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Trip List by LPWilliams

Vienna Attractions, Hotel & Transport : 5 Full-Day Visit Sep 2012 - Trip List

Jan 1, 2013  Seeing the world !
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

Getting to and around the city with public transport, attraction reviews/appraisals and associated ticketing/sightseeing tips/tricks.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Vienna, Klosterneuburg
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Vienna 2012

    Welcome to my latest TA Trip List - I hope it proves useful to you.

    You can access my other Trip Lists by clicking my TA 'name' link which is located just above the title of this Trip List.

  • 2. Vienna - Introduction and What I Visited
    Vienna

    The link above is to the main Trip Advisor (TA) webpage for the Vienna attractions, from where you have rated-lists and links.

    I visited the grand city of Vienna in September (for 5 full-days to sightsee and the day before/after for travelling) with the more affordable accommodation costs and promise of the city being a little quieter than normal with shorter queues to the major, often very popular, attractions and still perfectly bearable weather conditions. There are quite a few enticing outside spaces to enjoy, so wet weather is more liable to spoil your visit here than other, more compressed/inside-biased, cities such as Florence (which I had visited earlier in the year for a similar duration, see my Trip List).

    There is a lot on offer in Vienna, plus a few worthwhile attractions a little further afield, for those with a cultural bent and it is rightly a popular destination (especially with coach tour groups from my experience !). If you venture outside of the easily-walked historic centre 'touring' distances can potentially be quite significant, but thankfully the infrastructure is present to support huge visitor numbers with an extensive range of public transport methods on offer.

    Eateries/accommodation choices are also copious, along with numerous useful tourist information sources/attraction 'entry systems' being available (which includes a combined attraction/travel product called the 'Vienna Card', which if used 'properly' can save you lots of money and time - more on that later, especially as most sources I read beforehand contained significant inaccuracies about it...).

    Money-saving is a pertinent issue in Vienna as it has the potential to be quite pricey, but 'armed' with some of my tips I will hopefully have been of help to you, but it is also relevant to observe that many of those 'expensive' attractions do actually offer great value for money as you can easily spend many hours enjoying them !

    After some initial concerns when planning my visit, in reality I found it easy to fill-up my 5 and a bit days there (with a couple of repeat-visits thrown in !) but, unlike my Florence trip, I don't think I left with much on a 'still to do' list for a later visit.

    The normal travel 'rule' still applies to Vienna though, namely that any time you can set aside to investigate matters and then formulate even a basic outline 'visit plan' will be time well spent. Along with reading this Trip List and my reviews, quizzing people on the TA Forums (and reading other reviews of course) can be rewarding in that respect !

    Whilst there, you can supplement those efforts by taking advantage of the solitary (and really rather small !) tourist information office located right in the popular part of the city centre in Albertinaplatz (Internet links in a later section). However, a better alternative is to visit the City Hall ASAP (to also take advantage of the free guided-tour they offer !) as the vestibule has a far superior printed-information tourism 'library' - see section 4 below.....

    I have written TA reviews for the hotel I stayed at and all the attractions I visited - it seems I have to state the obvious and mention that my reviews contain my opinions and the list of the places I visited is not definitive.....

    In this TL I usually give each attraction I visited at least 2 dedicated sections, the first starts by providing a link to the TA individual review of mine which exist in the normal way on each TA 'attraction' webpage.

    That first section may then complement the separate review with any relevant general information, but for my opinions on the attraction and more information on what I discovered whilst there you obviously need to read that TA separate review !

    Any remaining dedicated sections for each attraction then deal with specific visitor information (eg travel/location tips, entrance times/costs); I usually provide a link to the official website and explain how to navigate it. I might also add a section linking to any relevant viewable media to finalise or supplement what I posted with the review (sometimes because it didn't get added by TA !) or my visitor information.

    Those 'Viewable Media' sections relating to my dedicated online media albums, which add photos/video I mention in my information sections which are either difficult to connect to TA webpages or were 'blocked' on submission (eg example images of artwork)....

    However, before those attraction sections I will continue after this introduction with sections containing information about how I got from Vienna airport to my centrally-located hotel, Tourist Information offices, public transport, the 'Vienna Card', general comments about the attractions and then the hotel I stayed at.

    Do please note that reviews cannot be edited once posted, so I cannot update them to reflect the situation regarding subsequent problems with associated submissions (for example)....

