Modern and old town well mixed together
Favorite thing: From panorama view (the best, I think, from Prater wheel and Cathedral) it is easy predictable where the old and a new part of city is. Many old buildings are well preserved and the modern buildings fit to the common view of city.
The Ringstrasse is the main "border" what joins old and new parts. Around this street you can see lots of great buildings.
Athosphere of 19th century imperial town
Favorite thing: The special atmosphere of 19th century makes architecture and the carriages with two horses. These carriages are the special transportation from one side of city to another. In my picture it is showed the carriage and two horses.
The central parts there this transportation is offered are Stephansdom square and places near Hofburg palace.
City of musicians
Favorite thing: People call Vienna the capital of classical European musicians even if they haven’t visited this city. Vienna is really attracted with this advantage - Opera house, parks and statues for musicians, classical music playing on the streets, Waltz of Wien...
Great Sparkling Beverages
Favorite thing: In Austria, the leading brand of mineral water is Römerquelle. While visiting Vienna, I tried a few different beverages made by Römerquelle -- and my favorite was named "emotion apfel/ribisel" which is a sparkling combination of apple juice, red currant juice, and mineral water. It is delicious!
Favorite thing: Kartner Strasse is the main pedestrian street in Vienna. Retail shops and restaurants line the boulevard with cafe patios all along the middle of the street. You can enjoy sitting in one of these cafes and do some terrific people watching. Picture taking oppurtunities abound here with great architecture all around you and even some of the local street entertainers getting pretty imaginative as you can see by my picture. You'll find retail shops for whatever you wish to purchase, although many of the shops here are pretty expensive. There are many sites that are close by such as the Hofburg Palace, the Albertina, Mozart's House, KapuzinerKirche and Kaisergruft, Stephensplatz and the Stephansdom, the Opera House and Hohr Markt either on the street or nearby.
Kartner Strasse is a great base for your adventures around Vienna with U-stations Karlsplatz and Stephansplatz easily accessible as well as many tram lines that stop within walking distance at the Ring Rd.Related to:
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- Castles and Palaces
Classically Musical Toilets
Favorite thing: One can't excape Mozart in Vienna. Even the pay toilets which cost .60 cents to enter play his music as well as other classical composers. This one was pretty neat inside with references to the opera all around. Toilets are referred to as loges, paintings of balconies on the walls and more, I was pretty amused by all this. The pictured restroom is located in the U Karlsplatz at the stairs leading to the Opera House.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Castles and Palaces
Monument to the Victims of War and Fascism
Fondest memory: The Monument to the Victims of War and Fascism is a very powerful and heartwrenching piece that shows how war and fascism turns the lives of people upside down and inside out. It shows the cruelty inflicted on innocent people because they are different than those that ran the country. It shows the brutality of the Nazis and how cold and calculated they were.
The monument stands on a spot where several hundred people were buried alive when a cellar they were hiding in was demolished by a WW2 bombing attack. Finding this out really had an emotional impact on me.
There are four thought provoking statues in split white stone. I'd recommend taking the time to really get a good look at them and to reflect on why scenes like these keep happening the world over.
You'll find the monument in the Albertinaplatz right in front of the Albertina Museum and behind the Vienna Opera House.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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Favorite thing: Tourist Office
* Tourist Info Vienna (pic)
Vienna 1, Albertinaplatz / Maysedergasse,
behind the Vienna State Opera
* Tourist Info Vienna Airport
* Wien-Hotels & Info
- Tel.: (+43) 1 24 555
- Fax: (+43) 1 24 555 666
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internet: www.wien.info (different languages)
And regarding the http of the Tourit info: www.wien.info/en/travel-info/tourist-info/tourist-information
The Weather in Vienna
Favorite thing: Don't forget to check the Weather before the trip.
Three links to choose from:
Favorite thing: Coffee break at Wien Cafe;
After exploring the airport you can just sit near the fountain that I called "The Stone Fountain" and relax.
Fondest memory: Arrival of the group of Ukrainian educators from Odessa by Fokker airplane.
It was a pleasant flight and a nice time at the airport during my first visit.Related to:
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Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Austria:
Gas leaks: 128
Alpine rescue: 140
On-duty medical unit: 141
Support for children and teens: 147
How clean is the city
Favorite thing: For such a busy and big city like Wien, you can pretty much expect that it can't be perfectly clean, but...
But rally, Wien it's impressive, so clean, no paper on the floor, no cigarettes, nothing, it seems that people are working all day in every part of the city to keep it as clean as possible, and probably it's really like that.
Trash cans and ash trays are everywhere, so you have no excuse not to use them, keep the city clean as it is.
Water distributors arond the city
Favorite thing: Something i found really good in Wien, are the free water distributors around the touristic places.
This is really a good idea, specially for such hot days like when i was there.
People sometimes want a bit o water not the whole bottle and in those distributors you can choose how much water you want, so just grab as much as you want and continue the visit to the city, always refreshed.
Favorite thing: Apfelstrudel is a traditional pastry of Austria and a popular dish in many countries that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. It is the most widely known kind of strudel.
Well if you like sweet, don't miss that, you are inside the country who is really specialist in making that, in every way, so taste it, well the portions are usually pretty big, so enjoy it and lick your mustache :)
Favorite thing: Well this is another specialty, that you don't have to miss.
Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.
The trademark for the "Original Sachertorte" was registered by the Hotel Sacher, which was built in 1876 by the son of Franz Sacher.
Nobody knows the real recipe because is well kept secret... You can imagine why.
It consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing with shreds of chocolate on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream without any sugar in it.
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