Vienna Travel Guide

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Vienna Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful Architecture, Cultural Center for Music and Art, Great Public Transportation, Interesting and Friendly People 

  • Con
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     a bit on the expensive side, and always watch the floor while walking (too many dogs and horses in this city :)) 

  • In a nutshell
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     I love Vienna city - it's a bitter-sweet taste of culture and traditions 

Vienna Things to Do

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  • Schonbrunn

    When visiting the park of Schönbrunn palace, don’t miss the climb up Gloriette hill. Unless your walking abilities forbid this walk, that is, of course. The hill is steep but the paths zigzag up, so it isn’t as bad as it seems from below, although still something. Watch how the view over the park and the palace opens up during the climb and reveals...

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  • Hofburg

    My favored part of the Hofburg Palace complex is the enclosed courtyard called "In der Burg" reached after passing under the Michaeler cupola. On the west side stands the Amalienburg which is my preferred building because of its nice late Renaissance style. Once (16th c.) it was a free-standing building opposite the older Schweizertrakt (Swiss...

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  • Belvedere

    The baroque gardens of Belvedere are one of my favourite walks in Vienna. The formal garden extends on a gentle slope between Prince Eugen’s two summer palaces known as the Upper and the Lower Belvedere. Downhill is probably the best direction to enjoy the view over the gardens, the palaces, the surrounding buildings. Enter at Upper Belvedere and...

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Vienna Hotels

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Vienna Restaurants

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  • Grinzing & Heurigen

    The main reason to go there is the view witch is simply great, you sit in the middle of vineyards see the Danube and parts of Vienna, best to go there on a nice summer day. The food is the usual Heurigen food bread spreads like Liptauer (cheese), faschierte Laibchen (minced meat patties), roast pork. The wine is made (as usual with Heurige) by the...

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  • Demel

    The last time we were in Vienna, we didn't get the opportunity to visit Demel. This time, we weren't going to pass up the opportunity. We met up with one of LJ's friends (from when she used to live here) and headed to Demel for lunch/dessert. A classic, historic and wonderful place to visit...just the desserts alone make this a "must-see"...

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  • Cafe Central

    Opened over 150 years ago, Café Central was a meeting place for the city's intellectuals, and Lenin & Trotsky are said to have been regular customers. In a historic old and beautiful building, with a high vaulted ceiling, waiters in traditional uniform, a pianist playing classical music. Sitting here is like travelling back in time. Stick with the...

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Vienna Nightlife

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  • NIght Clubs & bars

    Loos American Bar or simply Loosbar is the name of this bar next to Kaerntner Strasse, in the pedestrian Zone of Vienna and its facade just like the interior was made in 1908 in Art Nouveau Style / Jugendstil by the famous austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870 -1933). In the summertime they also have a few seats and tables out in the street, right in...

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  • discos,pubs & Restaurants

    A very relaxed and super cool bar near the Stefansdom. High walls, minimalist decor, great cocktails, relaxed clientele and chilled out music. It was, like many bars in Germany and Austria, very smoky, but we found a place around the corner which cut most of that off. If you want a place to drink before hitting the clubs, you won't go far wrong...

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  • Music & Theatre

    Everything is a little bit different in Vienna, when it comes to music, even the street-musicans are different and so it could happen that you walk in Kaerntnerstrasse or Graben on a saturday or sunday evening and you feel like in a concert-hall: I am not really a big fan of classical piano-music, but when-ever I see this lady performing in the...

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Vienna Transportation

  • Bus,tram&Metro

    The City Airport Train, abbreviated as CAT, ist the fastest connection vor Vienna Schwechat Airport (VIE) into the city. It takes you straight to Wien Mitte station without any stops on the way in 20 minutes. It is on the one hand convenient, on the other hand rather expensive compared to alternatives. I took it once because I arrived very late in...

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  • Vienna Card & day tickets

    We bought the Vienna card on the internet before we went. You can order it here: http://www.wienkarte.at/EN/?l=e These are the disounts and benefits: http://www.wien.info/article.asp?IDArticle=9400 Or you can buy it from the Info counter in the airport arrivals hall just before customs and at almost any hotel. We found it handy, you stamp it...

