Hi Incurable travelers,
for the second time in few months we went to Vienna, on this occasion we took a convenient Austrian Airlines flight booked on their website: www.austrianairlines.com that from Venice in just over an hour made land in the Austrian capital.
From the airport by train in less than fifteen minutes we arrived at our hotel, Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof, located near the new railway station. Deposited our luggage, we immediately immersed in viennese climate walk into the city center.
We start visiting the famous Stephansplatz, the heart of the old city, where the Cathedral, the Stephandom, with its distinctive roof decorated with more than 200,000 glazed tiles and the tall and slender Gothic Tower. The Church was built on top of a previous basilica and saw a significant expansion in 1300 by King Albert I. The main entrance, the giant portal, located between two towers, known as Heidenturme, takes us inside where you open a long nave surmounted by impressive gothic vaults You can visit the Church and honestly we decided to move on.
Left the Cathedral we headed to the Graben, a street which over the centuries has changed vocation, from market to space of fashion boutiques of the most prestigious brands, we continued up to Kohlmarket, no other way of walking from Vienna, up to Michaelersplatz.
On the square you will find one of the entrances to the Hofburg, the Austrian Centre of power complex, consisting of a series of residences to palaces between their seemingly seconded what the Imperial Chapel (Hofkapelle or Burgkapelle), the Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Austrian National Library (Hofbibliothek), the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer), the Burgtheater, the Spanish Cavalry School (Hofreitschule), the Imperial Stables (Stallburg and Hofstallungen) and the Conference Centre Hofburg.
Miss between courtyards to catch up in the famous Ringstrasse, a series of boulevards that draw a circle (ring), tracing the path of the ancient medieval walls around the old town of the city. You can take tram 1 takes us along this Beltway and allows us to admire the impressive palaces from the strict style of neoclassical style, as well as Parliament, Habsburg and the Rathaus, or City Hall, noted for its high tower 105 metres and for the distinctive Baroque style which gives the building an imposing appearance and at the same time “airy.”
Continuing our stroll through the city we headed to Karlspaltz, where you can admire the impressive Kirche, and Otto Wagner subway Pavilion and the secession, both works Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style, but especially along Kärntnerstrasse, we made a stop at the famous Café Sacher unfailing, where it is necessary to sit at a table and enjoy a cup of viennese coffee accompanied by a slice of the famous Sachertorte.
Refreshed from the snack by underground U4 direction Hütteldorf and got off at the stop Kettenbrünckengasse, we wound up Naschmarkt to admire the Majolika Haus, also this building by Otto Wagner Art Nouveau style. Now dinner time we stop to eat in the UBL, typical Tavern Bistro, recommended by Lonely Planet, where you eat well and cheaply.
Pleased with this first day viennese went back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
The report of our weekend in Vienna, continues in the article dedicated to Schoenbrunn Palace.
DATA SHEET VIENNA
For more information: Austria Tourism Information Service
phone call cost 15 cents 840 99 99 18. Italian speaking Agent responds < br />
Fax 840 99 99 19
How to get there:
By air: the international airport Vienna Schwechat is connected to the main Italian airports by the airline Austrian Airlines, often with more flights on the same day. For more information: www.austrianairlines.com
by train: Vienna can be reached by train from the main stations in Northern Italy. For more information: www.oebb.at
Where to stay: during our trip to Vienna, we stayed in the hotel Zeitgeist Vienna, for more informations and bookings: www.zeitgeist-vienna.com
Documents: none, although it is always better to take the I.D.
Electricity Voltage: the electrical current is 230 volts. Italian equipment can normally be used. (check the manual)-all appliance outlets are bipolar Central grounding contact. Bring adapters.
Time: Same time Italy.
Mandatory vaccinations: No
Time to visit: all year