You might call them beggers or street entertainers, but basically I think there is hardly any difference. They fish for your kindness and some coins that you might have to spare. the only difference that I guess they have with beggers from my country is the money for the dresses and makeup which they have.
Anyway, on a positive note, I should say, these street entertainers sometimes really have very nice makeup which would force you to spare a while from your busy schedule. I came across these two near the stephansdom.
Hi, i think that is better to stay in the town. Outside the town it is not that interesting and actually it is very borring after 7 or 8 o clock. Actually i have an apartment taht i could rent you in the city center. You could conta me in firstname.lastname@example.org
The apartment costs 55 euro per night
Have a nice day
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.
While the bicycle isn't nearly as popular in Vienna as some other European cities, it was nice to see dedicated bicycle lanes on the sidewalk, marked very clearly with a bicycle, and out of the street. Make sure if you are walking that you are walking on the pedestrian part of the sidewalk or you may find yourself flattened or at the very least cursed at!
I would love to see dedicated bike lanes in the US, we recently had a bike to work day and the ride to our office is filled with perils-car traffic, potholes, people opening their car doors. Perhaps if the price of gas keeps increasing you may see a push to create more bicycle friendly conditions.
Favorite thing: It was HOT while we were in Vienna and we saw the coolest thing near St. Stephens, a water dispenser with free water encouraging people to drink more water. It saved us from buying another bottle of water from the grocery store so it's good for the environment too! It might have just been put there for the Euro 2008 football matches that were going on during our visit but hopefully they are permanent.
There are many reasonably priced restaurants in Vienna but obviously most restaurants in the tourist parts are not. Apart from Zum Bettelstudent in Johannesgasse in 1st district the best you can do if you are on a budget is to avoid 1st district, the Prater area and Schönbrunn area in general and any too poshy-looking restaurant. You are still left with plenty of options, for example at the so-called Campus in 9th district (old hospital area), even some of the restaurants in Museumsquartier (7th district, next to 1st district) are reasonably priced. And of course, at the food market Naschmarkt (near 1st district, between 6th and 4th district) there are myriads of great places, however, not all are cheap. A general tip is to check out "Tagesmenü", a two-course meal for approx 6-7 euros (drinks not included).
The Centimeter restaurants, 7 in Vienna, offer value for money too. Click at Wienplan on their website for locations: http://www.centimeter.at/ The one in 4th district, Margaretenstrasse/Schleifmühlgasse, is just short walk away from other typical must-sees like Karlskirche and Naschmarkt.
Another place worth a visit is actually Cafe Eiles (Josefstädterstrasse in 8th district, close to 1st district, tram J or underground U2 stop Rathaus), one of the good old traditional coffeehouses. They normally have schnitzel for 7 or 8 euros - and they are very good. In addition you get the unbeatable Viennese coffee house ambiente.
A short walk from Cafe Eiles, in Florianigasse, there are two cafes with seriously cheap and good food: Tunel (actually a jazz cafe) and Cafe Merkur: http://www.tunnel-vienna-live.at/
Vienna is reasonably compact for a city but it does have its less attractive areas, so where you stay may make the difference on whether its memorable or not so. The centre has a pedestrian only zone (and is represented by St Stephans Cathedral as a focal point) and accommodation is quite expensive here. The centre is bordered by several 'ring strasse' and most sights can be seen on foot if staying withing these streets.
It also depends what you want to do here. For shopping, the Mariahilfer strasse area also has a lot of hotels (cheaper than centre) plus the benefit of being close to the West Bahnhof (main train station). For a more artistic flavour, the area of Neubau up to Josephstadt is recommended while the area of Hietzing (B&B's and smaller hotels/pensions) is close to the famous Schonbrunn Palace and gardens. Also Wieden, which is near the Belvedere Palace.
Along the Prater strasse you will also find several good value hotels although I wouldn't go much past the Prater Stern (Wien Nord station). Here you will experience the Prater park with its famous Ferris wheel.
Of course if you like a bit of greenery, then staying in the Vienna woods might suit, especially if you have a car (parking in Vienna proper is always difficult).
One year we stayed in Baden and commuted into Vienna as needed which was great as it gave us two locations to explore.
Lastly, buy a Vienna Card which will give you unlimited local transport for the nominated period plus reductions on entry fees to attractions and tours.
