Vienna is, not just geographically, but culturally, the beating heart of Europe. For hundreds of years this former seat of the Habsburg empire has attracted the continent’s brightest writers, artists, and musicians. With more than 100 museums crammed into a city you can walk across, you would expect down time be out of the question, but Vienna’s large open spaces, numerous cosy cafés, and easy rail access to gorgeous Austrian countryside means that life goes at your speed. From awe-inspiring architecture to techno street parties, great shopping and dining offerings to wild river swimming… Vienna has it all!
It’s summer and it’s too hot to do anything major. Grab some beers and head to the Donauinsel, an island park between two sections of the Danube river, for a chilled afternoon. After this, if you still need to cool off, jump on the U2 to Donaustadtbrücke and go swimming in the clean, fresh, waters of Alte Donau!
4th, 5th, 6th District
Tourists love the 1st district for it’s postcard beauty, and the 7th for it’s hipster cool, but the smaller 4th, 5th and 6th districts offer the best of both, without the crowds. Start with a coffee in Kaffeefabrik, grab some lunch in Naschmarkt and go for a wander, stopping in Phil for some cake and a read.
A trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s numerous palaces. Schönbrunn is the palace to end all palaces. It’s just so damn palatial! With its huge gardens and commanding views, a trip to the Kaiser’s summer home is not one to be missed.
Artist and environmentalist Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, as you can tell by his name, was a pretty wacky dude. Along with his bombastically colourful paintings, housed in the KunstHausWien, he was also behind several architectural projects in Vienna.
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The best way to travel is by the U-Bahn. You have to buy the monthly ticket which is 51 euros, but that'll save you a hell of a lot of money in the long run. The U-Bahn may seem confusing at first, but you'll get the hang of it in no time. You have options for a year, month, week and day pass, as well as a weekend pass (I still don’t know why this exists). The year long pass seems expensive at €365 euros but, it’s a euro a day which is actually pretty reasonable if you use the transport system all the time. here are also semester passes for students, but you have to be enrolled at a university in Vienna to qualify. All of these tickets can be either bought in the station or through the WienMobil app.
Be aware that many Austrian businesses still operate with a cash only policy, and so it is always useful to have a reasonable amount of cash with you to avoid multiple detours to cash points.
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