On my previous trip to Europe, I had a free day and thought to myself, where would I most like to visit. With so many options, I began to think of destinations closest to Prague.
Austria immediately crossed my mind. I'd done a little research on the country before and had always wanted to visit. Austrians are some of the most friendly people in the world, or so I'd heard. So it was only right that I find out for myself.
The train ride in from Prague gave a little insight into Austrian Architecture. I passed numerous castles, houses, and quirky designs that would be an architectures dream.
Known for its modern architecture and Viennese charm, Vienna has long been on my to-do list. As the train pulled into Wien Hauptbahnhof, I exited with pure optimism.
I noticed Vienna wasn't in the Citymapper app. I then switched to google and found no transit suggestions as well. Although there were many cabs outside of the train station, I hadn't done any research on the pricing. I chose an Uber as the best possible option and went directly to my hotel. Had I paid attention to the sign above, I could have found the information desk to find a cheaper alternative to the city.
My choice was the hotel, Marc Aurel, due to its convenient location in the city center. There are many restaurants located on the same street as the hotel to spark any dinner aspirations. Don't forget to try a Wiener Schnitzel, It's a must.
With only a day in Vienna, I began exploring what the city had to offer. I also asked around about their nightlife in case I wanted to party later on.
I first stumbled onto the St. Stephens Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most important Gothic structures in Vienna. It is a symbol for the city and is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It is a magnificent structure that's been around for over 700 years, dating back to the 12th century.
The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial is a memorial for the Austrian victims of the Holocaust. The structure is also called the Nameless Library.
Hofburg has a great history spreading over 600 plus years. Previously the home of Vienna's most prominent family. Today the Spanish riding school uses it as a home for its horses.
Other notable places to see in Vienna:
The next day, I took the bus from Schwedenplatz to the Airport and saw a particular structure while waiting. When I inquired into what it was, the response was the Entrance to Hell. I'm pretty sure it's not something good, but it allows the opportunity to learn more.
From the hotel, its a 400 feet walk to the bus stop. Take bus Val 2 to Flughafen Wien bus terminal, which will leave you directly outside of the airport. The drivers only take cash. The cost is €8 per person. Without cash, you can purchase tickets at www.viennaairportlines.at
and show the confirmation to the driver.
I can't wait until my next visit to Vienna. Maybe next time, I'll visit more of the countryside.
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