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A Few Days in Vienna

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A March 2005 trip to Vienna by travelswithkids

Church of the Teutonic Order Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: Our family spent 3 days during Spring break taking in historical Vienna

A Few Days in Vienna

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Overview

Staatsoper Photo, Vienna, Austria
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We spent 4 days in Vienna as part of a spring break trip that included visits to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, in that order. Yes, I know that itinerary is sort of a cliche, but it worked pretty well for us, flying into Prague and out of Budapest, and taking the train between Prague and Vienna and Vienna and Budapest. We (two adults, two kids) went independently, not part of a package tour (we had used American frequent flier miles for our flights).Vienna is a very enjoyable city. With its history of the capital of the Austrian (and Holy Roman) empire, everything here seems to be built on a grand, imperial scale.The center of the city is the Stephansdom (St. Stephen's ...Read More
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I can't say there is much reason for me to recommend this hotel except that we were able to get a room for free for 3 nights using Hilton Honors points. It wasn't bad or anything, and the rooms were pleasant and clean. But it is certainly down near the bottom rung of any Hilton I've ever stayed at, and not quite the quality one would expect from the brand. Again, nothing really wrong with it, but the whole hotel was rather bland. It is right along the Danube, and there is one deck overlooking the river, but otherwise, it doesn't capitalize on a fairly pleasant location at all (we were there in March, when it was fairly cool, so maybe they do use the outdoors more in the summer).It is inc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Hilton Vienna Danube
Handelskai 269
Vienna, Austria
+43 (1) 727770

Café Sacher

Restaurant | "Cafe Sacher"

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The Sacher Cafe, in the city center, somewhat near the opera house, is famous as the home of the Sacher Torte, a divine chocolate cake creation. If you don't mind splurging $5 or so on a piece of cake (as well as a little more for the coat check), then this is the place to do it. This is the original! The Sacher Torte is very good, and it was fun to try it out. You can buy postcards with the recipe at numerous shops around town.The 4 of us were there during the day in our casual tourist clothes, but it looked like the place many people probably stop at for a coffee and/or cake before or after an evening concert or opera when all dressed up. So it would be a classy romantic place to go al...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2006

Café Sacher
Philharmonikerstrasse 4
Vienna, Austria
43 (0)1 - 51 456 661

Staatsoper

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Attraction

Staatsoper Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Vienna State Opera House gives guided tours in several languages most days. The tour is 5 euros (or you can combine it with a visit to the Opera Museum for 6.50 euros).We'd never been in an opera house before, so it was quite a treat to see the stage, backstage, and boxes, just like we've seen in various movies. The guides do a nice job of explaining how the opera is run and a little bit of history. We also learned that you can get standing room only tickets for opera performances very cheaply if you really want to see an opera but are on a tight budget.When we visited, we bought our tour ticket, then waited in a hallway with many others. Several tours in different languages...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2006

Staatsoper
Opernring 2
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 514 44 2969

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "Schloss Schöbrunn"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Schöbrunn palace was the Hapsburg's palace on the same design as Versailles--a huge, lavish central palace surrounded by an immense formal garden filled with fountains and sculptures. It is a short train ride away from the center of Vienna.To see how royalty lived and to learn a little of the history of the Austrian imperial family, Schöbrunn is really a great place to visit. There is a lot to see in the rooms of the palace, and if you have time, there are other parts, such as a carriage museum, to tour also.There are two levels of tickets available for the palace: One allows you to visit 22 rooms, and there is a more expensive grand tour that includes 40 rooms. They include hand-held audio ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2006

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

Church of the Teutonic Order

Attraction | "Treasury of the Order of Teutonic Knights"

Church of the Teutonic Order Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Having recently read the rich historical novel, "The Teutonic Knights" by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, I decided to make a short visit to the Treasury of the Order of Teutonic Knights while in Vienna. It is just a short ways from the central St. Stephen's Cathedral, about one block east (but was a little tricky to find). The treasury is in the beautiful small Gothic church of St. Elizabeth. The main visible feature associated with the knights is the set of shields with coards of arms painted on them all up the walls.The building is also part of an old palace complex with some historical associations with Mozart (where Mozart was fired by one of his patrons), and where you can go ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2006

Church of the Teutonic Order
Singerstrasse 7
Vienna, Austria A-1010
01 5121065

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

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Attraction | "Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)"

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The Holy Roman emperor's 1,000-year-old crown, jewels, artifacts of Charlemagne, coronation robes, Christian relics, and reliquaries. I can't say enough about this museum. It was by far my favorite museum in culture-rich Vienna, and one of the best in the world for this type of historical artifacts.Besides all the gold and jewels collected by the Hapsburgs, it was also interesting to see the collection of vestments representing various lands that came into the empire.The Christian relics include items such as a nail from the crucifixion, a thorn from Jesus' crown of thorns, the usual fragments of the original cross, and bits of assorted saints.The treasury is tucked awa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2006

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

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