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Vienna Things to Do

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  • Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I found St Stephan’s Dom (Cathedral) one of the most spectacular Cathedrals of our entire trip of Europe. Opened in 1160, it must be one of the oldest. I just love the history. Outside, I most love the mosaic tiled roof. I also loved the enormous pipe organs inside. The height of the cathedral is 137 mts. For me, only Cologne Cathedral comes close...

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  • Hofburg Palace Complex

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Vienna, or Wien as it is called in German language, is a really wonderful, beautiful and culturally rich city which was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the seat of power for the Imperial Family, the Habsburg Family. The Imperial Family had their winter home at Hofburg Palace, and their summer home at another impressive and beautiful...

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  • Belvedere Palace & Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    There are those who have visited the Upper Belvedere museum before March 2006 and have seen the Klimt's and those who came later and will not see them. You might have read about the case "Republic of Austria v. Altmann." In January 2006 an arbitration tribunal in Austria decided in favour of Mrs. Altmann and her fellow heirs, awarding them the five...

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  • Demel

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Figlmüller GmbH

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cozy place and we went 2x within the 5days trip. Easy to find and actually known in Vienna. A huge schnitzel good to share but I did not share mine haha It was really good. Aside from the Cordon bleau, they also have other specialties you can try but never miss the schnitzel.

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  • Café Sacher Wien

    4 out of 5 stars

    I'm never going to visit this place again and in fact strongly discourage anyone to spend money there, especially if you travel with small kids. While they do accept children and even have high chairs readily available, we had by far the worst experience in this place. First of all the waitress indicated us a small table, roughly in a middle of a...

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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

    Vienna is one of the safest towns in europe, and public transport is quite save (but after midnight only every 30 minutes, running on a different grid), and tramways and buses go everywhere. A single ticket is € 2,20 at ticket machines, 24 hours € 7,60, 48 hours € 13,30, 72 hours € 16,50 and 8 days 38,40. Available in the Vienna Transport ticket...

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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 fron 2990 Forint, about € 10, but most connections are 4900 Forint, 3 buses per day, unfortunately their...

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Vienna Shopping

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  • Christmas Market - am Capmus

    Weihnachtsdorf am Uni-Campus is listed in some booklets as one of the bigger x-mas-markets in Vienna, BUT I think this place is of NO real interest for the tourists : No special scenery around this place, it is ment mainly for the local people with a lot of food-stands and attractions for the children. When you have a hotel just around the corner,...

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  • Klimt shop

    I really loved the Klimt shop near the mall area in Vienna (sorry I didn't note the exact address). So many souvenirs and gifts in the art of Gustav Klimt, symbolist painter who was born in Austria in 1862) Many people would be familiar with his work 'The Kiss' without knowing many of his other works, which also seem to be quite famous in Europe....

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  • Am Steinhof

    Obviously this x-mas-market does not exist anymore !!!BUT at the Moment I leave the Infos here, maybe they Change their mind !The Adventmarkt am Steinhof is the only christmas-market in the outskirts of Vienna that is worth seeing for some special reasons : First of all it is quite small and rather old-fashioned and all of the handicrafts that you...

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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

  • It keeps the pigeons away, but ...

    This is a warning mainly just for keen photographers. Like every city Vienna has its pigeon population, and in an effort to protect the many fine statues and historic structures the city authorities have draped them with netting. It is still possible of course to see and admire them, and from a distance you probably won’t even notice the netting,...

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  • MONUMENTS & SCULPTURES

    If you happen to be a keen photographer, then you just may be a liitle disappointed with some memorials and sculptures in Vienna.It seems like they must have quite a problem with birds, I am guessing Pigeons.It's a shame they have decided the way to protect these monuments, is to cover them with Bird wire. I doesn't make for a good photo!

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  • MOZART LOOK ALIKES!

    When I saw my first "Mozart," I thought how nicely dressed he was and what a great idea in Vienna. At that time, I didn't realize just how many would run into me, and what a pest they became!Luckily, they never became nasty, we laughed, joked and said NO! ...AND then moved on.I have read what they sell is expensive and not the best, but as I have...

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Vienna Tourist Traps

  • Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly House)

    After many years in Vienna, I decided to see the Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly house), which is part of the Palmenhaus (Palm house or greenhouse) within the Hofburg (Imperial) Palace, next to the Burggarten and just 200 meters from the Opera house. The Schmetterlinghaus was advertised like this... "Come and be amazed by hundreds of live, free-flying...

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  • THE VIENNA CARD

    A lot of cities have discount cards which I quite often buy after researching if they are worth while.For me, the Vienna card WAS NOT.Yes, you do get transport free, but the rest is only small discounts at heaps of places. Just how many places can you see in 72 hours?If you do the Museums, these are huge and one Museum can take a full day or longer...

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  • Phone booth

    Do you still remember such a phone booths which, not so long ago, used to stand on every corner in the cities? I recall with nostalgia of those times when we weren't slaves of modern and aggressive technology which is "killing" us slowly. Sometimes one had to have a coin in the pocket and will or desire to phone at home or in the company, letting...

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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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  • parks & gardens

    The Sternwartepark was opened to the public only in May 2013. In the middle stands the University Observatory (under renovation at the moment) built by Fellner & Helmer (famous for the construction of for theatre and concert halls) 1874 to 1879. The park is considered as a natural monuments and was left alone for a long time, most of the ways and...

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  • churches

    The Order of the Teutonic Knights was purely German military religious society founded in 1190 in the Holy Land. Templars were backed by the French crown and supported they French interests in Holy land and Hospitallers were English institution. That's why Emperors of Holy Roman Empire needed their own national political and military tool in Holy...

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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

    We spent much of our sunny weekend in the city simply strolling around with friends or on our own, rather than focusing on seeing specific sights. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t see a lot, and in particular (as is so often the case) I enjoyed spotting and photographing a myriad of beautiful and/or interesting architectural details. The city...

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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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  • sightseeing & day-excursions

    I love architecture and I like to walk around and exploring new places. I try to make as many photos I can. I think this is the best way to learn about new places. It is interesting to see how much Viennese put effort in architecture. They preserve monuments, object, washing them and build new one to connect them with present style. It is not...

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Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays: Vienna

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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