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Vienna, Austria.

Almost our third home.

Fiaker taking tourists round the city - Vienna

Fiaker taking tourists round the city - Vienna

"Vienna"

Vienna is a city we visit frequently. My husband's mother was Viennese and when he was at university, he spent a gap year living and working in Vienna. It is a city he knows well, so I almost never research it before going there and our daily plans are generally handed over to him. We don't always look at Vienna; we're often too busy meeting Peter's relatives or some of his old friends. Some visits are a bit different. We stop for longer and take in a few of the sights.

Here are some of Vienna's main sights. St Stefan's Dom, ­ Vienna's impressive cathedral, lies at the touristic centre of Vienna with many of its other attractions, such as: the town hall, the opera, the art museum, the natural history museum, the Hofburg located on the ring road that circles around St Stephan's. Vienna is also famous for the Danube River, the Prater Amusement Park with its famous Riesenrad or Big Wheel and its stunning palaces. There are many statues of composers ­such as: Mozart, Strauss, Brahms, Hayden, ­scattered around. This is ­ a clear reflection of Austria's rich musical history.

The Goose Girl Fountain - Vienna

The Goose Girl Fountain - Vienna

Day Trips.

Vienna is also a good location for day trips to other countries. The easiest to do is probably to go to Bratislava either by boat or train. However, Sopron in Hungary and Znojmo in the Czech Republic are not too far away either.

Things to do.

Stefan's Dom: St. Stephen's Cathedral.

This huge building dominates the centre of Vienna. It is hard to fit into a photo! I have been inside once and remember it has a very dark interior. This year we just looked from the outside. There are some lovely carvings on the outside walls. The cathedral dates from 1147. The cathedral was badly damaged in the second world war, but the south tower survived intact and is seen as a symbol of the indestructibility of the Viennese.

Exterior Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Exterior Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

The Graben.

The Graben ­ is a large square near the cathedral which is lined with shops and restaurants and dominated by a very over the top plague column. This was built by Emperor Leopald I in gratitude for his survival of the 1679 plague. The Graben like most of Vienna causes you to have a craned neck as you stare at all the wonderful facades of the buildings. The elegant girl facade from a building on the Graben remind me very much of a Mucha painting.

The Graben. - Vienna

The Graben. - Vienna

Beautiful facade. - Vienna

Beautiful facade. - Vienna

Many sights are located on Vienna's famous Ring.

Belvedere Palace: Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna.

The Belvedere ­consists of two wonderful palaces: ­the Upper and Lower Belvedere. They were built in the 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and designed by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. The Upper Belvedere houses a collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its most famous exhibits are Gustav Klimt's golden pictures: The Kiss and Judith. The Lower Belvedere contains Prince Eugene's living quarters and state rooms. The magnificent gardens of the Belvedere with its statues and fountains can be visited free of charge. We did not visit the interiors of the palaces, but spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around the stunning gardens. This palace is not far from the Soviet War Memorial and not far from our favourite Vienna hotel ­- Hotel am Konzerthaus, so we regularly visit. The gardens are free entry and are a great place to sit in or to enjoy a stroll through. Both the upper and lower Belvedere are open from 10am to 6pm (the Lower is open till 9pm on Wednesdays). Admission to both sights on a combined ticket costs 13.50 Euros, the Upper Belvedere alone costs 9.50 Euros, the Lower Belvedere alone costs 9.50 Euros. Address: Prinz Eugen­Straße 27, 1030 Wien.

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Palace and Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Palace and Gardens - Vienna

Stad Park.

The Stad Park is a pleasant green space just off the ring. It is famous for its statue of Strauss which has a constant flow of tourists posing for photos with it. On one of our visits, the Strauss statue was being repaired but they placed a temporary one there for tourists. The park also has a lake and several other statues such as Schubert and Schindler. The beautiful Kur Salon overlooks the park. The park has some cafes and restaurants.