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  • by train to Vienna

    At the moment the cheapest way from Vienna to Budapest is by bus, Orangeways from Olympiaplatz 2./Entgerthstrasse (U 2 station Stadion, close to the soccer stadion) via Vienna airport to Üllõi út 129, FTC Stadion, Budapest, with online booking 4000 Forint, or with Volanbusz from 2900 (from the Volanbusz terminal Üllõi út 131 to Vienna Erdbergerstr....

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Vienna Shopping

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  • From a needle to a locomotive

    The best shopping is in the Mariahilferstrasse or Meidlinger Hauptstrasse or in the biggest European shopping center is Shopping City Süd (SCS).-a doll( puppet) in folk costume ,11euro, -ein zeppelbande( Die farbenfrohen Wackeltiere aus Holz, die "auf Knopfdruck" einen wilden Tanz aufführen- meaning The colorful loose wooden animals, that perform...

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  • Bazaar on Viennese way

    On my way trough Vienna's third district I was surprised to see something that looks like a typical Balkan open air market. Clearly, I didn't do so well my preparation for Vienna trip. I found that Vienna have a lot of open markets that are very typical as meeting point of people that it could considerate as local custom. Since Austrian capital is...

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  • Food! and more

    From 1780 was on the right bank of the then unregulated river Wien outside the city walls a market. In 1793 it was ordered that all fruit and vegetables supplied by carts to the city must go to the Naschmarkt (called Naschmarkt since 1820). The Wien became regulated in the late 19. century and from 1910 to more than 120 brick built market stalls...

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Vienna Local Customs

  • Etiquette

    I learned the "Gruss Gott" when I made a stay in a factory of the (catholic) southern Germany i.e. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. That was half century ago and it seems to me that in Austria as well as in Southern Germany this way of greeting is disappearing. Last year there has been some uproar in Baden-Württemberg because it was said that the...

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  • Tipping

    I saw it on many "tips" on VT, that it is usual to add 10% to the bill... THAT is simply not correct, as most people in Austria will just ROUND UP the bill like : 02,70 --> 3,00 27,30 --> 28,00 246,20 --> 250,00 The only "sense" of that kind of tipping is, not to get back a lot of small change back ! I work in Restaurant business since...

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  • Kaffeehaus

    Actually I am a beer or tea drinker more than coffee, so in this case I prefer Lithuania or Czech Republic, Germany, but Vienna was definitely place of coffee culture. Usually I don't drink coffee, but as told "if you are in Rome, behave as Roman", I tried it in Vienna. Only one time, but I felt it is beloved drink in Vienna in numerous coffee...

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Vienna Warnings and Dangers

  • Even to horses can be hot, right?

    It was my first visit of Vienna during such a hot summer days but since I am used on such conditions didn't feel it too much. The daily temperature was over 30 C degrees, quite humidity and without any breath of refreshing breeze. Even horses have suffered of heat around noon and early afternoon. Travel guides, however, chased their group of...

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  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Vienna Tourist Traps

  • Free walking tours

    I read a lot in last year about free walking tour trough some European cities such as Belgrade, Prague or Sofia. There is very good promotions on social networks too. In that time I find a offer for Vienna too. The program would be start in 11 am in Sigmund Freud park, across Votive Church. It would be last about 3 hours and connected all major...

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  • Brick wall is not brick! :)

    When we walked around Vienna, in the centre (1-st district) we saw big brick cube and it was not only one cube, but a few of them. From first sight it seems like made from brick, but in real it is only illumination and they need it for reconstruction of different objects. Some people just work inside these cubes and reconstruct sculptures, the...

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  • The CAT - fast train to/from the airport

    Not worth the triple price compared to the regular S7 train. When at the airport, the walls and signs literally scream with their ads beckoning you to take it into Vienna - so much so that I found it difficult to locate the signs to the regular train.

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Vienna What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Unpredictable Vienna

    Trolleys are best for my taste definitly some good walking shoes...weather proof...it rains a lot here! nothing special needed...probably only your prescription medicine, everyting you can get at the so called "Apotheke" aka pharmacy You should definitly check two or three days before travelling to Vienna to know what you should pack...the...

