A park Right in the middle of a town
Favorite thing: Schwechater Stadtpark...One of the very nice parks in Schwechat and very near to the apartment we stayed in. Honestly, If you are a nature lover, Wien can never be boring for you because there is a blends of modern life with nature, shopping and more.
To get to Schwechater Stadtpark, take the train S7 from wien landstrasse to schwechat, walk up the sendnergasse to hauptplatz, cross hauptplatz, enter loewengasse and follow the way to the park.Related to:
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
Favorite thing: While at the Naschmarket, Mum bought whole lots and lots of lavender. I thought the change in weather has affected her state of mind (Sorry mum), But thanks to her after the trip, Our home has been smelling good for months. A good natural air freshener that will last for month, If you are from Asia like us, you can also give it away as souvenirs to family & friends. Once fully dried, the lavender can be drank as a herbal tea…so nothing goes to waste!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Strange floating orange box.
Favorite thing: We were strolling by a canal near central Wien when we stumbled upon a strange big orange box. After some questions, It was actually some sort of a resort with swimming pool, restaurant and a club. Very cool facilities inside a strange looking ship! But who wants to take a swim in there when you can swim at the Danube? :)Related to:
- Spa and Resort
- Theme Park Trips
- Adventure Travel
Delicious looking chocolates!
Favorite thing: While walking around central Wien, We stumbled upon a shop selling some delicious looking chocolates as souvenirs! A nice gift for a loved one, The chocolate name, Sachertorte sounds expensive though.
Fondest memory: Unique things and some vehicles that are "extinct" in our place.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
- Food and Dining
DOGGIE, KEEP OFF THE GRASS.
Favorite thing: On most of the areas of grass in the centre of Vienna, there are warnings on how much it would cost if your dog fouls on the grass. These fines are different on each section of grass. Most tourists do not take their pets with them on holiday. If you do shop around and get the best deal.
Favorite thing: This card costs €16.90 for 3 days. It gives you unlimited public transportation and discounts in many museums and sites. If you are a student, be aware: the student discount is usually greater than the one you get with this card! Because of this, do the math, and see if it will be worth it before you buy, as its only value will be for the transportation.
Favorite thing: 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.
Vacation apartment in Vienna
Favorite thing: 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 email@example.com
The apartment costs 55 euro per night
Have a nice day
Have a VT meeting :-D
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
Budget eating - restaurants and cafes
Favorite thing: 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/Related to:
- Budget Travel
General areas to stay in Vienna
Favorite thing: 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 cityRelated to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
"Wiener Schnitzel" - a famous Austrian speciality
Favorite thing: 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 !Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Arts and Culture
Free wireless access points / WiFi Internet use
Favorite thing: 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....
- Budget Travel
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