The famous Strauss Monument is now back in place and looking good. The Johann Strauss Monument was created in 1921 by Austrian sculptor Edmund Hellmer. The Stadtpark was created between 1858 and 1862 on some of the land made available when Vienna's medieval walls were finally demolished. It is a great place for a walk, a seat in the sun or a sausage snack bought from a van. It has flowers, ponds, statues and a restaurant. The Wienfluss or Vienna River cuts through the park. The largest building in the Stadtpark is the Kursalon. This was built in 1867. It was meant to be a spa pavilion, but was soon used as a concert hall. One of my favourite monuments in the park is the Vogeltränkebrunnen - ­ Birdbath fountain ­ a small fountain with penguins created in 1953 by Mario Petrucci.

Temporary Strauss Monument - Vienna

Temporary Strauss Monument - Vienna

Strauss's note. - Vienna

Strauss's note. - Vienna

Salzstangerl and almdudler in the park. - Vienna

Salzstangerl and almdudler in the park. - Vienna

Birdbath Fountain. Penguins in the park! - Vienna

Birdbath Fountain. Penguins in the park! - Vienna

Altes Rathaus: The town hall.

This lovely building is one of the many sights on the ring. There is an outdoor restaurant area (for two months during the film festival) in front of it with all sorts of lovely food and drink. There are also some pretty gardens.

Rose Garden and Town Hall - Vienna

Rose Garden and Town Hall - Vienna

The Rahaus. - Vienna

The Rahaus. - Vienna

Volksgarten.

I love this pretty park located near the Burg theatre. As well as being pretty itself, it also has great views towards other buildings such as the parliament and Burg Theatre. It has wonderful rose gardens and ponds. This is a beautiful area with lovely buildings and statues. It is a great place to take a stroll and is filled with lots of interesting things to photograph. We have been here many times and generally manage to spot something new each time we visit here. It is free to visit. This year when I went over to the pond to take a photo I discovered a mother duckling sitting with all her babies. Ohhhhhh! No wonder I always want to come back.

The Volksgarten. - Vienna

The Volksgarten. - Vienna

Volksgarten. - Vienna

Volksgarten. - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

the Burgtheater - Vienna

the Burgtheater - Vienna

Carving on lampost outside the <br />Burgtheater - Vienna

Carving on lampost outside the
Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Summer Roses - Vienna

Summer Roses - Vienna

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

Karlskirche.

Karlskirche is a baroque church on Karlsplatz. It is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, a counter-reformer of the sixteenth century.

Karl's Kirche - Vienna

Karl's Kirche - Vienna

Hofburg, Hofgarten and Spanish Riding School.

The Hofburg is a Habsburg palace in Vienna. Until 1918 this was the heart of the Viennese monarchy. Next to it you can find the Hofgarten and the Spanish Riding School. The Spanish Riding School is a traditional riding school for the beautiful white Lipizzan horses.

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Interesting facade. - Vienna

Interesting facade. - Vienna

The Soviet War Memorial.

The Soviet War Memorial is situated on Schwarzenbergplatz. Schwarzenbergplatz is a square located between the Vienna Ring and the Belvedere Palace. This square is named after Prince Karl Philipp of Schwarzenberg. There is a statue of him riding a horse at the north of the square. This dates from 1867. A huge fountain is located on this square. It is called the Hochstrahlbrunnen meaning high jet fountain. It was built in 1873 when Vienna's water supply system was finally finished. There are three hundred and sixty­-five small jets at the edge of the fountain, one for each day of the year. These jets surround seven islands with jets representing the days of the week. Twelve larger jets stand for the months of the year, twenty­-four more symbolize the hours of the day and thirty other jets represent the days of the month. The huge central jet stands for the year.