    My Trip List comprises those dedicated sections for each attraction I visited (in MY order of 'popularity'), but so you know what I visited and how each of my 5 days panned-out here's my 'visit diary' (with occasional explanatory annotations) :

    FRI
    Stift Klosterneuburg
    Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Upper Section

    SAT
    Albertina
    Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Imperial Silver Collection/Sisi Museum/Imperial Apartments
    Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)
    Kirche am Steinhof

    SUN
    Schonbrunn Palace (Park/Gardens only)
    Neue Burg (Ephesos Museum, Collection of Arms and Armour, Collection of Historic Musical Instruments)
    Kunsthistorisches Museum
    Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), Lower Section

    MON
    Schonbrunn Palace (State Rooms)
    St. Charles's Church (I didn't go inside)
    Rathaus (Guided tour)
    Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche)
    St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

    TUE
    Globe Museum
    State Opera House (Guided tour)
    St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)
    Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)
    Imperial Furniture Collection (Hofmobiliendepot)

    On several occasions I did of course walk around the historic centre of the city (which often gets 'top-billing' in the TA webpage for Vienna attractions I posted at the top of this section) and view many other attractions but I have only reviewed those places I spent a significant amount of time at or went inside.

  • 3. To/From Vienna Airport
    http://www.viennaairport.com/jart/prj3/va/main.jart?rel=en&content-id...

    The link above is to the official Vienna airport website page detailing the connections options.

    On that page you can see there are many methods of getting to/from the airport; the webpage has the full breakdown and all the necessary Internet links for each option.

    As my hotel was very close to the city-centre 'Westbahnhof' railway station I decided to use the Vienna Airport Lines 'Postbus' service as it goes directly there after just one enroute stop, whereas the 2 rail options required at least one change of train to then get onto the U-Bahn (which is not ideal with luggage etc).

    I found the 'Postbus' service to be fast comfortable and efficient - you simply have to load your luggage onto the side-doors of the under-vehicle storage and then board the modern coaches that they operate ! Get your ticket onboard (cash required) and a return ticket for better value (I think it lasts a month but do check !).

    PS On arrival at the airport, if you are 'mobile' do note that there is an official Tourist Information office in the airport Arrival Hall; this might be especially handy if you want to buy/use a 'Vienna Card' travel/attraction card immediately, as it can be used on some of the airport connection transport options (and also for onward public transport of course) and especially if you're arriving earlier in the day so can use the attractions element from then on as well....

    See the relevant section further down for more information and the necessary Internet links.

  • 4. Tourist Information Offices
    http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/tourist-info/tourist-information

    The link above is to the 'Tourist Info' webpage of the official Vienna tourism website.

    [*** You should note that the large entrance area of the City Hall (where the tours assemble, see my review and dedicated sections 31/32 of this TL) has a staffed and extensively-equipped information 'library' - it's probably the best in Vienna and well worth visiting, even if you don't take a tour ! ]

    There is obviously a lot of information on the website and I shall refer to it, and give relevant links, throughout my TL as it is an excellent/unbiased reference source !

    The linked webpage details the location of the solitary official Tourist Information office in the city and also confirms the airport location I mention in my earlier 'To/From Vienna Airport' section.

    The city office is not that large but can from my experience deal with most general queries etc - it seems to 'major' on hotel bookings though....

    Do note that many Vienna attractions have a multitude of leaflets about other venues, but the Tourist Information office is the place to go for those attractions which don't publicise themselves very well....

  • 5. Public Transport - General
    http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/to-and-around/public-transport

    The link above is to the 'Public Transport' webpage of the official Vienna tourism website.

    That webpage introduces the travel/discount 'Vienna Card' then gives an outline explanation of the various methods/tickets for the city public transport system.

    Although the historic centre can readily be toured on foot, as my hotel was not located there (like most people ? !) I bought a Vienna Card (to cover my first 3 days) and moved around a lot (eg Stift Klosterneuburg, Schönbrunn, Belvedere) and used public transport a fair bit during my stay - it is frequent, quick safe and efficient and good value if you use one of the travel card options.

    The webpage gives links to the official website of the official transport provider 'Vienna Lines' which has an, albeit slightly limited, English-language version.

    I have a few general observations, tips/tricks :

    1. Remember that the 'normal' range of tickets cover 'city' travel, namely the Vienna '100' travel zone. Most of the places the average person/tourist will want to go are in that zone but there exceptions (eg the airport - already covered, Stift Klosterneuburg - more later). The city transport map does show where the transition from Zone 100 occurs, but it isn't very clear !

    2. The day of ticket purchase is irrelevant, the important issue is when you validate the card for use by getting it stamped in an onboard ticket machine.

