Schwedenplatz (meaning: Sweden Square) is square at the northern edge of Ringstrasse. It is a important traffic point and therefor for all visitors a things-to-do. The Schwedenplatz station (named after this square) is stop of the Vienna U-Bahn lines U1 and U4.
It divide Inner Stadt and Danube canal. The area around square are full of cafes, restaurant, shops and monument. I heard it was named as Bermuda triangle. I spend some time in McDonald's here.
I will write about some interesting places around it. One of it is a St. Rupert church. This is one of oldest church in city.
Each of us has his own way of sightseeing, some doing it following the plan which is prepared in advance, while others prefer it randomly. I prefer to randomly roam the city but in Vienna it is almost impossible due to a ring structure of the town. Around the ring permanently circulate trams and therefore it is the best to buy a daily ticket (24 Stunden Wien-Karte), which cost 7,10 euros and is valid for 24 hours. This card allows unlimited number of rides all around the city.
I started my Ringstrasse tour on Schwedenplatz, driving a maximum of one or two stops, as such is approximately the distance between the individual major sights.
There are many ways to visit Vienna's "sister-town" Bratislava: by car, (will take not more than 45 minutes, given, that no traffic-jams on the highway to the airport slow down your ride - you have to pass the airport on your way to Bratislava -) by speedboat (see my tip!), taking exactly 55 minutes from the pier on Schwedenplatz, or, as I recently did, the low - key and slow way by the good old motor-vessel from Vienna / Nußdorf to Bratislava.
The ride is anti-stress pure: the ship drives slowly past the most recently buildt part of "modern" Vienna, showing off some new highrise buildings (not to speak of "skyscrapers), although Millennium-Tower and its companions reach well beyond or touch nearly the 200-meters -mark.
After a 20-minutes stop at the lock of Freudenau-power-station a continental breakfast is served, shortening the further ride. The ship passes the wonderful area of Hainburg-National Park with many herons sitting in the high trees of the park, watching seagulls and Cormorans circulating above.
Bratislava is reached - the low and slow way - in 3 1/4 hours. After a break of 4 hours the vessel leaves for Vienna at 4 pm sharp. A delicious Dinner is served and some after-dinner dancing is announced, before the ship reaches Vienna again around 9pm.
the ride, breakfast , dinner plus one drink and a 1-hour walking tour in Bratislava included, costs EUR 39,90 on Mondays and Tuesdays, EUR 44,90 on sundays and saturdays.
The days of operation vary according to the other scheduled trips to Linz, Passau, Budapest etc.
An exact schedule is shown at the company's website !
Walking from the Opera through Kartnerstrasse to Stephansdome, and through Rotenturm strasse to Danube canal and Schwedenplatz. Here you can eat the best ice cream in Wien ( as we are ), rest a little with coffe and cakes, and go back over Hoher markt to Kohlmarkt and Graben. In this area is the oldest church in town - St. Ruprecht.
Taking the Speedboat "TWIN CITY LINER" Vienna-Bratislava and back saves a lot of time: the ride takes exactly 75 minutes, thus leaving much more time for sightseeing and/or business. The schedule lists 4 daily departs in both directions, on Thursdays to Sundays even 5. It is well possible, to take the boat in early evening, to have a delicious (and cheaper) dinner in Bratislava and to be back way before midnight.
The other side of the coin are the fares: more expensive than the other means of transportation: the ride will set you back for EUR 42,-. to 52,-plus a surcharge of 2,- on weekday-holidays, depending on the time of travel.
Taking into consideration the very central point of departure - the pier is situated in midtown, on Schwedenplatz, a mere 10 minutes walk from St Stephen's the fare offers certainly some value for money.
BOOKINGS have to be made in advance by phone or online, tickets are to be collected at the points mentioned on the website !!
Find more informations on my Vienna-Bratislava-tips
Though not beautiful, this square at the northern edge of Ringstrasse represents important traffic point and starting point for many places. Bermuda triangle with numerous pubs is just around the corner. Here you can take a tram for Augarten or Hundertwasser haus (or just walk there as some people do ;) ), or walk towards Stephansdom. There is also small Danube channel there (well, not that small because quite large ships can sail through). Sometimes there are parties on these ships, but Schwedenplatz is certainly not pleasant place during the night.
Next to Griechenbeisl is a Greek Non United Church - the style of the church really intrigued me - it is again very different from the other churches - this being red and yellow bricks is indeed very striking. Parts are also gold plated....it is also known to many as the Golden House!!!
The famous folksinger, Augustine was said to have composed and presented his belowed song O Du lieber Augustin here,,,,
The Greek merchants lived here in the 18th century gave name this this inn. The restaurant bears witness ot its gastronomic reputation as it hosts famous guests such as Wagner, Strauss etc.
the surrounding area is also known as Bermuda Triangle as there is lots of bars, jazz clubs cafes etc around here.
The oldest church in Vienna - said to be built during the 8th with additions during 11th Century. It is located at the oldest part of the city. Lots of ivy grown over the facade of the church - a very romantic sight and different - a humble look to all the other ornate Viennese church.