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Visiting Vienna

When visiting the Austrian capital, Vienna, you might have a serious case of déjà vu: it is indeed very similar to Budapest. The two cities were built at the same time, in the same style, and in the same country- Hungary belonged to the Hapsburg Monarchy, later the Austrian-Hungarian Double Monarchy for 300 years!

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Vienna is a lovely city with a very compact pedestrianised centre, full of charming cafés and restaurants, where you can try the famous “Sacher Torte” a delicious chocolate cake with true Viennese coffee.

Getting there: There is a good motorway connection between Vienna and Budapest, and it takes approximately 2½ hours by car. Alternatively you can try public transport; there are 11 direct trains a day from Budapest, and in the summertime there are good connections from Lake Balaton. You can check the train timetables here: http://elvira.hu/english/index.php There are always special offers available, like the “4 day ticket”, a return ticket which includes a two day travel card for Vienna. There are 5 coaches a day to Vienna by Eurolines (http://www.eurolines.hu/en) and two by Orangeways (http://www.orangeways.com/en/timetable-busticket).

Getting around: If you drive remember, that like in all capitals you have to pay for parking and there are restricted areas for cars. There are several short and long stay car parks in the city, for detailed information see this link: http://www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation/parking/. Vienna has a marvellous public transport system, with trams, buses and metro, and all the sights are easily accessible by public transport. For detailed information on types of tickets and cards see this link: http://www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation-urbanplanning/public-transport/

Main sights:

St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) and the downtown area. Stephansdom is Austria’s most beautiful Gothic cathedral. There is a breathtaking view from the top of the tower which can be reached by climbing the 343 steps. The whole area around the church is pedestrianized and very pleasant to walk around, or you can discover Vienna in style and hop into one of the “Fiakers”, the stylish horse-drawn carriages.

Haus der Musik: is an interactive music museum a short walk away. Vienna is the home of many composers from Mozart to Stauss, and this museum is a must for music lovers.

Albertina: is a fantastic museum of fine arts with an enormous collection and fascinating temporary exhibitions.

Schönbrunn Palace, Zoo and Palm house: a short tram ride from the centre and you can visit Empress Sisi’s former summer residence. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park, a Palm House, and a Zoo. You can easily spend an entire day here! You can also take it easy walk around the park and have a lovely coffee at the Gloriette.

Art Nouveau treasures: Vienna is incredibly rich in art nouveau buildings and collections of paintings by Klimt and architecture by Otto Wagner. Visit the Belvedere Museum to see works of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. Or visit the MAK – Museum for Applied Arts to see beautiful pieces of Thonet furniture or the gilded design of Gustav Klimt for the frieze of the Stoclet Palais in Brussels.

Kunst Haus Wien: is probably the most exciting museum of Vienna showing the work of the highly talented artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Not far from Kunst Haus, you will find the so-called “Hundertwasser-Haus,” Vienna’s most original public housing complex.

Prater and the Riesenrad (The Amusement Park and The Giant Ferris Wheel): You may want to visit this landmark of Vienna in the footsteps of the immortal film “The Third Man” or simply enjoy the view of the city from almost 200 feet up. Built in 1896/97 by the British engineer Walter Basset it wasn’t the only one of its kind back then: Basset built similar panorama wheels – extremely popular at the end of the 19th century – in Chicago, London, Blackpool and Paris as well.

Vienna also has a world famous christmas market from mid November till 24th of December, with high quality handmade gifts and pieces of art, concerts and nativity displays.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna with its famous Lipizzan ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambiance of the Imperial Palace. Admire riding skills of the highest order – from pirouettes to caprioles. There are guided tours, gala performances and morning exercise with music. Click on their website for detailed information.