On one of our visits here a rather attractive young lady suddenly ripped off all her clothes and walked naked round the edge of this fountain. Presumably this was for some kind of dare. Behind the Hochstrahlbrunnen is the Denkmal der Roten Armee or Red Army Memorial which was erected in 1946 by the Soviet Army. The Soviets occupied a sector of Vienna from the end of the Second World War until 1955. My mother-­in-­law was living in the Russian Sector of Vienna at the end of the war. The Red Army Memorial is made up of a semi­-circular colonnade. In its centre there is a 66 foot high column. At the top of the column stands a twelve metre statue of a Soviet soldier. On the edge of the square there is a striking building with gold sculptures on its walls. This is the French Embassy, which was built between 1904 and 1912 by French architect Georges Chedanne. Address: Belvedere Schlossgarten, 1030 Wein.

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

French Embassy - Vienna

French Embassy - Vienna

Looking towards French Embassy

Looking towards French Embassy

The Parliament.

The Austrian Parliament Building is an impressive looking building located on the ring. It is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament carry out their sessions. The parliament building was completed in 1883. It was designed by Theophil Hansen. It was badly damaged during World War II, but has been restored. The Pallas Athena fountain stands in front of the parliament's main entrance. This was also built by Hansen. It was completed in 1902.

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Museums Quarter.

To be honest I do not often go to museums. I enjoy them if I am in the right mood or they are about something I am especially interested in. The Museums Quarter in Vienna is home to many museums, but I associate it with the two huge baroque buildings that face each other. One is the Museum of Natural History and the other is the Museum of Fine Arts. Surprisingly enough for me I have actually been to both, but long ago. Nowadays I just enjoy viewing them from the outside and admire the sculptures and fountains in between them. Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien.

Museum in the Museum Quarter - Vienna

Museum in the Museum Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

Other Sights.

Schönbrunn Palace.

Schonbrunn Palace is well worth a visit. Get there taking the U4 line to Schonbrunn. Schonnbrunn is a beautiful imperial palace which was once home to Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth and Empress Maria Theresa. Wandering around the gardens is free. Have a look at the beautifully landscaped lawns, the many statues and fountains. Wander up to the Gloriette for magnificent views over the palace complex. There is an entry fee to go inside the palace building (a whole range of different tours and prices) or visit some of the sights on its grounds.

For example:

The Children's Museum, open 10am to 5pm entry adults Euro 6.50, children Euro 4,90.
The Privy Garden open 9am to 5pm adults Euro 2, chidren Euro 1,40.
The Gloriette open 9am to 6pm adults Euro 2, chidren Euro 1,40.
The Maze open 9am to 6pm adult Euro 2.90, children Euro1,70.
There is also a zoo on the grounds.
Address: the summer­ residence of the emperor.

My husband at the Gloriette - Vienna

My husband at the Gloriette - Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna

Main fountain at Schonbrunn - Vienna

Main fountain at Schonbrunn - Vienna

Donau Canal.

For something a little different you may want to try the graffitti walk along the Donau Canal. We began near Schweden Place where there are boat trips and cafes/restaurants overlooking the canal. There is also a city beach with deck chairs on sand next to some of the cafes. We only walked as far as the former Urania Cinema which is now a restaurant overlooking the Donau Canal, too. Some of the graffitti is really quite artistic. We passed an artist who was displaying some of her creations and working on others. There were also several people sketching the scenery.

Graffitti - Vienna

Graffitti - Vienna

Graffitti tourism - Vienna

Graffitti tourism - Vienna

towards the Ukrania building. - Vienna

towards the Ukrania building. - Vienna

boat trips - Vienna

boat trips - Vienna

Artist at work. - Vienna

Artist at work. - Vienna

Gasometer.

I was interested in visiting this sight because I like to see old buildings, which are no longer used for their original purpose, used for something else rather than demolished. Gasometer is basically four disused gas works towers which have been converted into commercial and residential premises. Each tower was designed by a different architect and while they are the same on the outside, they are very different on the inside.

