Vienna was the first and last destination of my trip as I had my return flight from there :). I spent two days in Vienna which are not sufficient at all to see this city. Unfortunately that was the maximum I could take off as Prague was my target on this trip which got maximum attention. So here is a quick walk through of Vienna which leaves scope for a revisit in future.
1. If you have enjoyed relatively less expensive cities so far in Europe like Prague and Budapest; then welcome yourself to Vienna. Your expenses will shoot up in Vienna with power of Euro playing a major role. To give an example I was enjoying coffee for approximately 1.5 euro in cafes in Prague and Budapest; in Vienna it costs 4 euros.
2. Vienna is extremely well-connected by subways and you can find a station almost on every alternate square. A single trip in subway costs 2.1 euros whereas a two days pass costs 12 euros within a zone. So buying a pass would save you a lot of money as the pass gives you unlimited visits.
3. Vienna is known for its concerts and operas. One must attend a concert in Vienna to experience how much people of Vienna love music. The shows are packed most of the times The seats cost as much as 48 euros but there is a cheaper ticket available if you can enjoy the show while standing. In return you are rewarded with a 5 euro ticket :). I also saw a big screen put outside an opera house where you can enjoy Opera show for free :).
4. Vienna is another city which is more beautiful in night due to wonderful lighting of its buildings. So plan to have a long walk and if you get tired you can always board a subway from nearby station.
5. Vienna has two major palaces to visit – Schönbrunn Palace and Belvedere palace. Personally I felt a visit to Schönbrunn palace is enough and the other palace can be skipped to spend time/money somewhere else.
6. St. Stephens´s Cathedral is another most visited site of Vienna. You can have views of city from top of this building. There are two options – North tower where you need to climb steps and South tower where you can go via elevator at a price. I didn’t find views from South tower any great and I think North tower would have better views. Check it out yourself whenever you are there 🙂
City View from Cathedral
7. Although German is the official language of country, English is widely spoken in Vienna across cafes, shops, subways and at all tourist attractions.
8. Music and other cultural activities can be spotted randomly anywhere.Vienna is one of the cultural hub of Europe.
A Performance in Palace
9. Bicycles can be seen everywhere with clearly marked pathways for bicycles.
Bicycles for Rent
10. Somehow Vienna didn’t appeal as much to me as did Prague or Budapest. There is nothing wrong with the city as such; in fact it’s considered a must visit by most of the travelers. I guess one needs to spend more time in city to experience it. I just had two days so could only visit few sites as palace itself required a couple of hours. Moreover considerable amount of rain also spoiled one of the day. Overall I liked the city but there was not a WOW moment.
11. And finally Vienna airport is one of the major connection for entry in Europe. A lot of countries are away only few hours bus ride. So there are chances I may get a chance to revisit the city whenever I visit Europe again (Fingers Crossed 🙂 ). Hopefully I will see a different Vienna next time.