Vienna – What to do and how to go around
I had been in Vienna before but it was a while ago and I hardly can remember the most things. What a pity I figured out soon just after a my morning stroll toward the hotel.
A relaxed walk through the city center brings you soon to all the history and several cathedrals which are worth to visit. The most famous cathedral is the St. Stephens Cathedral first parts built in 1230.
Not far the St. Peters Cathedral is situated. A beautiful church from outside and the inside shows many barock elements topped by a impressive painting at the ceiling.
A church which most people don’t visit because it isn’t mentioned in the most tour books is the St. Augustin Church where the most famous couple – Sissi and Franz – married is situated in the west wing of the of the Imperial Palace. On the west side of the church you will find the impressive pyramid grave of the Duchess Marie Christine – more expensive than Belvedere palace -.
More imperial buildings and gardens offers the Schoenbrunn palace in the western part of Vienna. Take the metro and spend a great time walking around, admire the architecture and the gardens – which are can visited for free -. Be early if you want to see the rooms inside of the palace.
For lovers of museums and theaters you will find your pleasure at Vienna’s Museumsquartier as well as for just having a coffee in one of the bars.
In case you are traveling with a group and think about a special tour with humorous guide who offers interesting information about the city and the royal history I highly can recommend Peter Scheiber – a local – from wienguide.net. I found him by coincidence on Tripadvisor and his tour was one of the best I ever take part in.
The ice skating area in front of the town hall the so-called “Eistraum – Ice dream – is a great idea to spend some hours on a winter day. It takes place from late January till the first weekend in March and the entrance for a day – 09:00am to 10:00pm – costs 7,50EUR. Unfortunately I am not talented in ice skating why I decided it probably is the best for me just to be a bystander.
For going around you can use the metro and trams which brings you to everywhere. A day ticket costs 5,50EUR and can be bought at the ticket machines or on the app of “Wiener Linien”. A map you will find here. You also can rent bicycles all over the City Bike Wien. More information about http://www.citybikewien.at are available in English and German.
From the airport you can use the CAT – the fast train in 16 min non-stop for 11,00EUR one way- or the regular train – 5 min longer than CAT – for 5,00EUR one way.
After a long walk one thing is necessary – good food for more energy – and Austrian food is a must try. A Viennese Schnitzel is the most popular dish here and a good alternate to the famous and also touristy Figlmüller is an alternate – the restaurant Lugeck – just a couple of meters away. The restaurant is more modern and offers a good service as well as Schnitzel for a good price.
In the 8. “Bezirk” a restaurant close to the hotel I stayed was another typical Austrian restaurant. The place is called “Rosnovsky and Co”. On this monday a reservation was not necessary and the reservation for 12 people no problem. The Schnitzel looked great and I tried the calf’s liver which was a risky but very good choice.
Our guide on the city tour also recommended some places to go and I am sure I can tell you these without trying. The Salm Braeu, which I tried long years ago, the Ofenloch as well as the wine bar downstairs of the Julius Meinl gourmet supermarket in the Center. Next time – hopefully not too far away from now – I will give them a try.