We could only see the towers from the bottom. The top parts have been made into offices and flats. Tower A was mainly devoted to shopping, tower B was a bit of a building site, tower C was my favourite ­- very sci fi inside, tower D housed a gym and fitness centre. The four blocks are connected by walkways which was handy in the pouring rain. We visited on a Sunday when most things inside the blocks were closed. We quite liked the walk of stars on the floors throughout the building showing the hand and foot prints of famous people such as Slade, Katie Melua, Deep Purple and many others. My husband, who is half Viennese, remembers the towers from his youth when he thinks they were actually cooling towers. His relatives lived in Simmering at the time. The towers have also housed raves due to their powerful acoustics. Get here by taking the train to Gasometer Station.

Gasmeter. - Vienna

Gasmeter. - Vienna

Inside C Block. - Vienna

Inside C Block. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral.

We passed this beautiful Russian church many times on the train then finally got off to have a look. It is located in Rennweg. Very beautiful.

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

The Secession Building.

I noticed a strange looking building with an ornate golden dome when we were out walking. We went to investigate and found that it was the Vienna Secession Building. The Vienna Secession Building was built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for exhibitions of the Vienna Secession group. The Secession Group was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, because they objected to the conservatism of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. Members of this group included Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Max Kurzweil, Wilhelm Bernatzik and Otto Wagner. Address: Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien.

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

OutsideThe Secession Building - Vienna

OutsideThe Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Old Danube.

The Old Danube or Alte Donau is a former branch of the River Danube that got separated from the river when it changed course. It is a great place to go swimming. You can pay to go into a bathing area with facilities such as toilets, changing rooms. Some have swimming pools and other sporting facilities too. Or, like us, you can just swim for free off a flat grassy area. We both love swimming and as, for a change, our visit to Vienna coincided with sunny weather we had a lovely time swimming here. Across from the Old Danube swimming area there is a lovely park next to the Danube Tower. It had flowers, lakes and sculptures of famous Latin American leaders. There were play facilities for children, including rides on models of jungle animals. It was next door to one of the prettiest Chinese restaurants I've ever seen too.

The lake. - Vienna

The lake. - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Chinese Restaurant - Vienna

Chinese Restaurant - Vienna

The Danube Tower - Vienna

The Danube Tower - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube. - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube. - Vienna

Roses in the park - Vienna

Roses in the park - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile.

Linke Wienzeile is a street that runs along the left bank of the Vienna River. The wonderful Naschmarkt is located here with its great selection of food stalls and restaurants. The street is also lined with some stunning buildings. Some of these are the work of Otto Wagner, the secessionist architect. Otto Koloman Wagner was born in Vienna in 1841. He was an Austro­-Hungarian architect and urban planner who contributed many landmarks to Vienna including the Stadtbahn. He died in 1918. Majolikahaus was one of Wagner's buildings. It is at 40 Linke Wienzeile. Adjacent to it is Wienzeile 38 which was also designed by by Otto Wagner. The Majolikahaus was built in 1898. It is covered in flowery ceramic tiles by Alois Ludwig. Number 38 Linke Wienzeile was also built in 1898. It has golden ornaments by Koloman Moser. The sculptures on the roof are known as the Callers. They are by Othmar Schimkowitz. Other buildings on Linke Wienzeile also reflect the secessionist style. As I walked along Linke Wienzeile I could not stop noticing the wonderful details that adorned so many of the buildings there. It was a great street to stroll along if you like
architecture or are interested in the details of buildings. These included wonderfully carved faces, carved animals, art noveau style balconies, patterned tiles.

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Majolikhaus by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Majolikhaus by Otto Wagner - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

The Apollo Kino.

When we left Linke Wienzeile, we headed towards Mariahilfer Strasse. We passed an interesting building housing the Apollo Kino. The Apollo Kino is a cinema in the sixth district of Vienna. It is located in an Art Deco building. It was originally opened in 1929 as a theatre that could seat 1,500 people. Today, it is a multi­screen cinema which has 12 screens and can seat 2,160 people.

