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Luggage and bags: Don't use showy expensive luggage for it is more likely to attract the attention of a passing ruffian. Sensible suitcases are ideal - carrier bags only permissable if they have bare the crest of Fortnum and Mason that of a similar establishment. Dolce and G is simply brash and nouveau riche, Tesco is almost inexcusable, Marks and Spencer the only bag for a true Brit!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good thick walking socks are excellent standbys...'er, unless you happen to be going surfing. Mind you I could see that catching on - a splendid way of polishing your board whilst bedazzling the ladies with suitably sartorial sock designs!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Stiff moustache wax is a must for the gentleman traveller. I carry mine at all times - I do, honestly! "But wait Major," I hear you cry, "Surely that cannot be so because not all male travellers have moustaches?" To which I reply, "True but not all male travellers are gentlemen!"
Photo Equipment: Alas, the days of the large mahogany plate camera have all but passed with the disappearance of the manservant and the rise in weight related hernias! However, I must say that these new fangled digital cameras are jolly good if and when you remember to charge them of course! All the snaps on this site were taken with a Fuji MX 1700 digital camera I bought some years ago - needless to say, you can now buy one with three times the pixels for a third of the cost!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is always a touch more enjoyable if you remember to take a tent. You may use this advice freely...
Miscellaneous: I shall endeavour to be sensible for a moment. Whatever you do, don't forget your adapters and travel plugs for cameras, electric razors etc Alas, I did, and I shall regale you with my tale of woe within the shopping section!
Updated Apr 18, 2005
Luggage and bags: Just bring one average sized bag and pack light, even in Winter - I was lugging a 35kg bag around with me - not pretty.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots Boots Boots. Flat/Heels/Cowboy, whatever. Just keep your feet covered as much as possible.
I also took a thermal vest and leggings (oh my goodness please don't try to imagine that picture, I am only 26!) but I must say I was very warm. I could wear jeans, a long sleeved top and a long coat. Bring a hat that covers your ears because your ears get very very cold, especially the tips! And of course, gloves are a must. Sydney siders - don't bring the ones we wear in Sydney! If you do, bring 3 pairs!
Photo Equipment: I brought a 35 mm SLR and a Canon Ixus 400. To be honest, my next trip will be with the digital only. There's too much to carry otherwise. But bring your own lithium batteries... these can get expensive in Europe.
Updated Feb 1, 2005
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: make sure you have enough contact lense solution for your trip- otherwise it costs 11 euros a bottle for bausch & lombe brand and make sure you have your tylenol and advil because you can't get it here easily at a drug store- they're more into herbal stuff and you have to go to a doctor and get prescription for anything stronger than that.
Updated Jul 14, 2004
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you want to be able to feel comfortable now matter what restaurant or bar you walk into dress nicely. I brought dress pants, comfortable dress/walking boots - blouses and jackets. My husband wore chino's and collared shirts - that way no matter where we went - we were never under dressed...and believe me in this city - it's too easy to be UNDERDRESSED!
Written Jun 22, 2004
Luggage and bags: My main "purse" was a messenger bag that held my digital camera, a light book about Vienna, maps, and a small notebook that I could write in. It had enough zippers and such to make it pretty hard for anyone to get in while I wore it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When I was there - which was May ... the weather was warm, cold, windy and rainy. That doesn't make it easy when you're trying to pack.
I highly recommend comfy shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking on cobblestone streets. I wore heels for one night only and I only had to walk two blocks and that was a challenge!
A small umbrella and a light sweater are wise things to bring in the spring. I found myself having to buy an extra sweater/coat because the evenings were a bit on the chilly side.
The wind can be wicked - so if you have long hair, you'll want to bring something to tie it back when the wind starts ripping. Unless, of course you're really trying to go for the windblown look. Who am I to judge?
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always bring Band-Aids if I know I'll being walking a lot. Luckily I didn't need them this trip.
If you need to go to a drugstore (Apotheke), you should know that their hours vary, but a sign will be posted to let you know which ones are open.
Photo Equipment: Digitial cameras are the way to go. Bring extra charged batteries while you're walking around town because you will use up the main battery with all the pictures you'll take of the amazing buildings.
Written May 22, 2004
Luggage and bags: Take a comfortable backpack with not too much weight...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must...you will probably walk almost everywhere you go...
Photo Equipment: Make sure you take a lot of film for the many photos you will want to take. A zoom lens also comes in handy for getting to those 'hard to reach' places... A tripod is a great addition too for those night photos...Vienna has some great buildings to photograph at night...
Written Sep 19, 2003
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Probably most of you already know this, but I can't point out enough how valuable comfy shoes are in Vienna. First, the cobblestone streets really kill your feet and second, most of the attractions are in the city center, so you won't be riding the subway or streetcar much, but rather walk everywhere. I didn't start out with the most comfortable shoes and those are my feet on the second day. In case the photo isn't good - there are bandaids all over the toes and red marks from the shoes.
Written Aug 7, 2003
Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 19°C ( 49 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 9°C ( 34 - 48°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 22 – 25°C ( 71 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 15°C ( 52 - 59°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 20°C ( 43 - 68°F); min: 1 - 11°C ( 34 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 – 4°C ( 36 - 39°F); min: -2 - 1°C ( 28 - 34°F )
There's alway a slight breeze from the Vienna Forest that makes the air clean and fresh.
Updated Apr 29, 2003
Luggage and bags: I always pack an empty bag to put the stuff I buy in while on vacation. It might work for you, too. I also prefer luggage with wheels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definitely pack walking shoes because you'll be doing a lot of it. Cobble stones are nice, but get hard on your feet so think comfortable when packing shoes. You also might want to pack some dress shoes, too, in case you want to go to the opera or to a show. I advise packing some dress tuff in general anyway. Vienna is a bit of a dressy place and it's fun to get dolled up.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can pretty much find whatever you need at a local Apotheke or supermarket. I wouldn't pack anything medical unles sit was your usual prescriptions.
Photo Equipment: They have the same film we do, but it can be expensive in touristy areas. I always pack at least five or six rolls, depending on how long I'm going to be gone. Sometimes more.
Written Dec 12, 2002
Miscellaneous: Make yourself sure your stomach is fit for huge amounts of delicious food and bier. And don't eat at least a month before you come to Vienna sweet things - here you can have enough of them... I'm just kidding...On the picture - the famous Sacher Torte.
Updated Dec 2, 2002
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