Hope this helps,
Fondest memory: Do a horse drawn carriage ride first. It will give a good sense of the city
Here comes the Austrian #1-speciality: "Wiener Schnitzel" (Viennese Cutlet):
Take a thinly sliced peace of veal ("round"), pork or turkey (the ORIGINAL dish is ALWAYS made of veal yet !!),press- or hammer it somewhat, but softly to make it thinner (without causing damage) and dip it into wheat-flour. Remove any excess flour. Than dip it into 2 raw, intermingled eggs so that some of the eggmix sticks (due to the flour)at the cutlet. Dip it now into a heap of (white-) breadcrumbs, prepared on a plate beforehand and press them softly on both sides.Now the "schnitzel"goes into a fryingpan with hot vegetable oil (originally divided butterfat is used !) and is fried slowly till goldenbrown on both sides. After removing it from the pan, excess fat is carefully soaked away with some kitchen-paper and some salt applied.
The original dish goes NEVER with any sauce or gravy, but with a lemon-slice and is preferrably accompanied by potatoe-salad. Bon Appetite !
As you might wanna stay in touch with some folks at home, finding an Internet Cafe in a foreign place can be quite a hassle.
Being in Vienna & having a laptop with WiFi ?
Lucky you, 'cause Vienna has many WiFi access points and some can even be used for free!! In Europe this is still rare to find (compared to e.g. the U.S.)
The following webpage shows you all FREE WiFi spots in Vienna. The provider name is Freewave, I used it many times. Connections are fast & reliable.
Just make sure that your laptop battery is fully charged as it might be difficult to find a power socket in some cafes & restaurants....
even in Vienna the concert- and opera-attire has become much more casual.
As also the program states "No evening dress necessary", you will have a nice evening also in a more comfortable, "club-casual" (no jeans and or sneakers) dress.
Have a nice evening!
Greetings from Vienna!
I 'll strive to make this honeeymoon the best holiday I 've made ever & I 'll make
I made up my mind to rent a car in the Austarian lands. I think I'll rent it in Zell Am See & Give it back as soon as I get in Vienna.
I decided based on my dear VT's wise opinions not to stay very long in Zell Am See for a 5 nights. I think I 'll stay for 3 or 4 nights. When Stayiing Zell Am See, I 'll enjoy a variety of things to do like: going to Kaprun Glacier, para glade, ride the small plane, other adventures ... etc.
Do you suggest a lovely & romantic city or town to travel that is close to Venice I can reach easily by train or by renting a car & I can return back to Venice in order to travel to my next destination whcih is Vienna either by train or by airlines with no any hassle ??
that's a load of questions, the very general ones are best answered by a travel guide such as Lonely P. ect
2- the city is divided into 22 districts. No 1 is the very city centre, no 2-9 and 20 are also close. This system has it's limits but as a rule of thumb: When looking for accomodation, check its postal code as it tells you about the proximity to the inner city 1010 = 1. district, 1020 = 2. district, 1210 = 21. district, ect.
4-public transport is a good bet. Buses, subways, ect bring you everywhere and are reasonably priced for Western European standards. A 24-h-ticket is good choice if you have several stops during a day.
The yellow and blue rental bikes which you find all over the inner city districts are your sunshine alternative. You can register with your credit card, the first hour is always free - enough to go from A to B.
5- As you travel in June, the Summer Stage might be already open. It's a nice terrace at the Donau, good food, always busy with locals.
The restaurants / bars at the Museumsquartier (MQ) are also recommendable if you wanna get a summer feel for Vienna - plenty of young people & students, often live acts or artists around.
Fondest memory: Mostly miss the great possibilities for long distance runners in and around Vienna. Run the Prater and completely forget that you are in larger city.
Picture shows the Giant Wheel, Prater.
Favorite thing: If every picture tells a story, then my pictures of the wonderful cakes we ate in Vienna (all in only 3 days) will tell of the wonderful taste temptations that abound in Vienna. We almost lived on cakes alone, there were so many delicious ones around. No regrets, it was worth the weight gain.
Favorite thing: The Russian War Memorial was built after the Red Army captured Vienna during the end of World War II. There is a beautiful fountain in the vicinity and a beautiful little park too.This is an oasis in the heart of town.
The New Year's Concert in Vienna has been a tradition for over six decades. . It has been broadcast on TV and radio to over 50 countries. The 2008 New Year's Day Concert was conducted by the french conductor Georges Prêtre. The Summer Olympics in Beijing was also saluted by the orchestra with Chinese Gallop of the elder Johann Strauss.
Fondest memory: Due to extremely high demand, tickets for the three traditional end of year concerts are drawn by lot at the beginning of each year. Between January 2nd and 23rd of every year, registrations will be accepted to take part in the drawing for tickets to the following end of year concerts.
The ticket prices currently range between €25 and €850 for the New Year's Concert , €20 and €680 for the New Year's Eve Concert, and €130 and €380 for the Preview Performance. The program is the same for all three concerts.
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