Monday, October 7, 2013

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Vienna: Sight Seeing

This is the second part of the Vienna entry, I did a one off for the museum, I had too many pictures to share for that entry and didn't want to mess up my "story"

So in Vienna we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott in Kreiu which is about 20 mins away from the city center and is within walking distance to the Danube river. You know how weird it is, we stayed there for 3 days and didn't bother going to the infamous river but instead took pictures of it from the train as we passed over it. I did a lengthy review for the hotel in Tripadvisor so I'm just going to steal some strings of excellent sentencing from there:

How to get from the Vienna (Flughafen Wein) Airport to Courtyard by Marriott Vienna Messe

The Metro is just 10 mins walk from the hotel and it brings you to city center in minutes. The trains are moderately fast, clean and has free magazines for you to browse through.

We reached the hotel quite late, from the Vienna Airport we were told that there are infrequent trains at night (later we realized this is just airport taxi gimmick to gullible tourists to pay more, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the trains in all over Vienna operate all night, THROUGHOUT the night, YES!) If you don't believe me ask your hotel

Anyhow the taxi cost us 35 euros. We had booked the hotel in advance and we got a nice room on a high floor with not much of a view (since this hotel is in a business area, our room faced the office opposite us) However within walking distance there is a McDonalds but its best you take the Metro to downtown for food and drinks

From the Flughafen Wein airport, you take the S7 (blue) metro and get down at Praterstein. From there, take the U2 line (purple) heading towards Aspenstr and get down at Krieau station. The hotel is 10 mins walk from the train station

To get to city center from the Krieau station, take the U2 heading towards Karlplatz and get down at Praterstein. From there, get the U1 in the direction of Reumannpl. and get down at Stephanplatz. where St Stephan's cathredal is. You can get down here or take the U3, in the directions towards Ottakring that will bring you to the main tourists attractions (Volkstheather stations for Musuem Quartier, Natural History Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Parliament)

Why You Should Not Take the CAT Train, after all it's not the ERL of Vienna

Now I know some of you will be wondering why not take the high-speed train (CAT) from the airport to city center? Simply because it's overpriced, it has more stops than the Metro and for less the cost and time you can reach the hotel anyways. Also bear in mind that the CAT stops at Lanstrabe/Wien Mitte so from there you HAVE to take the S7, get down at Praterstein, change to to U2 to get to Krieau. See what I meant?

I liked the transportation system here, no one's really going to check if you have a ticket on you but if you are cought you have to pay a hefty fine of 60 Euros.

Ok so now back to the story, so we went to a bunch of places in Vienna and it was a good trip

The Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Some Statue in the Volksgarten  (People's Park)

The building behind the carriage is the Opera House

Some of the architecture in town

The new Danube river

Museum Quarter which is located to the left of the Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museum

 The pizza shops run by Midde Eastern community sold pizzas the size of a drum barrel cover

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