The Apollo Kino - Vienna

The Apollo Kino - Vienna

Street Signs.

I absolutely love shop signs. This sign for a tobacconist's was one of my favourites. It reminded me very much of the kind of meerschaum pipes they sell in Turkey. I thought it was extremely impressive.

Street Signs

Street Signs

Street Signs

Street Signs

Friendensreich Hundertwasser.

Friendensreich Hundertwasser was a famous Viennese architect with a unique style. There are lots of sights in Vienna connected to him.

Hundertwasser Krawinahaus.

Friendensreich Hundertwasser designed the Krawinahaus as a residential building using his philosophical principles such as: no straight lines; a tree for every resident; lots of windows; uneven floors. The building is actually very beautiful and photogenic. As it is residential you cannot go inside. The building contains a cafe and a little shop. Directly across the road from the Krawinahaus is the Hundertwasser Village. There is also a fairly good bakery selling food and drink close to the Krawinahaus. To get to the Hundertwasser Haus you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz, then caught the line 1 tram from just outside. Underground line U4 also goes to Schwedenplatz, too.

detail of the Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

detail of the Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

Hundertwasser Village.

Directly across from the Hundertwasser Haus is the Hundertwasser Village. This is a shopping mall created in the Hundertwasser style. It is beautiful inside with uneven floors, colourful oddly shaped pillars, uneven stairs, tiles. The shops inside sell artworks and souvenirs. There is also a cafe bar. The building even has a toilet of modern art,­ entry 60 cents. The mirrors and tiles inside the toilet are quite pretty. To get here you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz then caught the line 1 tram from there.

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

toilet of modern art - Vienna

toilet of modern art - Vienna

Inside Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

Inside Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

Inside the toilet of modern art - Vienna

Inside the toilet of modern art - Vienna

Hudertwasser Kunst Haus Museum.

To get here take tram line 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Redetsky Place. The Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum is a couple of minutes walk from the stop. The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus and Hundertwasser Village are 5 minutes walk away. The museum is open from 10am to 7pm every day, entry is 9 Euro for adults; 12 Euro to include permenant and temporary exhibitions. We did not go to the exhibitions. We just looked at the front of the building and visited the cafe/restaurant and shop.

My husband outside Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum - Vienna

My husband outside Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum - Vienna

My husband in the garden at the museum - Vienna

My husband in the garden at the museum - Vienna

Uneven floors at museum - Vienna

Uneven floors at museum - Vienna

In the museum - Vienna

In the museum - Vienna

Fernewarm.

We discovered Hundertwasser in our visit last year so this year we went to see an electricity works which he designed. Hard to make such a building interesting or attractive but I think he managed it. There was a visitor centre that houses exhibitions but it was closed during our visit. It seemed to close around 3pm most days.

Entrnce to Fernewarm. - Vienna

Entrnce to Fernewarm. - Vienna

Fernewarm - Vienna

Fernewarm - Vienna

Fernewarm. - Vienna

Fernewarm. - Vienna

Let's Raise a Glass of Wine and Say Cheers to Vienna.

Grinzing.

Grinzing is a pretty village set in the middle of Vienna’s vineyards. It is famous for its heuriger – restaurants serving new wine. These are very popular with tourists and many have musical shows in the evenings. Restaurants hang branches of pine over their doorways to indicate that they sell wine. You can get here on tram number 38. I liked the heuriger which displayed wines created for different famous people in its window. One displayed a Hong Kong flag and I wondered if it was owned by a Hong Kong family.

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Cobenzl.

Cobenzl can be reached from Grinzing on bus 38A. There is a palace here with a Princess Diana statue. Cobenzl is surrounded by vineyards and has good views over Vienna.

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Kahlenberg.

Kahlenberg can be reached from Grinzing on bus 38A. It is 484m high, set in the midst of the Vienna Woods and famous for its views. Unfortunately for us, the views were not clear when we visited. There is a café, souvenir shop and church here. It is the starting point for various walks.