    3. The 'online timetable' linked to towards the bottom of the webpage is in fact a VERY useful English-language online journey planner. My tip is to immediately select the 'Advanced Search' link at the base of the new window as you can then plan by the name of the 'landmark', especially as the planner then detects your typing and offers options saving you having to type the full name. Service options, route timing results and section maps can be viewed, downloaded and displayed etc.

    *** You can of course still view/print/download specific service timetables by going to the German-language only version of the website - the Internet link is in the following section.

    ** I often wanted to look at the route map for a particular service and eventually found the (well-hidden !) Internet link for it - the Internet link is in the section after next.

    4. It should rarely be better to buy a single-use ticket. I quickly discovered that for multi-use the badly-advertised 'Vienna Shopping' ticket (Wiener Einkaufskarte) suited my needs, as it provided unlimited zone 100 use between 8am and 8pm at a cheaper price than the similar '24hr' card. The 'Vienna Shopping' ticket is available/used in exactly the same way as all other cards and your third trip will move you into 'profit' vs single-use tickets !

    5. I often found that trams were better than buses and the U-Bahn due to the location of their stops and frequency of service.

  • 6. Public Transport - Timetables
    http://www.wienerlinien.at/eportal/ep/channelView.do/pageTypeId/9082/c...

    The link above is to the 'Vienna Lines' webpage to access the complete timetable for a specific city public transport service.

    It has to be the most straightforward webpage I've ever seen !

  • 7. Public Transport - Service Maps
    http://www.wienplan.com/select/plaene.html

    The link above is to the 'Vienna Lines' webpage to view complete route map for a specific city public transport service.

    Select the small circular sign on the post for either the tram, U-Bahn or bus then the number of the service from the list that pops-up. From the resulting map, right-click for viewing options - scroll around by left click+hold.

  • 8. The Vienna Card
    http://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-card

    The link above is to the 'Vienna Card' webpage of the official Vienna tourism website.

    Initially I was doubtful that the VC would be a worthwhile investment, HOWEVER with some 'care' and (if nothing else) heeding my info and tips/tricks it can really made to pay for itself and more !

    As you can see from the website description, the VC gives you free use of public transport AS WELL AS discounts on a huge number of Vienna attractions, food outlets, shops etc.

    At time of writing the VC costs EU19.90 (I bought mine from my hotel) so, with the travel element being worth EU14.50 on it's own, you can see that you don't need to 'save' much more with the discount element for the card to pay for itself and take you into 'profit' ! The card comes with a booklet containing card info and the privileges the card gives, with attraction info etc.

    Firstly, the most important matter to establish is the validity of the card - this is because many reference sources do not properly state it and often actually contain errors.

    The CRUCIAL fact is that the duration of the transport and 'discount' elements of the card are DIFFERENT (it is mentioned on the webpage and clearly printed on the card itself but still many get it wrong !), so I'll explain :

    1. General. The day of purchase is irrelevant, the important issue is when you validate the card on first-use. For travel it is when it is stamped in a ticket machine, for discounts when you write the corresponding date onto the reverse of the card in the space provided (which is where it also has printed the discount validity duration)....

    2. Transport. Validity is the same as the equivalent 72hr travel-only card ie a duration of 72hrs from first use, NOT 3 days, as the 'clock' countdown starts running immediately you use it ! For example, if you validate it at 2030hrs on a Tuesday night then it expires at 2030hrs Friday night.

    3. Discounts. Validity lasts 4 (I repeat four !) consecutive days from when the card is validated for travel-use, where 'Day 1' is whatever is left of the card-validation day then the 3 following full days. So, overall you can hopefully see it is actually best to validate and start making use of your VC as early as possible on your 'first' day, as you then get that day PLUS 3 more complete days to get discount 'benefits'.

    Of course, your planned time in Vienna/travel requirements might dictate when you validate the card, BUT note that if you do validate it as per my transport example of 2030hrs then you've potentially 'wasted' 20+1/2 hours of potential usage for discounts on that first day...

    Obviously everybody will use the card differently, but here are a few tips/tricks of note and which I took advantage of but, whilst not 'hidden' are not that well advertised :

    1. Remember you could buy/use it from Vienna airport, as whilst the airport is not in the Vienna '100' travel zone covered by the VC and city travel cards the VC DOES give discounts on airport transportation !

    2. If you wish to visit 'Stift Klosterneuburg' (more later), although not in 'Zone 100', the VC specially covers public transport there (including the S-Bahn !).

    3. You can occasionally get around the 4 day 'limit 'of the VC attraction element by, for example (and there are others I cover in the dedicated attraction sections), buying the very worthwhile 'Sisi' ticket (more later) which can be bought at a VC discount BUT then taking advantage of the Sisi ticket 1-year validity !

