The village of Grinzing, outskirt of Vienna
Take tram #38 from the city of Vienna to the village of Grinzing if you have extra time to spare in Vienna. It is a village located on the northwest of Vienna in the district of Döbling, the 19th district of Vienna. It takes approximately half an hour by tram from the city center to the village of Grinzing. Grinzing was an independent municipality until the late 19th century. Today slightly more than 20% of the land in Grinzing is used for vineyards.
While in Grinzing you can sample some good local wines produced in the village. There are numerous heuriger (wine taverns) in the village serving the traditional Viennese cuisines. Some of these heuriger even have their own wine cellars. Grinzing is highly touristic. Busloads of foreign tourists can be seen in the evening occupying the heuriger. To avoid the large crowd you may want to visit Grinzing in the morning or early afternoon.
Among some tourist attractions in the village are the cemetery and the Parish Church. Other than that there are not many attractions to visit and explore except those beautiful and colourful houses in the village. Well worth a visit for the traditional Viennese food and the local wines!Related to:
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Naschmarkt in Vienna
Something interesting to see and do in the city of Vienna is Naschmarkt which has become a very popular tourist attraction in the city indeed. It is crowded in the morning. Many visitors consider it a "must-visit" tourist attraction. We did not visit it on our first trip to Vienna 6 years ago. So we make sure that we do not miss it this time. Naschmarkt is Vienna's most popular market. It has history that dates back to the late 16th century.
Naschmarkt consists of rows of more than 100 stores slightly more than one kilometre long located between Karlsplatz and Kettenbrückengasse and is flanked by two busy streets, i.e. Linke Wienzeile on the left and Rechte Wienzeile on the right. The stores are located in the middle of these streets just like a boulevard.
Wide range of fresh food and vegetables are selling in the market from early in the morning until late evening from Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Items from many countries including Turkey and Asian countries are available in the market especially dairy products, spices, herbs, baked food, breads and olives. Clothings, sunglasses, hats and souvenirs can also be purchased from the market. Selling price in these stores seems to be reasonable in our opinion.
Most shoppers are locals. Tourists seem to be enjoying the sight and watch the world go by. However tourists do patronise the many cafés and restaurants in the market. Naschmarkt has also become a favourite meeting place for the locals and visitors. There are cosy cafés and restaurants with a good mixture of food. So eateries here certainly have something for everyone.Related to:
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Heroes' Square in Vienna
Heroes' Square (Heldenplatz in German) is a large public square facing Hofburg Imperial Palace and the National Library in the heart of Vienna. The Square was inaugurated during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph. In our opinion this is one of the most impressive squares in the city if not the most impressive! Some very important events took place in the Square during the past century. The most important one was in March 1938 when Adolf Hitler announced the Austrian's forced annexation (Anschluss) to Nazi Germany, thus uniting Austria and Germany as one country.
Two famous equestrian statues were erected in the 19th century in the Square, i.e. the Statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy (erected in 1865), nearer to the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the Statue of Archduke Charles of Austria (erected in 1860), further away at the garden.
Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663 - 1736) was a general of the Imperial Army. He was one of the most successful military commanders in European history. He served three Holy Roman Emperors, i.e. Leopold I, Joseph I and Charles VI. His greatest achievement was to defeat the Ottomans in the late 17th century.
Archduke Charles of Austria, the Duke of Teschen was a field marshal, the third son of Emperor Leopold II and the younger brother of Francis II, the Holy Roman Emperor. He fought aginst the revolutionary army of France. He was one of Napoleon's most formidable opponents especially at Aspern-Essling during the War of the 5th Coalition in the early 19th century.
Don't miss the Heroes' Square when you visit the city of Vienna on your vacation! The Square is located just across the road from Maria Thereseplatz which is another popular tourist attraction in the city.Related to:
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St. Peter's Church in Vienna
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche in German) is one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in Vienna. It is also one of the oldest churches in the city. It has history that dates back to the 8th century although the present structure was erected in the early 18th century. This is a Roman Catholic Parish church. It was consecrated in 1733.
St. Peter's Church was designed by Gabriele Montani and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, the famous architect who also designed Belvedere Palace. The Church occupies a small square known as Petersplatz and is almost blocked by the surrounding buildings. You can only see the main entrance to the Church when you walk along Graben. The Church is approximately 50 metre long, 20 metre wide and almost 57 metre high with a green coloured dome seen from outside.
The interior of the Church is stunning and beautiful with impressive frescoes and gilded sculptures, probably the most beautiful church interior we have ever seen in the city. The high Baroque altar was designed by Santino Bussi. Most of the gilded sculptures were designed by Mattias Steindl in the early 18th century. Pay attention to the ceiling under the dome. It has a lovely fresco depicting the Assumption of Virgin Mary (as depicted on our fourth photograph) designed by Johann Michael Rattmayr in 1714. Opening hours to the Church are between 7.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. daily. Admission to the Church is free. Photography and video recording are allowed inside the Church.Related to:
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What a great Rolls Royce Museum !