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

.Here are some reviews I have written of hotels we have stayed in - Vienna Hotels.

Mercure Josefshof Hotel.

We recently spent three nights in the Mercure Josefshof Hotel, Vienna. The hotel is in an excellent location for sightseeing being almost on Vienna's famous ring. However, it is located up a small side street ensuring it is nice and quiet at night. To get there we took the schnellbahn from the airport to the Prater Station then changed to the U2 line and got off at Rathaus Station. You will arrive on the opposite side of the road from the rathaus. If you are facing the rathaus go right, you will cross Josef's Strasse then arrive at a smaller lane called Josef's Gasse. The hotel is on this lane. Check in was friendly and efficient. Free maps and tourist leaflets were given to us without us having to ask. Our room was on the top floor of the hotel so had characterful sloping ceilings. The room was clean and comfortable. We had quite a large balcony with a table and chairs where we occasionally sat to enjoy the rain!!! The room had an in­room safe, plenty of storage space, no tea/coffee making facilities. There were some handy heated pipes in the bathroom for drying our wet clothes. The hotel had a restaurant which we did not use. There were plenty of places to eat nearby. We did not track down a nearby supermarket, though there may have been one we missed. Our bed was very comfortable and we always had a good night's sleep. Internet access was free in the hotel for the first 72 hours of your stay, i.e. our whole stay. Just ask for a password downstairs at reception. However, the service was a bit unreliable; it came and went. Whenever we went down and complained, reception tried very hard to remedy the problem. They claimed they were intending to improve their system. Check­out was quick and efficient and the bill was correct. I would happily stay here again. Stayed July 2011.

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Hotel Konzerthaus, Vienna: Extremely Comfortable Stay.

We recently spent two nights at the Hotel Konzerthaus Vienna. To reach the hotel from the airport travel to Wien Mitte either by CAT or Schnell Bahn, then change to the U4 line and travel one stop to Stad Park. Exit the Johannesgasse exit, turn left onto Am Heumarkt, cross the road and go right the hotel is only five minutes walk away. When we checked in, the man on reception was very welcoming, friendly and helpful, giving us a free city map, tourist leaflets and offering information about what to see and how to get around. Our room was on the fourth floor it was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, so comfortable it was tempting to go to sleep for two whole days!! The room also had tea/coffee making facilities and an in room safe. Small bottles of l'occitane shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel were provided in the bathroom together with soap, cotton wool, cotton buds, a nail file and a shower cap. The room had lots of storage space. We did not eat at the hotel, but it did have a restaurant and bar. There were two supermarkets very close to the hotel. Walk back towards the Stadt Park underground and follow the signs to the Spar. There was a Billa further along the same street. There were several restaurants on Am Heumarkt and more in the Stadt Park. If you went out the hotel and went the opposite way from the Stadt Park you could quickly reach the Ring and were within very easy walking distance to the Opera, Albertina, Karl's Kirche, the fountain to the Russian heroes and the Belvedere. The location of the hotel was excellent for sightseeing. Our room had an air-­conditioner. Internet access was free and the connection was very reliable in our room. Computers and a printer were provided downstairs (I assume free of charge, though we did not use them). I would be delighted to stay here again and heartily recommend it.

Hotel am Konzerthaus, Vienna: Second Great Stay.

We stayed in the Hotel am Konzerthaus for the second time this summer. The hotel is in an excellent location. It is close to Wein Mitte S­bahn, U­bahn (less than10 mins away). It is close to Stadtpark u­bahn (5 mins way) and Karlkirche u­bahn (10 minutes away). The hotel is excellent for exploring sights on the ring. It is easy to walk to the Stadtpark, Karlskirche, the Russian fountain, Belvedere Palace etc. There is a Spar and a Billa supermarket near the hotel (both on a street behind -­ the Spar is signposted). There are restaurants nearby, Check in was very friendly (same man who checked us in last year). Our room was clean and comfortable, We had tea/coffee making facilities ­ quite a good selection of teas were provided. We had an in­room safe and a fridge/minibar. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel. It was pretty expensive at 18 Euros per person. We just bought stuff from the Spar instead. We did use the hotel bar which was small, nicely decorated and staffed by pleasant, friendly staff. The room was lovely and quiet and we slept well. The hotel provided free internet and it worked well. Check out was quick and efficient. Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple.