    4. HOWEVER, do note that sometimes combination tickets bought without the VC are cheaper than buying individual tickets for the same attractions with the VC !!!

  • 9. Attractions - General Info
    http://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights

    The link above is to the English-language 'Sights in Vienna' webpage of the official Vienna tourism website.

    For good reason I have already directed you to this information source several times ! That is because it is in my opinion definitive, reliable and complete and with some 'interrogation' can provide just about everything you need to now about somewhere - from introductory information about what it is and related history, to how to get there (with specific public transport directions) and maps etc.

    It is also about as unbiased as can be possible. Do an Internet search for an attraction and there will be probably be a range of websites with information but a lot may be 'sponsored' etc, so the information might direct you in a particular way - you have been warned !

    The webpage linked above is the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via left-hand 'Sights' column; which not only has selected specific links but also an A-Z listing.

    There are many other ways to navigate the website by clicking text, linkbars and graphics; you should also note that it has a useful search facility, which can come in handy as some attractions might be 'elusive' due to, for ample, language influences affecting how it is referred to.

    A few tips for when you view the webpage for a particular attraction:

    1. There will be information on any Vienna Card discounts BUT do note that it is not necessarily 'complete' as the attraction can offer a variety of tickets which attract different VC discounts. If I went to that attraction I try and cover that aspect from my experience at the time....

    2. Relevant Internet links to, for example, the dedicated website of a particular attraction are provided but they are not fool-proof; for example, at the time of writing the official websites covering some of the State attractions are in a period of hiatus and the links take you to a 404 'failure' webpage. This will happen with Internet searches as well, so this is another reason to look at my Visitor Information sections as I might mention any problems and offer solutions....!

    3. The especially useful 'getting there' aspects are usually not displayed by default. To access the massive detail usually available on the webpage you need to select the black-text 'Map', 'Accessibility' and 'Details' links which then expose just about everything you should need to know.

    Happy Hunting !

  • 10. ibis Wien Mariahilf
    Hotel ibis Wien Mariahilf, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and further information.

    Good Location, Comfortable and Quite Good Value - A Good Compromise'.

  • 11. Kunsthistorisches Museum
    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'A Tremendous and Varied Collection Presented In Beautifully-Decorated Rooms.'

    The Kunsthistorisches Museum was easily the most impressive attraction I visited during this trip to Vienna.

  • 12. Visitor Information for the Kunsthistorisches Museum
    http://www.khm.at/en/

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

    The webpage linked above is the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via the topmost textbar which when a specific term is selected produces a drop-down list with selectable links.

    Like many websites, this one can result in you being able to view very impressive interactive virtual tours/floorplans and videos etc which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction !

    At the time of writing this and other official websites are in a period of hiatus and (it seems specific for the English-language sections) the links can take you to a 404 'failure' webpage.

    Use my link and you should be OK.

    Also, do note the oddity that this website also covers the almost as good Neue Burg museum (I cover these later on) which are offered on a combined ticket but are actually in a completely different building some distance from the Kunsthistorisches Museum !

    TICKETING

    I bought the combined 'Treasures of the Habsburgs' ticket which gives entry into the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Neue Burg museum AND the Imperial Treasury and results in you being given 2 tickets, 1 for the Imperial Treasury and another for the Kunsthistorisches/Neue Burg museum which is stamped on entry for the relevant museum visited.

    No VC discount was available with this option BUT it worked out cheaper than any VC discount I could get if I had bought the 3 tickets separately, so was easily the better option - each ticket lasts a year !

  • 13. Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn)
    Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'Pleasant-Varied Grounds and an Elegant Main Building Exterior with Extremely Ornately-Decorated Rooms'.

  • 14. Visitor Information for Schonbrunn Palace
    http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html

    The link above is to the official English-language website of Schonbrunn Palace.

    The webpage linked above is the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via the topmost textbar. When a specific term is 'hovered over' it produces a drop-down list with selectable links; if you instead click the term the related webpage is instead opened and those same selectable links are then displayed to the left.

    Like many websites, this one can result in you being able to view floorplans/rooms etc - which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction !

    Do note that below the main selectable links on the left there are often some very useful additional links under a 'Related Links' title...

    This is useful if for no other reason than you can check which rooms are closed/unavailable for viewing due to renovation etc.

    You can also download the audio guide....

    TICKETING

    I bought the combined 'Sisi' ticket which provides entry for the 'Grand Tour' at Schonbrunn, the Hofburg (Imperial Apartments - Sisi Museum - Imperial Silver Collection) and the Imperial Furniture Collection.

    As with other combined tickets it offers better value if you already planned to go to the included attractions (or adds an unplanned one for 'free' !).

    **** A VC discount IS available for the Sisi ticket, which not only makes it EVEN better value but as the ticket validity is 1-year it means you can buy a Sisi ticket while your VC is still valid but visit the attractions after your VC has 'expired' !

    ** If you buy the Sisi ticket at one of the other attractions it means that when you visit Schonbrunn you don't have to queue to buy a ticket !

  • 15. Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)
    Imperial Treasury of Vienna, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'A Well-Presented, Varied and Interesting, Collection of Very Ornate Artefacts'.

  • 16. Visitor Information for the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer)
    http://www.kaiserliche-schatzkammer.at/en/visit/?cHash=dfb045333efd096...

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer).

    At the time of writing this and other official websites are in a period of hiatus and (it seems specific for the English-language sections) the links can take you to a 404 'failure' webpage on the Kunsthistorisches Museum website !

    The official website linked above was very elusive and took me some time to 'find' as it doesn't appear on any Internet search engines, all normal attempts take you to the quoted 'failure' page !
    There are other websites, some extremely informative, but I think it's always best to use the official one if at all possible...

    The webpage linked above is the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via the topmost textbar which when a specific term is selected produces a drop-down list with selectable links.

    Like many websites, this one can result in you being able to view very impressive interactive virtual tours/floorplans and videos etc which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction !

    Continuing the oddity of this website, on this occasion it doesn't mention in any great way the related Kunsthistorisches and Neue Burg museums which are offered on a combined ticket as detailed below; a link to them is IS there, but it's not obvious, here's how :

    In the top LH corner of most webpages is a text link entitled 'The Locations'; select the link and a useful plan showing where all the related attractions are. To go to the website for them you either select the specific image of the museum on the plan or the text link for other ones below the title 'Entdecken Sie auch'.

    The Imperial Treasury website does at least provide the standard details of the ticket in the same way as the other attraction website does...

    TICKETING

    I bought the combined 'Treasures of the Habsburgs' ticket which as mentioned earlier gives entry into the Imperial Treasury, Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Neue Burg museum and results in you being given 2 tickets, 1 for the Imperial Treasury and another for the Kunsthistorisches/Neue Burg museums which is stamped on entry for the relevant museum visited.

    No VC discount was available with this option BUT it worked out cheaper than any VC discount I could get if I had bought the 3 tickets separately, so was easily the better option - each ticket lasts a year !

  • 17. Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche)
    Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche), Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    'A Hidden, Narrow and Understated Exterior BUT a Stunningly-Ornate Interior'.

  • 18. Visitor Information for the Church of the Jesuits
    http://www.jesuitenwien1.at/

    The link above is to the official German-language only website of the Church of the Jesuits (Universitatskirche).

    It is very comprehensive, with all the visitor information you could possibly want accessed via the 'Jesuitenkirche' tab (the third one from the left).

  • 19. St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
    St. Peter's Church, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Relatively Narrow and Short Structure Housing a Beautiful Interior and Exquisitely-Decorated Roof".

  • 20. Visitor Information for St Peter's Church (Peterskirche)
    http://www.peterskirche.at/tourismusinfo/

    The link above is to the official German-language only 'tourist information' webpage of the website for St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche).

  • 21. Neue Burg
    Neue Burg, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Frankly Mediocre Museum Gets Legendary Status Due to Superb Interior Design and Decoration".

  • 22. Visitor Information for the Neue Burg
    http://www.khm.at/en/visit/collections/

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Neue Burg.

    The webpage linked above is the place to start as, despite the title stating 'Kunsthistorisches Museum' and it also dealing with that marvellous attraction, as they are related to each other the list of collections on the page includes those in the Neue Burg.

    Ticketing is dealt with via the left-hand 'Visit' link situated on the topmost textbar which when selected produces a drop-down list with selectable links.

    To 'visit' the various Neue Burg collections to view a very impressive interactive virtual tour and selected artefacts, which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction, select the appropriate collection picture or title; the resulting introductory webpage includes opening times etc. Each collection webpage has a textbar on the left to 'drill-down' further into the viewed collection and to select the other collections.

    TICKETING

    I bought the combined 'Treasures of the Habsburgs' ticket which gives entry into the Neue Burg museum, the Kunsthistorisches Museum AND the Imperial Treasury and results in you being given 2 tickets, 1 for the Imperial Treasury and another for the Kunsthistorisches/Neue Burg museum which is stamped on entry for the relevant museum visited.