In Dornbirn / Vorarlberg you will find the museum with the largest museum-collection of Rolls Royce-cars. I really did not expect to see more than just a few cars, but the total number of Rolls-Royce-exhibits is more than 1000 - thats not only cars, but also all sorts of RR-accesories, I estimate the number of cars around 80 maybe.
Cars are displayed in a museum, 3000 sqm wide, on 3 different floors of a former factory and there is also a garage, where Rolls Royce cars are repaired and restored and you can even walk there and watch the workers.
You will even see the original Rolls Royce of Laurence of Arabia, not in a perfect condition of course, but maybe perfect for its time and for the purpose it served for in the deserts.Related to:
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Vorarlberg is the most western part of Austria, not a very big Bundesland but very interesting with lots of beautiful scenery.
In this area I made the following pages with nice tips:
or click this link to see my Vorarlberg travelogue
Salzkammergut in Oberösterreich
A lovely area with nice likes and mountains. Although the mountain scenery isn't as spectacular as Tirol, Salzburgerland and Vorarlberg. It still is worth a visit.
In this area I made the following pages with tips: (Click on the name to visit the page)
Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut
visit the Kärnter Lakes and Mountains.
The Kärnter Lakes and mountains is probably my favourite Bundesland in Austria. In summer the weather is often better then in other parts of Austria.
Thereby I'm fond of the combination of deep blue or green lakes and mountains.
I made the following pages with nice tips in this area: (click on the name to go to the page)
Bleiberg ob Villach
Feld am See
Or see an overview and click this link: Kärntner Lakes and Mountains travelogue
Tirol and Ost-Tirol
The best known Bundesland of Austria. I have been here several times an I'm still adding tips every time.
In this area I made the following pages with some nice tips:
Zell am Ziller
Salzburg and Salzburgerland
I've got the following pages with nice tips in this area: (click on the name to go to the page)
Sankt Johann im Pongau
Zell am See
Scheffau im Tennegebirge
Golling an der Salzach
Sankt GilgenRelated to:
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Keep warm with Gluhwein
If you are there in winter, keep yourself warm with a mug of gluhwein or mulled wine. Sweet and fruity and it will definitely keep you warm and you may get a little tipsy like me. You can find in at a stall at the Christmas markets.Related to:
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austria.info – Austria Tourist Board
The Austrian National Tourist Office offers a holiday hotline staffed by friendly, English-speaking advisors.
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
austria.info is the official website of the Austrian National Tourist Office.
Scenic joy riding: Typical Austrian Houses
Joy riding by car and enjoy the inspiring Austrian houses on the mountain sides flooded with flowering plants are typical for Austria and the most awesome scenic views of chain of mountains behind them.Related to:
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The Getreidegaße, which means "Corn Alley," is the most fashionable shopping street in Salzburg, if not in all of Austria. Great pains have been taken to preserve the old-town atmosphere, and substantial alterations to the buildings are prohibited. In fact, many of the buildings do not even have electric elevators. Neon signs are prohibited, and most shops have traditional and elegant wrough-iron signs above the door. The narrow street is lined with five- and six-story buildings built by the city's burghers from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries.
This is not the place for those on a budget, as the shops and boutiques are rather expensive. Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Hermès, Bally, and Mango are just some of the exlusive retailers that are on the Getreidegaße. Shoppers can buy expensive jewelry, high-fashion clothing, rare perfumes, fine leather goods, Italian shoes, and gourmet food, among other things.
The street is not dedicated just to shopping, however. Number 9 Getreidegaße is the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, and is now the Mozart Museum, one of the most popular attractions in Salzburg.
The Salzburg Cathedral
The Salzburg Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Rupert of Salzburg. Construction started in 1614 and ended in 1628. The cathedral was built of light-colored Salzburg marble in a late Italian Baroque-style of architecture. The present cathedral is actually the third to stand on this site. The first was completed in 744 A.D., but burned down. The second was completed in 1020, but was eventually demolished after it was severely damaged in a battle. The current building is 466 feet (142 meters) long and 109 feet (33 meters) high at the dome.
The cathedral was commissioned by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, who wanted a magnificent cathedral in the Baroque style of architecture. However, construction did not begin until his successor, Archbishop Markus Sittikus, was in power. He hired Italian architect Santini Solari who designed the cathedral as we see it today.
The Salzburg Cathedral is known primarily for its 4,000-pipe organ, as well as the fact that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was baptized in the baptismal font in 1756.
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