Mercure Wien Westbahnhof: Very Comfortable Stay.

We stayed in this hotel for two nights in July 2014. We had booked a suite. This was on a high floor with only one other bedroom on that floor. We had a clean bathroom, a little sitting area with TV, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, safe. Our bedroom was very clean and comfortable. Our room was so nice, it even seemed a shame to go out. Breakfast at this hotel was very good with fresh bread rolls, cheeses, cold meats, hot food, cereal, fruit, salads. Coffee was from a machine that made lots of different types of coffees and was very good. There was also a good selection of teas.

The hotel location is very convenient for the Westbahnhof Station. There were restaurants nearby as well as in the hotel itself. There were lots of supermarkets nearby. We walked into the ring area in about 20 minutes. Our room was really quiet at night and we slept really well. We were entitled to a free drink in the hotel bar as Accor members. I had a glass of wine and my husband had a beer. The barman was very cheerful and friendly. Check out was quick, efficient and accurate. I would love to stay here again. Address: Felberstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna, 1150, Austria

Restaurants we like:

The Gmoa Keller: "Popular Viennese Restaurant."

We like to stay in the Hotel am Konzerthaus if we can get it at a good rate and the Gmoa Keller Restaurant is close by. We have often walked past it and it always seems to be busy so we decided to give it a try. Service was reasonably quick, considering how busy the restaurant was. We both had beers. I had a wiener schnitzel; hubbie went with cordon blue. Both were very large and very tasty. We sat outside the restaurant which is unfortunately not far from a road, but even so it was an enjoyable and filling meal. Address: Am Heumarkt 25, 1030 Wien.

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

Oskars, The Koncerthaus: "Pleasant spot for a nightcap."

We love staying at the Hotel am Konzerthaus. On checking in we were given vouchers for free drinks at the bar, so we enjoyed a pleasant nightcap there one evening. The service is efficient. The barman is friendly. The bar is designed to look like the Orient Express dining car. I thought that was a nice idea.

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

"Supermarkets."

Supermarkets close quite early in Austria, especially on Saturdays. Most are closed on Sundays, so we were pleased to find a supermarket in the Westbanhof U­bahn Station which was open until midnight seven days a week. Perfect for stocking up on waters, beer, rolls, chocolate etc.

Posted by irenevt 07:14 Archived in Austria

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Swimming with the swans. That looks grand! We've never visited Vienna and have thought about spending a couple weeks there without a car. Looking at your blog here, I think we may try it. Looks like there is a lot to do and good public transportation.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, yes lots to do and excellent public transport.

by irenevt

One of my favourite cities, but you've shown me a number of things I have never yet seen there, like the cute owls on the Secession Building and the wonderful architecture of Linke Wienzeile.

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah, we just found these things by chance. Vienna is full of hidden gems.

by irenevt

Very true Irene. We have friends living in Burgenland, about 90 minutes to the south, so like you our visits are often spent more socialising than sightseeing. But when website go to Vienna with them they take us to places we may never have found on our own :)

by ToonSarah

Oops, writing on phone! Meant to say 'when we do go to Vienna' lol

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah it's something about the word we. My phone always changes it to WD or WS. Even in this message I had to change it back. Don't know why.

by irenevt

We enjoyed our short stay in Vienna too. The discovery of this amazing city will never end...Thanks for your story!

by Vic_IV

Thanks for visiting Victor.

by irenevt

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