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Vienna, Austria, Europe
  • I think Vienna has something to offer for most travelers, although it is mainly known for classical music and historical buildings and museums
  • Vienna is a very safe city, there are not a lot of pick-pockets and not really any areas you should avoid at night
  • Driving can be a bit daunting at first, but once you get used to it it's shouldn't be a problem

    • by Fotorunn
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      Visiting Vienna Vienna is one of my favorite European cities. It’s the capital of Austria, has a population of about 2 millions and is located more or less in the middle of Europe. You can fly there from most main hubs in Europe, and there are also quite a few direct flights to for example Asia and America. I think Vienna has something to offer for most travelers, although it is mainly known for classical music and historical buildings and museums. For classical music you are really spoilt for choice here, with two operas, two internationally renowned concert halls and several other concert arenas.

      They are popular with both tourists and the Viennese, so for some concerts it is recommended to book the tickets in advance. If you don’t have the chance, there is always something you can get tickets for and also free concerts or musical masses in many churches. If you are interested in history, there is a lot of museum. The Museum of Art History is


      famous for its art collections but is quite pricey.

      If you want to see more historical things, there is the Museum of the City Vienna. Admission is free, and there are some really nice exhibitions on the history of Vienna and Austria. You can also visit the Technical Museum, the Funeral Museum, the Museum of Clocks, the Natural History Museum, there is even a Museum for bricks but it is only open two Sundays a week. If you want a whole day out with Austrian history, I would go to Schönbrunn palace and gardens.

      It has been called the Versailles of Vienna, and in addition to the palace and the gardens there is also the world’s oldest zoo, a palm house and an exhibition of wagons and carriages. It is very popular so I usually go there early in the morning to see the gardens before all the other tourists show up. Getting around in Vienna is easy. Public transport is extensive and usually on time.

      Most places in ...


      • the city centre are within walking distance from one or several underground stations. In the rest of the city, if you can’t walk to the underground station, there’s nearly always a bus or a tram within reach. It is also many local trains, both inside Vienna and to the villages surrounding the city. When I arrive by plane, I always take the local train to town and not the airport express, as the local train is much cheaper and doesn’t use much more time.

        If you are traveling with children, there are quite a lot of things for them to do. A good sight-seeing option might be taking a horse carriage; I’ve taken one both in the city centre and Schönbrunn. The drivers usually have good knowledge of what you see, and you don’t have to drag small children around for hours. Then there’s the zoo in Schönbrunn, and there is also another zoo in Lainzer Tiergarten.

        It has different Austrian animals and there are also horse carriages and

        a play ground. Most children will love Prater, I did as a child. I’ve gone back as an adult to, as the Ferris Wheel give a great view of the town and the parks are really nice to walk in, but the different carousels, water rides and ghost rides were funnier some years ago. Safety is important for many visitors.

        Vienna is a very safe city, there are not a lot of pick-pockets and not really any areas you should avoid at night. I’ve walked around in the night all over the city and never felt anything but secure. Driving can be a bit daunting at first, but once you get used to it it’s shouldn’t be a problem. Just check where you are going before you start, traffic moves fast so stopping to check a sign is not very popular.

        And once you’re tired and thirsty after all the sight-seeing, food’s no problem. There’s a restaurant for every taste. If you want something a bit cheaper, go out of the city centre.




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