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Wonderful Vienna

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A September 2000 trip to Vienna by travel2000

City Pension Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: We saw as much as we could of Vienna in two days. What a wonderful city-we arrived after a nine hour train ride from Venice. Luckily, we stayed right in the center of town to soak in the culture, music, sights, people, food, cakes...and the list goes on.

Wonderful Vienna

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Overview

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Wiener Hofburg - Orchestra Concert at Hofburg Imperial Palace, Gustav Klimt paintings at Belvedere, Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the Royal Treasury (a must-see!!!! it was simply amazing to see all the jewels, crowns, relics, garments etc), cakes and apple strudel, St Stephen's Cathedral, people-watching in Altstadt, wurstelstands, H&M store (best selection in Europe)Quick Tips: First thing you do when you get there, buy the 'Vienna from A to Z' guide from the Tourist Office. It lists all the sights on the map with a brief description. Whether you are wandering aimlessly, or targeting major sights, it's worth it to have the handy guide in your hand. Best Way To Get Around: Get a 2...Read More

City Pension

Hotel

City Pension Photo, Vienna, Austria
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You cannot beat this location, within 2 blocks of Stephanplatz and right inside Old Town. Our room had huge with windows facing the street, which was a little noisy one night due to a trendy restaurant downstairs. Very clean, good breakfast, and very friendly reception. The woman at reception gave good directions and transportaion advice, and even refered us to a good doctor for an emergency. Very friendly and a good bargain. Most hotels within the Ring are very expensive and most often, you have to resort to staying outside the Ring. It was so nice to wake up and just walk to places right in the center of the city!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

City Pension
Bauernmarkt 10
Vienna, Austria
01-533-95-21

Gerstner

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Restaurant

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We stopped here for coffee. It is on the main street in Old Town, where stores and tourists fill the area. The cakes lured us inside. We had a chestnut cake and some kind of mocha torte (called Karl V Torte-it had the most beautiful portrait of the King on a piece of chocolate). Delicious...they also had apple strudel and chocolate truffles as well as marzipan. Of all the stores in that area, I thought the cakes here were more delicately made and the interior of the store attractively decorated. Beware, you may spend hours deciding which cakes you want to order!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Gerstner
1 Karntnerstrasse 11-15
Vienna, Austria
512-4963

Stadtbeisl

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Restaurant

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This was the one expensive meal we treated ourselves. Usually weary of guidebook suggestions, we checked out the area of Old Town and came across this restaurant. The entrance is deceiving, as there is a myriad of rooms and corridors on various floors. It was only after we got to the hotel and checked our Frommers guide that we discovered the restaurant dates back to 1700s and has underground passages. We each ordered a specialty on the menu-they both came with mushrooms in season only for a month in the fall time. We had the liver soup (rindsuppe mit leberknodl) and veal steak with potatoes and mushrooms (schweinsmedaillons auf eierschwammerlsauce mit petersilienerdapfel) ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Stadtbeisl
Naglergasse 21
Vienna, Austria
512-14-44

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "Schonbrunn Palace"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This magnificent palace is easy to reach. Take the U-Bahn 4 to Schonbrunn. This was a summer palace and bears the most influence from Empress Maria Theresa (you'll hear about her everywhere - she was also the mother of Marie Antoinette of France, the one who lost her head during the French Revolution). This place is huge, though not as big as Versailles. However, we saw Schonbrunn first, so we were truly impressed. You enter the grounds through a large gravel stone courtyard with a wonderful fountain on one side. Very grand entrance. I would recommend the Grand Tour, a longer tour than the Imperial Tour. Grand Tour takes you through 40 state rooms, including my personal highlights, private apa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47
Vienna, Austria 1130
43 1 811 13-239

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)

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Attraction | "Vienna Hofburg Orchestra"

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We were so disappointed we couldn't see the State Opera that we almost ignored the young men dressed as Mozart who approached us outside the Opera House. It was past noon and they were luring us with 'Tickets for tonight'...we were not interested! However, we started a conversation with one of them, a pharmacy student selling tickets as a side job. He showed us the palace hall, the program (Mozart, Strauss, soloists from the State Opera) as well as our student price (less than $20 each with free seating). We were sold. That night, we had the most wonderful time, excellent music, a bit of comedy skillfully woven in, and the most beautiful grand concert hall...it was like a dream. SO, if you can't get s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)
Centre Of The Old Town
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 01 533 7570

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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When my sister mentioned the Treasury, I had zero interest. I didn't want to spend my last morning in Vienna looking at jewelry. But I was completely immersed from the first room onwards. Try to arrive very early (opens 10am, closed Tue) or you will meet the chaos of tours. The recorded guide is included with the entry ticket-input the number of the display and the history will be given. We saw royal crowns with the most intricate gold carvings, gems of unbelievable size and quality...best of all, there were paintings with the crowns worn on the heads of numerous states. (Crown of Charlemagne was one of them) There were also the official bedroom and crib of the Habsburgs, the most amaz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection)
Centre Of The Old Town
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 01 533 7570

Doctors

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Health Consult, (Helferstorferstrasse 4, im Schottenhof, tel: 535-6464) What a weird entry, you may think, but in case anyone is caught with a medical problem in Europe, fear not. I caught a terrible cold and chest congestion in Venice and by the time I arrived in Vienna, I was in bad shape. The lady at City Pension referred me to Health Consult, a group of doctors. I was afraid of the high cost and weary of who may see me, but went anyway as I had one more month of travel. I arrived at a really nice clinic with professional staff. I waited about 5 minutes before my doctor saw me. She spent quality time with me, asked me in-depth questions, and did the necessary examinations. Th...Read More