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  • Vienna Packing List

    Make sure you only bring a small luggage with you. Since you'll be visiting a country in the vicinity of the European Union, you'll be sure to visit plenty of other places. If you're travelling for about a month, a medium-sized luggage plus a hand-carry will suit your purposes well. Make sure to bring a thermal wear. It looks like a sando and can...

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Vienna Off The Beaten Path

  • Hundertwasser

    There is no doubt about that Hundertwasser Haus will occupy your attention at the very first glance. First you will seem that this is a joke or a creation reminiscent of the story of "Hansel and Gretel". My first impression was as if the house has made by a playful, imaginative and very talented children. In fact it is true that all similar works...

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  • excursions from Vienna

    Bratislava is a capital of Slovakia, it is almost like a border town with Austria, Hungary is also not so far. As a capital, it is one of the main touristic objects in Slovakia. Old town, castle territory, Petrin hill, Devin suburb can be visited. To make city more important, one fact can be mentioned - it was even a capital of Hungary for some...

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  • churches

    The convent of the Salesian nuns is located next to Lower Belvedere Palae and Park. The church with the dome probably appears in many photos but hardly anyone seems to take notice. The grounds have the flair of a somehow forgotten place that hardly sees any tourists. I have no idea whether I was supposed to enter the grounds or not, tee hee - I...

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Vienna Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing on Donaukanal

    Fishing on Donaukanal was one of surprises for me. Next to the Urania I saw a fisherman. I didn't see others and I don't know it is legal. In that case I assume that it would be a many others here or not it is not so peaceful place. Fisherman gear.

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  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Outdoor Swimming Pool is a great way to spend a time in city during hot summer days. I found a pool that is actually part of some boat on Danube. So, water on water. It is a great place for whole family. Swimsuit

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  • Art breaks

    During my strolling trough Vienna's center I saw a several young people with sketchbook and crayons. It was on small back street next to the St. Rupert church. I don't know it is part of some lessons or just fun and even what is their main motif: church or St. Rupert sculpture. Still, it is fantastic way to spend some time in city. sketchbook and...

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Vienna Favorites

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  • 1. Bezirk / 1st District

    Altes Rathaus (The Old City Hall), situated in Wipplingerstrasse 6 - 8, stands opposite to the Bohemian Chancery. It was the first City Hall of Vienna, dating from the year 1316, and was built by the order of Herzog Friedrich dem Shonen. Its present appearance, however, displays the 18th century Baroque motifs on the front facade after the...

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  • museums

    Vienna seems to be a hot-bed for creativity and I wanted to search out the sites relating to some of the most famous people in the world who either were born in Vienna or who had spend creative years in this city. Naturally, I wasn't successful this time. However, I did master the public transportation system! Some of my Favorite people...

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  • Schönbrunn

    The initial animal collection at Schounbrunn was formed by the stock of animals from the former palace of Neugeboude and the menagerie belonging to the Belvedere. These animals - with the exception of the "rapacious" beasts - were moved to the new menagerie at Schounbrunn. The number of exotic animals subsequently increased through new...

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Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays: Vienna

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If you're considering visiting Europe this December, VirtualTourist members recommend spending time in Vienna. Advent, the period of preparation before Christmas, begins on the Sunday four weeks before Christmas Eve, so Viennese celebrations and decorations often begin in mid-November. On some of the city's busiest streets, garlands of lights and illuminated chandeliers glow above pedestrians. Rathausplatz, the square in front of the town hall, is home to Christkindlmarkt, a traditional Christmas market complete with vendors selling apfel strudel, gluhwein (mulled wine), and lebkuchen (gingerbread). There are many Christmas Markets throughout the city, but another member favorite is at Schonbrunn Palace, particularly because of the fantastic decorations outside the ochre building. VirtualTourist members said that perfectly dressed Christmas trees appear in most open spaces, and even some of the trams are decorated with large, golden bows.

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  • Mar 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Hello,Could someone please help me? I'm going to be hiking in Austria this summer. Are the hiking trails dirt or asphalt? Last summer I hiked in the Wertach area of Germany and all the trails were of asphalt. This kind of trails were very hard on your legs.I haven't decided yet what region of the alps to hike , but would be open for suggestions. Thank you very much for any help you may offer. A. Woodward

 
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