Vienna Journals

4 Days in Vienna

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A June 2010 trip to Vienna by Joy S

A fiaker passes the Hofburg Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
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Overview and Highlights

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A fiaker passes the Hofburg Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Full of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the Danube, Vienna is a wonderful city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand. This is a city not to be rushed. Few places in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past as here. You can easily recognise its splendid historical side - grand imperial palaces, magnificient squqres, baroque interiors and then the Hofburg where the Hapsburg rulers lived and ruled.Vienna is one of the great capital cities of Europe and was for centuries the main stamping ground of hte Hapsburg rulers of the Austro Hungarian Empire. From the late 18th century onwards, the culture, particularly music, was fa...Read More

Tips and Hints

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* Take the Vienna subway - the U-Bahn - it is wonderful. Fast and modern trains run every three minutes or so and will take you throughout the city. Viennese buy their tickets in advance, usually in blocks of 5 at a time from the tabacs. Once a ticket has been stamped it is only valid for one trip in one direction. The traims are also a practical way to get around and a great way to see the city. Lines 1 and 2 will bring you to all the major sights on the Ringstrasse.* Vienna is a good year round destination. If you go to Vienna in summer, you will not see the Lippizaner stallions (on holidays) or the Vienna Boys Choir (they are usually away performing on tour).* There is...Read More

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof

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Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This very elegant and friendly 5 star hotel has a great location right in the heart of Vienna.We booked directly through their website several weeks in advance.The hotel was built in 1913 and blends in perfectly with the other buildings in the neighbourhood. It is just a stone's throw away from the Hofburg Palace and Kartnerstrasse and there is an underground stop right outside the side entrance.There are 196 rooms in total and it is modern but also very tranquil.The staff at the hotel are second to none and nothing is too much trouble for them. Our son was enchanted by them, they were so friendly. If it rained, they came with umbrellas, they recommen...Read More

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Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof

Vienna, Austria

Vienna City Centre

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Karntnerstrasse - great for shopping Photo, Vienna, Austria
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You can't miss Stephansdom - the cathedral - right in the middle of the city. It is a Gothic building with an amazing roof covered with green, yellow, white and black tiles in geometric designs. There is a bronze model of the church outside the building - this gives you a feeling for the overall shape of the building and the roof design.We climbed up the South Tower - 343 steps twist round and round. It cost us 8 Euros for a family ticket to endure this ordeal. At the top though you get a lovely panorama of the city and a great view of the amazing roof tiles. The climb back down is almost as bad - round and round again but this time your knees take all the strain. We all felt a bit d...Read More

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

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Attraction | "Hofburg Palace"

Vienna Hofburg (Palace, Apartments, Sisi Museum, Silver Collection) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Hofburg Palace was the imperial palace of the Hapsburg dynasty. Today it houses the President of Austria.Originally a fortified castle, the Hofburg expanded into numerous wings and courtyards, including the Stallburg, a palace for the Imperial horses and now home to the Spanish Riding School.The Schatskammer has the amazing crown jewels of the Hapburgs. There you can also see the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire, an embroidered velvet coronation robe, ceremonial swords, tiaras and a royal crib. Audio tours are available in English. It is less crowded if you come earlier in the morning.The Schmetterlingshaus - Imperial Butterfly House has an indoor tropical gar...Read More

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

Hundertwasser Haus

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Attraction | "Hundertwasser House"

Hundertwasser Haus Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Hundertwasser house is at Lowengasse and Kegelgasse 3.It is like nothing I had ever seen before. Imagine trees bubbling out of rooftops, tilting floors, mad yellow and white towers, patches of metal everywhere and you will come somewhere close to what the Hundertwasser house is like. It is probably the sort of architecture children would dream up.The architect was actually a man called Friedensreich Hundertwasser - this was not his real name, but was a name he invented. He was an eccentric and brilliant architect.Hundertwasser house is a low income housing project in a modest area of Vienna. You can only see it from the outside, but the wacky exterior really...Read More

Hundertwasser Haus
Kegelgasse 34-38 Löwengasse 41-43
Vienna, Austria 1030

Volksprater

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The Riesenrad Photo, Vienna, Austria
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The Volksprater is Vienna's favourite outdoor gathering place since the emperor opened it to the public in 1766.It is a big park with miles of greenery and lots of open space to run around and relax in. In the 19th century, the Hauptallee was a long promenade lined with chestnut trees where people dressed up and strolled. Today there are lots of places to relax, as well as 3 play areas with swings and climbing frames. You can also rent bikes here and cycle through the traffic free paths. Younger children will enjoy the Lilliput Bahn - a miniature train which goes on quite a long ride through the park. For older children there is also mini golf and trampolines.T...Read More

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn)

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Attraction | "Schonnbrunn Palace and Zoo"

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens (Schloss Schönbrunn) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Schonbrunn Palace was the summer residence of the Hapsburg family and is just a short distance from the centre of Vienna. There is an underground stop very close to the entrance to the palace.We got there first thing in the morning. The entrance to the grounds and palace was extremely crowded, but once we got past here the crowds thinned out and there was plenty of space for everyone.The palace is imposing and splendid and the grounds and gardens are magnificient. We strolled around just drinking in the beautiful views before we arrived at the zoo, where we spent most of the day.The Schonnbrunn zoo is the world's oldest zoo and is set in the formal gardens of the...Read More

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

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom