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“Nice place to visit” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vienna

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
11 helpful votes
“Nice place to visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

Just got back from Vienna. Decided to go on a bank holiday weekend.

Found vienna to be a nice and pleasant place to visit. However, i wouldnt recommend going there soley to see vienna as there isnt a lot to do apart from look at palaces and churches (architecture).

we wanted to go to budapest as the international train services are very cheap compared to the UK, unfortunately, cheap tickets ran out, therefore i would suggest pre-booking tickets. Nearby countries included Germany, Hungary and Slovakia!
busses go regularly to these places, however, if time is of essence, i wouldnt recommend (around 4.5 hrs one way)

vienna sightseeing trips are arranged by various companies, who i found were quite expensive. for a min of 23 pounds, you could get an hours tour on a bus of night time in vienna.

Drink are extremely expensive (coke averaging at over £1.50 330ml compared ot £0.45 in uk)

hard to find money exchanges! i would not recommend changing your currency in vienna as the commisions are not set, they depend on how much you change!

places to visit are numbered. Scnoburn is a good place which is a palace with a garden attached to it. huge place, takes a good few hours to walk around it. also has zoo inside it.

nearly each stop on the metro has something there to look at, but can get repetetive (architecture).

Food wise, lots and lots of restaurants, travel wise its cheapish. day trip tickets 24 hrs - 5.70euro. bus into central from aiport 6 euros and 9 for a 16 mins fast train to central!
something called a vienna card might be useful too (18.50)

vienna iteself is gorgeous, however, we found 3 days to be excessive for just vienna.

go to vienna and take the train to nearby countries!

7 Thank Europeman
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Durham, NC
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Classical Music and Wonderful Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

My son & I went to Vienna, and wanted to attend a live classical music performance. There are many to choose from. Our experience was very good and EASY to accomplish. We didn't know the language so EASY makes the experience less stressful.

We booked online for the Vienna Residence Orchestra which performed at Auersperg Palace www.viennaconcerts.com/residenz.php. 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 oboe, 3 violins, 1 cello, 1 base, 1 piano, 1 soprano, 1 baritone, 2 dancers. The room was a small oval with the stage taking about 40% of the area leaving 6 rows of chairs. The acoustics were good and the number of players was well matched to the room size. With only 6 rows of seats, and a raised stage (about 2’), no seat is poor.

We wanted to eat near the location, and then go to the concert. We walked around multiple blocks and settled on the Café Rathus. This is not a fancy restaurant, but it has good food and a waitress, which I took to be the owner, spoke English and was very helpful in recommending some traditional Austrian food. She also made the deserts (the vanilla creamed cheese cake was excellent). The waitress made us feel comfortable and reminded me of my wonderful grandmother, both in size and demeanor.

Point of this writing is that we had a very easy experience by getting off the subway, (purple) line 2 at the RATHAUS stop. Then walked about 100 feet straight out of the subway exit (there are more than one exit, so if you don’t see the Café Rathus sign, you came out the wrong subway exit. The exits are close, so just turn around and look. The direction out of the subway is the same direction as the train running toward the end-of-line station Josefstadter StraBe ) to a building that has a 2 foot oval sign, hung about 10 feet high at the corner of the building, The oval sign has a yellow teapot in it.

After a wonderful meal (just have the waitress recommend what you should have), continue to walk away from the RATHUS subway stop on the same side of the street as the café and in about 2 blocks you will arrive at the concert location.

This was an EASY, fun evening.

7 Thank FamilyTraveler-SL
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Level Contributor
22 reviews
22 helpful votes
“City of Dreams”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2009

Walkable, clean, lovely, great architecture, museums, parks and great restaurants - what more could you ask??

4 Thank sparky66oh
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Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 helpful votes
“it means nothing to me, oh! vienna!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2009

vienna is ok for day trips, especially if you are staying in bratislava.(bratislava is is much cheaper) 9.2 euros return & the trains run every hour till late. 6 euros gets you a 24hour ticket on the efficient public transport system. keep your wits about you on the u bahn, not the best place to look like a tourist especially at karlplatz where drunks and smackheads seem congregate. walk like you know where you are going, even if you don't!
belvedre palace & schonnbrun palace are the opitomy of 18th century excesses, personally i found them vulgar and about as classy as the ultravox video!
for fans of graham greenes' the third man then the volkspark is a must.
personally, i had more fun walking from the edge of bratislava through the borders into austria & hungary. although open, it still has a sense of forboding especially when you see the old watchtowers in th distance!

3 Thank Fave
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Siilinjarvi, Finland
Level Contributor
103 reviews
47 helpful votes
“For those who love classical music, museums, cultural events, history...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2009

Vienna is a lovely city that I can recomment to anyone interested in the history of central Europe (there are enough palaces, churches etc.), or the lives of great composers (visit Beethoven's, haydn's, Mozart's etc. house), or art museums and galleries (about 80 all together), or classical music (many opera houses, dozens of concert halls).

2 Thank SissyBar
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