    No VC discount was available with this option BUT it worked out cheaper than any VC discount I could get if I had bought the 3 tickets separately, so was easily the better option - each ticket lasts a year !

  • 23. State Opera House
    State Opera House, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A 'Cash Cow' Production-Line Tour BUT the Beauty of What You Can See Makes It Worthwhile !".

  • 24. Visitor Information for the State Opera House
    http://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/Content.Node/home/opernhaus/fuehrungen...

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the State Opera House.

    The webpage linked above is the place to start as it details the guided-tour times.

    *** I recommend that you use that information as a guide only, and for safety's sake check beforehand by walking past the entrance doors which will open at tour times. The entrance is to the left of the House frontage, almost directly on the corner of the building. By the doors should be a large sign detailing what should be the definitive list of tour times and for which language they are.

    Prices can be checked using the text link to the left of the tour hours; I'm fairly sure that the only option is to buy tour ticket as you enter the house for a tour...

    From my experience, people (and there can be a LOT of 'us') crowd around the areas directly in front of the entrance doors; the outside area is essentially standing-room only, but the stone steps leading to permanently closed doors are available to sit on if not already occupied by others !

    Everyone 'rushes' the doors when they open - and that's when the queue starts to form, not before !

    That may sound a bit shambolic, but I'm fairly sure that everyone will be catered for so you don't necessarily have to be at the front of the queue, EXCEPT if you are at the back you might have to wait a bit for a tour guide to be arranged.....

    Having said that, any wait might well be unpredictable as what really dictates which formed groups go first is how many people 'wanting' the same language tour are sequentially present in the queue. I was near the front, but had to wait quite a long time as almost everyone in front of me also spoke English, so I was in the 2nd 'English' group and hence had to wait for another guide to be arranged before we could leave, by which time we had to wait even longer as other language groups had by that time set-off....!

    Tour groups form and wait at the base of the steps to the main vestibule - no seating...

    You exit the tour via the gift shop, which is on the opposite side of the building.

  • 25. Stift Klosterneuburg
    Stift Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor and travel information are in the next 2 sections.

    "Ultimately Less Than the Sum of It's Parts BUT Nonetheless the 'Out-of Town' Trip is Still worthwhile".

  • 26. Visitor Information for Stift Klosterneuburg
    http://www.stift-klosterneuburg.at/tourismus/fuehrungszeiten-preise/

    This section deals with the attraction info, prices etc - the following section deals with how to get to Stift Klosterneuburg since it is a bit out of town and hence public transport options are not completely 'standard'.

    The link above is to the official website of Stift Klosterneuburg.

    The homepage can be viewed in English but as you drill-down to the 'Tourism' webpage I have not been able to get it to display in any other language than German.

    The webpage linked above is the place to start as it details the various attraction times and prices.

    As mentioned in my review, the all-inclusive ticket is best value and also attracts a Vienna Card discount.

    If you click the left-hand 'Führungsangebot' text link the resulting webpage it includes an option to view/download a plan of the Abbey area etc.

    Those options are on the right of the webpage and depicted by pictures.

    The website can occasionally have a mind of it's own and take you in circles. It is also difficult to fid the tourism webpages, so should you get 'lost' click the crest/'Stift' title at the extreme top-left of the webpage which is superimposed on the large picture then from the resulting webpage click the 'Stiftsatelier' text/picture middle-right to get 'back'...

  • 27. Transport Information for Stift Klosterneuburg
    http://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/excursions/klosterneuburg-abbey

    This section deals with the public transport options for getting to Stift Klosterneuburg.

    The link above is to the English-language webpage of the official Vienna tourism website which deals with 'Klosterneuburg Abbey'.

    It provides a useful intro to the Abbey, (very sparse) price/entry information BUT, most importantly, directions on how to get there using public transport.

    As mentioned in my 'Vienna Card' section, although not in the 'normal' city-centre 'Zone 100' area, the VC specially covers public transport there, including the S-Bahn - this is confirmed in that section of text....

    I did the final part of my journey to/from the Abbey by bus - note that both bus stops are very close to the front entrance to the Abbey, whereas the S-Bahn station is somewhat further away....

  • 28. Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)
    Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek), Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "Ornate and Grand BUT, In Comparison, a Little Pricey for the Size".

  • 29. Visitor Information for the Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)
    http://www.onb.ac.at/ev/state_hall.htm

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek).

    The webpage linked above is specifically for the State Hall.

    All the visitor information you could want is accessed by the 3 text links, bottom-right, below the 'Further information' title.

