An April 2003 trip
to Vienna by panda2
Quote: Vienna is a vibrant, mature, well-to-do city, with a very efficient, serious, business-like manner, lacking humor.
We stepped into the narrow, slow elevator and went up to our room, which was overdone with older furniture. There were bare-bulb, candlestick-style lamps beside the beds. The dark-colored bathroom had no bath tub and the shower stall didn't have a shower curtain so water got all over the floor every time we took a shower.
The breakfast included with the room was served from 8 to 10am and consisted of unflavored yogurt, cereal, rolls, sliced deli meat, sliced cheese, packaged soft cheese, orange juice, cold and hot milk, coffee, and tea.
We met a family who said that other hotels they''d seen cost more than this one. The hotel and the staff certainly have character and everyone was gay-friendly. The evening front desk clerk certainly has a very colorful background, being adopted by his stepfather at a young age before the stepfather then disappeared to serve as a missionary in Africa.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2003
Obere Weissgerberstrasse 7
713 17 11
The food was good Austrian cuisine. I had one of their specials with pork and it came with this three-inch diameter scoop of some sort of carbohydrate. I''m not sure what it was, but it tasted good. I would come back to this place.
Königsbacher Restaurant bei der Oper
This place serves huge portions and food hangs over the edges of the plate. The menu was almost all in German and only one page was spared for selections in English, second to the last page. The food was very good value for the money, though so much deep-fried food isn't that great for the diet. Cash only. Open Mondays to Saturdays 11am-10pm; closed Sundays, holidays, summers.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 20, 2003
Neubaugasse 52 (7)
Attraction | "Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)"
Admission to the palace is 7.50€ for the audio-guided "Imperial" tour of 22 rooms, 9.80€ for the extended, audio-guided "Grand" tour of 40 rooms, and 14€ for the VIP Pass, which includes the Grand Tour, the Bergl Rooms, the Maze, the Gloriette viewing terrace and the Court Bakery (available only April-October).
We took the "Imperial" tour. You could pay more for the 40 room tour or the VIP tour, but we saw more than enough of this place. Even with only a 22 room tour, while the history was enlightening at times, I felt it still went on too long for me. My audio wand didn't make it through the tour either because the battery died, and by that time, I really just wanted to leave. The people there make sure you leave the audio wand behind as you pass through a security checkpoint to exit. The grounds surrounding the palace are very large and it took a while to find our way out.Telephone: 222 8111 3239; Fax: 222 8111 3333email firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 17, 2003
Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47
Vienna, Austria 1130
43 1 811 13-239
Open 9pm-4amTelephone: 43 1 587 44 48
Hours generally 10am-7pm, check websiteSubway (U-Bahn):U2 (MuseumsQuartier); U2, U3 (Volkstheater)Bus: 48a (Volkstheater), City Bus 2a (MuseumsQuartier)Tram (Strassenbahn): 49 (Volkstheater)Parking 0600-0000 daily
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 21, 2003
Tel: 43 1 5134053U1-Stephansplatz
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 4, 2005