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An April 2003 trip to Vienna by panda2

Königsbacher Restaurant bei der Oper Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: Vienna is a vibrant, mature, well-to-do city, with a very efficient, serious, business-like manner, lacking humor.

VIE

Overview

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Museums galore, all centrally located. Gyros from the vendor are delicious, made with turkey meat on a vertical pit at the terminal for Tram One. Quick Tips: A 15% service charge is already added in restaurant bills, but it's common to round up restaurant bills and taxi fares. German is the common language, and English isn't common outside of hotels and a few restaurants/bars. Communication is accomplished through a combination of verbal and visual interaction. Best Way To Get Around: Get a multiday public transit pass or a day pass and be done with it. Too much hassle to be dealing with single-ride tickets all day long. Their public transportation is managed well, like every...Read More

Hotel Urania

Hotel

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We were greeted at Hotel Urania by the manager of the hotel, who had been there for over 30 years. We were given a key of the very old style that's still in use here. The hotel was neat, clean, and orderly, much like everything else in this society. 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...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2003

Hotel Urania
Obere Weissgerberstrasse 7
Vienna, Austria
713 17 11

Königsbacher Restaurant bei der Oper Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This place was referred to us by someone who is from Vienna and is conveniently located near St Stephans Dom. The service was fairly prompt, the atmosphere smoky. I had some trouble opening the outer door to the toilet facility.

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.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2003

Königsbacher Restaurant bei der Oper
Walfischgasse 5
Vienna, Austria
513-1210

Schnitzelwirt

Restaurant

Schnitzelwirt Photo, Vienna, Austria
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We wanted to try Vienna's Schnitzel because it's what they're famous for. Our evening hotel clerk recommended Schnitzelwirt to eat.

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

Schnitzelwirt
Neubaugasse 52 (7)
Vienna, Austria
523-3771

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Attraction | "Schloss Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Palace)"

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The best way to get to Schloss Schönbrunnis to take the U4 line of the U-Bahn to Schönbrunn or Hietzing. The palace is open from 8:30am to 5pm daily from April to October, and from 8:30am to 4:30pm daily from November to March. 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 t...Read More

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

Mango Bar

Attraction

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Mango Bar is a gay men's cruise bar -- very smoky, younger crowd, very busy and crowded. Our server spoke English when he took our drink orders. There are fancy, sweet fruit drinks available, but I prefer the simple fruit drinks that aren't doctored up. You pay the bill when you leave.

Open 9pm-4am

Telephone: 43 1 587 44 48

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 17, 2003

Mango Bar
Laimgrubengasse 3
Vienna, Austria

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MuseumsQuartier (MQ) Museum of Modern Art. Thought it was going to be good to see the exhibits here. It turns out the building was the most interesting part of this visit. Some of the exhibits were not very intersting, and we wondered why they were showing thems. I would recommend this only to see the architecture of the building itself and not for the exhibits inside. 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 0600-00...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 21, 2003

MuseumsQuartier (MQ)
Museumsplatz 1
Vienna, Austria

Das Versteck

Attraction

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Das Versteck is a very small gay bar, with mainly only stools by the bar. The place had only one other customer when we went. The place was quiet and played music that we liked and appreciated. The bartender was friendly and spoke to us in English.

Tel: 43 1 5134053

U1-Stephansplatz

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 4, 2005

Das Versteck
Grünangergasse 10
Vienna, Austria

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