    If you plan to visit the State Hall and at least 1 more of the 3 other separate ''precincts' available to visit (see my TA reviews), you are better off buying the 'Universal weekticket' listed at the base of the 'Prices of admission' webpage.

    There is a further discount for Vienna Card holders (which I seem to remember was unable to successfully get as the staff were ignorant about it !).

    *** The additional bonus is then that you have 7 days to visit the attractions despite your VC having expired in the meantime !

  • 30. Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection)
    Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection), Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Very 'Specialised', but Nonetheless Interesting, Museum - Especially as it has Significant Schonbrunn Connections".

  • 31. Visitor Information for the Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection)
    http://www.hofmobiliendepot.at/en.html

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection).

    Since they are so heavily-related, the website looks and operates in the same way as those for Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palaces.

    So, the webpage linked above is again the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via the topmost textbar. When a specific term is 'hovered over' it produces a drop-down list with selectable links; if you instead click the term the related webpage is instead opened and those same selectable links are then displayed to the left.

    Like many websites, this one can result in you being able to view floorplans/rooms etc which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction !

    Do note that below the main selectable links on the left there are often some very useful additional links under a 'Related Links' title, including the ability to download audio guides...

    TICKETING

    As you may have already read, I bought the combined 'Sisi' ticket which provides entry for the Imperial Furniture Collection, the 'Grand Tour' at Schonbrunn and the Hofburg (Imperial Apartments - Sisi Museum - Imperial Silver Collection).

    As with other combined tickets it offers better value if you already planed to go to the included attractions (or adds an unplanned one for 'free' !).

    **** A VC discount IS available for the Sisi ticket, which not only makes it EVEN better value but as the ticket validity is 1-year it means you can buy a Sisi ticket while your VC is still valid but visit the attractions after your VC has 'expired' !

  • 32. Rathaus (New City Hall)
    Rathaus, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "Pleasant Surroundings, Interesting Architecture-Decoration AND a Free Guided-Tour !".

  • 33. Visitor Information for the Rathaus (New City Hall)
    http://www.wien.gv.at/english/cityhall/

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Vienna Administrative Office.

    The webpage linked above is specifically for the City Hall.

    From there you can find out more about the attraction and also see the guided-tour details.

    The tours start from the staffed City Information Centre inside the City Hall, which as I mentioned in my review is worth going to for the unbeatable selection of tourist information they offer.

    *** The entrance to the City Information Centre is at the middle of the 'back' of the City Hall ie the end, which is furthest from the 'Ring' road/spire BUT nearest the U-Bahn station.

  • 34. Globe Museum
    Globe Museum, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Very 'Specialised', but Nonetheless Interesting and Quaint Museum".

  • 35. Visitor Information for the Globe Museum
    http://www.onb.ac.at/ev/globe_museum.htm

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek).

    The webpage linked above is specifically for the Globe Museum.

    All the visitor information you could want is accessed by the 3 text links, bottom-right, below the 'Further information' title.

    If you plan to visit the Globe Museum and at least 1 more of the 3 other separate ''precincts' (eg the State Hall) available to visit (see my TA reviews), you are better off buying the 'Universal weekticket' listed at the base of the 'Prices of admission' webpage.

    There is a further discount for Vienna Card holders (which I seem to remember was unable to successfully get as the staff were ignorant about it !).

    *** The additional bonus is then that you have 7 days to visit the attractions despite your VC having expired in the meantime !

  • 36. St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)
    St. Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche), Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "An Relatively Understated Exterior BUT Inside, Bright, Light and Very, Very White".

  • 37. Visitor Information for St Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche)
    http://www.augustinerkirche.at/augustinus.php

    The link above is to the official German-language website of St Augustine's Church (Augustinerkirche).

    It is something of a nightmare to navigate...

  • 38. Albertina
    Albertina, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "Quite a Large Art Collection But Little Interested Me AND Section Closures Can Be Troublesome !".

  • 39. Visitor Information for Albertina
    http://www.albertina.at/en

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Albertina museum.

    All the visitor information you could want is accessed by the left-hand text links below the 'Visitors Information' title.

    From my experience, and as mentioned in my review, I urge you to check about section 'closures' if a particular attraction in the museum is planned to be an essential part of your visit.

    This is because section 'closures' appear to frequent and not immediately obvious before buying your ticket - if 'pressed', staff should be able to check specific closure times/dates for you from their museum computer....

  • 40. Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)
    Belvedere Palace and Museum, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Varied Collection Plus an Attractive Palace and Gardens BUT Little Interested Me !".

