Home of the Apple Strudel, Wiener Schnitzel and Ludwig van Beethoven – The city of Vienna, Austria (Wien, Österreich), has been a destination on my bucket list for a while. The opportunity arose for me to visit and I couldn’t help myself but to include it on my travels around Europe.
As do most journeys begin, I landed at the enormous Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien), located around 18km southeast of the city centre. Getting into the city centre is a breeze whether is maybe the CAT (City Airport Train), Buses, Taxis, Car sharing or Private Transfers it takes around 30 minutes.
Choosing an hotel in a place you’ve never been to before can be frustrating, when I travel to a new place, I look at how far the hotel is from the city centre, easy access to public transport and price. I was lucky enough to find the Alma Boutique Hotel which was only a 5 min walk to the beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg Imperial Palace and Kärntner Strasse (Famous Shopping Street). I was accommodated in a Deluxe Single Room with Breakfast; my room is quite small but for a single traveller is was perfect. My room featured free Wi-Fi, 36-inch LCD TV with satellite channels, comfy and king single with feather pillows.
After an easy check-in I headed into the city to look around the nearby sites, the afternoon wasn’t complete without a Viennese Ice-Cream and an Austrian Beer to cool down from the heat. A long day travelling lead me to eat at the quickest opinion nearby my hotel – a Wurst Hotdog; cheap and absolutely delicious.
My first full day consisted of an Historic City and Schönbrunn Palace tour, the tour was booked via viator. This is a great way to learn about Vienna’s past and the famous people who lived here. The Palace is probably one of the highlights, with its lushes’ gardens, 17th century Baroque Architecture and even the on-site Vienna Zoo. After the tour ended, I headed to a famous coffee house Cafe Central for a traditional Apple Strudel and Coffee where many famous writers and poets have enjoyed.
A great meal is always needed after a long day of touring, the smell of food lead me to Ribs of Vienna. A famous rib house that’s situated in a basement vault built in 1591! (quick tip: if travelling in Vienna during the summer it gets quite hot down there) the food and service were exceptional and I really did lick my ‘ribs’.
All visits to cities unfortunate come to an end, so I made the most of my last day in Vienna. I took a stroll down the Kohlmarkt where all the nice luxury stores are before making my way to Time Travel Vienna – a family attraction that is a guided tour through 2000 years of Viennese history, a well worth visit for those who need a bit more of a history lesson of this beautiful city. No trip to Vienna is complete without a Wiener Schnitzel. I happen to come across an restaurant that’s been feeding guests for over 110 years – Figlmüller. I highly recommend booking in advance, otherwise you’ll be waiting for a long time to be seated.
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- German is the Official language of Austria (English is widely spoken)
- Euro is the Official currency of Austria
- A1 is the best network to roam with throughout Austria
- Austria uses UTC+1 (Central European Time) and in Summer UTC+2 (Central European Summer Time) is Observed
- Summers can very warm with occasional rain, winter are very cold and snowy.