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July 10 to 12 2011 - Vienna


sunny 30 °C

I don't have much to say about Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is a truly amazing collection - 8 Cannalettos, 12 Peter Brueghels (the Elder) including the Tower of Babel and rooms of Tintorettos, Vermeers, Titians, Rubens; you get the picture

The Schonbrunn Palace gardens are worth a visit and you can get into them for free; you won't find that information openly displayed or in the brochures (could it be that they want you to pay the 19 to 39 euros for the house and gardens entry fee) but they have been open to the public since 1780

The 48-hour Vienna ticket for trams and buses is good value for 10 euros. We bought ours at a machine when we arrived at the Praterstern Bus Station - you can pay cash or credit-card. Just validate it once in a "blue box" as you enter the bus or tram

We stayed at the Hotel Capricorno for 2 nights (100 euros per night)- when I booked it, the location looked good; on the Danube Canal at Schwedenplatz. Schwedenplatz is horrible, as is the canal. The only slight pluses are that the hotel is 1 minute from the metro and a 15-minute walk to the Stephansdom. The rooms are good though, even if the public areas are dated. As the Capricorno was fully booked, we had to move to the newly-opened Alma Boutique Hotel for the 3rd night, just around the corner. Now I have an absolute allergy to wash-basins in the bedroom, so when we were shown to a deluxe double with a wash-basin AND a full bath next to the bed, you can imagine my response. The woman on reception swapped us to a superior double (without bath) which would not look out of place in a Hotel Formule (both of these rooms were priced at over 130 euros) - do not use this hotel despite what the reviews say on booking.com


I thought the Dutch and Prague-ites liked a smoke but the Viennese take it to another level - disgusting place. And the Viennese don't seem to understand the concept of a cold drink. Can't wait to leave tomorrow morning

Posted by kforge 00:40 Archived in Austria

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