  • 41. Visitor Information for Belvedere Palace
    http://www.belvedere.at/en

    The link above is to the official English-language website of Belvedere Palace/Museum.

    Almost all the visitor information you could want is accessed by the text links along the top above the large changing picture.

    What is not mentioned anywhere (as I covered in my review) is the mandatory use of the extra-fee cloakroom should you have a rucksack/large bags etc...

    I urge you to check the layout of this attraction (via the 'Palace & Museum' link then selecting 'the 'Getting here' link).

    This because the expansive size and sloping nature of the area means that the solitary ticket office could be quite a distance, and uphill, if you arrive at the 'wrong' place !

    As a rough guide, the ticket office is to the west of Upper Belvedere.

    It is best-accessed by tram, as there is a dedicated stop (cunningly called "Schloss Belvedere" !) on the road which goes past the western side of the area, very close to the side entrance which is to the immediately adjacent to the ticket office.

    If 'only' going to Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere, this means you can go from top-to-bottom and also enjoy the intermediate gardens.

    Lower Belvedere is easily-accessed by tram/bus and can be visited on a different day with the same ticket should you wish....

  • 42. Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
    Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal.

    Visitor information is in the next section.

    "A Variety of Attractions BUT the Space is Small and There is Better Elsewhere".

  • 43. Visitor Information for the Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
    http://www.hofburg-wien.at/en.html

    The link above is to the official English-language website of the Hofburg.

    Since they are so heavily-related, the website looks and operates in the same way as those for Schönbrunn and Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection).
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    So, the webpage linked above is again the place to start, with the main way to access info achieved via the topmost textbar. When a specific term is 'hovered over' it produces a drop-down list with selectable links; if you instead click the term the related webpage is instead opened and those same selectable links are then displayed to the left.

    Like many websites, this one can result in you being able to view floorplans/rooms etc which should tempt you more to visit/explore the attraction !

    Do note that below the main selectable links on the left there are often some very useful additional links under a 'Related Links' title, including the ability to download audio guides...

    TICKETING

    As you may have already read, I bought the combined 'Sisi' ticket which provides entry for the Hofburg, Imperial Furniture Collection and the 'Grand Tour' at Schonbrunn.

    As with other combined tickets it offers better value if you already planed to go to the included attractions (or adds an unplanned one for 'free' !).

    **** A VC discount IS available for the Sisi ticket, which not only makes it EVEN better value but as the ticket validity is 1-year it means you can buy a Sisi ticket while your VC is still valid but visit the attractions after your VC has 'expired' !

  • 44. Kirche am Steinhof
    Kirche am Steinhof, Vienna

    See my TA review accessed via the link directly above this text for my full appraisal and photos. Video is accessed via my Profile video list.

    Visitor information is in the next 2 (final !) sections.

    "Somewhat 'Out of Town' But the Setting Just About Makes the Trip Worth It".

  • 45. Visitor Information for Kirche am Steinhof
    http://www.wienkav.at/kav/ows/texte_anzeigen.asp?id=2268

    The link above is to the official German-language website of Kirche am Steinhof.

    Visitor entry info is accessed via the 'Fuhrungen' textlink.

    My TA review includes a photo of the information board at the church reflecting this info.

    The free (ie 'self-guided') visit days/times are under the 'Besichtigung' title. At the time of writing they were Sat 4pm-5pm, Sun midday-4pm.

    The chargeable German-language tour days/times are under the '
    Kirchenfuhrung' title. At the time of writing they were Sat 3pm, Sun 4pm.

    This webpage also has relevant transport and contact info, BUT see below !

    GETTING THERE

    I went to/from the church by the advertised route.

    This results in you arriving by bus at the base of the hill in front of the hospital - you then walk through the hospital entrance and 'climb' up a wide, large-stepped gravel-type path, then a flight of steps, to arrive at the left-hand/front of the church.

    This can be quite a 'trog' !

    Therefore, with hindsight I have an alternative recommendation which should involve less hill-climbing and certainly be more picturesque.

    The next section has link to my multimedia album where a map of this proposed route is.

    From the same U-Bahn station of 'Ottakring' instead take the 46B bus to the 'Feuewache Am Steinhof' stop. This is located to the north of the church (instead of the south with the advertised route), from where you have a short (about 300m) and hopefully pleasant stroll south along a path through the woods to the church.

  • 46. Bus Route to Forest-Walk to Kirche am Steinhof
    http://s37.beta.photobucket.com/user/lpwilliams/library/Vienna%202012...

    The link above is to my online multimedia album where a bus route+map+aerial view of my proposed forest-walk route is.