get out you will see the big ferris wheel of the Prater;
15) Get into one of the wagons and have a view of Vienna from this vantage point. You will be able to see the Danube from there;
16) Give your tired feet a rest;
17) For a nice evening out, take the tram 38 from Schottentor to Grinzig and have dinner in one of the many typical Heuriger (wineries cum restaurant).
This looks like any normal office building, overlooking the Danube canal its got quite good views.
However, this isn't just any old office building, this building was designed by the infamous artist Hudertwasser.
This building is used as........
Zentralfriedhof - dome of Dr. Karl Lueger Church
Vienna's favorite anti-semitic political leader was so beloved, he was honored with having the Zentralfriedhof's imposing church named after him. It really is quite a beautiful structure, with delicious mosaics, interesting stained glass, and this wonderfully painted dome.